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Mala - Ocean Tavern

1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
+1 808-667-9394
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (55 reviews)
“seafood pasta” (59 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
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11 - 20 of 1,452 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our favorite restaurant on Maui. It is small, only about 10-12 tables and has a great view right on the water if you get there early. They are vegetarian friendly and have an unusual menu. A favorite of ours is the fried tofu...More

Thank Timhr950950
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have come here at every visit for the last 10 years - it is truly one of the best restaurants in Lahaina, and probably on Maui. It's not a value restaurant, but it's not outrageous either, and they have a mix of dishes that...More

1  Thank GrandDanois
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We're on vacation! That was my battle cry! We wanted to try different places and have great food. This was it. Everything about this restaurant appealed to us. A little bit off the main part of Front St. Excellent view at sunset. Of course the...More

1  Thank Gary G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The big secret at Mala is to get there very early....you can almost touch the water with the best seats...you have to get there for happy hour to accomplish that. Fresh fish is fabulous...service great...martini's great!!

1  Thank Deborah G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service is great, food delicious and having a beautiful view and a lot of turtles feeding right in front of you, will make this experience a wonderful one. Make reservations and ask for a waters edge table and have your camera ready.

Thank Phil M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I found this gen on our honeymoon 5 years ago and we have returned every year since!!! Our favorite by far is the fresh clam chowder!!! The view is beautiful especially at sunset and sometimes you can see turtles right there in...More

1  Thank Janelle W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I ate dinner at Mala - Ocean Tavern in July, 2017. We had read good reviews and decided to check it out. We were able to get a table outside with an incredible ocean view which we enjoyed as the sunset. The...More

Thank Reina M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice views at sunset. You are right next to the water and if the waves are strong enough you may even get splashed slightly. You can see turtles pop their heads out of the water occasionally. The manager made his way around to every...More

Thank Dale J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Appetizer offered by the house should have rang some bells... Main plate we got was seared ahi. A good example of how to ruin perfectly good fish with a creamy mushroom substance (cream, flavor enhancer, thickener and probably flour) and mashed potatoes. On a good...More

Thank Matjaz J
Reviewed 18 August 2017

What a great meal! We followed our waitress Katherine 's recommendations and had a wonderful culinary experience. The "wows " included the Ahi Bruschetta, the Avalon Ahi, and the Asian Seafood Pasta. Absolutely delicious.

Thank june d
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12 May 2017|
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Response from Marta J | Reviewed this property |
I do not know - we were there for lunch and they had all sorts of wonderful drink (hard and soft) suggestions.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Maui  >  Lahaina
  • Phone Number: +1 808-667-9394
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In 2004 Mark and Judy opened Mala Ocean Tavern, along with their daughters, Ariana and Michelle, a small oceanside tavern serving Mediterranean and Pacific Rim, with some Latino flavored dishes. With their partner Shep Gordon, Mala Wailea was created for the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort, which opened in 2008 and sold in 2016.
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