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Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern

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1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725 (Kapunakea)
+1 808-667-9394
11:00 - 15:00
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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408 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were impressed by the service. When we booked I made a request on OpenTable for a table for two by the water because it was my wife's birthday. They did read the request and we did get the table. It was extremely busy and our waitress more than so, but the manager came along and took our wine and... More 

Thank Moniaits
Versailles, Kentucky
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food is good but pricey. The restaurant is more upscale in looks and atmosphere than most others in the surrounding area.

Thank John J
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lunched at this restaurant. I had the steamed clams which were succulent with an excellent mild broth of onions and bits of black beans. Others' seafood looked equally good and by all reports the dishes were excellent. Great service. Nice setting in the water although we were seated inside.

Thank Katherine S
Sydney, Australia
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We come to Maui for a month, every year and Ma'la has always been one of our favourites. Not sure if we came at an 'off' time but visited on a sunday around 1pm. The menu is not the same, our server was really 'off' and the whole experience just wasn't 'Ma'la'. So bad, doubt we will be going back... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fresh fish, in an oceanfront venue. You can eat outside or in, and they do have a bar. Outside seating is right on the water. You look over the edge to waves lapping the rocks and crabs and frolicking sea turtles. Had brunch there for the first time, and the eggs benny were very good. Just down the street from... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When planning our Maui getaway, we put restaurant experiences high on the list, and were so happy to find Ma'la. The prices are higher than you might think considering it's an unassuming, small, beachy place, but we think it was worth it. (Bear in mind that Maui is generally expensive.) We got there early so had cocktails at their small... More 

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sammamish wa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a cool little shack converted to a a cool, little hole in the wall restaurant with a fun menu including fresh fish, burgers and salads. Ma'la has a funky little bar where you can drink while waiting for your table outside on the patio overlooking the Ma'la Wharf area of north Lahaina. Park at the Cannery Mall or... More 

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Eugene, OR
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here because of a recommendation from a friend. The food was average, but the bruschetta with seared ahi was the bomb!! The prices are high, even for Maui. We had 2 drinks and 4 meals (2 kids meals) and it was 150.00. The view was amazing!

Thank MaciEugene
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59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Seated at the outdoor edge by the water and then when they found out we were only having drinks and appies (it was 4:30) the owner(?) came by and said oh I thought you were having dinner, I'll need this table in 45 minutes. We should have left then but our friend had been before and wanted us to see... More 

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Long Island, New York
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169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made reservations here for Christmas day dinner. The host was quite friendly, as was the bartender and waitress The restaurant was at capacity and still handled it well with good service and food that came out promptly. We enjoyed the appetizer selection of dips.. olives, raita, babaganoush, with lavosh and pita. “The burgers looked amazing so we had those,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 50
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch
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
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Maui  >  Lahaina
  • Phone Number: +1 808-667-9394
we sit on the waters edge at Mala Wharf serving Mediterranean and Asian Cuisine

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