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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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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“seafood pasta” (57 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
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1 - 10 of 1,433 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

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
Reviewed 2 days ago

The owner "Mark Ellman" is among the best chefs in Hawaii. He has three restaurants side by side and on the water. Mala is my favorite, far and away. Signature dish's include whole wok fried Opakapaka (snapper) and Mark's Ahi tartare. By the way, the...More

Thank Bruce B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great romantic dinner for 2. They were "on the ball" through the entire dinner experience. Quick for refills and anything that we needed. We were at the bar until an ocean side table opened up. Took about 10 minutes. Food is excellent. Service was quick...More

Thank dish407
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beware, we dined here a few days back and saw at least a couple of cockroaches at the bar. We pointed out one to the bartender, she even did not bother to say sorry. I hope the sanitary inspection comes for this place

1  Thank Dmitry P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I heard the food was very good, so I made a reservation on Open Table for a family of 4. We arrived 40 minutes early and requested an outside table, which friends had recommended. After waiting 70 minutes (30 minutes beyond our reservation), we left...More

Thank grfried
Reviewed 1 week ago

Views here are great. Its a small restaurant with awesome service and a quaint Hawaiian feel. The appetizers might have been the highlight of the meal. The Ahi Tartare was amazing and the Ahi Bruschetta was very unique and highly recommended.

Thank Stuart Beck B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled upon Mala Ocean Tavern our first night in time to watch the sunset. The staff first seated us inside because the restaurant was busy, and then moved us (without our asking) to a table in the outer area for a better view --...More

Thank MLC716
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I came to Mala for dinner while on Maui for vacation. The restaurant is located in a very busy area for dinner but they do offer free valet parking which made getting in very easy. The restaurant sits right at the waters...More

Thank Steve N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ahi appetizer (3rd on the menu with wasabi and caviar on a lettuce) was out of this world!!! We ordered the ahi (1st one on the appetizer menu because they are famous for it) but we didn't like it the way we liked the...More

Thank Irina T
Reviewed 1 week ago

In fairness, I never tried the food there but it did look good going by. We found this place a few blocks from where we were staying and enjoyed going AWAY from the craziness of downtown Lahaina. Great place to watch the sun set or...More

Thank Alexander W
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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
US$ 21 - US$ 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
Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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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