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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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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good23%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
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Reviewed yesterday

Perfect casual location for seafood and a great selection of cocktails. Be sure to try 2 or 3 of the Mai Tai's. Recommend the whole fish daily special. Great deal for $18.

Thank fishnfool1954
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Since we discovered this restaurant several years ago, we always have to go one or twice while visiting Lahaina. The service is excellent, the cocktails, wine and food are excellent. You cannot go wrong here! You do need reservations because it's not a very big...More

1  Thank Michelle C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Their location is the beginning of Front Street & Free valet parking available. Their Ahi tuna bruschetta appetizer, half order $17 but worth it. I have seen huge sea turtles only a few feet away from our table. Their motto is Practice Aloha. You can't...More

1  Thank SouthernMarilyn
Reviewed 5 days ago

We literally fell upon Mala on Christmas Eve, and thankfully they were able to squeeze our party of 8 in. This was a huge surprise winner for us. Everyone had great meals, tasty, and abundant. There was so much food on the plates. Everything from...More

Thank shfine
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My wife and I went to Mala on the recommendation of a cousin, who joined us. Outstanding is a word I use reservedly, but I use it here. We were seated at the bar while waiting. Lance, the bartender, delivered excellent service and never stopped...More

Thank Steven M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Not sure why this place is so popular. We live in Maui, and every time we come the service is horrible. When the server actually visits your table he/she is spilling your cocktails on the table. The food is bland at best, and extremely expensive....More

Thank briehaynes
Reviewed 1 week ago

OMGoodness, this is now my favorite restaurant in Maui. the food was awesome, priced good, excellent views of the ocean, friendly bartender and waiter. (I would suggest reservations) I can't say enough good things, the food was AWESOME. We've eaten at many places in Maui,...More

Thank Asusanrae
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant always excels in service and food. It may seem expensive but the ingredients are of superior quality and quantity! Ate at the bar last night and we were so impressed with the charming and hard working Lance that we will probably only eat...More

1  Thank kalolakai
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful restaurant but if you want to look at the water get there early. I had the gorgeous Greek salad with mahi mahi - everything was perfect. Be warned, however, that “market price” on the fish can really add up. Lunch for...More

Thank perromore
Reviewed 1 week ago

We first ate at Mala two years ago during our first trip to Maui and said then it was our best meal on the island. We just made our second trip to Maui, returned to Mala, and were not disappointed. The food is as good...More

Thank John L
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Response from Barb A | Reviewed this property |
I recall the restaurant having a happy hour during mid-afternoon hours.
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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