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Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern

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American, Seafood, Pub, Hawaiian
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1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725 (Kapunakea)
808-667-9394
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 53
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, big portions

Friendly service, quaint atmosphere, great food and huge portions - come hungry! A little on the pricey side but worth the cost, everything on the menu is unique and incredibly tasty.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Kirstie C
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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San Diego, California
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Friendly service, quaint atmosphere, great food and huge portions - come hungry! A little on the pricey side but worth the cost, everything on the menu is unique and incredibly tasty.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We found this place just driving around Lahaina. The food was excellent. We had lamb flatbread and we all had fresh fish for lunch. EXCELLENT!

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We had a large group and we're seated propmptly. Rachel our waitress was very professional and very accommodating. She answered all our questions, gave us great recommendations and was very kind and upbeat. She was very helpful with my gluten free needs. The tuna tartar was one of the best I have ever eaten. The ahi tuna with a spicy... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We always include Mala Ocean Tavern on our must-do place when in Maui. This meal, once again, did not disappoint. Our lunch picks included a large garden salad with grilled Mahi-Mahi and a Chile Relleno. Both were exquisite. Service was good and all of our needs were met. On this day, we had high seas from a storm in New... More 

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Kailua, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Ma La is a small restaurant right on the water on the west end of Lahaina town. It seems that the hotels in Kaanapali have all cloned their restaurants - each featuring the same regional cuisine dishes, the same fish and the same preparations. Ma La is deliciously different. The restaurants roots are in the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement, but... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A visit to Mala is a must when visiting Maui. The food is very fresh and delicious. The Ahi Bruschetta is a must try as is the Avalon Seared Ahi Sashimi. Try to get a table near the water at sunset, the view is amazing.

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We made a reservation a week before coming to Maui. We're very glad we did. We got to the restaurant a bit early to see the sunset and the place was packed...no room in the bar either. So, the Maitre de suggested we go next door to their sister restaurant, Honu for our drink and called to make sure they... More 

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Norcal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Located right on the ocean front.... you cannot be much closer to the water without getting your feet wet. We had dinner and ordered the Avalon Seared Ahi Sashimi (Local #1 Grade Wild Caught) with brown rice instead of Yukon Gold Poataoes & shiitake mushroom ginger sauce. Choice of mild, medium or spicy. It was very good and well presented...also... More 

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Very small restaurant with great view right on water. Tables are very close together. Excellent signature cocktails and delicious chips and edamame dip. Customer who ate at bar complained about his meal and it was removed from bill. Turns out I ordered the same thing, the Mahi Mahi. The fish was very good....served with a cilantro sauce that seemed to... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We were a bit nervous about taking our family to Mala but in the end, it was a great experience all around. They custom tailored meals for both of my kids, including a Filet Mignon for my son. The food, service and atmosphere were outstanding at our oceanside table. The servers suggestions were on the spot. A splurge indeed, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
    (Kapunakea)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Maui  >  Lahaina
  • Phone Number: 808-667-9394

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Pub, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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