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Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern

1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
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Ranked #26 of 221 restaurants in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Kapunakea
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80% Recommend
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English first
Calgary, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We stopped here for the first time for lunch on a walk from Ka'anapali and were seated close to the water. The views are great, food and service was fabulous and we saw sea turtles just hanging out by the shore!! We enjoyed it so much we ate here three times on our 9 day vacation. Would highly recommend it... More

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Eastsound, Washington
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We had an awesome day in Hana exploring, but we made it back to Lahaina pretty late. So started calling around while Dad drove into town. Called a few other places that were slowing down for the night and apparently had no interested in our $138 tab. Luckily when I phoned Mala, Ara answered the phone. I asked him if... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We went here for a date night while on a family vacation! You must ask for a table close to the water! We had to die for food while right on the water. Couldn't beat the sunset from our table! It was one of the best dining experiences we have ever had for the food and setting.

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Sonoma, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Stopped in for dinner on outside deck at sunset. Wonderful, delicious & beautiful being right over the water. The tables are close but this long married couple enjoyed getting to know the honeymooning couple right next to us. We loved our Asian accented O'Pakapaka, puupuus, great salads & very good Mai Tai's. (We've been on a fun quest throughout all... More

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Corona, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Had a early dinner here and everything was wonderful. My wife had the Kobe Burger ....... she has had it before and still says its the best burger she has EVER had . I had the Mahi Mahi and it was great. The view is the best we have ever had ...... right on the edge of the ocean. Plus... More

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Eagle, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Ive eaten at Mala's numerous times over the years - the one at Lahina (the one a the Wailea Marriott is a totally different story) I was just there again last month and WOW, it was fabulous. Great quality food, light but satisfying, flavorful with bright lively surprises.... Excellent service - its my favorite restaurant - This is small restaurant,... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

We recently enjoyed a very nice lunch at Ma'la Ocean Tavern. They have a really nice and interesting menu with local specialties. The view is great sitting right on the ocean. We had the Ahi Bruschetta to start and it was fantastic! Also tried the "best Mai Tai on Maui", and I would have to agree! I would like to... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Family knows their stuff. Everything on the menu is good. The Ahi bruschetta is fantastic as a starter. The whole fish with black beans garlic sauce is good for four or five people. Nice people nice setting great food

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

They don't honor their reservations and didn't seem to care. Food was ok, but there are better places for the price. Used to be a favorite spot but can't imagine going back.

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New York City, New York
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123 reviews 123 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Came here on a rainy night so outdoor seating wasn't as good. Dishes were well done but for the price ($30-60/entree) I felt we could eat at Spago at the Four Seasons and get a better value. Nice casual atmosphere though.

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