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Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern

1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
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Ranked #29 of 225 restaurants in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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825 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We bought a gift card for this place at costco. 80 bucks for a 100 gift card. Came here for breakfast, was amazing. I got the omelette of the day with a side of mahi mahi. Was insane. Mai tai was not the greatest, but looked nice. They use all fresh fruit though so that's what makes it good.

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Agoura, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We stopped for lunch, to avoid the crowds. The food is wonderful. There are also a dozen sea turtles that frequent the beach just outside the restaurant. Hush....don't tell anyone our secret restaurant.

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Ma La's was one of many wonderful experiences while in Lahaina. We knew we wanted to stop in and casually ran in to it about lunch time. We must of had the luckiest lunch day because we got the most amazing table and beat the lunch crowd. We were actually on our way to another restaurant but wanted to drop... More

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Utsunomiya, Japan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

You will think it is dump from the outside but love the inside and who eats outside the restaurant anyway. I recommend this if you are in Lahaina

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Great Falls, Virginia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Ma'la's was recommended to us by a local photographer (No Ka Oi Surf Photography with Maui Wave Riders). We wanted a good restaurant where the locals eat. We arrived to find the restaurant directly on the water with a small park along the ocean front which afforded great sunset views! The menu was very interesting and the staff made us... More

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Maui, Hawaii
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My wife and I saw this restaurant on the Maui info channel. It looked and sounded like a nice place to try. We went to dinner early to avoid the rush at dinner time / 4pm. We walked in and were greeted nicely. Then our male waiter came over to seat us. He kinda looked us up and down and... More

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We were seated two tables away from the water, boy was that a great idea. The tide still has to go out before it stopped splashing on the table adjacent to us. What place would think of that ?!?!? On to the food. We ordered the whole fish special for two. Absolutely incredible! It came on a beautifully adorned plate... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We ate here 2 nights in a row. The ahi tuna was the best ever. We also had mahi mahi, the ribs and the Kobe cheeseburger. All were done perfectly. Highly recommend

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Had been here two years ago, and it lived up to my previous raves. Was daughter's birthday and I called ahead to let them know. They wished her a happy birthday when we arrived, and got us a waterside table (for a party of 6, so not that easy). Wok fish was great, if not as spectacular as last time.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We had dinned at Ma'la five years ago when we came to Maui and remembered the food to be outstanding, expected difficult parking and cozy dinning environment. This trip was disappointing. Nothing that was served justified the price. Everything seemed overpriced; 13 dollar margarita? The service was not bad just average. I wished we had skipped Ma'la and headed to... More

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