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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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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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This was our third visit to Mala and we were not impressed. Our table was really close to the other tables and there was no privacy. The mahi mahi that I ordered was very dry and was served with mashed potatoes and pita bread. I think a vegetable instead of the pita would have been a better... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
ADolores
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Nevada
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115 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What use to be a great edge of town view place to eat has apparently become a much more popular stop. Still a great view with a breeze and good food. Downside is prices upward. Easy access

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1 Thank renostew
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our third visit to Mala and we were not impressed. Our table was really close to the other tables and there was no privacy. The mahi mahi that I ordered was very dry and was served with mashed potatoes and pita bread. I think a vegetable instead of the pita would have been a better choice. This was... More 

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Thank ADolores
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It sits at the extreme North end of Front Street opposite the Safeway in the Cannery Shopping Center. There is terrace out over the ocean with terrific views. For my money the sauteed fish is the best in Lahaina. The Kobe burgers are awesome for those who prefer meat. Good wine list with knowledgeable staff. Vastly better than the more... More 

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1 Thank Alan R
Hailey, Idaho
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was our second trip in the past five years on Maui and we had to go back for the laid back ambiance and fun of Ma'la!!! What a treat to enjoy the bar and friendly banter of guests and locals. We enjoyed the Crunchy Calamari and the Beet & Goat Cheese salad along with some refreshing cocktails! Their menu... More 

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1 Thank Olivekat
Boise, Idaho
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked our hotel through Costco, and therefor got two breakfast buffets each day at the Mala. The food was awesome! Every day there was new & fresh local options, as well as the great staples we loved. Wednesday and Friday's we nicknamed "Fried rice Fridays" as the chef made a pork fried rice that any asian chef would be... More 

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1 Thank Emily S
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a dinner here after sunset. Great staff. Polite and low key. Seared ahi bruschetta starter was amazing. Large pieces of tuna on perfectly toasted bread, with just the right amount of seasoning. Seafood pasta was yummy. Portions are generous. Split dishes and try more things! Go during sunset for an amazing view. Try to get window seat inside or... More 

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1 Thank kwc15
Tahoe City, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Expensive, but fantastic food and right on the water! We tend to cringe a bit every time we get the bill, but the food is SOOO good that we keep coming back! Have only been there for lunch, but imagine it's all good here!

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1 Thank SGandMT
Iowa City, Iowa
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is hard to imagine we could find a better meal on Maui. Even each side dish had its own unique and special flavor combination which made each bite a delight. If possible, get a table by the window. Lunch is more reasonably priced than dinner. Parking is available across the street at the Cannery Mall.

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1 Thank John L
Belvedere, California
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This unpretentious Oceanside eatery is a great addition to Lahaina's dining scene. Wonderful food, friendly service, reasonable prices! We ate here several times during our recent trip to Maui and will definitely return.

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2 Thank pearsoninmarin
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On arrival we were hit but not a nice fish smell it smelt like old oil. We tried to organise a table for 8 but they were not interested in the large booking. Obviously they are so busy they'd don't have to be friendly. Interesting though they have a sign out the front to remind patrons to be 'ALOHA'. Mmmmm... 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
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Pub, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Scenic view, 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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