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Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern

1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
808-667-9394
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Ranked #32 of 226 Restaurants in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
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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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San Diego
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The setting is great, with open windows overlooking the water your views will never get boring. The menu is very interesting, many organic choices and artisan food, lovely. It is located on the edge of Lahaina and parking is by the street which might be challenging at times but the food was the best we had in town. An added... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Our experience at Mala was not what we expected based on reviews we read. Although the service from our waitress and her helpers was very good, the food was very average. First, the number of fresh fish they offered was equal to one: mahi mahi. Everywhere else on Maui offers several (3+). It was quite dry and not prepared very... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

A bit off the beaten path, but worth it. Cozy setting ontop of the ocean. Open windows and you will probably see sea turtles playing in the ocean below you. If you like Ahi Tartare, it will melt in your mouth. They also had a grlled octopus salad that was spectacular. Octopus was tender and flavorful. Also, brussel sprouts are... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This is a cozy place, free valet parking eases the stress of trying to park on this tiny crowded street. The staff are all friendly and the food was fresh and wonderfully crafted. Salsa, chips & edamame "guacamole" started our meal followed by the seared ahi bruschetta with flax seed toast & edamame purée. Yum We sat outside for the... More

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Titusville, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Friendly staff, water view and delicious food--what more could you want? Not the cheapest lunch in Maui, but we definitely enjoyed it. Right on the water on front street, which was the attraction for us, and the menu would please just about everyone. The farmer salad was luscious and the colorful julienne cut veggies had a nice crunch. Server Rob... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The food and the service was good however it seemed to be over priced. I recommend the ceviche. My partner and I got a patio seat which was great to watch the sunset but he was sweating buckets cause there was no fan or air circulation under the awning.

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Bridgetown, Barbados
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Do not have the mai tai. Advertised as the best in Hawaii, mine tasted like a basic 'rum and orange juice'. You're better off having a Maui beer. The burger was OK; nothing to write home about. Servings are generous, so at least you'll leave full. Overpriced, though. Good service.

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San Jose, CA
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76 reviews 76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Ok if you are looking for romantic and quiet - this is not the place. If you are looking for excellent food in a loud, fun, intimate environment because you are squished next to the people at the table beside you (which is not an all bad thing) then Ma'la is your place! I can't come to Maui (which is... More

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I booked a birthday party dinner for 11 people at Ma'la. They cannot guarantee where you will be seated so we ended up inside, no direct view of the ocean or sunset. But this is not the main reason I wouldn't recommend this place. I noticed a few people from our party were already at the restaurant. So when I... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Mala is one of the best restaurants I visited here on Maui. Staff is attentive, friendly, and accommodating. There are tons of bugs throughout the restaurant, but it is something you have to deal with when dining outdoors. A must try for anyone staying on Maui.

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