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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: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
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    Average
  • 51
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  • 33
    Terrible
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
Another great find in Lahaina!

Hands down the best ahi we've had on the island, and we've tried a lot. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back! Reservations a good idea.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
weese13
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Wasilla, Alaska
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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Wasilla, Alaska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Hands down the best ahi we've had on the island, and we've tried a lot. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back! Reservations a good idea.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I have been coming here since they opened in 2005 and I have never been disappointed. This is hands down my favorite restaurant on Maui. They have a great happy hour from 3-4:30. However, yesterday we hit it for an early dinner- just misding happy hour by a few minutes. We were ok with that because the food and ambiance... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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74 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Our table wasn't ready when we arrived so we enjoyed a drink at the bar overlooking the ocean. Once seated we had an outstanding view which we had requested. The seared ahi bruschetta on flax seed toast and tomatoes was exceptional. Very thorough wine list and drink menu. A return visit must.

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Port Coquitlam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

There's something about favorite places and returning to not be at all disappointed. I can't remember how many visits we've made to Ma La bit it's always a hit on our return visits to Maui. The setting is outstanding. Beautiful ocean views and sunsets that can't be duplicated. Meals, service are some of the best on the island. We will... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This placed was very crowed..but well worth it. I had the best fish sandwich ever and my husband had the best hamburger( Kobe Beef) ever. Great view and great waitstaff. Will come back here when we visit Maui again.

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Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We ate at Ma'la our first night on Maui (made reservations from the car on the way from the airport.) We started by sharing the Seared Ahi Bruschetta (four of us.) This appetizer needs to be shared if you plan to eat anything else! It was absolutely delicious. Our table also shared the Adult Mac & Cheese - again not... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We could only get a 5pm seating, as they were fully booked. I highly recommend this place, proper food, all excellent tasting. It is a little expensive, but what you get is delicious tasting food, that I hadn't had anywhere else in Maui. Service was excellent. We sat outside with an Ocean view. We could see all the other people... More 

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Mason, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This place is small but right on the water in Lahaina, but not in the super busy part of town. Because it is so small you might not get one of those great outdoors tables and you will feel pretty close to those dining next to you- but the atmosphere is just great. We ate at 7:30 on Easter Sunday... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Very pleasant meal with excellent waterfront location. Several sea turtles swimming just off of deck. A little pricey for lunch but definitely worth it for the experience.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Ocean front restaurant. Low key, great food, service and value. The bruschetta was to die for. Fresh catch also very good.

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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: Romantic, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?