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Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern

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1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725 (Kapunakea)
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We always enjoy going to Mala. Great location on the water, friendly service and good food. Excellent value.

Thank Christine O
Forest Knolls, California
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My sister and I went to Ma'la on our last night in Lahaina. We started with caesar salads, which I liked more than my sister. I had the fresh fish entree and she had the stirfry fish. Both were very tasty but the portions were very large and easily could have been shared. The place was packed and it was... More 

Thank Julia W
Oxford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had a great lunch here while staying locally. Great views and perfect ambience for a relaxing lunch. Service was well above average, food was fab, a little pricey but worth it. A lunch to remember!!

Thank v0n22
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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After reserving a dinner time and arriving 15 minutes early we were still seated at a table near the front door, with offers to wait for an hour if we wanted a different location. We ordered Ma'La cocktails which were nearly $14 each and were watery and of small volume. A mojito had an unpleasant aftertaste. Appetizers were a watermelon... More 

Thank activeseniorsKelowna
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Location, food and staff are okay, just had an issue with our waiter, being a foreigner he didn't make any effort to be a bit more understandable... plus when I wanted to pay with my credit card, he returned to our table saying out loud that my card was refused. We paid in cash and had 2 hours of fear... More 

Thank lararcrot
Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful sunset! I had the seafood pasta. It was large and so good. Started with the ahi bruschetta... Wow! So good. Will return next time in Maui.

Thank Chris R
San Francisco, California
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic lunch. Get the Ahi bruschetta and fish soup! My husband got the fish sandwich (locally caught) and I opted for tofu stir fry (mild) and soy-based Brussels sprouts as a side dish. Absolutely delicious. Outdoor seating. Big windows. Perfect to catch the turtles moving around. Expensive, but we loved it.

Thank KWeise
Roseville, California
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167 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were 2 couples & had great lunch, very good service. Mahi-mahi sandwich was very good, wife had burger that was very good. We would go back again.

Thank Jim D
Columbia, South Carolina
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had Sunday brunch and it was very good. Hueves rancheros and a fresh salad with ahi. Sat right on the water. Great service.

Thank 1walker1
San Jose, California
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133 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Third time was not a charm at Mala. We had high hopes after two successive great visits a couple years ago. This time the service and food were disappointing. Food: Must have been an off night in the kitchen. We tried a variety of seafood options. All meals were disappointing. Ambiance: The place is small but that adds to the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Maui  >  Lahaina
  • Phone Number: 18086679394
we sit on the waters edge at Mala Wharf serving Mediterranean and Asian Cuisine

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