We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725 (Kapunakea)
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

1,299 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 1,272: English reviews
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in for lunch loved the location on the water and the view! The staff was great. Ordered the mai tai for $13.95 (!) and it was definitely not worth it... Had a better one at happy hour at a place down the street for $4.95! Ordered a grilled ahi sandwich for $22.95 anticipating a nice piece of ahi seared... More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Shocking that this place isn't in the top couple of restaurants in Lahina. So many places not even close are ranked. Food quality is excellent, whole fish catch is to die for. It's a bit too busy and small so make reservations.

Thank McQueen1a
Waikoloa, Hawaii
Level Contributor
218 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant sits on a beautiful location on the water. The service was very friendly and efficient. The food was somewhat hit or miss: the Chinese chicken salad was good, but the kobe burger was rather bland, and a fish salad was kind of boring. We decided to go to the nearby Safeway grocery store to get a dessert we... More 

Thank Muadib84
La Quinta, California
Level Contributor
237 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I came here for dinner. The charming location of this restaurant is ocean front and right on the sea turtle reserve. As the sun was setting, we actually saw a few sea turtle heads pop out of the water. This restaurant is like a fine wine, with those annoying little pieces of cork. They serve a very... More 

Thank Chris R
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A cute spot literally on the ocean. The tables nearest the water actually have a little screen they pull down to protect against some of the splash of the ocean. Staff was friendly, atmosphere is casual. Food is great.

Thank David R
Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
Level Contributor
23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go early get spot right up front. Very small quaint place with killer view and food. Great drinks too.

Thank nnejyttocs
San Francisco
Level Contributor
52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had visited MaLa on a previous trip & decided to come back on this trip; the food was outstanding. Incredible ahi tuna - my husband had the Balinese stir fry and really enjoyed it, our friends tried the market fish - all were winners and we returned another time to eat the same all over again! Great cocktail &... More 

Thank Tracy P
Maui, Hawaii
Level Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We go to Maui annually from NY and this is one of the restaurants we always return to again and again. The food is consistent and they have a chocolate dessert that is to die for. Be sure to make the sunset.

Thank trees115
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great Sunday breakfast of bacon and eggs; excellent house made "healthy bread". Staff was pleasant and accommodating. View and sound of the ocean added to the pleasure of breakfast.

Thank Kathe N
Northern Mariana Islands
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attempted to eat at Ma'la, but upon entry were aggressively met at the door by a highly bellicose, abrupt and extremely rude male staff member who unequivocally denied me entry due to my disability. As we were visiting from another country, we are not inclined to pursue a legal case against the establishment, but hope that others with disabilities... More 

Thank Microtravelin

Travelers who viewed Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern also viewed


Been to Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $50
American, Seafood, Pacific Rim, 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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine
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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?