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Māla Tavern

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Mala Ocean Tavern established in 2004 in historic Lahaina town is a classic staple of the Maui food scene. Featuring the best oceanfront dining on Maui and overlooking the Mala Wharf. MALA is known for exceptional cuisine. The Pacific Rim and Mediterranean inspired menu has been drawing locals and visitors of Maui for years, with focus on locally caught fish and incorporation of exotic ingredients. November 1 of 2018 the restaurant came under new ownership, bringing MALA to the next generation, keeping the vintage charm and adding contemporary vibrancy. With Daily Brunch and new approaches on familiar dishes at dinner, they've established a modern vibe to the oceanfront eatery. MALA's Kitchen
$21 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Wine Bar, Hawaiian, American, Seafood, International
Takeout, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Beach
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Fantastic view, service and even some live music (love!). Jose was a fabulous waiter and the atmosphere w ocean view was wonderful. Spent a few hours there and talked with other tables. A great place that I’d highly recommend.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here three times! Happy Hour is an easier time to get in and it fit our routine. Perfect low key location on the water with music and excellent food. We especially loved the sashimi and the GF flatbread dishes--wonderful Mai Tais too!

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a reservation for this restaurant, but got done way earlier then expected with our day. We dropped in and asked if we could be seated early, but no such luck. However, we were able to sit at the bar, so we decided to...do that. The inside of the restaurant is rather dark, so dark it was actually hard to see our food. Nest was our bartender and he took great care of us throughout our visit. Knowledgeable, kind, and good drink maker. As for our dinner, the appetizer we got was the one they were known for ahi bruschetta. As much as we read about it, it was more of a bust. For dinner my wife did their white fish special which was light and just what she wanted. Good flavor and very fresh. I got a menu item (Mahi Mahi) and it was rather bland. Really no flavor as it was just mixed in with the veggies and mash. Lastly, we had their coconut tort and it was good. Full of flavor and creamy, but the crust could have been cooked a little bit more. Overall our experience was good nothing wow, but good.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to visit Mala after a long walk from Airport Beach. We were a bit thirsty and peckish. We have been been here many years ago and nothing has changed except for more outdoor seating. It was nice to sit outside and hear the waves...crash on the rocks while you are sipping your cocktails and enjoying the Ahi bruschetta and coconut shrimps. Service was great and food/drinks came out quickly.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent meal in a fun location in Maui. Food was delicious and creatively served. Seating was right next to the ocean and the waves were beautiful. Be sure to get outside seating - the inside is noisy and the seats rather sticky. But outside...was wonderful. Friendly accommodating staff, and the location was on the edge of Lahaina so out of the hustle bustle. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed October 22, 2021 via mobile

We were given the best seats, outside but shady. Very lucky. The drinks were both phenomenal- I got the Spa Day and loved it. Very refreshing. I’d like one every day, haha. Hubby got their mai tai and it was fantastic too. Slightly strawberry sweet...yet tangy. Go for the drinks. We shared the calamari and thought it was okay not great. I got the Ahi dinner. The ahi was very good but personally I did not love the mashed potatoes, and especially the mushrooms and sauce, which I would call a gravy. Just didn’t go with the Ahi. No wasabi anywhere. Nothing enhanced the Ahi. Just not something I would order again. Hubby got the pork shank and thought it was very good. We have been here before and enjoyed. The view is beautiful. We got a butterscotch pot de creme for dessert and it was amazing.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 22, 2021

This unassuming restaurant sits right on the water in Lahaina. The food as very good, particularly the fish dishes which were well prepared and served promptly.. It has a full service bar and extensive outdoor dining. If you can get a reservation, try to be...here for sundown-spectacular views.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 17, 2021 via mobile

Great chill meal on the beach. Excellent food and service. Start the night with an elegant oyster shooter! Meal sizes were very generous, food was fresh! The bone marrow was amazing!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed October 12, 2021

Four of us had brunch after a morning of parasailing. It is so pretty to sit outside and enjoy a great meal. Our server was so fun and added to our enjoyment. I loved the eggs benedict, perfectly prepared and delicious.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed October 12, 2021

This dining experience was wonderful from the time we set foot in the establishment. The hostess's were young, friendly and accommodating. They gave us a table right on the water and had water in our hands in seconds. Our waitress was fun, sassy and knowledgeable....The menu was very extensive and the food was outstanding. Cocktails were great and had plenty of the good stuff in it. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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July 16, 2021|
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Response from 101calebh | Property representative |
Aloha! We will indeed be open for Christmas, but have not opened up reservations. We are awaiting all the new restrictions and seeing how things are a little closer to time. We will announce via our website and social media... More
January 26, 2020|
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Response from Javier B | Property representative |
Aloha! You can park at the lot next to MĀLA or the two lots at the restaurants next door. Parking is for MĀLA, Honu, Frida's, and Aloha Mix Plate. Valet if FREE during dinner service.
September 14, 2018|
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Yes My granddaughter said the chicken was the best ever
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Frequently Asked Questions about Māla Tavern

Yes, Māla Tavern offers takeout services.

Yes, Māla Tavern is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Māla Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5