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Mala - Ocean Tavern

1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
+1 808-667-9394
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good23%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
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811 - 820 of 1,470 reviews

Reviewed December 5, 2013

We have been to this restaurant both times we have come to Maui, this time was excellent too. Ara made sure we were seated comfortably in the best spot available, Rachel our server was excellent, helpful and did a great job taking care of us....More

Thank Sinnott-7
Reviewed November 30, 2013

What a great find. Outside dinning is right on the water, the food is excellent and the service very good. Quality of food is outstanding and the meal sizes are generous. My husband and I shared the seafood pasta (spicy) which was amazing and full...More

Thank TexasSheila
Reviewed November 30, 2013

We showed up without a reservation but got lucky. I definitely recommend you make own as the place gets packed. Good food and service, definitely worth leaving the beach for. Because we didn't reserve we did not get to enjoy the best views. My bad...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed November 29, 2013

Went here on a recommendation. This is great little place that I probably would have overlooked if it had not been recommended. We were very happy with the food, drinks, service and ambiance. A fun find in Lahaina. Parking is tricky but if you have...More

Thank WendyFederalWay_WA
Reviewed November 26, 2013

Stumbled into this place starving and tired from driving around west Maui…what luck! Great grub, yummy drinks, and wonderful, personal service. Highly recommend!

Thank Shawna I
Reviewed November 15, 2013

This is a lovely little intimate restaurant with great food. It has outside seating and sea turtles can be easily sighted from the outside deck. The food is great, but a little pricey. I always return once to this special place while in Lahaina, but...More

Thank C00KIES_Travels
Reviewed November 13, 2013

This is a little gem of a place with windows that are about 15 feet from the water where giant sea turtles lounge around close enough to spit on them. You go into the bar and expect to order a greasy little burger but surprise,...More

Thank AmasiaIntl
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Had drinks and dinner at Ma'la An ocean tavern. Intimate bar with engaging bartendress. Food was fresh, interesting and delicious. Ediname puree was excellent and all the dishes were served perfectly cooked. Worth a visit; the spectacular views are a definite bonus.

Thank 20van10
Reviewed November 7, 2013

This is not a glamorous place for tourists. They did not spend too much money on decorations to look pretty. Rather they spend the money on good talented chefs and wait staff. It shows. Make sure to order the poke brushetta ap. It was very...More

Reviewed November 7, 2013

We went to Ma La on our first night in Maui and were extremely disappointed. The food was flavorless. We got sat inside- wasn't even asked if we'd like to wait for an outside table. Our service wasn't friendly. We asked him if the bread...More

Thank Amanda D
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Response from Barb A | Reviewed this property |
I recall the restaurant having a happy hour during mid-afternoon hours.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$21 - $50
Lunch, Dinner, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Maui  >  Lahaina
  • Phone Number: +1 808-667-9394
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In 2004 Mark and Judy opened Mala Ocean Tavern, along with their daughters, Ariana and Michelle, a small oceanside tavern serving Mediterranean and Pacific Rim, with some Latino flavored dishes. With their partner Shep Gordon, Mala Wailea was created for the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort, which opened in 2008 and sold in 2016.
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