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Mala - Ocean Tavern
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Ranked #32 of 267 Restaurants in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Kapunakea
Description: 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.
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Interesting menu, good food, and good service. The menu had several fresh fish options, including several excellent stir fry dishes. The open-air dinning area has great views of the sea and adjacent islands. This was our lunch experience, but we're heading back for dinner.

1  Thank Jaimie L
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

When you dine out a lot in Maui you come to find that all the good restaurants can have great views or great service or great food and they are all pretty expensive. Well, Mala has all of the above under one roof. What I liked about Mala was that the food had a little flair to it. Steamed clams weren't ordinary, they come in a delicious black bean broth and they are tasty. The Ahi was as good as the best but it was rolled in a fresh herb mixture. Rachel, our server was perfect. We dined at sunset with a window seat...does not get any better than this.

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2  Thank Suezq3
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Small place behind the Cannery Mall about a half block north of Old Lahaina Luau. Co-worker who goes to Maui several times a year raved about it, so I took my family. The location is right on the water, albeit a rocky shore. Sat on the deck/veranda with a view of the sunset, which was nice.

Food was amazing. The oyster shooters were an out of body experience (Washington oysters, ponzu, caviar and wasabi...Had a local fish dish (Opa I think) that was really good as well. Overall it was a good place to have our last dinner in Hawaii.

Definately worth a try.

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1  Thank Robert V
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Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

There is nothing like dining on the ocean's edge to kick off our time on Maui. We loved the Greek Salad topped with a blackened Mahi Mahi and the Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, also topped with grilled Mahi Mahi. I had a perfect Kettle One martini and my wife an excellent glass of wine. The view is spectacular and the food excellent. MA LA is a must every time we visit Maui. Lunch was $80 with the tip.

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1  Thank jcrreid
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We dined at Mala for lunch and it was the best meal of our trip. The hummus and pita bread were excellent, as was the mahi fish sandwich and the vegan Gado Gado salad (brown rice, edamame, chickpeas, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, tofu, with peanut coconut dressing.) Interesting menu with fresh healthy ingredients. Overlooks the harbor.

1  Thank Linda2003
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