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“Dinner and sunset to die for”

Mala - Ocean Tavern
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Ranked #32 of 265 Restaurants in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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.
Texas
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Dinner and sunset to die for”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Plan your dinner to watch the sunset and you will not be disappointed. The food is excellent, the service was great!
The food is pricey but all in all it is worth it! Make reservations!

Visited May 2013
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Palm Coast, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
570 reviews
525 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
“More like an ocean front cafe than a tavern”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

A great location with the covered open air ocean front tables perhaps five feet from the breaking surf. There are turtles here, maybe you'll see them, maybe not. But you will see the bay and feel the breeze and be served some excellent food items. We thought the food next door at Honu (same owner) was a little more creative, but we were very pleased with our orders. A bonus, free parking.

  • Visited June 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Disappointing”
Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

Our overall experience was disappointing. We made a reservation & still had to wait 45 minutes. Our appetizer was very good the garlic cheese flat bread. Unfortunately the rest of the meal went down hill fast. The fish of the day was way over cooked & extremely dry. The beef filet was the size of an Oreo cookie. There were. Six of us & we will not b back

  • Visited June 2013
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Buckhannon, West Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
287 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Great View, Good Food & Service”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

We learned about this place from a crew member on a snorkel excursion. We ventured out and were pleasantly surprised. We were able to grab an ocean side table. We watched several sea turtles swim while we ate. Food was really good and service was better than average. We were very hungry and shared the Tuna Bruschetta, which was delightful, split the Farmer's Salad and I had the special entree. It was a cilantro pesto with mashed potatoes two ways and mahi mahi & red snapper. This was a very strange combination and I don't think I would order it again. Each thing on their own was good, but together, strange. My husband had the Stir Fry with Mahi Mahi and his was really good.

  • Visited June 2013
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Dining with sea turtles”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We had a delicious lunch at a table looking directly out on the ocean, where 5 sea turtles swam and surfaced for the entire hour we were there. It was the best al fresco stage show we've ever seen. The ribs with Maui sweet potatoes were an excellent choice.

  • Visited June 2013
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