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Mala - Ocean Tavern
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Ranked #29 of 274 Restaurants in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Had two dinners here. First time it was just two of us; there was no wait to sit at the bar, where we were able to order from the full menu, and enjoyed great service. Eric was a very attentive server and bartender, chatting with the locals, offering us tastes of the beer and wine we asked about. The prices were slightly on the high side for me ($30-$50 for most entrees, with "tavern" menu items, large salads and sides more in the $15 range). The second night it was a family dinner and the kids ordered from the typical kids' menu stuff. The service was once again excellent. Both nights were busy, but we were able to be seated quickly. All of the food we tried both nights was fresh and tasty. Manila clams in a rich and spicy broth was served with toasted pita to soak up the broth. The ahi bruschetta was a big hit, and the stir-fry dishes were tasty and spicy.

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Thank David C
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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!

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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.

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Thank denisx
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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

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Thank Bgbrown
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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.

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