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“Beautiful setting”
Review of Mala - CLOSED

Price range: $40 - $100
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Kihei Islander bus line stops in front of the Shops at Wailea, just in front of the Marriott. Mala Restaurant is located on the ocean front of the Marriott, Wailea. Just walk through the main lobby and you'll see our lounge, with the restaurant ramp to your left.
Description: Chef Mark Ellman of Avalon fame and Chef/Owner of Maui Tacos, who also owns the orginal Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina, has joined forces with his long time partner Shep Gordon and opened a Southside outpost of Mala. Aptly called Mala Wailea at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Island of Lanai. Our delightful restaurant offers stunning sunset vistas over the Pacific – every seat has an ocean view. Mark is pleased to continue the Mala tradition of making great food organic, healthy, fresh, and delicious. With an authentic menu of Mediterranean and Pacific Rim cuisine, our beautifully crafted dishes will please the palates of your most revered guests.
Kihei, Hawaii
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

Last weekend 8 of us enjoyed the brunch at Mala. It wasn't as ornate as most Maui buffets but it cost a lot less. Also there was a senior discount. There was an omelette station, plenty of pancakes/waffles and other egg dishes. Also plenty fruit and salad options. The view was spectacular and our waitress was great.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Louise V
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English first
Kihei, Hawaii
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good food.”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

A great local burger with views and turtles swimming below the railing. Fantastic local desert concoctions that will appeal to any sweet tooth.

Visited July 2014
Thank Thom P
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Lafayette, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Food is REALLY GREAT!!”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

We visit this restaurant every year. The service is good but the food is REALLY GOOD! The restaurant could really use a face lift. The food is so good though. Yummmm!!

Visited July 2014
Thank cmvasicek
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A really interesting menu”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

I loved mala its great that they have many choices that are gluten free. Be sure to ask for that menu if you are interested. Thefish was great and there is a small but well chosen wine list. This is a restaurant in the Wailea Marriot. The view is incredible. Go at sunset. if there are not to busy rumor has it they will let you order off the Migrant menu as well.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Srklaw7
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Baltimore, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
182 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Beautiful view... Mediocre food”
Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

We ate here four nights ago on our honeymoon. We were staying in an oceanfront room at the marriott so it was convenient to come here. We had a very blah meal though. We were one of FIVE tables there - it was deserted! That should have been a tip off! It was 6:45 too - prime dining time in maui! Our server was super slow and kind of depressing; she told us how much she hates living in maui and wants to pursue a different career. It's the first night of our honeymoon - please let us enjoy the idea of maui!

My husband had a pricey steak; he said it was very tough and dry. I had shrimp something - I truly can't even remember - but it was boring and I was not impressed. We had an appetizer... Again, very blah! We shared the s'mores dessert and it was ok. Husband tried a local beer. We both left feeling like we should have gone elsewhere. It was such an "ok" meal and so forgettable. Oh, except the $140 bill. Haha.

The view is awesome but staying in an ocean front room we had a much better view from our room. It was kind of depressing with our waitress and the food was just so blah. Would not return even though it was convenient.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank SummerLove11
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