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Mala Ocean Tavern

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1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725 (Kapunakea)
+1 808-667-9394
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 09:00
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Salem, Oregon
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Mala Ocean Tavern is a bright airy restaurant in Lahaina on the water on the North end of Front street. Chef Mark Elman has 3 little gems right in a row. Mala, Honu, and Friedas. You can see the turtle floating in and out with the tide they love eating off the rocks in front of the restaurants. The food... More 

Thank Mischelle L
Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a very delicious meal here on a weeknight. We had a reservation but arrived early. The staff was very friendly and seated us at the bar to wait. Our table on the open air patio was ready in less than 10 minutes which pleasantly surprised us. We had complimentary chip/salsa and a drink, followed by the fish special,... More 

Thank tennisfireworks
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376 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A real beach house feel but don't let that fool you, this place rocks. The menu is varied and there is something for everyone but seafood is a specialty. I had the fresh catch, a Monchong which was so fresh and tasty served with the most amazing mash and greens. My wife had the chowder, thick, rich and packed with... More 

Thank Larry S
Los Angeles, California
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723 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

While we were on vacation for a week we ate out a number of times: Dukes, Kimos, Leilani, and we felt our best meal was at Mala. Great fresh fish. The setting is wonderful--right on ocean's edge. My only beef is that the drinks are overpriced. I guess they figure they have location. The best ahi of the week.

1 Thank cookpias
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food here is not your "average" seafood restaurant. It seems to be a mix of Asian and American comfort food, using the best local ingredients! The restaurant is indoor open air and is literally on the waters edge! Service was friendly and accommodating.

Thank Pumpkindork
Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Seating outside is limited, but we were lucky to snag a table by the ocean. Somewhat on the outskirts of Lahaina made parking easy. Brunch menu had a good selection. I ordered the heuvos rancheros which were really tasty and had a nice presentation. My husband had the loco moco which he enjoyed. The no-jito was also fantastic.

Thank jflaherty2
Lynnwood, Washington
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been there 2 times, other family members have gone several times. A must stop! Excellent food, drinks, awesome view---on the water near the little marina, watch for the turtles swimming right there!!!! Had Mahi Mahi, others in party also had a fish dish----can hardly wait to go again. Has Happy Hour before 4:30

Thank _billijg
Vancouver, Canada
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being splashed by the sea in our little table for two outside (which I loved) I consider a bonus, and listening to the waves tickle the rocks right beside us, we dined on incredible burratta, tomato,fig,on tasty toasties, to die for! Whether a burger or Balinese stir fry, you can't go wrong. Service exceptional. A little tavern by the sea... More 

Thank Susan T
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't even eat seafood and I loved the ahi. It was delicious and the staff was wonderful! We have loved every minute of tonight! Totally recommend

Thank MrsMigues
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223 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It does have a great location with inside and outside dining. We chose outside on the water. It was way too crowded. Tables were crammed into a tiny area and were about 1 foot apart from the next table. The servers had to side-shimmy and walk slow to serve everyone. Even though it was open-aired. The sun was beating down... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?