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Mala - Ocean Tavern

1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
+1 808-667-9394
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good23%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great local restaurant which sits right on the beach. We went with friends to have dinner and watch the sunset. Great casual vibe with overall pretty friendly wait staff but no sign from management that they appreciated our choosing their place to spend our money....More

Thank Vince W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing sunset views, free valet parking, and excellent food choices make this spot a winner. I’d read they have the best burger on Maui and it did not disappoint. 100% Maui raised beef with bacon, caramelized onions and your choice of Cheddar or Blue cheeses...More

Thank travelequalsbliss
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here for dinner and we quickly seated. They have a semi outside seating and the tables are ridiculously close together. I felt like I was part of the conversation of the people on both sides of us. The waitress wasn't great. She didn't...More

Thank cheridiann
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every year we make it out to Maui, and we dine here at least one night during our stay. This past night was the last night that we will be dining here. Our server told us that the manager has decided to sell the restaurant,...More

1  Thank ThaEditor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just found out that Mala Ocean Tavern has been sold to the owners of Down the Hatch. Too bad! It used to be an amazing place to dine.More

1  Thank Lucy E
Caleb H, Owner at Mala - Ocean Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Lucy, I am not sure I really understand this review, is it 1 star because it was sold, or because of a dining experience? Either way, it is still owned and operated by the Ellman family for another month. If this is just a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read good reviews and when we first saw this place we were a little disappointment but once entering changed our opinion immediately. Very casual with a great view. Ordered fresh fish (some variety I never heard of) and thought it was the best tasting, looking,...More

Thank Rick S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited for dinner and sat inside the restaurant. The staff were friendly and efficient. The food was OK. We had Caesar Salad and Fried Chicken (having had fish for the past few days, fancied a change). There was nothing wrong with the food although $38...More

Thank Anton V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here to this location and went inside to find a very trendy Oceanside bar/restaurant with amazing choices! The surf splashed up and would mist us occasionally and add to the ambiance. I asked for a custom martini and the bartender quickly made...More

Thank Paula R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we were seated at the worst table in a corner nowhere near the water. the food was fair and so was the service. no need to go back

Thank rlern
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

We had not been in for brunch in a while. We like to sit by the window in the bar area so we can watch the turtle activity in the water. My wife had the Great Start which remains excellent. I tried a new (to...More

Thank MOG808
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15 September 2018|
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Response from Italscott | Reviewed this property |
Yes My granddaughter said the chicken was the best ever
12 May 2017|
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Response from Barb A | Reviewed this property |
I recall the restaurant having a happy hour during mid-afternoon hours.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
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
  • E-mail
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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