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Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern

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1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725 (Kapunakea)
+1 808-667-9394
11:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

outstanding service friendly and engaging, awesome setting (right on the beach) inventive and delicious foods. The oyster shooters are worth every penny and going back for. Everything else we tried as equally delightful and served in a timely manner by a delightful waitress from Seattle. The place is very casual and relaxed.

Thank MFXB10014
Las Vegas, Nevada
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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had chosen this restaurant as our "nice dinner out" with the kids. We had just been shopping in town so hadn't planned on eating anywhere- that's why we didn't have a reservation. I'm not sure what it was, but from the moment we arrived I felt that we were not wanted there. The hostess said...do we have place for... More 

Thank Dalia N
Bunnlevel, North Carolina
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten here many times over the last two years, and the food is not nearly as good now as it was last year. The items are too "artistic" in that they try to combine too many things to make a complicated and less tasty offering. The atmosphere is now too hurried, the view is spectacularly good, and the... More 

Thank Penny J
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best Ahi Bruschetta EVER! I finally bought the cookbook which o regretted not buying on my last trip 7 years ago. Mala's on the mainland! 😋

Thank Shannon Y
Eugene, Oregon
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49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is very popular. Of course, so is Walmart, and I wouldn't recommend shopping there if you're living above the poverty line. Eating at Mala's on a regular basis would surely place you below that line. Everything is quite expensive, even by Maui standards, which would be OK (I guess) if the food and service were better. My wife... More 

Thank Mark W
Alameda, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So a friend recommended this place to me before I left home Everything she said is as true Stopped here before checking in our room Great location right away on the water Great staff, Rob, our waiter was fabulous , attentive but not smothering Fantastic food- ahi bruschetta stole my heart!!! Freshest ingredients -like they just pulled the fish from... More 

Thank jetzel9866
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153 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been coming to Mala for breakfast and dinners since they opened and have written a few reviews before. Made a reservation for breakfast just in case they were crowded and saw they were pretty empty We asked the hostess for an outside table and was told there was none. We were "amazed" seeing an empty table and someone... More 

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Breckenridge, Colorado
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133 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a table by the window and views that were stellar! Mai Tai was great as was my ceviche. Magical spot and worth making a reservation.

Thank Lisa S
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service, food and atmosphere were 5 stars. Try the crispy Brussel Sprouts. Excellent! Love that you can hear the waves lapping the stones as they lightly crash at the shoreline. I think our server was Christina? She recommended the sprouts and they were delic! Put it on your list, easy to get to and make a reservation.

Thank cuted1011
Dartmouth, Canada
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427 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While exploring Lahaina, we stopped for lunch at Ma'la, as it had a lovely location right on the water, and it was slightly out of town and away from the hundreds of other passengers off the cruise ship. the staff were great, friendly and helpful, suggesting a nice local beer for me, and when my wife suggested she liked Sangria,... More 

Thank Art H

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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
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1307 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1725
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Maui  >  Lahaina
  • Phone Number: +1 808-667-9394
we sit on the waters edge at Mala Wharf serving Mediterranean and Asian Cuisine

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