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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
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 21:00
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Burnaby, Canada
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were able to get in quick without a reservation - lucky us! This place is right on the water and we actually left our table to go outside and snap some pictures of the setting sun. We chose the Mahi Mahi Ceviche (delish), the Gado Gado Vegan Salad (a-mazing), and the Crunchy Calamari (tasty) - we chose well!

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Medford, Oregon
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We checked some reviews and decided to try out Mala Ocean Tavern. We showed up without a reservation during a normal time for dinner rush on a Monday. All we got in return was a delicious meal prepared perfectly, wonderful service, and a gorgeous view of the sun. The restaurant was mostly full, so I would recommend the reservation or... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii, USA
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place! The Asian seafood pasta, medium hot! Just spicy enough, but not too hot that you can't taste anything. Lots and lots of crab, clams, scallops and yummy things! The sunset view--totally awesome! Had a great time with friends and Gregg gave us excellent service. Would love to go back.

Thank Sheri K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ever go to a place that has great food and wonderful service but you would never go there again? That is how I feel about Mala. We had a fantastic table right next to the water and a wonderful server. We started with the calamari which was good. I wouldn't order it again but it tasted fresh. I ordered the... More 

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Liberty Lake, Washington
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A real opportunity to sit right on the surf and have lunch or dinner. Many people have passed it going in and out of Lahaina but never stopped, like us. The cuisine is excellent, make sure to try the calamari. A little pricey but so is all of Hawaii 🌴

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Placerville, California
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329 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rarely do I give five. But for overall effort, food and location the best place to hang out for a sunset dinner!

Thank lewis k
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So excited to find such a find. Beach front restaurant with such outstanding food. I ordered the ahi burger it was so tasty. We also had oyster shooters those should not be overlooked they were amazing. The Flatbread is an actual pizza so be hungry.

Thank Calley H
Port Orange, Florida
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow!!!! Got there just before it opened and we got the best seat I the house. Right on the water, and the food was amazing. Smoked Salmon omelette was the special, and it was every part of special, and a Cava Mimosa on the side! The coffee was as good as the service, which was fantastic. They really do practice... More 

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Sidney, Canada
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been annual visitors to Mala. Early years exceptional in service, ambiance and especially food. We've actually had a lot of fun sitting at the bar in the corner in past years. Last year we noticed a decline. But everybody is allowed a break. Just arrived on the Island Friday for annual visit and had our first dinner there last... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by just towards to end of Happy Hour. We asked if we could still enjoy the Happy Hour specials. The host said we had about 10 minutes, but thought we were ok. We ordered a beer and we're talking about the food options when what appeared to be a manager came by and said Happy Hour was over.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$50
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free 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
View, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?