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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
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
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Ft. Thomas, Kentucky
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were very happy with the service, food and wine at MaLa. Tuna (ahi) appetizer had taste from spices but frankly the ahi was bland. This was the second time we found the tuna in Hawaii to be somewhat flavorless, yet tender. Perhaps because we just came from Japan where the tuna was amazing. I wish we had ordered the... More 

Thank MargaritaConSal
Lansing, Michigan
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128 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The last couple of visits to Maui brought us to the doors of Mala. The very friendly service, the table by the ocean, and the food is second to none in Lahaina. (OK, Lahaina Grille is pretty special too..but) This trip we came by on our first night in town, as well as, our last evening dinner too. My wife... More 

Thank Preston B
Vancouver, BC
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82 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We dined at Ma'La 3 times last year in 2 weeks and thought it likely that we would do again this year. However on our second day on Maui when we went with friends for dinner we found the food reasonable but were very unimpressed with the service. The server was brusque, sarcastic, and really did not seem to be... More 

Thank JandVVancouver_BC
Phoenix, Arizona
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238 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A friend recommend this place for the food and the views- neither disappointed. We made a reservation for 5:30pm and we enjoyed an amazing sunset while partaking of some of the business food in Lahaina. We had the Monchong in the Asian stir fry with brown rice. Also the signature dessert is great. Make a reservation or be prepared to... More 

Thank Jose F
Dracut, Massachusetts
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I compared these two, Mala and Honu and simply found Honu better of the two. The room seemed more inviting and it seemed the prices were better at Honu, not sure however.

Thank Don C
Nicosia, Cyprus
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408 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were impressed by the service. When we booked I made a request on OpenTable for a table for two by the water because it was my wife's birthday. They did read the request and we did get the table. It was extremely busy and our waitress more than so, but the manager came along and took our wine and... More 

Thank Moniaits
Versailles, Kentucky
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food is good but pricey. The restaurant is more upscale in looks and atmosphere than most others in the surrounding area.

Thank John J
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lunched at this restaurant. I had the steamed clams which were succulent with an excellent mild broth of onions and bits of black beans. Others' seafood looked equally good and by all reports the dishes were excellent. Great service. Nice setting in the water although we were seated inside.

Thank Katherine S
Sydney, Australia
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98 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We come to Maui for a month, every year and Ma'la has always been one of our favourites. Not sure if we came at an 'off' time but visited on a sunday around 1pm. The menu is not the same, our server was really 'off' and the whole experience just wasn't 'Ma'la'. So bad, doubt we will be going back... More 

Thank Travelbugtoo
Syracuse, New York
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fresh fish, in an oceanfront venue. You can eat outside or in, and they do have a bar. Outside seating is right on the water. You look over the edge to waves lapping the rocks and crabs and frolicking sea turtles. Had brunch there for the first time, and the eggs benny were very good. Just down the street from... 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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch
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
Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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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