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Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern

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$$ - $$$
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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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Kihei, Hawaii
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

Perhaps I remember things differently but I ate here 6-7 yrs ago and loved the food. Amazing fish. This last time I went out with my gf about 7 months ago our food was really average. Especially for the price. I will most likely go back and perhaps it was just the dishes we ordered. I ordered the ribs and... More 

Thank John S
Scottsdale, Arizona
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86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

I am simply not fond of places where you sit so close to the table next to you that you can hear what the people are THINKING! Maybe I am just getting beyond quaint and trendy. When I have to park at the Safeway a block away I think it is a problem. So the food was good but the... More 

Thank Dave F
Surprise, Arizona
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

Overall, this was the best dinner we had on our trip. Is does cost money, it does take time. Do not expect to get a great table on the deck without a reservation in advance. The service was great, we watched the sunset and turtles all dinner. The food was amazing. Many different flavors. Everything was super fresh. I would... More 

Thank njharrel
Reno, Nevada, United States
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

Amazing food and place! We went on a recommendation for a friends birthday and we all (5) girls loved it! We loved it so much we went back the next night!! Great food and wonderful service and the view is delightful as well..see you next visit :)

Thank Martinigirl0505
Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

We lucked out and scored a seat at the bar without a reservation and had a wonderful meal at Mala. The bartender was very friendly and helped with recommendations. It was a lively atmosphere and the food was excellent. And it's right by the harbor so the view of the ocean was an added plus. Definitely try the tuna bruschetta.... More 

Thank travlr02129
Dallas, Texas
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60 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

My wife and I went to this place too many times, we really enjoyed it. Nice place to relax, good Mai Tai's and good beer selection. Salads and appetizers were great. On our final trip there, my wife accidentally left her iPhone in the restroom. I ran back to the restaurant to find the manager showing the iphone screen to... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

My husband and I enjoyed Mala. We sat on the patio on an evening with an amazing sunset so the view was just fantastic. The service overall was great and we really loved our Maui Maui. My only complaint is that it was quit expensive and we didn't expect that. Overall, go knowing you'll spend a pretty penny, but know... More 

Thank jfrazie6
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

This place was recommended to us by a friend. It doesnt look like much from the outside but once inside it has fantastic sea views and a great atmosphere. The food was absolutely delicious and the staff were all super friendly. It was busy so would suggest you book.

Thank Hardingsontour
Ogden, Utah
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

We were referred to Ma'la from our rafting guide as having some of the best fish in Lahaina. Boy was he right on. We didn't have a reservation but just stopped in during the middle of the day hoping to get in. We were immediately seated by the window facing the ocean. By that I mean we could reach out... More 

Thank Annie1735
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

We made a reservation earlier in the day and when we got to the restaurant they didn't have it logged for that night. The host made good and had us a table within 15 minutes right on the water. This allowed us to watch the sunset and view the turtles in the water near our table. It was a great... 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
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
View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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