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Mala Ocean Tavern

1307 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761
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  • Mala Ocean Tavern
    Tim Or Kim B
    5 Jan 27, 2014

    Has to be one of my favorite restaurants. Just north of Lahaina, in a little ocean front place that serves the best that Maui has to offer.

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    Sara Benson
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    5 Oct 20, 2013

    You'd never expect such gourmet food from this hidden seaside dive (well, from the outside, but inside it's surprisingly glam), but it's hands-down one of the best dinners I've ever had on the island. In fact, I'd rather come back here than go back to the more famous Mama's Fish House in Paia. Mala's menu is creative, and the drinks strong. What more do you need? Be sure to make reservations in advance, or be prepared to wait. It's worth it, though, since it's way better value than more touristy restaurants on Front St downtown.

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  • Mala Ocean Tavern
    Bert C
    5 Oct 06, 2013

    A small oceanfront cozy restaurant space on the water near Mala Wharf and has created a sophisticated, light-filled restaurant/bar. A menu statement explains the concept: small plates, organic whenever possible, whole grains, no preservatives, no hydrogenated oils and everything in proportion.

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  • Mala Ocean Tavern
    Trish H
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    5 Jul 01, 2013

    My favorite restaurant on the West side! I recommend getting the roasted beat salad with the crusted goat cheese, Ahi Bruchetta, the whole Opakapaka and the Carmel Miranda for dessert! SO ONO!!!

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  • Mala Ocean Tavern
    Anthony And Julie L
    4 Jul 01, 2013

    The setting alone would recommend this place. You can sit along the waterfront and watch sea turtles until the sun goes down. But – added bonus - the food is amazing. There are so many things to try; you might need to head to West Maui more than once! The ahi tuna appetizer is a standout – for entrees, try the Balinese stir-fry with fresh island fish or the hoisin-glazed ribs.

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  • Mala Ocean Tavern
    Ida B
    5 Jun 19, 2013

    One of my favorite place to go for lunch. If you sit by the water, you may see the large sea turtle. The food is always great as well as the service.

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  • Mala Ocean Tavern
    Art Chester
    4 Apr 30, 2013

    Mala Ocean Tavern is a great contemporary restaurant, right on the water. It is especially pleasant at lunch, seated at an outdoor table.

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    Arthur C
    4 Apr 29, 2013

    Mala Ocean Tavern is a great contemporary restaurant, right on the water. It is especially pleasant at lunch, seated at an outdoor table.

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  • Mala Ocean Tavern
    Tory K
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Little off the beaten path on the north end of Front street (Behind the Safeway). Unassuming on the outside kinda nicely retro diner-esque on the inside with a really nice outdoor patio right on the water. We stopped for brunch which was delicious. Dinner is sort of tapas/mediterannian themed adn looked really interesting but we ran out of time. Staff was really nice and prices were reasonable.

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  • Mala Ocean Tavern
    Betty N.
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    **OMG BEST MAUI MEAL EVER. LIKE EVER.**

    Super nice greeters, hostesses, and waiters.

    We sat outside the lanai and it was very romantic; even with the heavy storm.

    Our waiter, Jeremiah, was helpful and attentive. Cool dude. His recommendations made our eating experience memorable and satisfying on Maui.

    MUST MUST ORDERS TO SHARE (for the full 5 star):

    *OYSTER SHOOTER ($4 each) - The best. Super duper fresh. Sauce and juice were amazing. Best Oyster Shooter I've had.

    *AHI TARTARE ($17) - Generous portion and again, super fresh. The herbs and subtle spices made this dish memorable.

    *BRUSSEL SPROUTS ($9) - Best fried brussel sprouts in the world. OMG good. Texture, organic freshness, and wonderful flavors.

    *SEAFOOD PASTA ($45) - Best seafood pasta we've had in our lives. The fresh seafood was HARD TO BEAT. Quality of the crab meat, mussels, and fish were evident and unsurpassed.

    We didn't order cocktails except some Arnold Palmers ($5 each) which had fresh guava juice. Also amazing.

    Our dinner without drinks and tip came out to be $103 (note we shared all plates tapas-style).

    Man oh man, what a fantastic meal.

    HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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  • Mala Ocean Tavern
    Kelli Braxton
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    4 Jan 08, 2014

    Great ambiance, great views. really good food.

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    Terry C
    5 Jul 02, 2013

    Fun ocean front dining.One of best restaurant sunset views on West Side

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    5 Jun 25, 2013

    My favorite restaurant in Lahaina town situated right on the ocean.

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    Kent K
    5 May 27, 2013

    Great Food, Great setting, behind Safeway on Front Street, by Old Lahaina Laua

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    Jeff S
    5 May 23, 2013
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    April R
    4 Apr 25, 2013

    Their Ahi Bruschetta is amazing!

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    Mika Roberts
    5 Apr 25, 2013

    Great seafood, right on the water.

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    M.J.
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Seared Ahi Bruschetta: phenomenal!!!

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    Laura P
    5 May 04, 2014
    Recommended for:FoodiesLocal Culture
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4.5 out of 5
19 members' reviews
361 people visited Mala Ocean Tavern
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    Expensive$$$
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  • Open Hours:

    Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
  • Phone:

    (808) 667-9394

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