Mala Ocean Tavern Review

MR_Mala_s1-1This was the second time on this trip we went to this awesome oceanside restaurant in Lahaina, and I just had to write about it. Both times we went to Mala an Ocean Tavern have been amazing! We have been enjoying Mark Ellman’sMR_Mala_s2 restaurants since his Avalon days, and we are so happy to say that his unique culinary style continues to improve and still delights. The food at Mala was incredibly well prepared and very tasty. We’ve never been so satisfied and “tummy happy” after a meal! If you go there, please do yourself a favor and order their Ahi Bruchetta and the steamed Manilla Clams with Grilled Pita; I promise you won’t regret it!…. It’s also very convenient to downtown Lahaina, and has the added advantage of valet parking, which can definitely be an issue in Lahaina. It’s right on the water, so everywhere you sit has gorgeous ocean views – great for a romantic sunset dinner!

Perhaps the best part was the wonderful waitstaff at Mala – both Ari and Rachel were absolutely incredible and very attentive. Rachel even walked over to Mala’s sister restaurant – Honu (right next door), to get us a different dipping sauce for their famous fried calamari starter – talk about service! Everything she promised (tender calamari, lots of unique fish preparations to choose from, amazingly fresh and delicious mango margaritas) Mala delivered. You can check out their menu at, or call for reservations at (808) 667-9394. Can’t recommend this restaurant highly enough! Thanks to Mark Ellman for some amazing experiences in dining on Maui!


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