Mala Ocean Tavern


Chef Ben Klein and Owner Mark Ellman of Mala Ocean Tavern - Maui, HI

1307 Front Street
Lahaina, HI 96767
(808) 667-9394
Hours: Sat-Sun 9am-3pm; Mon-Fri 11am-3pm; Mon-Sat 4:30pm-10pm; Sun 4:30pm-9pm

Overlooking Maui’s south shore, Mala Ocean Tavern is one of those rarest of restaurants on the island: it does not offer innovative fine dining, nor does it dish cheap, greasy lunch plate fare. Located on an old pier with a view of Lanai and Molokai in the distance, Mala is a great canvass for local product without being pushy, with a solid run of French classics, simply prepared seafood, and a few Asian-inspired favorites. With custom-made reclaimed sorghum tables and rickety plastic chairs, the restaurant is Chef-owner Mark Ellman’s answer to what many Maui residents (and visitors) often crave: flavorful food without pretension.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Seared Ahi Bruschetta, Flaxseed Toast, Olowalu Tomatoes, Edamame Purée, and Micro Mizuna
  • Wok-fried Whole Opaka, Shiitake Mushroom, Sugar Snap Peas, Grape Tomatoes, and Ginger-Garlic Black Bean Sauce

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