Mala Ocean Tavern
1307 Front St
| +1 808-667-9394
Photo courtesy of Mala Ocean Tavern
Sat, Sun 9am - 9pm
Mon - Fri 11am - 9pm
Mala Ocean TavernChef-owner Mark Ellman has lived on Maui for decades, raising three daughters and launching a trio of restaurants across the archipelago. A pioneer of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement, he showcases his thoughtful approach at upscale Mala, a harbor-front eatery with dramatic sunset views. Signature cocktails include the cheekily named Spa Day (cucumber, vodka, and fresh watermelon juice) and the LBC (gin, passionfruit, basil simple syrup, fresh lime and soda). Start with the ahi bruschetta or spicy lamb pita, before moving on to garlic- and artichoke-crusted market fish or, for the meat-free, campanelle pasta in a Bolognese-style sauce of San Marzano tomato and shiitake-mushrooms. Night owls, don’t miss the late happy hour (10pm to midnight), as well as live music and DJs spinning vinyl on Friday nights.
AFAR Local Expert
about 5 years ago
Foodfest on Front
This harbor-front eatery is part of Mark Elman's restaurant portfolio on Maui and it's a delight. The outdoor tables provides some of the most dramatic sunset views in the islands. It's a busy scene with a laid-back vibe, firmly planted on a foundation of freshly squeezed cocktail specialties, not to be ignored. Try the Kama'aina Mai Tai or the Mala Rita to get the party started. The starters should include the seared ahi bruschetta with a side of the stir-fried Brussels sprouts. Don't forget the frites! On to the salads where the Surfing Goat Cheese is a local favorite you'll find in the Beet salad. For the main, check the fish specials. The Balinese stir fry with a fresh fish capitalizes on island grown goodness. You can also go real casual and order off the bar menu with options like the mac and cheese, ahi burger, steamers and fish sandwich. The frites are worth a spin with any order. There is a dessert waiting in the wings to extend your sunset culinary cruise - the Caramel Miranda. A house specialty, this kind of healthy mix of chocolate, caramel, grilled island fruits on a pile of vanilla macadamia nut ice cream will send you sailing into the warm Lahaina night.
over 5 years ago
The True Definition of Ocean-Front Dining
Mala Ocean Tavern in Maui is the most beautiful place to enjoy a sunset dinner. The food is amazing and the view is the best.