Mala was Maui’s best kept dining secret. Now with 2 locations, one at the Wailea Beach Marriott, people are hearing more and more about it. Owner Chef Mark Ellman and his wife Judy created the upscale Mediterranean and Pacific Rim entrees at Mala after much success with their taco chain, Maui Tacos, and other restaurants, Avalon and Penne Pasta Cafe.
Mala Ocean Tavern is located up Front Street away from the touristy area of Lahaina. The small building sits literally against the ocean’s edge with some of the best food around. No one to date can beat their Kobe Beef Burgers. They’re out of this world, but so is everything that they serve. Their newer location in Wailea is located at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, which enjoys much more foot traffic.
The only problem with this place is that it can be a challenge getting seating right next to the water, since it’s in such high demand. If they’re packed with a long wait, check out the restaurant next door called Honu. ONO GRINDS!