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Mala’s Ocean Tavern in Lahaina’s is one of our absolute favorites on Maui, is step free, and reasonably wheelchair accessible. The restaurant sits directly on the ocean front and the views are spectacular, especially at sunset. The seafood is among the best on Maui, and the drinks, wines, starters and entrees are all fabulous. We dined on the Ahi Bruschetta, Farmers Salad, Fresh Fish (Ono) A La Plancha with prawns (see pic) and Whole Wok Fried Hawaiian Fresh Fish (see pic). All were incredible!

Mala’s is quite small and the limited patio seating area is first come first serve and hard to get. Reservations highly recommended. The restaurant has probably a dozen accessible tables, but the desired seating is on the patio where the tables are tightly scrunched together. There is an accessible restroom but often they have tables or chairs blocking it. There is a small parking lot, street parking and valet.

The adjacent Honu Restaurant is far more spacious and operated by the same owners. Its restroom is far more accessible. Their food is also delicious.

On the WJAR index, Mala’s Ocean Tavern get a 3 for accessibility, but a top rating for the dining. We love it at Mala’s!

Dining Experience

Wonderful restaurant

Restaurant Entrance Accessibility

Step free or easy ramped entrance

Relatively level grade at entrance

Wide doorway entrance

Nearby Accessible Parking

Valet available

Restaurant Overview Accessibility

Step free or easy ramps on main dining level

Many available tables

Bar Area: reasonably accessible

Tight clearance between tables

Restaurant Bathroom Accessibility

Step free accessible restroom

Very tight restroom clearance

Restroom very clean

Additional Details

  • Type of Cuisine:Seafood
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    1 Review for Mala Ocean Tavern (Lahaina, Maui)

    Wheelchair Jimmy

    81 Reviews

    Mala’s is Awesome! Spectacular Setting and Dining!

    Overall Restaurant Accessibility Rating

    3/ 5

    Restaurant Accessibility Rating

    3/ 5

    Restaurant Bathroom Accessibility Rating

    3/ 5

    Restaurant Dining Accessibility Rating

    5/ 5

    Restaurant Parking Accessibility Rating

    3/ 5

    We been coming to Mala’s for years and it’s consistently fabulous. The patio dining sits directly on the ocean and you can often see the sea turtles swimming near shore. The restaurant looks as if it may blow away in a hurricane, but the fresh fish is among the best on Maui. The patio only has 10-12 tightly spaced tables but Mala’s is an absolute must visit!

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