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Bali Hai Restaurant
Bali Hai Restaurant
  • Address:
    2230 Shelter Island Dr
    San Diego, CA 92106
    Neighborhood:
    Shelter Island / San Diego Bay
  • Cuisine:
    Polynesian
    Price: $30 and under

Bali Hai Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.balihairestaurant.com
  • Phone: (619) 222-1181
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3pm,
    Sunday Brunch: 9:30-2pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 9pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 5pm - 10pm,
    Sunday 4pm-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Polynesian, Seafood, Hawaiian
  • Executive Chef: Mr. Dion Morales
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Private dining 10 to 30.

    And 65 to 300.
  • Private Party Facilities: Thank you for considering The Bali Hai for your special occasion. The Bali Hai has been a favorite in San Diego for over fifty years. With spectacular views of San Diego Bay and the city skyline, our South Pacific Room and Hawaiian Village are perfect for wedding receptions. Also our unique banquet room the bamboo room, is perfect for rehearsal dinners.
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren Batch (619) 222-1181

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Scott or Rosecrans
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Lots of free parking. Sorry no valet.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went there for restaurant week Sunday lunch but they only serve brunch for $36 although no where on the site does it specify this. We decided to stay anyway since we were already there. Food was just okay. I paid $75 (for two people) for basically breakfast food, dessert, and champagne."
    Dined on 9/21/2014
  • "When I called to make a reservation- I requested a table by the window overlooking the water. There weren't any more available so we took a patio table. I received a call back- saying they had a cancellation for the table we wanted. I was grateful she called because the location really made a difference in our overall experience. The server was very attentive and informative. At the end of the night I knocked over a full drink and was a little upset at my own lack of paying attention. I went to the restroom to wash my hands and when I came back, to my surprise he had brought me a new drink. This made me feel like he cared about my experience at the restaurant. Its the little things like that - that make me say that I will definitely return."
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "first time , had reservation seated within minutes of arriving service was great food also ,sat outside enjoyed the view"
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "Had no trouble with the beautiful outdoor dining, but the when it came to service, it was lacking. We ordered Coffee, appetizer and lunch. Daughter got a Aloha Cob Salad with a 1/4 of avocado, 2 cherry tomatoes (cut in half), 1/4 of a breast of chicken sliced, and the lettuce was brown on the edges. As for service, the server never asked us how was the food. We had to call for a server to let them know they forgot the blue cheese for salad. By the time it arrived, Daughter was almost finished with salad. No person brought around coffee, so I guess no refills, but we did get refills on water. Very disappointed. Hadn't been there in about 35 yrs., not the same hot spot. The view and walk around grounds were beautiful."
    Dined on 9/18/2014
  • "Atmosphere was great. Food was ok with fish tasting a little stale and overcooked. Not bad enough to send back but a good kitchen should have noticed. Went there for the view and drinks but expected a little more from the food. Portions were smaller than expected."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "We had the most awesome time! From the service to the food to the breath taking view. I made the reservation online asking for a window view and it was fullfilled. The food was to die for. We really had a wonderful time. We will be back! Thank you again!!"
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "There were 4 of us and the one that got the steak was happy with his but the Sweet and sour chicken was tasteless and so was another persons dish but I don't remember what it was. We were on vacation . wont be back."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "This was our second visit here and the food was great on both occasions. We have dietary restrictions and they were accommodating. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "Bali hai is perfect as the go to restaurant before (or after) a show at Humphrey's. The food is Polynesian and delicious. I had the duck dish with bacon fried rice. My wife had the shrimp appetizer. Both dishes got great reviews. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to our best friends."
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "Great service and amazing menu. Overlooks the water with plenty of parking. Portions are a good size and full of flavor. Drinks are also amazing. Great prices for such quality selections."
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "Some items were served hot, others cool for our group of 12. The Calamari was almost cold, not good when you eat fried food. Good size portion though. Drinks were priced right, food items a bit expensive, all ala carte. Some fish portions very small, over cooked, just so, so. The worst were the crab cakes, fried dough balls. Small serving for price, not enough crab texture. The peppers were the best. Mai Tai excellent."
    Dined on 9/11/2014
  • "Your resturant and staff were wonderful. It was our wedding anniversary and the table by the window was awesome and when we arrived the hostesses wished us happy anniversary and that was nice. The staff was thoughtful and they served us a little chocolate dessert for our anniversary. I have already recommended your resturant to alot of our friends. Thanks for making our evening perfect."
    Dined on 9/11/2014
  • "My meal was fixed the way I requested. When ever I am in San Diego, birthplace, I eat several meal at Bali Hai my favorite restaurant. The staff are always friendly and I feel at home."
    Dined on 9/9/2014
  • "Normally sitting out on the terrace & having Sunday Brunch at Bali Hai is FANTASTIC. This particular day in Sep-2014, it was just TOO HOT so we went inside; it was still HOT sitting next to the glass. The view is really excellent though. The variety of food is abundant...fresh fruit, fresh salads, breakfast classics including Eggs Benedict & waffles & breakfast potatoes & more; chicken & pulled pork & multiple ribs & crabs legs & shrimp & sliced to order roast beef & an omelet bar & fritattas & more; breakfast pastries & more desert items than should be allowed; coffee & ice water, juices (orange, cranberry, apple?) & free flowing champagne (if you are old enough)...take a walk along the water afterwards & enjoy the view & the breeze!!!"
    Dined on 9/7/2014
  • "We brought two visitors from New York to experience the spectacular view from the Bali Hai. However, we were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. All four of us had different dishes and it was all delicious. The total experience was outstanding and our friends really enjoyed it. We would highly recommend Bali Hai."
    Dined on 9/4/2014
  • "I actually wasn't expecting much other than the view, but the food was quite excellent. The brussel sprouts were spectacular. Also had the wok fried bass and halibut. Both were very good."
    Dined on 9/4/2014
  • "Was so excited to try this place out for our 19th Anniversary lunch. Scenic view but the lunch menu was limited and the food was cold. Ordered the tempura fried crab balls, presentation was good but it was cold inside. Shrimp skewers were cold, not cooked all the way. Salmon was tasteless and a bit overcooked. Don't think I will come back except for the view. Tummy didn't feel well after eating here. I suspect the shrimp or crab cakes."
    Dined on 9/2/2014
  • "Gorgeous site. Ahi burger was so-so, tacos were reported to be very good. Service is very good also.. Its proximity to Humphreys and concerts makes it ideal for pre show dinner. View makes up for deficiencies..."
    Dined on 9/1/2014
  • "If you're going to go, go for lunch instead of dinner. The prices are cheaper and the selection is better."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "Wow! My girlfriend and I are from LA and we came on vacation to the beautiful San Diego. This place was breathtaking. Our brunch was the total package. Beautiful scenic view, endless drinks, and great food! We couldn't have asked for better. Thumbs up."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "I've only been to the Bali Hai for their Sunday Brunch, but it is awesome. They are right on the water on shelter island with great views of Downtown, the bay, and all the water based entertainment to go along with the area. With the bottomless champagne and several juice choices the mimosas keep flowing. The food, for a brunch is outstanding. I'm a huge fan of their Eggs Benedict choices. On busier days the service can be a little slower, but that's to be expected. It definitely doesn't detract from the experience, I just love my mimosas! On non busy days, the servers are super attentive and have great personalities and attitudes. I highly recommend them, especially for their Sunday Brunch, it's one of the best in town!"
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "This place was hopping! Three special events and many, many full tables. The salmon was tasty and moist. The service was excellent. But the noise level is very, very high. Hard to hear table talk."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "I got a last minute reservation and didn't request a table by the window so I was a little disappointed with the lack of a view. The waiter also seemed stretched a little thin."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Scenic views are wonderful. Service was great, friendly, and attentive. We had lunch which was well prepared, not expensive. Un sweeted ice tea was outstanding. Very nice spot. I am from NYC but would make sure I dine again when I return to San Digeo."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "The mixed grill plate for lunch was great. The ribs came right off the bone and the sweet chilli sauce was delicious with the right amout of heat. The Hurricane with ist strawberry passion fruit puree was delicious - like a freeze with a good kick to it. The sweet and sour chicken was also great with the right amount of sweetness and crunch for the vegetables and fresh pineapple. The view of San Diego Bay was spectacular especially for viewing the parade of the tall ships. The burger hit the spot - really good and the fries were crispy. Great place to eat! spectabular"
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Incredible view, great service. Mai tai is the bomb."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "Came here on our first date and returned for our anniversary. Making a reservation online was so convenient and quick and the comments section allowed me to request a table outside as that is where we sat on our first date. We were running late (as we often do) so we phoned ahead to move the reservation back, twice. Both times the girl that answered the phone was totally pleasant and accommodating. We got sat outside, got great, friendly, prompt service, our food was all amazing and our drinks were delicious. Our server was on point offering dessert and such, and refilling coffee. He even took a picture for us. Will be back for our next one!"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "You can't beat the Bali Hai for gorgeous sunset views of the bay! The golden sunlight reflecting off the tall buildings downtown. The brilliant colors on the water as the boats and birds to by. We even saw sea lions surfacing very close by! Josh gave us excellent service and everyone referenced the special occasion we were celebrating. The Mai Tai will knock your socks off. Sourdough bread and calamari were delicious. Generous portions. Fun drink menu. Request a window table, but your best bet to secure one is to call a week in advance."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "It was our first stay in San Diego and Bali Hai ... it couldn´t be a better start! All people are very friendly and the ambience is wow! Only the food could be a little more hotter and the vegtables could be more coocked. But it was a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "The evening for my guests was great. Food , very good, ....but, especially the steamed vegetables! I had intended to write if the chef woukd share his methods. Most that I have experienced are overdone and soggy, or, almost raw....that night they were great."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Had been here for happy hour several times and decided to try it for brunch. Tasty selections and great service!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Thank you for looking at my suggested opinion and putting us at a window table with a great view. Much appreciated"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We go to the Bali Hai as much as possible, this was another great experience as well. Love the seafood, the hospitality team, and view, and of course the desserts. Always recommend the Bali Hai for an affordable and memorable date."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Pacific Rim food selection. Tuna Poke is our all time favorite. My dish was halibut with papya chutney in a blood orange rendered sauce. Side included fried rice and wok'd vegetables. Great view too."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "My mother had the stir fry which she said was "very ordinary." I had the sea bass that the waiter recommended and I thought it was very dry and unflavorful. Overall I thought the food was much worse than normal. What saves this place is the location and view. Food really needs to improve. Also, I think the drink menu needs updating. Drinks don't have much flavor--you should go to Roy's in La Jolla and try their mai tai. I think your bar could do a much better job."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "This wasn't the first time I've been to Bali Hai, but it was my wife's first experience. We got a seat by the massive windows, and the view of the skyline and bay was great. We were even treated to seeing sea lions play in the water below. The food was adequate. I ordered the ahi tuna and, while it was good, I should have ordered something more substantial. There was about 8 pieces of tuna, and each one was a single bite. Had I known the size of the order, I would have chosen otherwise. The mashed potatoes were perfect; just the right lumpiness. The service was attentive, and we were even given a little complimentary dessert to celebrate my wife's birthday. We'll go back again, and the next time I'll get the steak."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "While the service was pretty good, the food was average or below. We used to really enjoy the Polynesian menu from many years ago visited often. This experience confirmed our last visit of about five years ago. We do not need to visit any more."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "I have been coming to and enjoying the Bali Hai Restaurant for more than 50 years, since I was a little kid. First with my parents and sister and now with my own family, wife and son. Everything about the Bali Hai is Magnificent. The Menu, The Drinks, The Service, The Atmosphere, The Cleanliness, The Perfect Location on the bay, and many other great reasons that keep me returning from Los Angeles to enjoy a Superb Dining Experience. The parking is even excellent My Number One Choice for dining in San Diego."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time for our 40th Anniversary last Sunday the 17th of August. The food was outstanding, the service over the top and of course the view is always one to cherish. Thank you for making our anniversary dinner wonderful."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food however it was hard to enjoy to the upmost because of the noise level. I have had many fond memories of the original Bali Hai from years gone by and this was the worse visit due to the acoustics. This is probably her third or fourth time since the New Bali Hai has opened and always a lovely sunset and gourmet cuisine. I'm not sure when we return if we will try the Bali Hai again."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
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