Bali Hai Restaurant

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Polynesian
Exotic Pacific dining on an enchanted tiki island.

The Bali Hai Restaurant has been a favorite in San Diego for over fifty years. Our spectacular views of the San Diego bay and the downtown skyline make us the perfect location for any special event. Along with our dining room upstairs, our premise possesses three different and versatile private rooms. The flexibility of multiple private facilities allows us to accommodate any type of party. We host weddings, class reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, concerts, memorials, festivals, fundraisers, business meetings, seminars, and corporate events.
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San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it all

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Restaurant Week, so a group of my lady friends and I meet for lunch, our server was excellent, the food was delicious and the view was perfect.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Service was awesome. Food was delicious. Will definitely be back!

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MH
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing food and service. Def will be back
Great for special occasions

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KR
Montana
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had to hit the old tiki standard in San Diego. Drinks (Mr. Bali Hai and Goof Juice) were on point and not watered down. Pork croquettes were Smokey and savory, vegetable spring rolls were slightly oily, but tasted good.
Entres were a good size, seafood (shrimp and scallops, respectively) were nicely cooked and well presented. The venue is fun, with great views of San Diego. Great evening!

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TK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Came here with friends on my 30th birthday weekend. Mainly came for scenic view, strong drinks, and good happy hour. However, it wasn’t advertised online that happy hour was just in the bar. So we were unable to get it. We ordered 3 appetizers, calamari, Brussels, coconut shrimp. None were very good except for shrimp but overpriced for portion size. Out of 4 of us I don’t think anyone loved their meal. Didn’t get offered bread, we had to ask for it midway through. Otherwise, good service but probably will never go back.

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f
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought that this restaurant would be over-priced because it has a beautiful view and the restaurant is beautiful with a good ambience. Instead the prices were very reasonable and you do feel special eating there, but it's not stuffy or formal. Highly recommend.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although we requested for an window table, not provided, however we saw several windows which were set for a party of four were provided to parties of 2 who came after us. One couple even left for their bar after they were uniformed tables were for Sunday brunch.

Crab was good though.

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RM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good and the service was excellent!!

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K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

The food was dull and the six different cocktails our party ordered we're awful. So bad that three of them were just left after having the first taste.

Setting was lovely and could be really special

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VP
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best waitress ever! Loved the atmosphere! We just got married in Hawaii and this was our first date as a married couple. It brought us back that island ambience. Very romantic!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great as always. Service was a little slow, but understandable since our waitress was slammed.
Noise was a little loud with a crying baby behind me. Will definitely come back for more.

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AT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cinnamon Yuzu vinaigrette on the Roasted Squash salad is exquisite.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, romantic, and felt like we were in Hawaii. Live tropical music, great drinks, and waiter was fantastic. Food was amazing, just lacked a little seasoning but nothing a little salt and pepper on the table couldn't fix. Other than that can't say enough about this restaurant. WILL be back :)

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M
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for bringing my out of town guests. We sat on the patio. Good food, great environment, great view. Mia our server was excellent and took great care of us.

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San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh, Bali Hai...where do I begin? We come here for every wedding anniversary and enjoy it more and more each year! They do “island fusion” better than the islands!

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H
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place the atmosphere was amazing the service was exceptional both Marie and Josh took great care of us

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K
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I object to the "3% surcharge" added to the check. It's deceptive and customers will probably deduct it from the waiter's tip to get even. This is not fair to the waiter. Just make the price $45 or x$46 for brunch.
The snow crabs and lox were good, shrimp standard. For a Hawaiian-themed place you needed poke in a couple of renditions. The ribs and chicken were fine. The Kailua pork needed more than onions; otherwise it is just lechon. Salmon was overdone, but that's a problem with buffet table salmon. Why not slice salmon along with the roast beef. Vegetables definitely need an upgrade. Assorted overcooked ones mixed together is unappetizing. Salads and fruits were standard. Desserts were uninteresting. Phô was very nice.
Our waiter, Johnny, was excellent, friendly, and attentive. He kept the champagne flowing.
The room has a great view, and we appreciated being seated at the window without having to ask.
As a final note, the "native" head on top of your roof is offensive.

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HS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

I took my wife here for Sunday brunch and was super disappointed. It was $44 per person and all the food was bland and dry. There wasn’t a huge selection and it was all burnt, dry, or bland. Even the coffee tasted like it had been sitting in the pot for 3 days. Not a great value. Wouldn’t go back here for the brunch.

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BC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Bali Hai! It met all of our expectations...The Views are amazing and the service was terrific!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and great environment!

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Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and view.

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R
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. We had a great time spending my mother’s 55th birthday

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OB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great buffet and obviously awesome views. Seafood, prime rib, various pork dishes(kahlua pork!!!), salads and sides all are great. Spicy island macaroni salad was surprising. Only gripe is J Roget sparkling wine for brunch. Please change to something else!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good location, wait table time apr. 10-15 min, some food salt and spicy, but overall tasty.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience and view of the city

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Service was great. Food was terrible. Really disappointing as I’ve always enjoyed Bali Hai. Short ribs has a weird vanilla taste. Chicken in the chow Meir was chewy and undercooked and the other entree was jumbo prawns which were really 3 big shrimp is sauce. Boring/ unenjoyable. Better luck next time! Our server Kona, however was fantastic!

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San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New Years Eve.

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DB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service,with a really nice upbeat atmosphere

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F
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant and views. Appetizers and drinks are good. We all had dinner entrees and they were not very good. Disappointed. So go for ambiance not food

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Anniversary

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L
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Bali Hai (drinks) Originals famous for reason. Outdoor seating at night is memorable

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p
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Great view from the window table which we were promised and received. Timed for sunset: the best time.
Efficient and attentive waitress. Food not as good as in the past. Not as delicately flavored.

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

It’s hard to know where to start, other than to say if you’ve heard of the Bali Hai and its tradition then, like me, you would want to go there. My recommendation is don’t bother, it’s dreadful. Keep your mind’s eye view of it and leave it there.

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PP
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great Tiki ambience and awesome, authentic tropical cocktails. Window views of the bay and city are one of the best in the city. Great flavored food, reasonably priced food and drink and prompt, knowledgable and friendly service. Bathrooms could use a remodel and hit-and-miss on food mouthfeel, but overall awesome place, especially for group dining and/or special occasions. Will definitely be back!

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TS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed Xmas eve at Bali Hai

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s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took family for a birthday--always good food and the view is beautiful!

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LR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

I was very disappointed. The tapas were not very good. We tried 3 items. Service was great. Love the brunches there the most.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family Christmas get together

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FF
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Love coming here and sitting in the bar for amazing cocktails and great appetizers, finally tried having a full meal in the dining room and was throughly dissapointed. The service and view were incredible, however the food both in quality and value were supreamly lacking. I’d recommend keeping this place as a pre/post dinner spot only. Having dinner here is simply not worth it.

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