Bali Hai Restaurant

4.6
4572 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Auggie
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Great view! Great staff! They made our anniversary very special! Even gave us a special treat for our anniversary!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We went for Sunday Mother’s Day brunch. While the view is incredible, the service was awful. He took a really long time to greet us and took equally as long between visits, our drink orders, and food. While I would like to say it was due to Mother’s Day rush, the reality is that where we were seated it was still pretty slow so their wasn’t really a reason to justify the lack of attention and service

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Neveragain
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience1

the hostess had no idea who was going where. She came back a couple of times after promising to seat us and made us wait and wait. We had a reservation, but it seemed the hostess couldn't keep organized and people were cutting the check in station.
The inside was obnoxiously loud, the bar is right at the entrance where you have to wait: tons of drunk people with no masks and someone even puked in the hallway leading to the bathroom and all over the woman's stall. It was only 5:30pm, so be prepared for a long night.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Tables were too closed together.
People at the bar also were next to each other. No social distancing observed indoor at all.
Please bring to attention to manager and owner.
I hate to see the restaurant get into trouble with SD county
Health Dept.
From license MD.

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ThirdvisualDesign
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The best Tiki/Polynesian inspired restaurant for a weekend brunch or lunch. Go for the ambiance of Shelter Island and enjoy their famous mai tai. Their tiki drinks are all a hit.

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Chip
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Service was poor. Food service took almost and hour. A beer cost more than a mixed drink. Views were incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience1

We go out once a week for date night and like to pick somewhere with good food and ambiance. Given the current covid situation we are not comfortable sitting inside and reserved an outside table. We got there 5 minutes before our reservation time and wasn’t seated until 30 mins later. I said we reserved an outside table but the host rudely said they didn’t have any and would not have any anytime soon unless we wanted to wait until 30 mins. By then we were just super hungry so we accepted the taken given to us. We were seated in a terrible location facing the bussing corner so our review was just of waiters and dirty dishes.

The ahi poke was so spicy I couldn’t even eat it and my partner said he felt the spicy coming out the other end the next day. Edamame was fine. My pan seared sea bass was pretty much a soggy mess as it was plated in the Sichuan vege juice. My partner ordered the pan seared tuna and that was fine. The drinks were fine and dessert was fine but overall very disappointing experience. Overrated, overpriced, under delivered.

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JamieW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with a Tiki vibe. The food and drinks were great.

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WALTERJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lunch and dinner around with a view of San Diego bay and downtown.
The service was very friendly and courteous without being overbearing.

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MelodyW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot for a memory-making dinner. Right on San Diego Bay, at the east end of Shelter Island. Easy, ample parking. Picturesque, fantastic food and service!

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TracyR
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bali Hai is our most favorite restaurant ... not just in California, but in all the United States. The food, view, and ambience are all beautiful!! The owners Susie, Larry, and Tom set the example for "world class" restaurant management and service.

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KathieT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

In our opinion, Bali Hai is wasting its most valuable asset....THE VIEW!! We had invited several friends ( from Oregon, Arizona, & Colorado) to show off the happy hour on the patio with the incredible bay view and music. From the happy hour area upstairs, our friends got to see the parking lot. My view was actually a small kitchen. The ambiance of Desi playing outside in that tropical setting was lost. We were SOOOO disappointed and embarrassed that our friends had traveled so far hoping to see the city and bay views only to look at cars in a very crowded space. Please move HH back outside!! Otherwise, we won’t be back :( I’m going to check the “ no” box below because with the way things are now, I can’t recommend it anymore.

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lettyb
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience celebrating my 50th birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food left a lot to be desired. Great view

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a good time. I wish their burger was consistent. Every time it is a different size.

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vipStaceyjoc
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tommy & Victor G were awesome. Thank you!

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DonL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ocean view made for a relaxed conversation with friends.

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Sdee
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Views are spectacular, staff is attentive and personable, food is excellent. I hope that after they are able to fully reopen, they will keep some of the downstairs patio for regular dining, not just special occasions. The upstairs deck does not compare.

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BaliHaiFan
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a fine experience at Bali Hai. A perfect location with good food and service.

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TripM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place on the bay!
Best food, service, drinks and more!

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NormD
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Your Seared Ahi is tremendous. Great Drinks and always enjoyable to hear Desi Relitor.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always considered a date when my wife and I are here. Been a place for years to enjoy and glad Covid didn’t close it down.

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KatD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Excellent service. Beautiful ambiance!! Definitely coming back.

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UnHappyCustomer
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This place has gone to crap! Took my wife here for her birthday what a disappointment from what Bahi Hai USED to be! Cold food, overcooked meats...That at $40.. bucks a filet should have been cooked to order but was extremely overdone and questioned by our server as to the meat being medium rare...What part of medium-rare are you not familiar with ?!?!? What part of the CUSTOMER is not happy with the $40.00 filet being overcooked that you need to question if we knew what medium-rare should look like!
But thank you for sending it back only to wait 15+ minutes for a refire, and to have that $40.00 filet taste like it was boiled then thrown in a pan for the sear that was still over 50% med -well NOT RARE! We Won't be back here like "Ever"!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always hit Bali Hai when we visit San Diego!

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JLSS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

brought my fiancé here for his birthday and we had an amazing sunset window view. great service as well i wish i remembered his name. there was a bone in the fish (that was stated to be boneless) that poked my fiancé in the mouth, so they threw in one of their delicious desserts on the house. highly recommend this place for locals and tourists alike. pricey but great for special occasions!

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CathieL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Food was not piping hot, would prefer to let my meal cool if it is too hot to eat rather than arrive lukewarm.

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MyrnaD
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were actually disappointed with the entire experience. It seemed the wait staff was short, the food was not hot and the cleanliness was poor. My husband went into the men's room and it was filthy.

My grandparents and parents used to take me there and it has definetly changed for the worse over the years.

Sad.

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Aimee
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, delicious food & cocktails and outstanding service!!

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FrankD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Top notch service, beautiful views. STRONG drinks but delicious!

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johannab
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was okay, not the same as it used to be. Miss the Brunch buffet, but COVID brought many changes to the dining experience.

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vipAnitaF
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I obtained a new job and husband an interview.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was decent overall; the filet was amazing, but everything else was just good. However, the drinks are outstanding!

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vipAlxP
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and well portioned. Everyone enjoyed their meals.

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BryanW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

There should be paper menu options immediately available, for those who wish or need it....not everyone wants everything on their private phone.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian is an exceptional bartender/server and estaurant representative. The service and food is always superb. I used to own a restaurant and I wish my staff would have been as good as the Bah Hai’s. Thank you for the always terrific experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I had heard all about the famous Mai Tai before I booked this reservation and I was looking forward to a really nice dining experience. The waiter did not sound enthusiastic about the mai tai, which was disappointing but I ordered it anyway. It’s a strong cocktail and it’s mostly all rum.

The hostess noticed this was a birthday dinner and sat us quickly at a table outside. The waiter, Jacob/Jake C, never made any mention of it and it seemed like there was a lapse in communication between the hostess and the waiter.

I ordered the “special” fish of the day and when the food was brought out, I could hear the busser who helped bring the food out, tell out waiter that they ran out of the special and “just give him this other fish instead”. Without asking or explaining this situation, the waiter decided I would like this even though it wasn’t what I ordered. Again, a lack of communication, this time between the waiter and the kitchen staff. If he had known they were running low on the “special” that would’ve been helpful to know when I was ordering, but that wasn’t communicated. Jacob didn’t seem outwardly apologetic or offer to bring something else to the table.

By the time the check came the waiter basically tossed the check on the table without losing a step as he kept walking to another table. No apology or even recognition of the entree substitute.

I really wanted to like this place, but tropical drinks and a nice view of downtown aren’t enough after this first/last dining experience. Maybe tourists are used to this sort of experience, but as a local, I can recommend this place and I probably won’t be going back soon.

JM
JillM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The upstairs bar is OK, but I’ll be happier if Bali Hai decides to do outdoor dining long term. The location outside, closer to the water is so much more beautiful than the bar facing the parking lot.

JD
vipJeannieD
Memphis/West TN
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The lunch at Bali Hai is outstanding! Of course everything is better with a mai tai! We started with the platter of assorted appetizers, and the sashimi was outstanding! The smoked tuna sandwich and beef brisket sandwich were also very good. It is a great place to gather with friends as we spent almost 3 hours over drinks and lunch. The location and the view are also amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!

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Bali Hai Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 4572 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.