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Bali Hai Restaurant

4.5
2870 reviews
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$30 and under
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Polynesian
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  • Scenic View (78)
  • Waterfront (73)
  • Special Occasion (63)
Exotic Pacific dining on an enchanted tiki island.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Polynesian, Seafood, Hawaiian
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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
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Phone number
(619) 222-1181
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mr. Dion Morales
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Catering
Private dining 10 to 30.

And 65 to 300.
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Cross street
Scott or Rosecrans
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Parking details
Lots of free parking. Sorry no valet.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 2870 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
value
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vipDelMarFoodie (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

With out of town guests, Bali Hai is one of the greatest views of San Diego you can find. That alone would be worth going, but the food is also fantastic and the service is great. It's overall a great venue for just about any experience you could imagine. This is high on our list of local recommendations.

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vip12121 (San Diego)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Perfection. Wok fried bass is not to be missed.

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vipMsbtx (Dallas)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We arrived early and were seated at a table by the window overlooking San Diego across the water. We ordered a small Caesar Salad—delicious and beautiful presentation; peppers, always roasted/grilled to perfection; fried lobster in sweet and sour presentation; and root beer glazed short ribs. All were wonderful!

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BeyondStarLight 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Always a great meal at Bali Hai! The food comes out hot, quick and beautiful. My boyfriend and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner and drinks and come back every year for the occasion!

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JohnV 
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

We had a wonderful time, great food, and the view was amazing!

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ssaetia 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Great food, location and service. The best view in San Diego.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Good. Food was yummy

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Excellent service, great views, and delicious food. I had visitors from out of town and they loved it.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Host- excellent
Waitress-excellent
Waiters-excellent
Food- amazing

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AllanA (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Went for Valentine's day with my fiance. Had a flawless night with great food and our server, Kona, was extremely helpful and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent drinks ....food was good but over priced. Portions are small and come with no sides. Great view of the bay from a window seat.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very strong drinks, however, the food is not that good and definitely overpriced

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BarbaraM (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I was upset at the fact that they gave us a 2:45 seating, which was 15 minutes before the kitchen closed. They did not tell me that when I booked. So there was only one other couple there finishing their food. It was weird. I felt rushed, and uncomfortable. It was Valentines Day. So, I wasn’t very Happy. They really shouldn’t squeeze in people the last 15 minutes before the kitchen closes. Especially on Valentines Day.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine's day. A nice window table and a beautiful day and view.

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LaurieB (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Feel like you're in Hawaii without leaving San Diego!!

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

The drinks and location are perfect. The food is just ok. Pupus are good, but main dishes are over cooked. It was very nice to have a vegetarian menu available.

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Renn (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

I love this restaurant and come here often with my friends or dates.
The personnel is always super friendly and nice, the outside patio has best views of Downtown San Diego, and the menu is original and authentic.
They charge 3% surcharge though - it is to offset the rise of the minimum salary in California.

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OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

This is a great place to eat. The food is marvelous and the view of the skyline is fantastic! Kelly did a great job as our server. I will certainly return again and refer to all my friends and colleagues.

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KDSAK (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Wonderful place to eat with a beautiful view and ambiance.

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Alesia (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

I really like the ambience and amazing view of this restaurant, but some dishes way too overpriced, I got 3 scallops with no garnish for $28 , it looked like tiny appetizer , but with the price of main course. It was a little bit disappointing.

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vipFINISHED (Orange County)
1.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

I have been a customer for 23 years two or three times a month....lunch, dinner, brunch and drinks but tonight has me so steamed that I will never return. Take a conservative ticket average of $50 x 3=$150 x 12=$1800 annually x 23 years...$41k over the past two decades and they have lost me as a customer. The restaurant booked a large group in the main dining room...complete with a loudspeaker with endless speeches and musical entertainment. Just after ordering, we spoke to the manager that this was adversely impacting the dining experience we were seeking. She replied, “they are almost finished.” Had she been truthful with us and told us they were nowhere close to leaving, we would have paid for our drinks and left. She failed to come and apologize to us. Upon leaving, we made our displeasure very clear and what did we get in return...a blank stare. I have to say, I am finished with Bali Hai....

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PatG (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic spot amazing service food and drinks top Quality Had our wedding reception Here. And just celebrated our 1 year anniversary there as well. Highly Recommended

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Kiyomi (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Birthday celebration...waiter heard us teasing my sister about her age. He later brought over a dessert with a candle for her! Everything was perfect!

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Coach (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Always one of our favorites travel to San Diego as a must place to eat and enjoy the views

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ShannonW (Tallahassee)
1.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Ordered the scallops w/ hurricane popcorn purée & grilled corn salad & was brought out ice cold & no corn salad on plate. The waitress offered to have them make another but when she brought it back to me it had been microwaved. She claimed it was a new plate & even said she watched them cook it but yet it was missing the bite I had cut off & the purée was dried hard on plate & still no corn salad. My husband ordered a mixed appetizer plate of which coconut shrimp cold & soggy. Just a bad experience

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Kelly (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Beautiful location nice view Sunday brunch is the best

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vipcrazylady (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

First time visit, food was very good, view was fantastic.

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Shammy (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Great ambience, service, and updated menu items. Good vegetarian dishes too. If you order a Mr. Bali Hai, you have the option of purchasing the porcelain tiki mug that it comes in!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We came for restaurant week to try it out and the food was excellent! I got the braised short rib and it was cooked to perfection. The daily soup was a creamy potato soup which was amazing. The view of the water and downtown was gorgeous and a perfect setting for a girls night. We enjoyed our experience and would definitely return!

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MarciaJ (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We were married here 11 years ago, the most amazing waterfront venue with a Polynesian theme! We also dined here last night for restaurant week and was elated to discover they offered gluten free and dairy free choices for EVERY course including dessert! Unheard of! But so appreciated! Short ribs were so delicious as was the seared pork chop and the salads were so fresh and tasty. The chocolate sorbet was like nothing I've ever tasted! Gluten free and dairy free decadence!

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