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Bali Hai Restaurant

4.4
2972 reviews
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$30 and under
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Polynesian
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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 2972 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Lucked out on a window seat. Our server even during a very busy brunch was amazing. Only complaint, it was very hard to have a conversation due to the noise level.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We had a wonderful brunch. Hanna was our server and she was awesome!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

My husband and I always enjoy the opportunity to have brunch at Bali Hai. The decor and ambiance are great. The options for brunch are extensive and delicious!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We’ve been to Bali hai for lunch & dinner but never brunch. The selection and variety of food was excellent. My husband definitely left happy and satisfied. Thank you to all the staff for making our first time brunch a wonderful experience, we will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The waiter we had at Bali Hai was awesome........he said he had been in the restaurant business for around 35+ years and it showed......as he had served a lot of patrons over the years and that was reflected............
very attentive but not overly in your face, knew the menu well. The only draw back was it is very noisy so I wouldn't go there and plan to chat it up with whomever you are with, unless you sit on their small patio area.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We have been coming to the Bali Hai for 34 years. Approximately every two to three years on our anniversary. As it was the location of our wedding reception. The food, service, atmosphere have always been very good. The only change I have to other years is they seemed to have reduced how much food you get with your order. Thus I felt the value was not as high as in years pasts. Though the taste is still fantastic. So cost is $$ but overall still worth it. We will return.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Sea bass was very good.
Pork chop with the waffle was very dry.
Salmon was undercooked.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Amazing Food and view.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

I would recommend my friends and family to visit this beautiful dinning experience . I had a blast with my date and the drinks were amazing .

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The wok fried bass is delicious! We highly recommend ir.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Noise Level was do to a party of 9 that was sitting behind us that were being obnoxious. I was very impressed with the waitress as she did cut them off from ordering more drinks.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Over priced ...$24 .00 for a chicken leg ?? And a tea spoon of rice ??

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We have celebrated Mother's Day, Birthday's, Easter all here since 1963, Bali Hai never fails to impress and deliver! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the Mother's Day brunch. Did not have to wait for our reserved table. We sat on the second floor outdoor deck and it was fantastic. Quiet and beautiful view of the water and gardens. Food was good and the champagne brunch had a lot of variety

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was horrible. Selection of food was limited and pretty disgusting. Service was just as bad.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food and service; great view. Will come back for sure

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I worked in bars and restaurants for about 10 years. You start to see the difference between entrees made to order and banquet food, in both quality and preperation. Everything on our plates would have passed as banquet food, bland and generic. Food was mediocre at best, ribs had no flavor and beef skewers undercooked. View, service and ambience were great. The food was miserable.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The best thing about Bali Hai is the atmosphere and cocktails. Otherwise, it's overpriced, the food lacks flavor, and the service feels like forced friendliness versus authentic interactions. As a local San Diegan, I don't recommend Bali Hai to visitors because there are so many better places to spend your time and money. However, if you want a Polynesian experience with a great view, this is it.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Though the Bali Hai has a great location, the hard surfaces on the interior of the restaurant made the noise level from the attendees unbearable. Though the restaurant is good, I will plan any future visits to be in the off hours when there are fewer patrons.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Sydney our server was friendly and attentive. Love your sourdough bread, and it was nice that we did not experience the common one-slice-per-customer rationing. We all really enjoyed our entrees (Calamari, crispy beef, scampi, (oops, forgetting one)). One person ordered the macaroni salad and two found it to be very spicy. Drink refills arrived promptly. Of course, the view was fabulous, as always.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great restaurant with a beautiful view. Inside the restaurant was very loud and a bit stuffy but we sat out on the deck which was wonderful! It was equipped with heaters so it was very comfortable and the noise level was sooooooo much better out there. Everything we ordered was very good! And we enjoyed their very strong (no juice added) Mai Tai, I suggest you share it unless you're looking to get sloshed...lol.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Have been coming here for our anniversary for at least the last 12 years (maybe longer), also have stopped by just because. Always love the food, service and atmosphere. Have never had anything prepared poorly and everything we have tried is delicious. Dinner for two of us with an appetizer and tip is usually around $100, which we feel is appropriate for what we get.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The view is phenomenal and I think the selection of items is one of the best variety in all of San Diego. We had an outstanding waiter who kept our champagne glasses full and was very attentive. The servers at the carving station, stir fry station, etc., were friendly and helpful with recommendations.
The only real negative was the noise level. It was hard to engage in conversation, so for a friends' get together, that's not ideal. It would be much better if there was no background music being piped in over the speakers, as we couldn't really hear what the music was, anyhow, and it just made everyone talk louder.
This was our first time to try the Bali Hai's brunch and we would recommend it and will likely go again.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Wonderful brunch experience!! I had a friend visiting San Diego for work and we met at Bali Hai for the few short hours we had to spend together. Not only was the brunch phenomenal, it was the best representation of all the beauty our city has to offer!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

They don’t look at your requests made on Open Table. You have to call to request a window table. Disappointed. It was soooo loud in there. Food was okay. They add a 3% service fee. Service was good. I wasn’t impressed overall.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We had a great time celebrating a friend’s visit. We had a great table overlooking the bay. Food was delicious. Drinks were a little light on the alcohol (I’m a complete lightweight and nothing affected me) —- several of our group commented on that. None of us had the atomic mai tai this time.

The Brussels sprouts appetizers were salty and caramelized with slices of sausage. I had a house salad with chicken that was super flavorful.

Our waiter was attentive and funny.

Overall a real great start to our tiki bar crawl

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

My scallop dinner was cool when it arrived. The serving was small with 3 scallops and I was hungry after I finished.

Our other meal was chicken with pineapple rice. It was good.

Portions seem to be smaller than previous visits.

Dessert? Yes this dessert chef is going far. Extremely good cheesecake. Awesome. Dessert was better than the meal.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Amazing view, great service and good food!!!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Mary is the best waitress around! She has a GREAT attitude and ALL ways has a smile!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Beautiful harbor view, great food, great service and the Mai Tai's are don't skimp on the rum!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Had a fantastic time at Bali Hai, the atmosphere is beautiful right on the bay and the food and drinks are delish as well. I very much appreciated the extensive gluten free menu that even included a dessert! The service was great as well, can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Thought this would be a tourist trap but the food and service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Amazing view from every part of this restaurant. Friendly, quick service, especially with drink refills. Love the brunch buffet and never feel rushed.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Went to brunch for my sons 27th birthday and Bali Hai and our server Cordell went above and beyond, if you are thinking Bali Hai is a great place for the legendary Mai Tai, apps and the best view in San Diego- it is, but is is also is a great place for a unique Brunch- made to order Pho? YES! Made to order Stir Fry? YES! Crab, shrimp omelet station-
Cordell our server was great - the whole experience was great!!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had a great time! Views were beautiful, server was attentive and had good energy. I will be coming back.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

I love Bali Hai. Hadn't been in awhile so went for lunch and sat next to window. Beautiful view! So relaxing. Can't wait to go back and bring friends for Happy Hour!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We were there to celebrate a birthday and it was a perfect day for all 7 of us. The food was great and the waitress was absolutely wonderful

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The food was great. Never would have guessed it was buffet from the taste. Our waitress wasn’t the best and not the most attentive but the atmosphere and view made up for that.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I originally went for the cocktails, but decided to try the food. We got the appetizer platter and the fried sea bass after the waiter stated it was one of the best items on the menu. I just as unimpressed with the food, it was bland and frankly pricy for what it was. The best part of the place was the drinks and the service. I would return for cocktails and the view but not for food.

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