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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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

We set a reservation a week ago, asking for table w the view and the hostess wouldn't give us a window table. This was for my birthday.

The rib eye steak was so bad. It was almost all fat and black around the edges because it was so burned. I was able to eat 40% of it. My dad's was the same. $36 for what?! Our server was very nice, very helpful.

Waste of money. They didn't even honor where we asked to sit with a reservation made way in advance. Wish I'd gone somewhere else for my birthday.

F
Phoenix
116 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Excellent food except for the beef skewers, they were overcooked. Great service. Way too noisy.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Beautiful view. Service was okay. Food was good. Very loud. Beautiful restaurant.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a friends birthday and it went great!

Bali Hai Restaurant
Responded a day ago

We are so glad to hear! Thank you for sharing, and we look forward to having you again, mahalo! Best, Alisa

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JN
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, reasonable prices, delicious food, and excellent service!! I highly recommend this San Diego beauty!!

Bali Hai Restaurant
Responded a day ago

Thank you for sharing Jessica! We are so glad you and your party enjoyed yourselves. We look forward to having you again, mahalo! Best, Alisa

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F
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful selection of menu; great service (Hannah); the best of view and so excellent in parking facility!

Bali Hai Restaurant
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the review Francesca! I will be sure to share this review with Hannah as well. We look forward to having you again, mahalo! Best, Alisa

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Sat for 20 min & didn’t get acknowledged .

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view, delicious meal and a really good and responsive wait staff. We’ll be coming back.

RA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The menu has changed and they no longer have good choices for fish dishes. New to have salmon as an option

OT
Tucson
55 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The restaurant was crowded and extremely noisy.

The server was very good, friendly and attentive. However, the food was mediocre.

The appetizer sampler was mostly awful. The poki was good, but everything else was tasteless, and beef was tough and stringy.

The Chilean sea bass wasn’t fresh. The texture and taste were off. The mahi mahi was a bit dry, although the sauce was tangy.

Finally, the Mai Tai’s also were bland.

I would not recommend this restaurant, despite its location and view.

JN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Mai tais are great but the food in general is just ok. Better to go to a local Hawaiian restaurant for food.

C
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner here was great, our hostess and server were super friendly and the food was satisfying as always. Great views great vibes.

AM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy this place. The view is nice service is great. Overall a great date night.

JT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a great time but our waiter seemed like he didn't wanna be there and it showed.

EJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I used OpenTable for dinner reservation and it worked perfectly. The restaurant atmosphere was excellent and the food was great. We got a perfect table sitting next to a large window with a marvelous view of the San Diego Bay.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing views and wonderful service.

JE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Extra noisy this time. Excellent service. Disappointed no lobster claws though. Was looking forward to that.

K
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch and service!

AS
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Buffett and view! Friendly staff!

MK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Underwhelmed by the experience. Took several people for a birthday celebration. Made reservations over a month ago. Reserved a table for 6. Got to the restaurant and had to wait. That was fine. When we were seated, we were taken to a table for for 4, not 6. Told to go back and wait again. Sit down. Only given one drink menu for 6 people. Server comes for our drink order but half the groups hasn't had time to look over menu. Ok. No big deal there. Takes what seems like forever between 1st drink request for server to come back again. We go to order appetizers. Half of we ask for is no longer available. It is 8pm. Then we order food. Takes about 40 min for food to come out and I think that is only because when server finally did come back around he asked if there was anything else he could get us and I said, 'dinner'. Between apps and dinner he didn't come back around. One person from the group was headed to the bar to order their own drink as we hadn't seen the server for quite some time. Two of didn't eat the food. It was pretty bland, and for the cost, not worth it. For the birthday celebrant, they were brought a piece of cheesecake by the server only, even though we had seen other tables where all the servers gathered round to sing to the birthday patron. Restaurant was very loud. Just didn't feel like a celebration at all. Not a good experience overall. Only highlight of the night was the Pele's Relief and the Bali Hai coffee.

KB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

one of our favorite places to take visitors. Good food and ambiance.

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New to the area and figuring out the food scene, but this seems like a must. Great view of downtown and the harbor. Food was tasty and service was very attentive. Price is to be expected given its seafood. All-in-all great experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Our appetizers were amazing and delicious. Once we ordered dinner we waited SO long for our food to arrive. And the dinner meals were bleh, a miss for us. Our server was sweet but the overall experience was sub par. We won’t be back for dinner. Maybe just for apps or lunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, outstanding view.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The restaurant was very LOUD😰 could not talk to people at my table😢. Disappointed in the menu selections.

ML
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience5

Ambiance was amazing. Service was below average, and food was not worth the price. Maybe a good spot for drinks?

TD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most beautiful restaurant! Drinks are heavy. Beautiful music being played in the lounge. Will be out for to place to bring our visitors.

JD
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are amazing!!! Had a small problem with a guy from the table behind us but they quickly resolved it and we had an amazing night!

S
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Bali Hai is always an excellent choice. Be sure to make a reservation, because it's popular and you may end up waiting for a table for quite a while without one. The food is creative without being bizarre, and it always tastes great.
The the only downside is how loud it gets in here.
Tip: be sure to request a table by the windo go at sunset - the view is one of the best in town.

OT
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place to enjoy dinner

J
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It was good as far as the ambiance but the food was normal. My fish was not good but my wife’s chicken was really tasty. Next time I will stick to the chicken, beef or pork. The drinks were just alcohol no juice. When I think tropical, I think juice, refreshing with a enough alcohol to taste. The drinks are alcohol with a pineapple in it.

C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food and service were great, but it was too loud for the four of us to talk comfortably.

OT
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter provided fantastic recommendations and we had an amazing dinner. We will definitely recommend to any of our tiki friends

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful view. Great waiter. Amazing drinks. Good food. We had an excellent time

MB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our meal there. Nice waiter, good food.

CS
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Great view and service was good but the calamari was really fishy tasting and the lobster tacos didn't taste like lobster was in the fried pieces. They did not seem to care about my complaint of the calamari. I had really looked forward to taking my bf there for his first time and was very disappointed.

JD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow this place was wonderful the service was amazing from the start! Paige answered my call and took us in last minute on restaurant week on a Sunday at 8:00 🕗 pm even found a window seat! The view is the best and the food was good for the price! Can’t get a better deal for restaurant week and everything came out perfect our server was excellent and we will return!

t
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best, most fun brunch, anywhere in San Diego.
On the bay. Restaurant is old style Hawaiian, but ultra nice. Perfect setting, service is great, food is fresh and good.
No negatives whatsoever!!

J
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience1

Food and staff were exceptional. Atmosphere was too loud, way too loud. Poor acoustics. Was there 6:30pm to after 10pm for restaurant week. Was loud with 1-2 open tables in the lounge and 2-3 open in restaurant. Was also same level of loudness with 1/3 open tables in the restaurant and only 3 lounge tables in use.

MM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Everything overall was great my only issue was it was really loud there.