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Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego, CA

Bali Hai Restaurant

4.4
4.4
4897 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 51 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Polynesian, Seafood, Hawaiian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 222-1181

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mr. Dion Morales

  • Catering

    Private dining 10 to 30. And 65 to 300.

  • Private party facilities

    Thank you for considering The Bali Hai for your special occasion. The Bali Hai has been a favorite in San Diego for over sixty five years. With spectacular views of San Diego Bay and the city skyline, our South Pacific Room and Hawaiian Village are perfect for wedding receptions.

  • Private party contact

    Jenny Benitez: (844) 449-4428

  • Neighborhood

    Shelter Island / San Diego Bay

  • Cross street

    Scott or Rosecrans

  • Parking details

    Lots of free parking. Sorry no valet.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great views and awesome mai-tais
  2. FO

    FoodObservations

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reservations were easy, timely and beautifully honored! Stunning views here. Highly recommended.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I went for brunch, it was outstanding. Food was excellent, lots to choose from. Ambiance is amazing, beautiful view for Brunch
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The brunch buffet was great and consisted of everything I could have wanted. It was my first time getting brunch there but I have been many times for dinner. My favorite things were the firecracker pork ribs, crab legs, and Mac salad. Everything was great tho. The price was reasonable for everything that was included. I’ll definitely go again!
  5. CA

    CARYK

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BEST SERIVCE AND FOOD WE HAVE HAD SINCE THE COVID YEAR
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time to Bali Hai. Awesome Mai Tais! Food was yummy but I ordered Korean Fried chicken and it was cut up chicken in sauce. It was delicious just nit what I expected. I had the s’mores cake. The cake was not very moist but still good. Overall I would definitely go back!
  7. CL

    CeciliaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    La recepcionista no encontró mi reservacion aun así nos dieron una mesa.
  8. DC

    DomC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating an anniversary, wonderful view of the water and the food was great! Server was fantastic and the Haitian rum was superb. Best pork ribs in town!!!!
  9. BL

    BridgetteL

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Our waiter, Kevin I believe, took a little more than 30 minutes from when we were sat to greet us and take a drink order. We had to flag down another server to ask who our waiter was, and they had to get him for us. We were sat promptly, we were brought waters immediately by other staff which was great. Food was great and so were the drinks. We've come here before and service was impeccable so I know this was just a one-time thing. It was just a little disappointing since we were so hungry and were ready to eat and also had a graduation to make it to after so we were definitely rushed to eat and get out of there.
  10. LM

    LauraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and not the last! More casual than I expected, but that's great! The view was awesome! Live music was really good, but he when he stopped it just seemed loud with conversations. We enjoyed the food and views and will be back.
  11. DV

    DavidV

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Party of 12 nearby was a bit loud. View was beautiful. We’d come back.
  12. TJ

    TJ70

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Tiki restaurant/bar experiences I've ever had. Totally recommend it. Combination of bay view and Tiki decor is terrific! I was not overly impressed by the "world famous Mai Tai." Thankfully side juices are offered, and necessary. Food was excellent, and our server was attentive and knowledgeable.
  13. DD

    DebbieD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nadeem, our waiter, was the best!!!! Authentic cuisine. Highly recommend
  14. o

    opinionated

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Just as requested, we had a beautiful table outside to have dinner with friends. We had a wonderful evening, and enjoyed ourselves very much. The food was good, not outstanding, and the Mai Thai was special. We will definitely be returning to the restaurant and enjoying ourselves on some other summer evening.
  15. KB

    KenB

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great views and good service.
  16. MC

    MarieC

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The view is spectacular from the dining room Make a reservation ahead to be more likely to sit by the window. The food is so delicious. The calamari was tender and crispy as was the coconut shrimp. The salmon was tender and sweet but be aware that the peppers on it are HOT!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 24yrs anniversary. Got seated by the window as requested when making the reservation for thw sunday brunch, and the view was spectacular. Food was great. We ate so much crab legs, salad and macarani salad, korean short rib, french toast, waffles, tart dessert, steak, mimosas and etc were all delicious. They even brought us a special dessert for our 24yrs anniversary. The service was top notch. Highly recommend.
  18. OP

    OyukiP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Has a great view, service is great and good is delicious.
  19. WK

    WendyK

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The waiter was outstanding ,very attentive to our needs
  20. C

    Christine

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ahi poke appetizer and scallops entree! Spectacular view outside with heat lamp for later in the evening.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Food was mediocre. Server seemed very busy and not particularly attentive. Salmon was cooked beautifully. Zombie cocktail was absolutely disgusting - note - more liquor does not make it better. Korean wings are not Korean. They were like cheap Chinese fried chicken but overpriced.
  22. NC

    NancyC

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very loud, not good for conversations.
  23. SD

    SDSpecialT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have not been since the pandemic began, newer staff did fantastic! Host made note of our special request on open table, and sat us by window as it was a special occasion. Server was terrific. Great time had by all - food options were really fun from the pupu to the seafood plates we ordered. Beverages from the bar delightful for the occasion. We went early so it wasn't too loud. When we were leaving it was definitely louder.
  24. TJ

    TracyJ

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    It is a beautiful venue, when making a reservation, ask to be seated next to the window.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    The food was served to the neighboring table by mistake. Very over priced for lunch.
  26. s

    sdbaywatch

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    This restaurant is not about the food. I wish it were, it is the view. Our table was perfect, the waitress was great, ughh the food ...not great. The food has never been great here. Reminder, the view is why you go here.
  27. VG

    ViviG

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, the food, the view and the drinks were all so amazing! I highly suggest coming here
  28. SH

    SandiH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and service was great. Of course the view is perfect, as expected for San Diego! We'll be back.
  29. LF

    LindseyFam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Super cool vintage ambiance. We realize that right now when we have the privilege of going out we may need to be patient as all restaurants seem short staffed (hoping that the 20 something year old crowds will start getting back into the workforce!) Our waiter did tell us the kitchen was backed-up so we appreciate the heads up and didn't mind waiting a little extra for our food because the view was lovely. Wait staff was very kind and tried their best. Food was pretty good, but menu was pretty limited.
  30. WD

    WilliamD

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The views were fantastic. The food was very good. We were disappointed with the Scallop dish. Although the Scallops were very tasty, they only gave you 3 Scallops for almost $30. Not a good value at all. The best was value was the Calamari. Lots of it and very good. We did have a very good time and enjoyed our meal.
  31. S

    Streak

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Father's day lots of kids and lots of noise. Love the place though, so nothing but good things to say. My grandkids (17 & 19) ate more than their fair share and would love to do it again. Hopefully, we can make that happen.
  32. G

    Gridley

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I'm sorry to say that even though it was Father's Day evening, we were told that they were out of a lot of dishes. No specials and No Market Fish. Over the past few years, the food has been on a slow decline with less inspired offerings and mediocre preparation. Sauces that were terrific are now so-so and on two occasions were nonexistent. They had to have the chef make some more sauce for our noodles...which took quite a long time to accomplish. I will say that the Mai Tai's are still the best in the world, the view can't be beat and service is always good.
  33. NB

    NicoleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good. The view is amazing. The brunch was a little expensive, but worth it for a special occasion.
  34. HM

    HeatherM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Prices were crazy but food, service and ambiance were great.
  35. e

    eyeleen1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best seafood (Father’s Day) brunch buffet I’ve had in SD. Crab legs & oysters were tasty and always stocked. Enjoyed the poke & lox along with the made to order omelets station and prime rib delicious and paired well with the cauliflower au gratin. For $72 I sure did get my money’s worth so come Starving haha! Tea and coffee are included which was nice.
  36. IC

    IvyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was just amazing, the food the staff was just above what expected i will diffenately come again and tell peopleni know about this amazing restaurant
  37. SD

    SanDiegoLove

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Brunch at the Bali Hai has been a must in my family for years, over 30. Sadly it has become EXTREMELY expensive. Quality, diversity and charm has gone down. No more bottomless mimosas, juices, or coffee. Dissatisfied for sure. Will not be back.
  38. VA

    VictoriaA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Beautiful view, delicious drinks, menu & food mediocre.
  39. E

    Erika

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Our server was great (a young woman, noon on 6/18). The food was "ok"; skimpy on the Louie salad's crab meat. Flavor good, dressing was tasty. The view is unmatched, but the noise level is painful. We sat next to a window. Our throats were sore from hollering across the table. Two in our party had to take headache medicine! Probably will not return because of that. Bummer.
  40. D

    Dave

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Average food, service. Featured strong drinks. Didn’t feel the effect.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Bali Hai Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 4897 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 51 times today
Google Map for Bali Hai Restaurant

2230 Shelter Island Dr San Diego, CA 92106

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Scott or Rosecrans

  • Neighborhood

    Shelter Island / San Diego Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Polynesian, Seafood, Hawaiian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Lots of free parking. Sorry no valet.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mr. Dion Morales

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 222-1181

  • Catering

    Private dining 10 to 30. And 65 to 300.

  • Private party facilities

    Thank you for considering The Bali Hai for your special occasion. The Bali Hai has been a favorite in San Diego for over sixty five years. With spectacular views of San Diego Bay and the city skyline, our South Pacific Room and Hawaiian Village are perfect for wedding receptions.

  • Private party contact

    Jenny Benitez: (844) 449-4428

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