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Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego, CA

Bali Hai Restaurant

4.5
4.5
5057 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


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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, Cocktails, 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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What 5,057 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Scenic View

  • San Diego

    Scenic View

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  1. LY

    LisaY

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together dinner with brother during a 2-day getaway quick trip.
  2. DA

    DANTHEMAN

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    I wanted to have my birthday dinner here. The service was very good, the salads were great as was our appetizer. The Entree was flavorless, very disappointing. I would order salad and appetizer only next time.
  3. DP

    DonP

    New England

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Was aghast that the only drinks included in the Sunday brunch were coffee and water. Between that and the limited food selection, Tom Ham’s is now my go to for a Sunday brunch!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant has a great view and a great vibe. The food was excellent and the service was awesome. They were able to split our check because we were a smaller table which was very convenient. Loved the place and we can't wait to go back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great atmosphere, food, and drinks. Fairly priced. Service was a bit slow on this visit, but that is rare from my experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Restaurant has beautiful views, our waiter Kevin was outstanding but I got to say the food was terrible it was all very bland totally lacked seasoning. The coconut shrimp appetizer was pretty good. But the rest was just ehhhh. 1. Crispy Ahi Tuna, with rice, spicy pickled cucumbers and dynamite sauce. Only thing dynamite was the whit rice. 2. Spicy black bean shrimp, Absolutely no flavor I was completely surprised could’ve got a better meal at Panda Express. 3. Korean fried chicken, tasted like something frozen out of a bag from Walmart….again no flavor. 4. Pan Seared scallops…were a hit with my 79 year old mother, she enjoyed those and the garlic mashed potatoes. Pina colada not one drop of alcohol, Bloody Mary wasn’t to bad. Check came out to 186 bucks to 225 with the tip, Got to say I will never go back there again the food was just totally subpar only thing great was our waiter and the view.
  7. SP

    SeanP

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The food was mediocre but the view was spectacular and the service was wonderful. Dry club sandwich and sad poke salad :(
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night with my husband. Everything was perfect. Food was excellent, we even saw a Seal swim by for an added experience
  9. FL

    FLASH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We have been coming here for over 40 years on vacation. The dinning area is Very loud. We enjoyed the meal and the view of San Diego
  10. ST

    ScottT

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Can’t wait to go back!
  11. SV

    SukiV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside on the lanai, it was pleasant and quiet, and we could have conversation without straining to hear. The food, drink, and service were ALL stellar! Daniel was our waiter, and he was top notch. He was knowledgeable about the menu and provided great suggestions. I will ask for him next time!
  12. ED

    ErinD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bali Hai is a lovely place to take visiting family for a great meal.
  13. EG

    EddieG

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The fresh fish of the day that we ordered as our entree was not fresh. We had to order a couple sides. This was our first time eating there. Our server and environment was perfect,
  14. JL

    JayLeary

    Minneapolis

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything you’d want from a classic tiki spot! Incredible waterfront location with a classic view of San Diego, unbeatable upscale tiki decor, the best tiki cocktail menu around and the sense that your sitting in a lounge that’s made a lot of people happy for generations. This was the spot of my parents’ first date in 1955. It’s rare and a little bit amazing to find a restaurant that’s been around for so long & still run by the original family. And despite its age, it’s still clean, beautiful and looks good as new. No small feat! It’s a bit pricey, especially the cocktails. But for the ultimate upscale tiki experience and views second to none, I’ll gladly pay the prices. My only complaint is there was a storage room immediately behind my table and a floor to ceiling window looking into stacks of milk crates and other clutter. Completely out of place in the otherwise pristine tiki setting. I can’t wait for my next visit to Bali Hai.
  15. MC

    MikelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prices were a little high, but the food was great. Our server was wonderful.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Bali Hai! Best Mai Tai’s, great food, and you cannot beat the view and service!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ambiance was perfect. Lovely panoramic views of the SD skyline. The food was just ok, not bad food just nothing to write home about. Our server was awesome! We liked him a lot. We’ll definitely go back.
  18. MM

    MtnMama

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, great food and drinks, easy parking.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We rented a yacht in the marina there right by Bali Hai. I did not realize how close we were to the restaurant or I would have made dinner reservations. But we got last minute reservations at 2pm on Saturday which was perfect after a morning on the water. Had some very good strong Mai Tai’s with the best spinach and cheese egg rolls. And for main course crispy lobster tacos and a pork Hawaiian bowl. Dessert was an amazing butterscotch like crème brûlée but no crispy top and passion fruit cheesecake. I’m salivating just typing it. With amazing views, spectacular drinks and food to die for, you can’t go wrong with Bali Hai!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience
  21. RC

    RickC

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible all around…..service, food, restaurant in general….dirty, outdated and loud.
  22. BR

    BrendaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an old classic with new amazing food! Wok fried sea bass and drinks, great! Fantastic service!
  23. M

    Marcus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great views, friendly and attentive service with delicious food
  24. DR

    DRMA

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Our server was very professional. Food was okay nothing special. Drinks have a lot of sugar and ice.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    First of all, the view was amazing! Our table was a 2 person table tucked behind a pole but our server was attentive! The $15 coconut shrimp appetizer was lukewarm and not crunchy when it arrived at the table. Flavor was good but a bit disappointed for the price. Our entrees were very good. The atmosphere is more of a casual vibe and was very loud during the peak of dinner. We had to speak up to hear each other. Not a "romantic" restaurant to go to but we would definitely go again!
  26. RK

    RonKrasner

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing views of the city excellent service good value and awesome dinner
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had dinner before a concert at Humphrey’s. The views were spectacular. Our waitress Olivia was terrific, food and drink were great. Service slowed a bit as the restaurant got crowded, to be expected…
  28. CC

    CCSDCA

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The coconut shrimp was tough, stringy and no coconut flavor in the coating. The dipping sauce was too watery and had a strange flavor. The Cubano sandwich tasted like it had a wasabi sauce and not a mustard sauce. The first were outstanding. The view is beautiful.
  29. s

    scvgal

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Decent service but kitchen was slow and at two hours for dining we missed part of our concert. A glass of wine should have been comp’ed due to delay at the least.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    This is my 2nd time visiting this location from out of state. I absolutely love the ambiance and view. Both visits were with different people but our experience was the same, everyone loved our appetizers and drinks but unfortunately felt DUPED once we received our entrees. The wait staff was awesome and again the view keeps me wanting to visit but I will only have appetizers from now on.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great ambiance. Portion size was as perfect as well. We sat outside and the view of the water was amazing. Unfortunately, we just missed sunset, but it was still a great sight. After dinner we went down by the fire pit for extra views as well. Would highly recommend Bali Hai to everyone
  32. BW

    BrianW

    Adelaide

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The ribs were amazing and the wok fried sea bass portion was very generous. The roasted squash salad was not amazing. The menu online had a few items we had planned on ordering that were not available. All in all it was a good dinner.
  33. L

    Lalas15

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    First time having lunch here. The service was good. Friendly server, got part of my request wrong but another lead staff made it up. Brought a fam member here for lunch. Surprisingly the menu was very, very limited. Fam ordered halibut w rice- rice and sauce serving portion was very frugal for $22. I ordered fish n chips but unfortunately the fish was bitter? Hu? It did not taste right. Server replaced w poke salad. Overall the food, except for the platter appetizers was disappointedly MEDIOCRE. The drinks were great though and the view was nice. We’re it not for the bad food and limited menus I would have rated 4 stars. As is 2 stars. Lots of room for improvement. Paid $175 for three people including tip.
  34. y

    yummy

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful view of downtown and the ocean. Lots of parking!
  35. JP

    JudyP1

    Las Vegas

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This was our first time dining at Bali Hai. We started with a Mai Tai in the bar. The drink was not my cup of tea, rocket fuel would be a fair description. Bartenders were lovely and friendly. Ambience was perfect as well as the view. Dinners were very good and prices were fair in today’s economy.
  36. KE

    KEITHR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our experience with Bali Hai, was very good, with the execption of a very loud B.D. party. Service excellent, staff great, food good, Mai tais debilitating. We have gone there since 1958, when we arrived in San Diego. The city has changed, but the Bali Hai hasn't. I retired from the Navy Lab, Point Loma, and our group has had many enjoyable afternoons/evenings there for the past many years!!!
  37. AB

    AndyB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent view of the harbour and wonderful food and cocktails.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A little noisy inside bar and restaurant, much better outside. Have been coming here for over 40 years, including our wedding rehearsal dinner in 1982! Great view. Great food. Great service.
  39. VT

    VictorT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Food wasnt that good for what you pay for. Servers weren’t too friendly either
  40. AS

    AliciaS

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time there. Amazing view. Great food. Great date spot

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 4.5 stars by 5057 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


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, Cocktails, 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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