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Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego, CA

Bali Hai Restaurant

4.6
4.6
5665 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 47 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 5,665 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Great for scenic views

5,665 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Peppered steak better than expected. Roasted fish was phenominal. World famous mai tai def strong

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  2. funfood

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The mai tai is always great. Had coconut shrimp and vegetable fried rice. Food was very good came out in a timely manner. Great views

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  3. HillaryB

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another amazing dinner at Bali Hai! We ordered a few new menu items, Short rib and a coconut dessert, and they were both delicious! We arrived late and they held our table for us. Outstanding service makes us feel so welcomed.

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  4. AndrewP

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the ambiance and service we received at the Iconic Bali Hai. Server was attentive without being intrusive and food and drinks came out pretty quickly.

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  5. Nana

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch with my daughters! Chocolate mousse dessert delicious!

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  6. Woodey

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Initial was wow then ran out of crab egg benedict waited to no avail. It was good when hungry a bit pricey. Will likely return however maybe once a year.

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  7. JimP

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Appetizers, Food and Drinks were above par. Service by our waiter Danny was exceptional. Bali Hai has been one of our favorite restaurants for over fifty plus years. Remember the Polynesian floor show downstairs in early seventies.

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  8. JeffG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at Bali Hai. The food, ambiance and service didn’t disappoint, and was amazing. It exceeded our expectations!! Will definitely be a repeat customer. 😊

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nadeem was fantastic, very informative, friendly and helpful!

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  10. VincentM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been going to the Bali Hai for well over 40 years! The food and service has always been excellent! This time, the food was not the norm! The steak and prawn combo were fair at best. The prawn was quite over cooked and the batter that was used was terrible! Not their best effort!

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  11. LorenaW

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place food was delicious and the view was amazing. The price was very reasonable for a nice restaurant. The lumpia on the appetizer menu was very tasty

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  12. GaryL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good food and good service. Seated promptly. Waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu dishes.

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  13. GregG

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice decor, fantastic decor, tremendous service - perhaps the best server we've ever had in a restaurant. The food was fantastic. Just be prepared because it is a little pricey.

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  14. IBaez

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food and drinks and can’t beat the view!

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  15. Karl

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The view at this place was amazing ! The food was not. Service was okay. The salmon comes on top of some weird grain that was ice cold had no flavor and didn’t seemed cooked all the way through . And the salmon was raw in the center. The Thai noodle salad and Korean fried chicken were also not impressive. Very basic tasting food for such a nice restaurant which was disappointing. But the view is what makes that place.

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  16. SandraF

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an awesome dining experience at the Bali Hai. Our waiter was attentive and engaging. Always a killer view no matter where you sit and the menu with its polynesian flair has delightful yummy dishes to choose from. We were celebrating Valentine’s Day a day early. The best decision ever!!!

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  17. DianeA

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love to eat here when we stay on Shelter Island. The view on down town SD is spectacular. Food always great. Our server, Aaron (sp?) was very friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable.

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  18. Ange

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall the dining experience is amazing. We’ve had brunch here several times in the past. This recent brunch didn’t have as much of a selection as they usually do, most likely because of Super Bowl. I remember the mimosas being included— maybe that was a few years back. This time it’s an individual charge. The food was great. The views are the highlight. The poke’ is delicious. Our server was great.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything is wonderful!! Can’t wait to visit another time!

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  20. EmmaC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mario was amazing- crab connoisseur! Will be dreaming about this brunch forever!

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  21. AprilM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and Fresh. The staff is super friendly

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  22. JasonK

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly service, beautiful decor, delicious buffet, fun environment

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  23. RCottle

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time there after hearing so much good about it. It lived up to the hype. Great service, food, and ambiance. The view is stunning. Will return when in San Diego. Recommend to anyone!

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  24. DougA

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    While the restaurant was okay, there was some type of event below the restaurant and the noise coming from it was extremely annoying. The food was good, but the servings were small and too expensive. When the bill was paid, an extra 5% fee was added on without warning.

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  25. KerryM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful place to dine. The view can't be beat. Very nice atmosphere, good food and great drinks. Went there on our 1st anniversary and our 44th with many in between. If they only brought back Chicken of the God's.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Victor our server was great. Food was excellent and had a good drink. Loved it

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Marissa was awesome! Made our experience 100x better. Drinks were as advertised 🙌🏻

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great views and awesome service! Thank you so much!

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  29. VictoriaV

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I think this was just an off night at the Bali Hai but I definitely did not love my food. The fried rice was bland and the coconut shrimp was not very coconutty though it was well cooked. Just not my best experience here.

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  30. DarcieT

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating our 50th anniversary. Our server, I believe her name was Britany was amazing. Our meals were very delicious. We enjoyed the beautiful view of the San Diego skyline. Thanks for making our evening perfect.

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  31. HillaryB

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Sunday brunch to celebrate birthdays. Lots of good food, and great service. We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful view.

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  32. LeeS

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server who was also a manager was awesome. So nice and so friendly. When you go to a restaurant and the staff takes the time to make conversation and answer any question you throw at them, it just adds to the atmosphere.

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  33. Wood

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The drinks and atmosphere of this place is fantastic. However, this is what you are paying for as the food is not worth the high dollar. I ordered the scallops for dinner and it came with 3 small scallops and old string beans that were not what I expected at $40 for the plate. We also ordered a dozen oysters and only received 1/2 dozen. The sea bass was served fried which was great but the vegetables underneath were swimming in sauce and caused the fry on the fish to be soggy. So while the place is great for the views and drinks this menu needs to be adjusted to justify the cost to customers.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great view of the bay and excellent service.

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  35. APerson

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful view of the bay and Downtown. At night it looks really great! Food, and service were excellent.

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  36. Foodie

    Denver

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible view, great service and delicious food as always!

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  37. LMCLMC

    Denver

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Location location location! Thats what Bali Hai has to offer. Plus some history and lore. The food was decent, not awesome, but the service was practically nonexistent. Expected a lot more from this place but place is all that was good.

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  38. AmbreB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just as amazing as the last time I was in San Diego. Fantastic ambiance. Fantastic views. The shishito peppers are a must try. Will make sure I make my way there every time I’m back in SD.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, ambience and service. This is a must visit when in San Diego.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and drinks were not what we were expecting. The spinach and cream cheese “lumpia” were more of an egg roll. There was a lot more cream cheese than we would’ve liked. I got the black pepper beef which reminded me a little of Panda Express. The garlic noodles and calamari were pretty good but the sweet chili sauce wasn’t a great combo with the appetizers. The ambience was great and the drinks weren’t bad either. I had trouble finding a drink that wasn’t too sweet. I asked the waiter for his drink recommendation and he didn’t disappoint.

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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 4.6 stars by 5665 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 47 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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