Bali Hai Restaurant

4.5
4650 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 4650 people are saying
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4.4
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MargaretR
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and fun! We love this place and can always count on it to be a great experience

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vipretiredfromkitchen
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the most amazing views, beautiful decor, excellent and friendly service, delicious food and imaginative drinks, Bali Hai has got to be one of the best dining spots and definitely the best value for money in San Diego!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and awesome service!!

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Foodgeek
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience5

The ambiance was amazing but the drinks were much to strong, the food was mediocre, and the service was atrocious!

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MickeyS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been looking forward to this for months. We enjoyed the dining, the view, and the overall experience.

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JOHNN
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Their credit card processor didnt work. It was not my card or bank ...had to make that awkward phone call from my table. God bless America cash is still printed and I had it on me.

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ScottG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I thought the food would be a bit better than it was. Drinks were strong 👍. Service great. Just not sure it’s worth it for dinner. Happy Hour, yes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience5

This is not the place for good food. It is for drinks & ambience only.

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AnnF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service and nice atmosphere but the noise level was way too loud.

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vipKini
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Hot meal wasn’t hot, though very tasty. Server needed tp be flagged down - with some effort - to get salt,pepper, soy sauce, more water...

Good food, great view, just “could” have been great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience1

It was very disappointing. We have been here before and had a lovely time. But the bottom of the restaurant was closed and not due to Covid, Supposedly for a wedding reception but there was absolutely nothing happening. We had a 7 PM reservation and we were not seated until 725. There were a lot of drunk people in the restaurant which was uncomfortable because a man walked into the women's room and there were so many people you could not walk around without bumping into people just to get to your table. There was no social distancing whatsoever. And the hostess's mask was below her nose the entire time even though we were all required to wear masks. We made our reservation about two months ago for my son's high school graduation special dinner. We were eventually seated outside where we wanted to be with a partial Oceanview and it was quieter, but it got very cold and two heaters by our table did not work despite the restaurant knowing they were broken, they tried to start them over and over again and they never brought over another heater and it stayed cold. I ended up sick all evening once I got home and I think it was from my dinner which I stopped eating midway through because it was very salty and I suddenly had a very full feeling. I am still not feeling 100% today. It was yellow fin tuna. Everyone else in my party is fine and I was the only one who had this meal. I am very disappointed and not likely to return.

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RoseK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great view of the surrounding water and scenery. Courteous staff. Good food choices at brunch.

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CassandraG
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our visit! My grandparents got engaged at this restaurant, so it was very special to see a part of my family's history in person.

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MingMing
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Buffet is back!! Delicious & fast friendly service!!!

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JerryV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our server Johnathan was very knowledgeable of the menu and provided an excellent experience for my wife and I. Definitely will be coming back.

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AndrewA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambience, food was decent, service is amazing!!

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SusanC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Drinks, appetizers and dessert were great. Main dishes were just so-so.

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JulieH
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful venue at Shelter Island. Good menu, good drinks and best views of San Diego harbor and great view of city at night. Arrive early and take a walk along waterfront- peaceful and safe- a favorite of our family for many, many years.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Little overpriced but great seating and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bali Hai is a must stop when in San Diego! The best tiki drinks, awesome food, friendly people, and excellent service. You can’t go wrong!

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GaryB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view and ambience. Tasty food at a reasonable price.

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HolliA
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, this was for a special dinner for friends and it could not have gone better. We were sat at a perfect table overlooking the bay, received fantastic service from our server Victor (as well as our cocktail waitress). The food was incredible. We felt safe, comfortable and cared for by the entire staff. It was truly a perfect experience! Thank you Victor and Bali Hai!

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JoeS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It would have been nice to see a warning on the 4% surcharge due to Covid. Overall, great experience though.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wife and I decided to try a new restaurant, as we often have while on vacation in San Diego. We have always been disappointed, until we tried Bali Hai that is. The foot was exactly what we wanted and had beautiful views of the skyline of the city. Our server, Aaron, was outstanding too. We will definitely be back!

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Annoymous
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was very nice when I checked in. I mentioned I was a little early and asked if I can check in early. She said it was fine. I sat for about half an hour on the side bench and she told me my table was ready. I had mentioned that I was waiting for another person to come. She said to me don't worry I'll lead your guest over when they arrive. I was so surprised I got a window seat. The view was amazing and gorgeous. The food was just perfect and it was not too salty. I think for future guests who wants a good seat in the restaurant is to do a reservation early. It's just a suggestion. The noise level was energetic and there were a lot of people.

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GuyW
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Two little food for too much money. Service a little slow.

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vipJPAO
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego and it does not disappoint, fabulous views, man-tai is exceptional and strong, the food was fresh, tasty, and well prepared, service was excellent, overall amazing !!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Family members meeting each other for first time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our last day of vacation. My fiancé and I had a great time. The drinks were great! Food was fresh service was fast. Over all a great experience.

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fbet
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

dinner menu was great just wish the pan seared filet & pork chop was still available. but overall everything was great. and there was a hair in my wife’s water

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SharonC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have transformed their Sunday Buffet into a safe experience. Servers now plate your food from behind a plexiglass station. Still the same great food with a great view. The wait staff was still their refilling drinks and taking care of us just like before.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crispy Ahi Tuna is bonkers.

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JoshuaL
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service; wish I would have a table with the amazing beach view

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good food, good drinks, good vibes.

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TedV
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Continues to be one of my favorite places in San Diego. Was great for a date or any meal really.

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JamieW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance, amazing view, and delicious food!

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CourtneyB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was fine but service SLOW. Fish was cold when it finally got to us. Ambiance fun but restaurant was loud. Overall, it’s okay but it’s a bit pricey for a long wait.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and we got a table right by the window over the water. It was the perfect spot for our occasion and we were even running a little late for our reservation but they kept it for us. The food was delicious and the drinks are always a good time.

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SunnyS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Drinks are definitely worth it

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ChristopherK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing view, good food and drinks

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Bali Hai Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 4650 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.