Bali Hai Restaurant

4.5
4642 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
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day 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 a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipKini
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined 2 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 4 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 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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CassandraG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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JerryV
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

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SusanC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

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JulieH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Little overpriced but great seating and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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Osro
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Great location and service great, but food was subper.

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PJinLA
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food quality, and views. I highly recommend the Ali'i sampler appetizer, which I order every time. Reservations are a must as they get extremely busy. The food takes a while to arrive when they're busy, so save this restaurant for when you're not in a hurry and enjoy the island-like atmosphere. Tons of easy and free parking right next to the restaurant!

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AnitaNieves
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Tasting menu, excellent service

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vipretiredfromkitchen
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best view in San Diego, especially if you can get a central table by the window. Very friendly and efficient service, food is delicious and great value for money. Five stars across the board!!

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vipJosephB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, beautiful view of skyline, free parking and unusual menu make it special.

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JeannieH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food was way way to salty (cabbage) and sauce was too heavy it over powered sprouts. I’d even call it gross. Main entrees were ok but a little to heavy spiced, and I love spicy foods again overpowered not complimented.

Food took forever!!!!!

But the view and our event were distracting enough that we weren’t zeroed into those issues.

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MaryJ
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 3 friends and I came for a birthday lunch at 11:30 on a Wednesday. We had a reservation. We were seated at a table with a wonderful view of the bay and nearby cove. It was a lovely sunny day and the views were spectacular.
Our wait person was very friendly and accomodating. We ordered and received our food in reasonable time. We had refills on coffee and tea throughout the meal. Each of us ordered something different and all of us were very pleased with our entree.
The price was reasonable . We had 2 people celebrating birthdays and each of them received a special birthday dessert which was wonderfully tasty.
We will definitely come back for other meals in the future.

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Ab518
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always, this was for a grad dinner for my husband. We all enjoyed the special tiki drinks, delicious food and beautiful views.

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Bali Hai Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 4642 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.