Bali Hai Restaurant

4.6
4304 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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Pineapple11
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Only complaint is OpenTable not updating their brunch menu as it changed.

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JBSDSU
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great as they always are. This trip there was a table next to us of a group of loud people who were heavily inebriated and who almost made the experience unpleasant, however, the view and the awesome service made up for it. I understand you make the best drinks in town and with Covid it is difficult to ask if they are stopping in for a meal or just to get drunk, but that table, from what I overheard from their loud conversation is Bali Hai wasn't their first stop nor their last on their binge.

Still I have been coming to Bali Hai since the 1990's and will keep coming back.

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LoriP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bal Hai is the perfect setting for dining al fresco! The ambiance is amazing... just like being on a tropical vacation. The food is always delicious... just missing some of our favorite chicken options due to the limited 2020 menu. Looking forward to getting back again soon. Thanks for creating such a magical escape in these crazy COVID times!

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AmberB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening at Bali Hai , great food, drinks and service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with Covid it’s a chore to get anyone together - even family members that don’t live together. I love the fact that Larry has a system of reservations and staff that makes sure your experience is top notch.
No matter what the occasion, or the price / if you feel locked up - this is the place to go and enjoy the view, the service (Lexie, aka Alexia) & along with the world famous Mai Tai (have Brian make it) and you’ll leave 100% satisfied!

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vipFoodie
Denver
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of downtown and wonderful food! We always enjoy Bali Hai!

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ChelseyB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

pro: the view

cons: salad with wilted leaves and very little toppings (waitress said they were running out of toppings...), cold meat, and mediocre dessert. every course was either sub par or just bad.

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AlexandraD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner menu was awesome and worth the money.

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LauraS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our Thanksgiving visit was lovely. The view and the ambiance were beautiful. The food was delicious. The drinks were tasty as ever. The seating was comfortable and spacious. Unfortunately, our waiter seemed to be stretched a bit thin. He was always on the run. It took 3 tries to get one of the orders for our table right. I can not say that I was completely satisfied with the service we received.

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MichaelL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at Bali Hai...the staff and food was great

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poppycat
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We had Thanksgiving dinner at the Bali Hai. Party of 3, including my husband and daughter. Got seated at possibly one of the best tables with a view upstairs balcony. Absolutely incredible views of the bay! My husband and daughter enjoyed their turkey/salmon entrees but my stuffed portabello was pretty awful! In addition to, as a vegetarian I couldn't have the gravy, mashed potato or stuffing since they all had chicken stock; why (?)

After our main course we didn't see our server again for a good 30 mins. My husband had to go twice to try and track her down, so very disappointed in that. Overall, wasn't worth $48 in my opinion.

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vipSamC
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner Wednesday night, and for Thanksgiving. Always excellent, friendly service, impeccably clean and good food.

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vipSHINKEN
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to enjoy the amazing food, excellent music by Desi, and the World Famous Mai Tais! Oh, and did I mention the view!? It really doesn't get any better than this! Mahalo Bali Hai !!!

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The dinner menu was easily accessible via code reader at the table. The wait staff were attentive without being overbearing. Due to Covid, dining was outside and with heaters on it was comfortable.
The menu was limited but sufficient across a range of food types. We had the Korean Sirloin and Sea Bass dishes. The strips were good, not overcooked and in a nice mix of onions and savory sweet soy sauce. The sea bass was excellent and was mixed with satay vegetables which were slightly too spicy and somewhat overpowered the delicious and light sea bass flavor.
The BaliHai traditional Maitais were strong and made for a nice with-dinner cocktail. Overall the food and service were good, the fog came in heavily during dinner from 7 to 8pm making the outdoor heaters a must. There's no reason not to enjoy the ambiance and a good meal at Shelter Island's Bali Hai restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and the view from the outside seating was spectacular. All tables were well placed according to the pandemic guidelines. I highly recommend the Brunch menu!

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Eatlocal
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Kevin was outstanding! Be sure to hold onto those mai tai glasses! They are slippery!

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AlexanderN
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

mai tai's are fire, poke is delicious, beautiful view

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BryceB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The drinks, service and views are amazing and worth going. The food is good, but not great.

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vipJulieW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, great food and drink menu. Just a little something different by the water.

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FatimaH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and the view was breathtaking! Would dine again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service by Mario. Great birthday spot.

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JACOBW
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to place at least 2x’s per week. I will always go there no matter the political or virus climate. Outdoor seating is preferred, so I’m happy to sit outside and actually look at the city, boats and the North Island naval base. This place is perfect and getting better all the time.
Obviously, drink as many Mai Tai’s as they’ll allow but don’t drive afterward because you will have troubles......not because your injured, but because you’ll be too happy to do dumb things like operate machinery

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timc
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bali hai has the best staff of anyplace in San Diego....also the view is second to none. On the bay. Food is great too....and the Mai tais are the best in the world!!!
Bali Hai restaurant is a slice of heaven. A real treat.
The owners, Larry and Tommy are fantastic people.

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PeteA
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Under the current social distancing and crowd limitations, Bali Hai has made excellent use of it's extensive open-air patio space to set up tables and heat lamps with views-to-die-for overlooking San Diego Bay and the lights of downtown. REALLY nice! The service was exceptionally cheery and helpful, the food was great, as always, and the cocktails, well... what can you say about BH cocktails that doesn't include the word "Legendary"?!? A really nice experience during rather depressing times, so I highly recommend an evening at the BH to just "get away from it all" and feel like you are alive again...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always!

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Dini
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, excellent service. Food was delicious. A+++

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RoseE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waitress Mary was just perfect! It was our first visit, she gave great recommendations and catered to all our needs. Cant wait to go back.

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vipVladR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience

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ShelleyC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Experience!
Love it!
I always tell my friends & others, when asked where to eat in Point Loma. Bali Hai or Tom Ham’s Lighthouse are my Strong Suggestions!

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MrHydro
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place! But don’t go so so its less crowded for us 🤣

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DebiP
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bali Hai is a great choice for happy hour with a nice selection of appetizers and lots of fun cocktails. The view is beautiful and the tables are well spaced for social distance.

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r3inlj
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch on patio enjoying the fabulous view of San Diego!
Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was absolutely amazing and Aaron was such a rockstar! He explained every detail to a meal you could almost taste it just by using your imagination. Will be coming back and bringing everyone I know!

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BouisB
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Calamari and French fries are really to salty. General I finish everything but this time it was to much. Lighter hand on salt. Drinks are good.

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vipCallan
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a birthday celebration during these outdoor only times. Food was delicious and the drinks are always the best! One of my favorite places to celebrate!

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vipCalebG
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have the best time here. Excellent service, fabulous drinks and the most magical setting of the SD skyline. Always the best date. Can’t wait to be back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bali Hai has one of if not the best city water views in San Diego! Couple that with the best Mai Tai in Southern California and you are guaranteed a wonderful experience.

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JayW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant was nice, and the view of the city was absolutely amazing. The food was not as delicious as view. The dishes were presented very nicely, but P.F Changs blows their food out of the water. With that being said, the dishes are quite expensive, so you are really paying for the view. On a positive note, the service staff was really great. Drinks and food were brought out extremely fast, and the vibe of the place is very chill. All in all, I'd say the experience was a 8/10. If you're looking for something scenic and romantic this is 110% the spot...also if you're trying to get drunk, their Mai Thai is strong af. If you're looking for really good tasting dishes this may not be the best place, but makes up for it with its larger variety of classic food items.

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HeatherC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best view of San Diego and awesome food/drinks and service. Everytime I have company in town, this is my go to spot!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Baki Hai is on our short list of “must do’s” whenever we are celebrating a special occasion or have our of town guests. We love the casual atmosphere, great service and food options. Thank you for always taking good care of us!

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Bali Hai Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 4304 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.