Bali Hai Restaurant

4.5
4726 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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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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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LovesFood
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Views and food were great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We made a reservation for a birthday celebration for five people the seating area and the view was beautiful however the server service sucks he didn’t come and asked if we needed any other drinks or refill our drinks he didn’t check to see if we have water he did not ask us if the food was OK we had to bother another waitress for that and the portions for the price were minuscule it was disappointing

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NikNKozel
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable as was the food and drinks. They made us feel special while celebrating our anniversary and the view of the water was spectacular! The price was also very reasonable, I will definitely be coming back here.

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1kayaker
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went down for some live music on the patio. Decided to book a reservation for dinner. the Korean Fried Chicken is the bomb. Great tropical drink menu too. Very happy.

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SanDiegoDiner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tropical theme, great service, excellent selection of tropical mixed drinks.

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BillS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Arrived and hostess said reservation was for Tuesday WRONG! Plus elevator didn’t work had to walk up two flights of stairs and I am disabled!

They did find a table after a twenty five minute wait.

Soiled our anniversary dinner.

Won’t return

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LeeO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming to San Diego for the first time has been an adventure. Having Bali Hai recommended to us, it lived up to all expectations. Wait staff was extremely friendly and attentive, food selection was great and tasted extremely well. I'm just not sold on the Mai Tai's as being all that and the reason why you only get two max is because it's all alcohol. Better have a designated driver. Sadly, the value is dropped a star because of the costs and maybe that's just me, everything is going through the roof cost-wise. Sorry :(. However, the atmosphere was fantastic along, pleasant looking over the bay at the San Diego night skyline.

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RandyB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Victor provided excellent service, and the views of the San Diego bay and downtown skyline are outstanding. It's a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Food was good, I had no complaints, but a bit pricey for just "good". Maybe I'm in post Covid inflation sticker shock? For our party of 3, we had 1 appetizer, 2 sides, 3 entrees, 2 alcoholic drinks and our bill was over $160 before tip. Also, the acoustics meant that it was very noisy. No music or noisy patrons, but it was sometimes difficult to hear regular conversations at our table.

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vipMinnie
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

another great evening dining at Bali Hai👏👏👏. We took our daughter , who was visiting and we had such great food & service by Mary. The ambience was wonderful, as always.

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BertilleD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The dining hall is very loud but appart from that we had a great time. The view is beautiful and we enjoyed the food!! Thanks

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best view in San Diego. Excellent food, drinks and service at a very reasonable price.

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PatriciaJ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for lunch but there looked to be plenty of open seating. Had a great seat at the very end of the outside balcony with an amazing water view. I had lobster tacos, delicious! My husband had the Kalua pork plate, so tender and juicy! Drinks were fairly reasonably priced for tiki drinks. My only disappointment was that they didn't have any Mr. Bali Hai mugs available, oh darn guess I'll have to go back. I had the famous Mai Tai and was cautioned by the waiter that there was no fruit juice and once ordered could not be sent back. I guess a lot of people think Mai Tais have fruit juice but they actually don't. This was a very strong drink but tasted just like a Mai Tai to me. They limit you to two since they are so strong but I don't think a second drink would have been a good idea for me! I was quite happy!

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RickK
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service a little loud but that is due to the design of the building . I will return

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food and amazing view. Will definitely be back.

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CynthiaH
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Still a special place. Million dollar view. Good food. Excelent service. Loud during happy hour.

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LLegaspi
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to dine with a nice view! Food is not that good though but the view of the sea makes it worthwhile.

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SanDiegoVegetarian
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great view, good food. Service was less awesome as usual for this lunch but we weren't in a rush and it was a great day to sit out on the deck and watch the boats go by on a beautiful Friday afternoon. The lunch menu does not have the plentiful vegetarian options that the dinner menu has, but with appetizers and dessert I did not go hungry.

The Bali Hai has been a top pick for meeting up with local friends or showing off to out-of-town guests for decades and that is not changing any time soon.

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NadineB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food is so-so, but everything else about the place is amazing: the view, the Mai Tais, the service, the ambiance, and the ukulele player/singer! I bring people there every week or two.

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MaryW
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent chef! Apps and mains were cooked well and full of flavor.

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KurtV
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Meal and view was good, drinks and appetizer was delicious too.

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MichaelW
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our favorite restaurant in San Diego. The Mai Tai’s are the best. The food is outstanding and the service is exceptional. Music by Desi is the best. Hawaiian and Polynesian music fits perfectly with the theme.
If I had one suggestion it would be to install noise reducing measures throughout the restaurant and lounge. When people start talking they end up yelling to be heard over others who are yelling. It’s not the music, the sound level is perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The view was awesome, and the food was great!

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JasonB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They need more mugs to buy. The rib eye was freakin great.

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vipsabinav
Tucson
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Loved the Spinach cream cheese lumpia:)

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MindyC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Overrated. Food sucked and not worth the money. Poke was grey. Meat tough. Food flavorless. Cheesecake tasted like mushy cake with acid on top.

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pkallday
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Bali Hai is always nice. The Mai Tais are always awesome. Our server Kevin, was as close to perfect as it can get. He was helpful, timely, courteous, and an all around lovely guy. My mother adored him. The food was good, the view was spectacular, and Kevin was amazing. Thanks.

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Scooter
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and view and service and ambience for the money- well worth going to if you’re in San Diego!

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vipSheila
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, strong drinks, breathtaking view. This combo never disappoints! Our server, Mary was knowledgable and friendly!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always have a great experience here and views are amazing!

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vipIreneW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husband’ 60 birthday and I want to take him somewhere special. We were not disappointed with our first buffet after almost 2 years. The ambiance and the quality of food were excellent. Servers were very attentive. They were very prompt with refilling my ice tea and clearing the dirty dishes from the table. I most definitely will return!

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JenniferS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were celebrating our anniversary and requested a nice table when we made our reservation. We had a great spot at the window, the staff wished us happy anniversary when we checked in. My husband said it was one of the best meals he has had at a restaurant! One slight mix up when I was given the wrong entree, but it was quickly fixed. Our server was great, attentive but not hovering. Would definitely recommend and would go back. Only issue is that it was quite loud, but it was a Saturday evening.

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AmyR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent view, delicious drinks and food. The service is prompt and friendly. My favorite restaurant in San Diego.

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LisaT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is always lovely and the staff is fantastic!

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DeborahF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It was extremely noisy, very crowded, our waiter, Jonathan, was overwhelmed. Consequently, the service was lousy. The food was good but way too spicy. The worst part was the noise. You can call it “energetic,” But it was truly a painful experience to try to have a conversation. The only A+ went to the beautiful view of the bay. No, we will not go back.

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JoshuaC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was amazing, the food was great and our server Daniel made the overall experience for my birthday truly enjoyable with his recommendations and great demeanor. First time visiting Bali Hai and definitely not our last.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will not be disappointed. The food was great. The staff was very polite and attentive. Great service all around.

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mdvypm
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food with spectacular bay view!
Started with Ali’ i Tasting. Coconut shrimp and beef skewers were highlight of this sampler appetizer. Good portion of poke, but not the best poke I’ve had. Next time will just order the coconut shrimp and beef skewers.
Grilled market fish was halibut, which was excellent with the mango purée. Could have had a bit more of the coconut basmati rice and purée on plate.
Came to celebrate a friend’s birthday and got a complimentary dessert (nice touch)
Overall pleasant lunch experience, but restaurant got a bit noisy even with social distancing.

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TikiFan
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marissa was our server and she was terrific. Friendly and professional and made great recommendations.

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CathieL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great meal and a beautiful view of the city and harbor. Celebrated our anniversary, Desi provided entertainment before we were seated, it was wonderful. Will definitely return!

CJ
CoraJ98
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server only spoke to males at the table

Food + view + ambience was once in a lifetime

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Bali Hai Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 4726 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.