Bali Hai Restaurant

4.4
4713 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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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MaryW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MichaelW
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The view was awesome, and the food was great!

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vipsabinav
Tucson
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Loved the Spinach cream cheese lumpia:)

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MindyC
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always have a great experience here and views are amazing!

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vipIreneW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
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!

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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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Great table on the water with fabulous view of bay, sailboats, San Diego skyline, etc. service was good also. Food was over-salted and spicy with no notice of that on menu! Filet was ordered med-rare twice and declined both times for being over done! Appetizers were both too salty and spicy hot! Mashed garlic potatoes were too salty and smooth like pudding. Wok veggies were cooked perfectly but in soy sauce again too salty!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mai Tai is hauntingly good 🍹

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ShellieF
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The sea bass was excellent and so were the Mai Tai’s.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We loved the views and cocktails! Food was ok. Deff will go back but for cocktails only!

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vipCalebG
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always!

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vipWenc
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Disappointed champagne brunch was no longer included in price

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Tebec
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Awesome view!

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FredricA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere was great would love to go back we took our kids there they had a good time sitting by the windows and looking out over the bay

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Michael
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wondrous visit to Bali Hai! I first came here as a child with my parents back in the 90's because my dad had grown up in San Diego and always loved this classic Polynesian-inspired restaurant. Although I was quite young, the unique architecture, panoramic views, and tropical setting left a very deep impression. A couple years ago I returned for the first time as an adult with my wife, nearly 20 years later, to find the magic is still here! The restaurant has been lovingly cared for and maintained inside and out. The service and food is still exceptional, and I finally got to sample their infamous mai tai! We were in town again for a weekend getaway recently and I simply *had* to return for some more delicious South-Seas escapism. More mai tais were consumed of course, along with some new favorites. We shared the ali'i appetizer sampler (the coconut shrimp is a stand-out!) and also shared the lobster tacos so we'd have room for the incredible Bananas Foster Crème Brûlée. We had our 9-month-old infant with us, so we requested a table outdoors where we'd be out of the way of other diners, and we were treated to a table at the edge of their balcony with the most beautiful, picturesque, sweeping view of the San Diego bay and enjoyed watching all the ships and sailboats drifting to and fro. The service, ambiance, food, and drinks were just as great as always - and I also noted that the landscaping around their ground-level gardens seemed especially fresh, lush, and well-manicured. I happily proclaimed that all future San Diego trips *must* include at least one meal at Bali Hai.

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MoniiB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, drinks and views!! We’ll be back!

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viperh1
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch with a friend and had the Ali'i Tasting pupu! Everything was delicious, especially the coconut shrimp! Beautiful atmosphere, and fantastic view of Mission Bay. Felt like I was in Hawaii.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner❣️❣️

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VanessaM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Our table and view were amazing, but that was the highlight of our meal. The mai tai was as strong as advertised! But our food was just okay- we both had the shrimp and noodles with peanut sauce. Our dessert was pretty good (flourless chocolate cake with praline mousse). Overall it was okay.. I just wish the food had been better.

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vipJohn
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

No Bread offered, we ordered Med Steak and it was well done.
Also they didn't have the Banana Foster dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

I don’t understand why they add the percentage to the whole bill instead of changing the price next to the item. Very deceiving.
Also, the oysters were room temperature which was gross. They should be cold.

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vipTable24
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places to take friends and visitors from out of town. Amazing view in a true, authentic tiki restaurant with good food and fun drinks!! It truly is a happy place!!

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Amari
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was definitely a great place to eat for a birthday dinner!! I would definitely bring family here and the views of the water is amazing to go along with the food! 10/10

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Yvonne
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great vibe and great view. Not a lot of food selection and the taste is alright.
But still a good place to spend a chill weekend afternoon.

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Babyga
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Waiting time was horrible.We ordered crispy lobster tacos and we got the shrimp instead.We could have ordered something else, waiter fail to inform us. The salmon was salty for my taste, and noodles was below average.Overall I would not recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for great food. The views are fantastic but you can take advantage of that outside for free.

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vipJillW
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My moms 80th bday

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Bali Hai Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 4713 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.