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About Bali Hai Restaurant

Exotic Pacific dining on an enchanted tiki island.

2230 Shelter Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Polynesian, Seafood, Hawaiian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3pm,
Sunday Brunch: 9:30-2pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 9pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5pm - 10pm,
Sunday 4pm-9pm

Cross Street:
Scott or Rosecrans

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 222-1181

Website:
http://www.balihairestaurant.com/

Catering:
Private dining 10 to 30.

And 65 to 300.

Parking Details:
Lots of free parking. Sorry no valet.

Executive Chef:
Mr. Dion Morales

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Thank you for considering The Bali Hai for your special occasion. The Bali Hai has been a favorite in San Diego for over fifty years. With spectacular views of San Diego Bay and the city skyline, our South Pacific Room and Hawaiian Village are perfect for wedding receptions.

Bali Hai Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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2
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (113)
Scenic View (107)
Special Occasion (74)
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Good for a Date (67)
Romantic (63)
Good for Birthdays (58)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Handcrafted Cocktails (42)
Creative Cuisine (41)
Worth the Drive (41)
Fun (35)
Good for Groups (35)
Great for Brunch (33)
Great for Outdoor Dining (33)
Happy Hour (29)
Bar Seating (28)
Casual (28)
Sunday Lunch (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Authentic (23)
Great for Lunch (22)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Healthy (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
People Watching (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Business Meals (11)
Disabled Access (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Cozy (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Live Music (9)
Seasonal (9)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Spicy (6)
Tapas (6)
Vegan (6)
Late-night Find (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

I was there with my wife for our date night and at this time of year there are lots of Christmas parties like this past Thursday night, service was lacking and it wasn't that busy. Service should have been better. The dinner presentation was lacking as well. No flair, or pride in presentation. It looked long ke Panda Express in a bowl. It was tasty this could have been better. Appetizers were great though. On par with Cheesecake Factory I guess but Cheesecake Factory would likely be better. Great view!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a party of 8. Service was slow. When we got our food about 3 of our plates were cold. I sent mine to re warm. The others ate it cold because they were starving. Food was delicious once re warmed Beautiful atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Ask for Victor- he was a terrific waiter. He made all sorts of recommendations that were perfect. Sitting on the deck is the BEST. We will return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We have patronized Bali Hai for many years. It is one of our favorite restaurants. I highly recommend it for brunch as well as dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Three words View View View .... Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Bali Hai Restaurant. The amazing view of the bay is only matched by the amazing food. The fish was fresh and their take on the classic Loco Moco was delish. Special mention for our very enthusiastic and attentive server. She seemed genuinely happy to be working at Bali Hai, which enhanced our already pleasant experience. It was our first visit but will be back.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The service was excellent; food divine and the view of the city was magnificent on a perfect San Diego day. Lunch crowd was very light which made conversation effortless as it was quiet, which I always appreciate when dining with a friend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Its nice restaurant with wonderful service and delicious food

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Took a long time for our food and drinks due to an event but we had a nice time none the less.

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Over a twenty minute wait for cocktails. Food arrived at our table one hour and fifteen minutes after we ordered it. Our waiter was very confused, it might have been his first day.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 24, 2017

My Family and I have been dinning at Bali Restaurant for Thanksgiving Dinner for the past 8 years. Each year keeps getting better & better. The Management and Saff know what it takes to make a memorable meal. We will be Back The Same Time Next Year if Not Sooner....Woohoo!

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Beautiful view, my waiter was great and welcoming. Food was AWESOME and decent price I must say. Definitely going back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Beautiful, delicious, excellent service. Did NOT appreciate the 3% surcharge for the Thanksgiving buffet. I know it’s to cover the ever rising cost of doing business, but the special buffet should have set the price to cover it. It’s a rip-off and many diners think it’s part of the tip, so the servers get cheated.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

THANKSGIVING BUFFET WAS THE BEST, PRIME RIB WAS PERFECT,SO MANY GREAT DISHES MADE FOUR TRIPS TO THE BUFFET, GOT MY MONEYS WORTH, HAD A TABLE FOR TWO, WINDOW SEATS, AND THE STAFF WAS GREAT,EVERYBODY SHOULD DO THIS IN THERE LIFETIME

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Go often on Thanksgiving and Sunday brunch. Always friendly and good food

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Waterfront, Disabled Access
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 22, 2017

BEST view of San Diego across the harbor, especially at night. Wonderful food and service....very Polynesian! Highly recommended.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Fish not fresh.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is an absolute must if you are in San Diego. The bottomless mimosas and variety of brunch options was amazing. Never have I been to a brunch where they have a Pho station?! Definitely worth every penny. There is a boat dock, so you motor on over, dock and come in for brunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Healthy, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Closed at 10. Pretty early for a dinner

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Super fun, great food, but REALLY loud. But still, the overall experience was amazing. Some people just shouldn't have unlimited champagne.... :)

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Brunch and Happy Hour are great here. There dinners continue to disappoint with small portions. There are so many better choices in San Diego.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service and food were great

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Too loud. Is there anyway to mitigate noise level?

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 12, 2017

If you want to experience San Diego, a dinner here is a must. From the killer Mai Tai to the killer view, The Bali Hai is a great place to enjoy a Sunday brunch or sunset cocktail. This is a staple of San Diego culinary that has been on the scene for over 20 years. Love the ownership, love the servers love the experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The view was great, unbelievable. But not the place to romance your girlfriend or wife. Way to noisey and loud chatter. Food portions were small and overpriced . I was not impressed.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great ambience and service for our party of six, met our request for a good view table and the various fish selections were very good. Overall, a very nice experience and evening with family and friends. Thanks.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Big party behind my table, a lot of open tables away from party and the party was hovering around my table. No privacy for me and my date.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Been a few times now, great spot but this time my food wasn't quite the best, ordered a 30$ steak, not cooked to my liking, took it back microwaved and returned still not cooked. They comped me a glass of champagne but would have rathered my steak done correctly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The Food was luke warm, like I have been sitting for a while before it was brought to the table. The fish over cooked. Overall I was very unimpressed.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The service was excellent. Our female server (don’ remember her name) answered every single question we asked. We had a couple people with us who had some food restrictions and she answered in detail about all of our questions without having to go check on it . We went in at 5:30 and there was music in the bar. It was way too loud. The restaurant was probably only 1/3 full and we had to talk very loudly to each other and the people on the ends we’re unable to hear what everyone was saying.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The location is amazing! Great value on drinks. The food is just OK.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Tapas
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had a great time - Sunday brunch - free-flowing champagne (sparkling apple juice for the children), lots of food choices, great seafood, desserts, salads, roast beef, pork dishes, etc.

Servers were courteous and attentive - atmosphere was fun. We booked a window table and enjoyed all the activity on the bay. Bird watching was great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (Omaha)·Dined on November 5, 2017

After dark, the city view was worth a million dollars. Pictures cannot do it justice. We even got the added bonus of some fireworks in San Diego during our meal. The food was amazing (tuna and scallops). The price was reasonable for the excellent food. The atmosphere was a bit noisy due to the layout of the building, but easy to overlook that when looking out the window. We had a dessert with mangos that was out of this world delicious. The experience took us back to time spent in Hawaii.

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Didn't have the fabulous food we remembered but we haven't been there for a number of years; menu was totally different; sorely missed the Salmon en croute they once offered and what they now offer is much smaller portions and higher priced. Example; my sister-in-law ordered the $22 BBQ glazed salmon entree and the salmon maybe weighed 4-5 ounces and was served with plain white rice and a few vegetables; she ordered Japanese Curry Rice to liven up her meal for an added $8. Before dinner we decided to share spring roll appetizer because we were told there were four portions only to find each wasn't longer than 1.5 inches; not worth $9.00. My brother and I ordered Orange Lobster- tempura fried and came in a soup bowl with the orange sauce so overwhelming the slipper lobster pieces they weren't tempura crisp, instead they were soft and mushy. On the plus side we were treated to an amazing view of the moon rising over the San Diego skyline.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The view is spectacular, and the drinks are fun and delicious, but the food is so-so and the service is disinterested at best (perhaps they think we're tourists who aren't likely to return?) There is a special menu called "The Greens" for vegetarians.

Tags: Scenic View, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of the great view restaurants in San Diego. Great Tiki drinks and good food with a tropical twist.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food and service. Brussel sprouts were awesome

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I was looking for a nice location to celebrate a friend's upcoming birthday. She lives in Pt. Loma and suggested Bali Hai. A dear friend of mine renovated the restaurant five years ago and my memories have always been good. This time no difference totally lovely venue with all the pluses.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Business Meals, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great ambiance overlooking San Diego harbor. Delicious meal and a knowledgeable waitress who offered honest and helpful advice on menu options.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Comfort Food, Fun, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

My wife and I were very pleased with the service, the view, and the food. The dining area was very spacious which made it very comfortable.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Waterfront, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our server was rude and the halibut was sub-par. Our other 7 meals were Good. We won't be going back, too many great places available to risk this one again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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