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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

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (87)
Scenic View (83)
Special Occasion (66)
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Good for a Date (55)
Romantic (46)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Worth the Drive (32)
Good for Groups (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Great for Brunch (26)
Fun (24)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Happy Hour (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Bar Seating (18)
Casual (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Authentic (16)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Healthy (12)
People Watching (12)
Disabled Access (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Business Meals (8)
Seasonal (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Cozy (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Spicy (4)
Tapas (4)
Vegan (4)
Live Music (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great Beer (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing buffet. Great view

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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Mia the server was awesome. We celebrated my grandma 90th birthday everything from the food to the service was perfect!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Healthy, People Watching, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

Food needs a little more seasoning
Drinks Mai Tai too strong...

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Food was cool at best, must have been a new bartender, Mai Tai was horrible and we have had them many times before. More than likely we will not return

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

I took family from Michigan for dinner and they all thought it was great! The food and service was excellent. The restaurants decor really caught their eye. Overall it was a great choice.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Brunch was amazing.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

I came here to try their Sunday brunch buffet. There is a huge selection of different types of food. The quality of the food was fantastic! Really great service all around. I would definitely come back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

What a Polynesian treat- like stepping back in time to enjoy delicious food and an amazing view. The Mai Tai is no joke but delicious and the Wok Fried Bass was so succulent accompanied by tender crisp veg in a dreamy sauce. Make the trip and enjoy a piece of history along with the most amazing view of San Diego!

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent food and service! My friends and I were here for the all-you-can-eat brunch on New Year's Day and had a wonderful experience. Will definitely be coming back!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great restaurant with excellent view. Food is also very delicious. I would recommend any one.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Cozy, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food with an amazing view of the city!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great views of the city of San Diego. We were there for New Years wave early dinner, staff was friendly and food was quick to arrive at table.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The staff, especially Cory, were kind and welcoming. It made our experience at Bali Hai a wonderful family occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Waterfront, Casual, Happy Hour, Romantic, Scenic View, Fun, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Champagne was free flowing. Staff was attentive. Food was ok, and the noise level was very high.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent food, view, and service. Had cocktail menu with deserts listed, only to find out later they had “discontinued” the first and most popular item, when they passed out a revised desert menu!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The view is perfect especially at night. The servers are all friendly and they know their menu very well. However, they don’t have any diaper changing stations inside the restrooms i had to change my baby on top of the cold desk area inside, now that was just inconvenient. Plus, in regards to food, their Lamb Pad Thai is a disgrace from the Pad Thai category. However, in case we dine at this place again, i’ll try their other menus. But for now, this place is off my list.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Overall a great experience! Staff was wonderful, drinks were strong, and food exceeded our expectations. We will be coming back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our server, Hannah, was great. She answered all our questions thoroughly, which we appreciated. I would like to have her again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

A nice view with cheap price.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

We came to Bali Hai for our holiday lunch. Service was excellent - we were seated right away, the waitress was very attentive. Our appetizers arrived promptly, as did our entrees. The view was amazing - as we saw a pod of dolphins swim by. Thanks for making our holiday lunch most excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We had my Birthday dinner here last night. The staff was awesome! Our waiter was very helpful and they surprised me with a birthday desert. I highly recommend you go there for a nice night out with friends or date night.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great service and beautiful views. Would definitely recommend.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

I was looking forward to seeing friends again for a holiday dinner. We had eight, seated at a lovely table by the window. The view was breathtaking. The problem is, it was so loud! Because of the high ceilings, everyone's conversation in the place echoes back and forth. Added to that is the recent addition of an unnecessary background music. It was so loud, my friends and I had to shout at each other up and down the table.

Maybe it's because we're all getting older (in our late 50's and 60's), but this new trend to put background music in every restaurant is frustrating for all of us. All of us commented on how hard it was to hear. We didn't even stay for dessert; we went somewhere quieter.

My husband and I will be back, alone, but I am sorry that I booked such a loud spot where none of our party could hear each other. We had really wanted to catch up, and converse, and that didn't happen.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I first went to the Bali Hai in 1967. The restaurant, and the neighborhood, have not changed much since then.

We loved the place then and we love it now. The food was good, although underseasoned. My friend's Thai Caesar salad was fresh, but did not have any identifiably Thai flavors. My poke was also tasty, but needed some more sauce or dressing to liven it up. The won ton chips were the freshest I have ever had. The view was outstanding, and the service cheerful. The only problem was the horrible noise--there were about four huge parties in the dining room and nothing could be heard except their shouting and screaming. Next time I will try going on a Tuesday rather than a Friday.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Happy Hour
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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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vip
 (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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