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Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego, CA

Bali Hai Restaurant

4.6
4.6
5748 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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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 55 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Polynesian, Seafood, Hawaiian
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 222-1181
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Mr. Dion Morales
  • Catering
    Private dining 10 to 30. And 65 to 300.
  • Private party facilities
    Thank you for considering The Bali Hai for your special occasion. The Bali Hai has been a favorite in San Diego for over sixty five years. With spectacular views of San Diego Bay and the city skyline, our South Pacific Room and Hawaiian Village are perfect for wedding receptions.
  • Private party contact
    Jenny Benitez: (844) 449-4428
  • Neighborhood
    Shelter Island / San Diego Bay
  • Cross street
    Scott or Rosecrans
  • Parking details
    Lots of free parking. Sorry no valet.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,748 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Great for scenic views

  • San Diego

    Great for scenic views

5,748 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are always amazing at Bali Hai. The tables are a little close together and if there’s a loud party near you, it can be a bit difficult to chat with your table but that’s more on the guests than the restaurant.

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  2. Seth

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic location with breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline, wonderful service and excellent food.

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  3. HillaryB

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were delicious and the service was excellent. We love to visit Bali Hai!

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  4. lynnie

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and the view was amazing!! We will return!!

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  5. DavidS

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for an evening celebration and were expecting great views and an OK menu. We were pleasantly surprised by great views and great food and drink. The appetizers, cocktails were really really good. The service was also great, friendly and efficient. Our waiter, Ricky, gave great suggestions that were spot on! We'll be back!

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  6. VickiS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant experience. We arrived early and got seated in a reasonable amount of time. Food was very good especially for a buffet. Kids eat for free was a big plus for us. We have a 3 year old that does eat much so not having to pay for her was nice. She definitely enjoyed the bacon though. The Poke was amazing.would definitely do this again if we are in town.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Mothers day brunch. The service was excellent and the view was incredible. However, I was not impressed by the food. Nothing really seemed Hawaiian about it except they put some macadamia nuts in the pancakes and there was one bowl of Ahi poke and some mac salad. The poke was good, shrimp, and crab good. But the fried rice was gross and flavorless, and so was the salmon wellington. The fried rice didn't taste hawaiian it was just full of red and yellow bell peppers. No soy sauce or anything yummy in it. No hawaiian deserts or food otherwise. In fact, I didn't notice any hawaiian looking people working there either. They also added a 8% service fee to my bill. Why not just charge $82 dollars instead of $75 + 8%. The bill had a line for tipping the server on top of all that. He was great so I left another 18%, but it seems dumb since they already added 8%. Guess they're milking it until the junk fee law goes into effect in July. Overall it was just meh. Somewhat disappointing. I like the buffet at the 100s waaaayyy better.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I expected more reading from the reviews. Very loud ambiance.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Let’s just say I know now why the Mai tais are so strong. We were a party of two seated between two 20 person parties. Couldn’t hear eachother talk and were 2 feet from eachother. We ended up only getting an appetizer and a drink. Food was fine. FAR from worth the price. And the menu was super basic and not really that Polynesian.

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  10. PaulR

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside and I highly recommend it even though there’s very limited seating outside. It’s definitely quieter than inside and I found it more relaxing. The service was excellent! Everything was delivered in a timely manner and our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The food was amazing. We ordered ponzu edamame, Caesar salad, shrimp with fried rice and brussel sprouts. All were extremely good. Prices are very reasonable as well. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

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Bali Hai Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 5748 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 55 times today
Google Map for Bali Hai Restaurant

2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Scott or Rosecrans
  • Neighborhood
    Shelter Island / San Diego Bay
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Polynesian, Seafood, Hawaiian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Lots of free parking. Sorry no valet.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Mr. Dion Morales
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 222-1181
  • Catering
    Private dining 10 to 30. And 65 to 300.
  • Private party facilities
    Thank you for considering The Bali Hai for your special occasion. The Bali Hai has been a favorite in San Diego for over sixty five years. With spectacular views of San Diego Bay and the city skyline, our South Pacific Room and Hawaiian Village are perfect for wedding receptions.
  • Private party contact
    Jenny Benitez: (844) 449-4428
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