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Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego, CA

Bali Hai Restaurant

4.6
4.6
5193 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

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
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Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 5,193 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. L

    Louise

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awwsome food! Always delicious. One of the many reasons why we moved to San Diego!
  2. KT

    KimijoT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s was great. We were late to our reservation they still sat us and was able to to given us the requested window seat. Everyone was kind and the food was delicious. Love this place!
  3. CG

    CathyG

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a birthday Lunch celebration. We got a beautiful window table, and everything was delightful. The staff acknowledged my friends birthday which was really lovely. The views are fabulous!
  4. MW

    MarkW

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible Hawaiian fare
  5. EV

    EileenV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were great. Leah, our server was very friendly and attentive. Beautiful view of San Diego bay and Downtown.
  6. AL

    AnnaL

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We loved the view the food and the service.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food was very mediocre. Extremely loud.
  8. A

    Amora

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Ordered the steak and it was delicious. The Japanese sauce was amazing. The way the steak was paired with all the flavors was yummy . Definitely going back for sure.
  9. CM

    ChristineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The porkbelly stir-fry was excellent and a good value for the amount of food. The Mai Tai was as described. A wonderful view from any seat. Olivia was a helpful server navigating us through the drink and food menus.
  10. r

    roland

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The baked whole market fish is excellent. Out of town guests and they were wowed by the view, as well as the food. Service was excellent as usual.
  11. JR

    JenniferR

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing view and ambiance. Really not a bad seat in the house. The Mai tai’s are crazy strong, had to order a side of juice! Go here even if you are a local, not just for tourists!
  12. Y

    Yummyeater

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First our waiter Mario, was outstanding. He was attentive without hovering and recommended different items from the menu and did not miss. Everything was prepared perfectly! Great food! The only complaint I have is that I made reservations for 6:00pm for a window seat ( it was my husband's birthday) but when we got there we were told it would be 45 to 60 minutes before a window seat was available. We decided to pass on waiting so long and took another seat that did not have a view. Was a bit disappointed that we could not enjoy the view of San Diego skyline while dining.
  13. JO

    JoeO

    San Diego

    118 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Waiters were negligent and had to be asked numerous times for rhe same thing. The 3 people at the table did not receive their main courses simultaneously and one side order was not brought to the table and two were gad to go look for it.
  14. W

    Wzlkitty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Beautiful view, great tiki kitsch, strong drinks with generous pours. Super nice waitstaff. Food is good - not quite enough spice for my taste (had coconut shrimp). Sautéed veggies are amazing!
  15. D

    Dooney

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view of the bay. Shared the very strong Mai Tai between the 4 of us...had to get one! Great birthday celebration.
  16. M

    Monika

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful experience here. It was our first time, and Daniel, our server, made us feel very welcomed and was extremely knowledgeable on the menu. His food and beverage recommendations were fantastic. The restaurant had a great ambiance and views. We will be back, and hope to have Daniel as our server again.
  17. S

    Steve

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! The service was outstanding!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    We have been enjoying brunch here for a couple years post CVD. The price went up but the quality of the food was not as good. We have gone a few time thinking it was just that time and gave it another shot. Tried again today and has not improved. The food very mediocre for a $65 a person all you can eat brunch buffet. The prime rib over cooked to a good Med well. Barley any crab on the crab Benedict’s. Store bought breakfast links, some type of Syracha chicken that was not appetizing. Just very basic and nothing worth saying , wow that was so with the cost.
  19. N

    Naks

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Sunday brunch! Food and drinks were wonderful and the service sensational. The venue is absolutely gorgeous and beautiful area. We will be back!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff was amazing and beautiful ambiance. I wish the Sunday brunch had more vegetarian options but otherwise great experience!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sunday brunch was great! The poke was to die for!
  22. JR

    JeremyR

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful dinner at Bali Hai. Great food and excellent service! I highly recommend the 14oz Wok Fried Bass - delicious!! And the Mai Tai's are a must! Beautiful views of the San Diego Bay. A special thanks to Mario for providing us with exceptional service. Can't wait to go back.
  23. A

    Alexis

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    The food was overly salty and the bartenders were quite rude. I won’t be back. The food really needs to be evaluated. The view is beautiful but that’s the only good thing here.
  24. BF

    BecF

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great setting. We had a window table and we’re seated per our reservation. Food was good. We had shrimp, oysters, lumpia and beef kabobs for appetizers. Salmon, ahi, chicken and scallops for entrees. With a birthday & shared butterscotch dessert plus a few cocktails (including the must get Mai Tai). The shrimp and Chicken were our favorites. Service was very attentive. We will definitely be back.
  25. D

    David

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best view and mai tias in town! It's my favorite restaurant.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Too loud for our taste
  27. DS

    DianaS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I met friends there for a brunch. Food was amazing. Restaurant is beautiful. Ambience was perfect.
  28. SH

    SHINKENBD

    Phoenix

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the BEST way to start the New Year! Brunch at Bali Hai is always outstanding!
  29. C

    Charley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyable, Great view, Efficient Servers and Good Food
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outside tables delightful! Delicious salmon Love the cocktails!
  31. MG

    MarcusG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    Tolle Location, gutes Essen aber viel zu laut! Über 85 db/a Schallpegel sind einfach unerträglich!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks at a great price with a great view for you to enjoy! The food was very good and tasty. The food menu could be bigger, but what we got was excellent. If you like fruity drinks, you need to dine at this place!
  33. DB

    DanielleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Victor was an amazing server. Drinks and food were great!
  34. SC

    SamC

    Orange County

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I've been eating (and drinking!) here for years. Great ambience, views and food. This family run business is a gem on Shelter Island.
  35. VR

    VickiR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    My husband and I chose Bali Hai for my Birthday dinner. We had a reservation at 5:00 for my birthday. We arrived at 4:30 and waited in the bar for our table. At 5:15 we had not been seated yet and the entire restaurant was filling up. We asked about our table and then were sat. When we sat down, our server came to take our order. We were starting with some apps and were going to order dinner after, he pressured us to put in our dinner order immediately, but we had not even looked through the menu yet. He told us if we did not order now we would have to wait an hour or more for our food because there were several large parties. We said that was fine as were were not in a hurry, he then told us there was a 2 hour limit on the table and left. He did not come back to our table for 45 minutes. We got frustrated and asked for the check. It was a beautiful table, beautiful views, the service in the bar was exceptional. I was sad that my birthday dinner got hijacked from one bad moment of service. I would try again, because the menu looked great and the appetizers were amazing. We had the Poke which was awesome!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Best Sea Bass I’ve ever had! Our waiter was nice but slow. We sat outside so it wasn’t as noisy. Some of the best food I’ve had since being in California!
  37. n

    nataliem

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere, great service and delicious meal
  38. f

    fashion

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved everything and thank you for the excellent table location and size as requested. Our server was excellent! Only suggestion is to upgrade deserts. Cheesecake was light however a little blah. Enjoyed our evening with Bali Hai immensely! Wish you had a location closer to Long Beach, Rancho PALOS VERDES 😀
  39. SD

    SheriD

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food but most of the menu items don’t include any veggies. I’ve never had salmon with risotto but no veggies on the plate.
  40. c

    chriss

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Food is the problem. Wok fried bass was a breaded brick, not interesting. New York steak was tough. Pork belly stir fry was overly sweetly saucy and crispy. Food was a fail. Drinks were good, service was earnest.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Bali Hai Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 5193 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 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

  • 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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