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Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego, CA

Bali Hai Restaurant

4.5
4.5
5493 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

9:30 PM


Booked 63 times today
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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

What 5,493 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Great for scenic views

  • San Diego

    Great for scenic views

5,492 Reviews
  1. TraceyM

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great brunch experience. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was good, plenty of variety…standouts were the poke, short ribs, and omelette station…misses were the eggs benedict and fried chicken (tasty, but not crispy). Nice selection of desserts, with delicious ice cream and toppings. It would be nice if the pineapple mimosas were included, but they were excellent and relatively inexpensive. Will definitely be back!

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  2. Dann

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    I went for restaurant week and they ended restaurant week 2 days before the official restaurant week ended. Food and ambience were great I’m just bitter that they didn’t honor restaurant week as stated on the restaurant week website. Def would recommend just don’t trust they actually do restaurant week as stated on the restaurant week website

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  3. HolliS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Nice view. But it was so loud I couldn’t hear anyone at my table. And there was just 4 of us.

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  4. GlobalGypsy

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great views of the bay and noise level is moderate at lunchtime. Service was good and chicken cashew salad was quite ample and tasty. Will order the poke tuna "pupus" again as a starter.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great place to take a date. Would Definitely recommend this place especially around 6 o’clock. The atmosphere is incredible.

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  6. Empress

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Not impressed. Over rated. Mai Tai was strong. Service was ok but our server was weird.

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  7. JimT

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Had another good meal at the Bali Hai! Good food (restaurant week), good company, good service. It *does* get noisy, though - I have a hearing impairment and it became more difficult to hear with all the chatter.

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  8. LauraS

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Drinks were slow to arrive and actually the appetizer was came before the drinks. Not our waiters fault, there was a conversation going on between the bartenders and was the cause of the delay. The restaurant was not crowded at 530 pm but we were seated at an inner table instead of the window. It was restaurant week so we chose from the set menu. Appetizers were generous portions. The honey cashew shrimp definitely needed more cashews but was delicious! And the chocolate trifle was very good!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Yosemite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took some friends from out of town and our evening was great. We had the best server. Food & drinks were outstanding and the view was amazing. Highly recommend❤️

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  10. Katherine

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff members were all so very sweet and accommodating. I’m so impressed by the service and will definitely be back again soon.

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  11. JaneC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    It was ok, nothing impressive. Waited for service 35 minutes after being seated.

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  12. MarciaA

    Baja California

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservations and were greeted kindly at arrival. The hostess ushered us to an outdoor table closest to the bay with the most amazing views. the best part is no one was out there (yet). but our server was very aware of us and helped us in perfect intervals. I got the (new?) 3 course meal with appetizer , entree, and dessert. There were only 3 coconut shrimp medium sized which were tasty but not that impressive. my entree was the shrimp cashew and veggies. it was delicious! the flavor was sweet and savory and the vegetables were sautéed just right for stir fry. it was served with white rice. additionally i got tje strawberry shortcake trifle. it was just okay. wasn’t too sweet (which i prefer) but the cake portion was grainy and didn’t seem smooth like a trifle should. the pina colada was outstanding. but the view we had made up for all the shortcomings in food flavor. we come here regularly when we visit. i still highly recommend this place as it is full of history and nostalgia built in the 1050’s. 💕💕

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  13. GiadaFan

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks and staff and unmatched view. Highly recommend!

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  14. MaryR

    San Diego

    74 reviews

    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view - we enjoy seeing all the activity on the bay, and the restaurant itself seems new and fresh. Our servers were spot on. It was so nice to visit with Larry Baumann again! (The owner) The coconut shrimp, local salad, crab Louie, and passion fruit crême brûlée were all delicious, thank you!

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  15. CyndieR

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and so was the service! We will be back soon!

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  16. belrex

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Decided to return 40+ years later to the fond memories of our wedding reception held at Bali Hai. Food better than I remembered (maybe just wedding jitters), owner was the same gentleman, Larry, who made our reception so wonderful (we were one of the first held here). Best San Diego Shelter Island view, excellent service (& great accommodation to one of our diners gluten free requirement) during SD restaurant week, fixed price lunch or dinner. Soon to be celebrating 70 yrs in the same location! Highly recommend

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very goog Mai Tai's .Great views.Great location.Great service

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  18. Dawn

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great, beautiful views. Really good food. Our service was excellent

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  19. Meritage7

    San Diego

    63 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    63 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    I love this restaurant but they had a tough time on the first day of restaurant week. If it wasn’t so consistently good all the times before, I’m afraid the rating would be lower. It’s one of the best restaurants in town but they were off on the food, service and courtesy yesterday.

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  20. JanaB

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Fabulous ambiance, like being whisked away to the tropical islands and fabulous history...I remember going here for the first time when I was 18! So glad they've been able to maintain the experience. Would have been nice to have a window seat for our friends trying it for the first time and am still unclear how to get a window seat since we booked so far in advance. They've lost some of the umph and need a "freshen up" with the menu and staff; it seems some staff have forgotten that we come in for the experience and unique food offerings. Please don't get complacent, this place is a gem worth breathing new life into.

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  21. AliciaD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    My daughter told the server that she does not eat spicy hot food. The sesame noodle salad did not say it was spicy and the server confirmed that. The dish was way too spicy for someone who does not eat spicy. Otherwise, all was good!

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  22. KennethP

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful outside table with a gorgeous view of San Diego Bay. Our server, Diego, was outstanding. Very personable, efficient and so kind. He made our special occasion dinner memorable. Thank you Bali Hai and Diego.

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  23. JoanaB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    The view along the water was lovely. The drinks and the food were delicious. Unfortunately, our server wasn’t very attentive and took a usually long time to greet us and take our orders.

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  24. Chingy

    Orlando

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time I visit San Diego I make it a point to go to Bali Hai. One of my favorite restaurants ever. Gotta try the mai tai!

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  25. TimM

    San Diego

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Tuna melt always works for me. Poke bowl looked pretty good as well.

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  26. BePo

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Victor wasn’t supposed to be our server but he noticed we were waiting and took care of us right away. He was amazing. The Mai Tai drinks are wonderful.

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  27. livia

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    overall2food4service5ambience1
    Went there yesterday to celebrate our anniversary and could bearly hear. It was so loud. And we got sit between 2 big tables with louder people

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  28. ChukieKolo

    Atlanta Metro

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Food wasn’t that great, but the service was good and the view was amazing.

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  29. RonC

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing SD Bay views, mouth watering food, outstanding service, and drinks that kick like a mule. A+++

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  30. RayB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had Bali Hai's Sunday brunch. It was fantastic with an immeasurable array of breakfast and lunch favorites. Especially the variety of seafood. Everything was delicious! Our waitress was prompt and attentive. The atmosphere was relaxing and the view from the terrace amazing. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

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  31. AntonioR

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Decent spot. Love the location. However, food and price has some room from improvement

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  32. jas1

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Noise level very loud, other than that, very good

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  33. TahgeF

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time with a beautiful table at the window overlooking the water. Even in an mainly adult atmosphere, our 4 year old son was given a kids menu and had eating options and made welcome. The food was delicious and unique as were the cocktails. My only suggestion is that they need to improve acoustically as it was extremely noisy and did get a bit warm. Otherwise, we will be back again on another visit to San Diego.

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  34. Katherine

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for a wonderful birthday meal for my father and family. We had yummy food and drinks. The kids meals' were thoughtfully brought out first and accommodations were made, changing from 4 to 7. We had a great service and the meal was delicious. We will definitely back :)

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    It was my boyfriend‘s birthday. The staff sat us by the window, which was great. The waitress came by a few times during the meal, which was fine. The food did not show up until maybe 45 minutes after we ordered it. The tables around us had either changed parties with their new orders on the table or left at that point. I don’t know if maybe the waitress forgot to put the order in right away. I would suggest to add a gluten-free dessert to the menu, as my boyfriend is celiac and there are more gluten sensitive people I’m sure that would love to comfortably enjoy the menu. The waitress was somewhat knowledgeable of the menu and the items that are gluten-free. I’ve been here many times, and the noise level was higher than normal. The overall experience was good, but I think the speed of service and the ambience could have been better. We ended up being there for over two hours only because of the wait in between to get almost each dish. Thank you for celebrating his birthday with us.

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  36. CdrMikey

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After all these years still the best view in San Diego. Alii pupu platter delicious and plenty filling for two. Mai Tais great as always

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  37. CherRN

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Def order the fried 14 oz sea bass!!! Feeds 2-4 if share

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  38. BethanyB

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Checked in for our reservation and was seated right away. Beautiful outdoor setting, service was excellent and the food came out quickly. The drinks and food were as yummy as always. You can’t go wrong with this place.

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  39. SoCalifcat

    Orange County

    347 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    347 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great Polynesian/tiki styled restaurant, well-maintained. Food was good, cocktail was delicious, waiter was polite. View was beautiful! Will definitely recommend.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always great and the view is beautiful! Service always friendly!

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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 4.5 stars by 5493 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 63 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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