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Bali Thai Cafe

Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
Chinese, Thai, Indonesian
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407 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108
+1 619-297-0800
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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Best Thai food in Southern California

Extremely good Thai food, at fair prices, and met with a smile every time. It's a bit out of the way, but very worth it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Extremely good Thai food, at fair prices, and met with a smile every time. It's a bit out of the way, but very worth it.

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Fredericton, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We are staying in a nearby hotel and were in the mood for some asian food. The reviews looked great so we were looking forward to our visit. As soon as we entered the restaurant, we got a strange vibe. There were only 2 other people there and they looked unhappy to see us. We learned later that they were... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Ah, Indonesian food. Is there anything better? Lamentably, I didn't get around to any Thai dishes though they were highly reviewed but when given a choice between Thai and Indo, Indonesia will always come first. A few things have changed on the menu from the one online but when I suggested a combination not on the menu, they accommodated me.... More 

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Top Contributor
249 reviews 249 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
327 helpful votes 327 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Unusual combination of Thai and Indonesian--former great, latter less so. Nasi goreng rather dry, but all Thai dishes I sampled were terrific.

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Newark, Delaware, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

One of the best places for Thai food in San Diego. Tucked away in the shadows of TGIF & Benihana, this place will impress you! Unassuming atmosphere coupled with great food- clearly a don't miss if you're in the area! Try the fish cakes and any of the curry dishes. The (shrimp) Pad Thai is fantastic! Top off your meal... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We were looking for something different and the receptionist at our hotel mentioned Bali Thai. We used to frequent Restaurant Indonesia in Calgary, AB, until sadly it closed. This was the closest we've come to the food we used to enjoy. The food and service were exceptional!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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215 reviews 215 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This restaurant is tucked away in a corner and you'd have to be looking for it or else you'd never see it. But it's worth looking for. The food was top-notch. We had a chicken satay appetizer. It came with a peanut sauce and a sweet vinegar concoction, which was awesome. The wife had a delicious pad Thai entree and... More 

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Central Wisconsin
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166 reviews 166 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Our visit to San Diego was highlighted, when taken to this restaurant late one afternoon. We shared multiple orders of appetizers. Food and service were excellent, and the atmosphere delightful.

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Chandler, Arizona
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38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

My wife is Indonesian, so we are always on the lookout for Indonesian restaurants. We happened to find Bali Thai and so we had to try it. It is at the far end of Hotel Circle and a bit hard to fine. It is a small, but very nicely decorated restaurant, with quite a bit of outdoor seating. We got... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

If your not familiar with San Diego, then be sure to load the address in your GPS or you'll never find this hidden gem. On the evening we visited, we arrived just before six pm and business has not gotten cranked up yet. We sat inside and were the only customers for about 30 min and then others started to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 407 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
  • Neighborhood: Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 619-297-0800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Thai, Indonesian
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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