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Bali Hai

#102 of 3,740 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
American, Seafood, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim, Fusion
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2230 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 (Scott or Rosecrans)
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife picked this restaurant and boy were we pleasantly surprised. We showed up 1 hour early but they took us right in and gave us a table right next to the window. Views are to die for looking out over the water and boats. The menu was excellent and the food was fantastic. The waiter was very attentive and... More 

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Oakland, New Jersey
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Although the view was terrific and the service was acceptable. 3 of our 5 meals came to our table horribly undercooked, raw and cold. You think this would bring a manager to the table immediately. None to be found. The $25 round of drinks to appease us was a poor excuse for an apology. I did not want more $$,... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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44 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

About a 20 minute walk from the Pearl hotel. Recommended by staff there. Fantastic 'islands' style food I guess - definite oriental twist. A few tables outside on a balcony - views across the bay to the naval base. Watch out for their famous Mai Tai - pure rum basically.

Thank dredd123
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love visiting authentic tiki bars from the 50's and 60's. My husband and I took the kids for lunch here, and it didn't disappoint. There is so much to look at and a great atmosphere! We decided to sit outside, and though it was a little chilly the view alone made this place worth it. We had a really... More 

Thank tiare988
Oceanside, California, Usa
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68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bali Hai is worth the drive for us from Oceanside. I always particularly enjoy the Hawaiian macaroni salad and the Asian Chicken Salad. My husband has the crab (sometimes more than one plate full). We enjoy a quieter dining experience so we request way before the date to sit outside. There is a very limited outdoor dining area that is... More 

Thank gjresh
San Diego
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76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food looks really good - it's well presented - but the flavors don't come close to the promise. My wife had sea bass and the temperature was only lukewarm. I had the shrimp, and the sauce reminded me more of mayonnaise than anything else. And the beer is only in bottles, there is no draft beer. The view, however,... More 

Thank ChadH
Ojai, California
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go no further if you want a fantastic view of Mission Bay and downtown San Diego, coupled with WONDERFUL food and service. Everyone in our party enjoyed what they ordered, and we had several appetizers that we all shared. The cocktails are fantastic as well! GO EAT HERE, you'll be glad you did!

Thank rodinojai
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing view of San Diego Bay. Great happy hour selections and prices. The food is fresh and delicious!

Thank justinwT9823XE
San Diego
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98 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building is worth showing to any out-of-towner. One of a few places you can tie-up a boat and a gem for that alone. The Mai Tai comes with a warning and a counter behind the bar that shows how many served (over 2KK). The food is trying too hard to be Polynesian fusion (not a culture known for its... More 

Thank wxzzy
Uden, The Netherlands
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Punctual sevive. Fantastic view. Seafood fresh. No definite Michelin star ambition I wouls say. I had tro defining the pacific island taste... But maybe there is no such thing. A place to go back to however.

Thank Laurens D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Seafood, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim, Fusion
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2230 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
    (Scott or Rosecrans)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-222-1181
Exotic Pacific dining on an enchanted tiki island.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?