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Bali Hai

Lynnfield, MA
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93 Moulton Drive
Lynnfield, MA
Opened in the late '50s/early '60s
Mon-Thu 2pm-11pm
Fri-Sat noon-1am
Sun noon-10pm
(781) 593-8600

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Bali Hai

5.2

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Everyone You
Decor 5.4
Drink Quality 5.6
Drink Selection 8
Food Quality 5
Food Selection 5.1
Mood 4.5
Music 2.7
Service 5.8
Tikiness 5.2
Tilt 6.2
Vibe 4.2

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Humuhumu’s description

This Polynesian/Chinese restaurant has been around since the late '50s or early '60s, and is still owned by the original owner. Sometime around 1970 or '71, there was a fire, but it seems that either much of the decor survived, or it was replaced quickly. Tropical drinks are still served out of signature tiki mugs.

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The Big Wiener
The Big Wiener has visited Bali Hai.
July 25, 2017, 2:30 PM
It's too bad that it's now so difficult to get there since they put in the new roads, but it's still well worth the effort (and the time swearing at your GPS) to find it.
Tiki Doug
Tiki Doug has visited Bali Hai.
April 29, 2017, 10:30 AM
It's a shame I didn't go Bali Hai until I heard it was for sale.

I must have driven by a million times. It looked like bad Polynesian. And not in a good way. I let my elitist attitude get the better of me. When the noise control walls went up on Rt. 128, the separation pushed Bali Hai into obscurity and I forgot wanting to go.

As I shanghaied my friends through the front door it became clear that time had really taken its toll. There were very few people for a Friday night. What appears to be a massive dining hall from the outside has been pruned down to the bar and one (of what I believe are three) dining rooms. There is no music to compete with the TVs in both the bar and dining room.

However, there is evidence that Bali Hai was the place to be at one time. The architecture places the kitchen at the front of the building. This creates a long entryway that guests walk to reach the reservations podium. It was easy to imagine a queue of anxious diners inspecting the tiki mugs for sale as they wait to be seated.

The dining rooms are at the back of the building, allowing views of the lake shore behind. The decor has frequent highlights of decorative lamps and light boxes with depictions of Polynesian life.

The menu is both the high and low points of Bali Hai with a full page of "Polynesian" entrees. They are a seemingly random concoction of ingredients found in the remainder of the Chinese menu, plus pineapple and coconut. As a concept, they are awesome. As something you want to eat, not so much. I would love to know if the original menu was an improvement.

The drinks are brown. There is no other way to put it. There is a full menu of classic tiki drinks available, but no matter what you order, you get approximately the same brown fluid in a glass. Expect for the Blue Hawaii which is blue. On the up side, Bali Hai is one of the cheapest places to drink North of Boston.

With so much history, such as grand restaurant must been a thing to see it its day. Its really too bad no one had the $2-3M it would take to make it a tiki palace. They still have original O.M.C. made tiki mugs for sale. Get one before they are gone.
February 18, 2016, 4:33 PM
4 Sale!
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