Bali Hai Restaurant

San Diego, CA
Bar & Restaurant
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2230 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA
Opened in 1953
Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm
Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm
Sun 9:30am-10pm
(619) 222-1181

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Bali Hai Restaurant



by 158 people



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Decor 7.9
Drink Quality 7.6
Drink Selection 7.9
Food Quality 8.1
Food Selection 8
Mood 7.7
Music 7.4
Service 8.5
Tikiness 8.1
Tilt 8.1
Vibe 8.1

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Humuhumu’s description

When Bali Hai first opened, it was called The Hut, and was a subsidiary of Christian's Hut
Christian's Hut
Newport Beach, CA
Bar & Restaurant
in Newport Beach. The business didn't do well initially, until the manager Tom Ham took it over and renamed it Bali Hai. Atop the building, you can still see "the Goof," a funny-looking guy who was the mascot for Christian's Hut. Bali Hai developed their own mascot, Mr. Bali Hai, whose droopy-lidded face can be seen at the front door, and on the tiki mugs. Today, Bali Hai remains a popular Polynesian restaurant, with many fine examples of Polynesian art both indoors and out.

How to find it

When you arrive at Shelter Island's large roundabout, take it to the left, to the island's north-east end.


Bali Hai has its own free parking lot.


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Upcoming Visits
visiting on
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
for the first time
Tentatively flying down and hoping to be in around 7pm
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visiting on
Thursday, August 10, 2017
for the first time
I will be at the opening night of Tiki Oasis, looking forward to meeting everyone.
Robot Tiki
visiting on
Friday, August 11, 2017
for the first time
Will visit at lunch or dinner time on the second day of Tiki Oasis.
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KevinCrossman has visited Bali Hai Restaurant.
April 8, 2017, 9:13 PM
Lunch on a Saturday and the place wasn't too crowded, though unfortunately we were next to a table of 12 including four loud kids.

I should have listened to the comments about the Mai Tai, which had even less non-Rum than the menu implied. Really all it needed was a little something else but as it is it is very strong but really not very good. Mai Tai lovers, be sure to avoid this!

Out lunch was outstanding as we sampled pupus. The other drinks we had were good (not great) but really liked this place. Lots of old school touches and the views were amazing. Good service too.
Disarmed has visited Bali Hai Restaurant.
November 25, 2016, 9:24 AM
I wish they would use real orgeat instead of Trader Vic's high fructose concoction. =(
KukePuluke has visited Bali Hai Restaurant.
September 26, 2016, 7:08 PM
I like this place. The old school atmosphere helps....and the views of the water are wonderful.
On my second visit here I ordered a Mai Tai.
I recommend NEVER ordering a Mai Tai here if you like Mai Tais.
I have that drink probably in every Tiki bar in the world, and have concentrated on making my own version of the drink at home. The Bali Hai version is simply too strong and heavy, lacking the subtleties and complexities of, for instance, the Mai Tai at the nearby False Idol.
And again, despite the Mai Tai, I like this place.
One is not bludgeoned with the Tiki-ness of the place. It's strong old-school presence and the lovely views are winning elements.
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