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Bali Hai Restaurant

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

Critiki ratings

Bali Hai Restaurant

7.9

Overall

by 289 people

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10

Detail
Everyone You
Decor 7.8
Drink Quality 7.6
Drink Selection 7.8
Food Quality 8.2
Food Selection 8.1
Mood 7.6
Music 7.1
Service 8.5
Tikiness 7.9
Tilt 8
Vibe 8

Upcoming Visits

  • MeleIpo
    visiting on
    Wednesday, July 28, 2021
    We are so excited for the week of activities during (my very first) Tiki Oasis 2021. Bali Hai is fast becoming my favorite San Diego restaurant. Between the incredible cocktails, delightful food & fantastic views ...I am in heaven.
    July 19, 2021, 6:10 PM
    First-time for Tiki Oasis!
    Are there any related events going on at Bali Hai? IE a good time to make a reservation there?
    Thanks!
    ~Libby
    July 23, 2021, 11:18 AM
    We always make reservations. The mix & mingle will not be hosted at Bali Hai as in the past. The mix & mingle will start at the Town & County Hotel Wednesday night. We are still going to Bali Hai for dinner Wednesday as we love it so much. Then we will head over for the activities at the hotel. Mahalo
  • PineappleWhip
    visiting on
    Wednesday, July 28, 2021
    Like Mele Ipo says...the Meet & Mingle for Tiki Oasis 2021 is at the Town & Country Resort this time. But, we do very much love Bali Hai....so, we have a reservation at 5pm to enjoy the amazing food and cocktails before heading back for the opening bands !!
    June 11, 2021, 2:25 PM
    I will be there as well! See you there!
  • TraderSam
    visiting on
    Thursday, September 9, 2021
    for the first time
    Planning an anniversary trip and making a special stay at Humphrey’s just to eat at Bail Hai.
    April 23, 2021, 10:27 AM
    Happy Anniversary you two !! Great place for it :)

Regulars & Visitors

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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
history
Christian's Hut
Newport Beach, CA
Bar & Restaurant
10
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.

Comments

Tiki the Bull Terrier
Tiki the Bull Terrier is a semi-regular at Bali Hai Restaurant.
July 16, 2021, 5:10 PM
I love the Bali Hai. It’s a tiki bar without all the bling but still a cool vibe with the best view of San Diego and a very interesting constructed building from the 50’s which had been updated with still maintaining a classic feel. Their signature Mai Tai is not by any means a classic Mai Tai but their own Frankenstein. Very strong!!! Lots of cool tiki art.
JasonUnger
JasonUnger has visited Bali Hai Restaurant.
August 7, 2020, 3:21 PM
Be cautious in how you understand people's ratings. This is a very special place. Think of it as High-Class Tiki. What that means is this: My visit was perfect. It has great tiki decor that explains the difference in traditional tiki motifs based on provenance. If someone is looking for TIKI! TIKI! TIKI! maybe they rated lower, but this place is amazing and carefully balances Tiki with a fine dining/cocktail experience. Wouldn't go to San Diego without going.
July 13, 2020, 10:36 PM
Funny the poor reviews bali Hai got when this is one of the best Polynesian themed restaurants in America. A massive amount of traditional art. It’s not a modern tiki bar. Pearls before swine...
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Upcoming Visits
MeleIpo
visiting on
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
We are so excited for the week of activities during (my very first) Tiki Oasis 2021. Bali Hai is fast becoming my favorite San Diego restaurant. Between the incredible cocktails, delightful food & fantastic views ...I am in heaven.
July 19, 2021, 6:10 PM
First-time for Tiki Oasis!
Are there any related events going on at Bali Hai? IE a good time to make a reservation there?
Thanks!
~Libby
July 23, 2021, 11:18 AM
We always make reservations. The mix & mingle will not be hosted at Bali Hai as in the past. The mix & mingle will start at the Town & County Hotel Wednesday night. We are still going to Bali Hai for dinner Wednesday as we love it so much. Then we will head over for the activities at the hotel. Mahalo
PineappleWhip
visiting on
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Like Mele Ipo says...the Meet & Mingle for Tiki Oasis 2021 is at the Town & Country Resort this time. But, we do very much love Bali Hai....so, we have a reservation at 5pm to enjoy the amazing food and cocktails before heading back for the opening bands !!
June 11, 2021, 2:25 PM
I will be there as well! See you there!
TraderSam
visiting on
Thursday, September 9, 2021
for the first time
Planning an anniversary trip and making a special stay at Humphrey’s just to eat at Bail Hai.
April 23, 2021, 10:27 AM
Happy Anniversary you two !! Great place for it :)
Regulars & Visitors
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