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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-10pm
Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm
Sun 9:30am-10pm
(619) 222-1181

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Bali Hai Restaurant

7.9

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by 177 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 7.3
Service 8.5
Tikiness 8
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
history
Christian's Hut
Newport Beach, CA
Bar & Restaurant
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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.

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DewiTiki
DewiTiki has visited Bali Hai Restaurant.
July 22, 2017, 2:50 PM
Coming to San Diego from Alabama, and having heard of Bali Hai's fame, my expectations were high. I was disappointed, as the place seemed to give an acknowledging nod to its Tiki roots (some interesting wall displays of Tikiana and several statues), while sending another vibe that it was now more about being just another upscale restaurant with a nice view. There was live entertainment on this Tuesday night--a talented guy singing some Hawaiian tunes self-accompanied by guitar--which was one of the nicer touches. Since this was my first visit, I can't say how Bali Hai was originally decorated, but my guess is that much of its Tiki decor was removed. I hope they replace it.
A.E.Mitchell
A.E.Mitchell has visited Bali Hai Restaurant.
May 11, 2017, 12:47 PM
Started the evening at False Idol and ended the evening at Bali Hai. We had a selection of appetizers and I tried the classic Navy Grog. The food was excellent and the Grog was as well. Since we are outside rather difficult to grade the Tiki-ness. All in all a totally enjoyable evening.
KevinCrossman
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.
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Upcoming Visits
EnchantedTiki
visiting on
Friday, August 4, 2017
for the first time
Garrlicbread
visiting on
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
for the first time
In town for Tiki Oasis. Super excited to check it out!
PineappleWhip
visiting on
Thursday, August 10, 2017
for the first time
Can't wait for the opening night of Tiki Oasis. Band lineup sounds awesome.
FreakyDeakyJTiki72
visiting on
Thursday, August 10, 2017
for the first time
Tiki-O!
Hexi Lee Voodoo
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.
Lindsaylou13
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
for the first time
rigormorty
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
for the first time
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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