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

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Bali Hai Restaurant



by 289 people



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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

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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.


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. Itís 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 50ís 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 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. Itís not a modern tiki bar. Pearls before swine...
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