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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

6

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by 17 people

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Everyone You
Decor 6.2
Drink Quality 6.1
Drink Selection 8.5
Food Quality 6
Food Selection 6.3
Mood 5.3
Music 2.9
Service 6.5
Tikiness 6.1
Tilt 7.2
Vibe 5.1

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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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December 29, 2018, 4:49 PM
My wife and I just learned about, went to and said goodbye to the Bali Hai all in one day. A friend of mine gave me a book on tiki culture for Christmas which led me to find this site. I read carissagigs post that the restaurant was closing for good tomorrow so my wife and I headed down for a visit. We had a great time! The food was good and the drinks were great. The staff was wonderful. Similar to CPM-3938's experience we bought some tiki mugs and a dinner plate. When my wife asked if they had any old matchbooks the owner gave us an original menu. What nice people. The same owners ran the place for 60 years. Many locals were there to say goodbye. It's sad to lose another piece of tiki culture but I'm glad I got there before it went.
carissagigs
carissagigs is a semi-regular at Bali Hai.
December 28, 2018, 4:59 PM
A time capsule and gem on the Northshore of Boston, Bali Hai is unfortunately closing on 12/30/18.
CPM-3983
CPM-3983 has visited Bali Hai.
August 7, 2018, 9:19 PM
Ok, hereís the skinny on Bali Hai...

This little nugget is a bit difficult to get to but weíll worth it in my opinion. You can tell right away this place used to swing with the best of them in its heyday but itís a little past itís prime these days. We had planned our visit ahead of time and kind of knew what we were in for. Pulling up to the restaurant made me giddy immediately due to the great old sign out front and the exaggerated entry to the building which is not quite the spectacle of nearby Kowloon but is fun nonetheless. Upon entry, a musty smell hits you, donít let it deter you, I assure you it is a minor dip in the experience. The entry way is pretty on point with various tiki-esque decorations aside from an old sofa that is oddly out of place. The main dining room needs some refreshing but it has a partial lake view and large backlit murals of island life along with various tiki lighting hanging from the ceiling. It is somewhat dim but the glare of a Red Sox v. Yankees game from an oddly out of place flat screen dominated the room. There was no music due to the game but Iím not sure if that is normal or just because of this special occasion. The bar area did have a touch tunes jukebox that I managed to hijack for about half an hour which allowed me to play some Martin Denny and Les Baxter tunes that were slightly out of earshot but simply knowing that they were playing and occasionally picking up the drum rhythms made it worth the $5 in credits I purchased.

The drink menu was one of the more extensive ones Iíve seen but the drinks were not the best Iíve had so I guess itís an exercise in quantity over quality, thatís not to give the impression they were undrinkable though, the Hawaiian Punch has the potential to be very dangerous. The menu was mostly standard Asian fare but they did showcase a Polynesian menu which was something different. I have to admit Iím not super familiar with many Polynesian meals so Iím not sure how accurate it was but the food was tasty and Iíd definitely eat there again.

Now, the craziest part of the whole trip. As soon as our place settings arrived I decided I had to get a plate to take home, the design is great and itís going on my wall. I asked the waitress if this was possible and she replied yes to my surprise! As I made my way to the counter I informed her I would also like one of the restaurantís signature mugs along with a coconut mug and pineapple mug (why not, theyíre only $7.50!). Anyways, this earned the attention to a woman who seemed to be a manager of sorts who came out and started asking if we enjoyed our visit. After a few minutes of small talk she said ďwait here, Iím going to get you somethingĒ. I figured it would just be a box to protect all my new treasures, but no, she returned with 3 original menus from the restaurantís opening days in pristine condition. She went on to explain that she could tell we were collectors and wants them to go to a good home to which I promised her they would be a valued part of our collection. Overall, Iím extremely happy we decided to visit Bali Hai and if the opportunity presents itself again we will definitely return!
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