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 250 people



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Decor 7.9
Drink Quality 7.6
Drink Selection 7.8
Food Quality 8.2
Food Selection 8.1
Mood 7.6
Music 7.2
Service 8.5
Tikiness 8
Tilt 8.1
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.


Heckboy has visited Bali Hai Restaurant.
July 21, 2018, 6:40 PM
Like the Mai Kari in Fla., this tiki palace is feeling a little tired. Dings in the walls and neglected furniture point to them riding on reputation. It felt more like a tiki themed bar than a tiki bar.
Tikiwolverine has visited Bali Hai Restaurant.
June 3, 2018, 12:41 AM
Found this place looking for tiki. Reserved a table for Sunday Brunch buffet with bottomless mimosas. Would highly recommend! It’s a tiki building with tiki sculptures. It’s the location that sets it apart, amazing views of the water! Great food! Awesome service!
Raider273 has visited Bali Hai Restaurant.
November 19, 2017, 7:52 PM
Wife and I had dinner there Wednesday, September 15, 2017. Service and food were solid, drinks were too sweet and lacked distinctive flavors. Nice evening and will return next time we're in San Diego; good but not amazing.
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