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Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro

$$ - $$$
Italian, Bar, Pizza, European, Grill
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Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Nak Hotel, Level 8,Sandakan Town,, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
606089272988
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08:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 23:00
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Sandakan, Malaysia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the place where u can dine and drink wine at the finest. Most of all it's probably the highest restaurant in Sandakan where u can dine and enjoy the view at the same time. Highly recommended for all, and don't worry about the price because it's reasonable.

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Thank JonathanNoel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In any other town I probably wouldn't batter an eyelid, but this place was nice to spend the evening, in an otherwise dead town. Food was good, service was slow, setting was nice & I'm sure the rooftop is lovely in better weather (rain forced us back downstairs)

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is really great add you have an awesome view and it's away from the busy streets. The food was pretty good however the burger I ordered was over cooked and quite dry. The biggest complaint I had was the slow service. With many people working it shouldn't take 15-20 minutes to order our food. The service is in... More 

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Thank Curtis T
Kudat, Malaysia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last visit was two years back. This time around food is still nice as before. Margarita pizza is a must. A place not to be missed if having holiday in sandakan

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Thank Jc_Lim
Main Beach, Australia
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little rooftop bar & restaurant. Good cold drinks & a welcome escape from the heat. The pastries look spectacular & the menu covers all tastes.

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Thank 19Tracy68
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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65 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Can't argue that they the rooftop restaurant definitely has a great view especially during sunset. But I do have to comment on their slow service. Even though we arrived early than the supposed booking time, at least our drinks should come out early and not until the end of our dinner. Maybe it's because of the lack of staff but... More 

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Anglesea, Australia
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84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro is a rooftop bar at the NAK Hotel in Sandakan. The view of the sea is breathtaking. The menu is fairly varied, we ate there twice during our stay in Sandakan, for breakfast and dinner. The breakfast was a lot better than the dinner. However, it is a comfortable, quirky relaxing place and we... More 

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Thank Mandy T
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

When you walk into Balin it is instantly refreshing, with its chic and peaceful atmosphere and a menu full of delicious classics with a modern twist. I absolutely loved eating here... I didn't want to leave!

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Thank wildandstoked
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

It was a pure disappointment when the shop was closed for few days and when it reopened after that, the rooftop section was still closed for renovation. I just wanted to enjoy the sea view and city scenery while having my meal at there so bad. Anyway, we ordered the beef burger and balin meat bonaza pizza which both were... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Sat on the rooftop for a few hours watching the sunset-was a nice setting. Food was great although moved inside because of wind and rain. Food was tasty and staff were friendly and helpful.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$10
Cuisine
Italian, Bar, Pizza, European, Grill
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 23:00
Monday
08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 23:00
Thursday
08:00 - 23:00
Friday
08:00 - 23:00
Saturday
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Nak Hotel, Level 8,Sandakan Town,, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sabah  >  Sandakan Division  >  Sandakan
  • Phone Number: 606089272988
Description
This little undiscovered gem is situated above the stalwart landmark of Nak Hotel, built in the 1960s. Once an engine room, The Bar & Alfresco dining area sprawl across an expansive open roof terrace. Sip your ice cold beer & cocktails to a 360 degrees unobstructed view of the waterfront & catch the chillout sunset sessions from 5.00pm onwards to take in the best of Sandakan from a different perspective. Balin Bar & Bistro serves simple grilled western comfort food, pasta & pizza dishes complimented with an extensive wine list.

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