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Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro

Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Nak Hotel, Level 8,Sandakan Town,, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good44%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (7 reviews)
“pizza” (73 reviews)
“lamb chops” (10 reviews)
Closes in 10 min
10:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Italian, Bar, Pizza, European, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Nak Hotel, Level 8,Sandakan Town,, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
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Reviewed yesterday

I've been here several times and the food is almost always excellent. The mac & cheese was disappointing, but the simple margherita pizza is lovely and there are a lot of cocktails and desserts to choose from. Service can be a little on the slow...More

Thank monkeylover34
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It's a short walk from Four Points by Sheraton. The restaurant is located on the 8th floor of Nak Hotel. Take the elevator to 7th floor and walk up the stairs to 8th floor. Food: We ordered the Chicken Hawaiian Pizza and NZ Sticky Lamb...More

Thank NanaHussein
Reviewed 4 days ago

Ate dinner here twice while staying at Nak Hotel. Amazingly good Western food in a town that's not exactly a cuisine mecca. I had spaghetti carbonara with smoked duck one night (excellent) and mac-and-cheese the next (good).My companion had oat-crusted fried chicken with mashed potatoes...More

Thank BallardBeaver
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate dinner at this restaurant last night and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the ambience of this rooftop restaurant. It isn’t easy to find as it is located on the 8th floor of the Nak Hotel and there isn’t any signage on the...More

Thank viagray
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic food fantastic hospitality, very quaint and Private, you would miss it if you didn’t know where to go. Amazing views from the rooftop. It’s a place you must eat and experience in your life

Thank tinkertaylor18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must go when in Sandakan - for the great view, cool garden rooftop, chilled atmosphere, very good drinks and tasty food. Service is professional and super nice. Big ups for the late night open kitchen.

Thank Karolina D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this place we came back twice. Service is impeccable, decor is sophisticated, ambiance is on point. Great cocktails, fantastic food (for when you are ready for a change from local cuisine). Really worth coming here. Enter via the hotel.

Thank Alexander K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t be put off by the entrance to the hotel and street outside as it’s not the best route into a restaurant. Once you’ve made it up to the 8th floor is a little oasis inside. Really nice decor and food. The pizzas are freshly...More

Thank wjbrum
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you wish to do things like birthday party, wedding anniversary, chill with friends, dating with your partner, this is the place. I really recommended. Very relaxing and easy to find. The food also have a good taste and the price was reasonable. This place...More

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is in a roof top location and the restaurant is clean.i went twice to this restaurant and on the first occasion I ordered the pesto pasta ad it was delicious on the second visit I ordered this again and I'm not sure what...More

Thank meena_123_11
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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 hearty yet creative western meals with Vegetarian, Gluten-Free & Childfriendly options but not forgetting a great dessert menu for those late night cravings.
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