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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
08:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 23:00
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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65 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank thetalkinggirl
Anglesea, Australia
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78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Mandy T
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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!

Thank wildandstoked
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank Gavin H
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Betty W
Chingford London
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88 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This restaurant had a great atmosphere and the food was cooked to a good standard with plenty to choose from both Western and local.

Thank teresamcw
Heidelberg, Germany
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is a real nice place above the roofs of Sandakan city. You can choose to sit inside or outside at their roof top terrace. The interior looks relaxing and gives you lounge feeling. The staff is attentive and very nice. As Balin is quite a special place in a rather ugly looking city like Sandakan, you will find many... More 

Thank Kay B
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Another great restaurant hidden away, great food at a reasonable price including drinks, we weren't able to eat on the roof terrace but the atmosphere and staff were excellent they let us amend there menu without any fuss.

Thank hereshopping
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Very good menu of food including vegetarian. Lovely character of restaurant with indoor and outdoor choice of tables.

Thank OrangutanEngland
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Had the pizza, meatballs and soup. Reasonably priced - RM25 for a medium-large thin crust smoked salmon pizza. Nice ambience. Unfortunately, it rained heavily when I was there and didn't get a chance to go to the rooftop. I assured by my friend that the view from the rooftop at night is excellent.

Thank pinkgiwaffe

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$10
Italian, Bar, Pizza, European, Grill
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, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
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
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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