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Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro

) #2 of 84 Restaurants in Sandakan $$ - $$$ Italian, , Pizza
Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Nak Hotel, Level 8,Sandakan Town,, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good45%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (7 reviews)
“pizza” (69 reviews)
“lamb chops” (11 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 23:00All hours
Italian, Bar, Pizza, European, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Nak Hotel, Level 8,Sandakan Town,, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
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1 - 10 of 306 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This cute little roof top bar/restaurant makes a nice change from the usual rice/noodles fayre on offer- even has a kids menu. Worth a visit in Sandakan. As is the English Tea Garden Restaurant.

Thank catodonoghue
Reviewed 1 week ago

I must say, they have the best pizza in town, in fact in the whole of Sabah :) also the best place to chill out in Sandakan. Love the rooftop sitting area, nice place to chill out, have a little view of the sea and...More

Thank carolinepang
Reviewed 1 week ago

Without a doubt the standout place to eat in Sandakan. We stayed in the Nak Hotel downstairs but ate here every night. There was always lots of people there and when talking to them they were invariably from other hotels but their restaurants didn't stack...More

Thank Mungobart
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed at the Nak hotel and found this restraint at the top. Not cheap food but tasty and a real mix of Malaysian and Western. Great views and a tranquil atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank FamilyDadds
Reviewed 1 week ago

Upon entering we were not sure whether this place was open (we arrived after lunch and before dinner) but we were welcomed inside. We had a couple of drinks and some snacks and felt re-charged. Had we had more time in Sandakan we would have...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had Real Deal Carbonara with duck meat for lunch. Food was delicious and service just simply awesome. Recommended for people that loves good food :)

Thank IzaakYeoh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for some beers at night without any price mentioned on the menu.. We were unpleasantly surprised by the more than Western prices we had to pay for 2 Jugs of Tiger Beer (nothing special) which was way above any other price i have...More

Thank JonasvW89
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this place based on the recommendation of a fellow travellers. Not sure if we got them on a bad day, but we're totally not impressed. Basic stuff like serving cans of coke at room temperature and having to ask them to chill them...More

2  Thank Kris F
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We had a great meal with pasta and pizza. It did take a little while to arrive but was worth the wait. We ordered 4 meals for the 3 adults and 2 kids and shared. Liked the duck based bacon in the pasta!

Thank Cristina M
Reviewed 16 June 2017

I went to this restaurant on the basis of the reviews and had the "sticky" lambs chops on someone's recommendation. I'm not sure if they were having a bad day but when the food eventually turned up (have to say I waited at least 40...More

1  Thank fraggleoz
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.43 km away
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.27 km away
Japanese Cemetery
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.48 km away
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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, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Parking Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 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
  • 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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