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Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro

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Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Nak Hotel, Level 8,Sandakan Town,, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
10:00 - 23:00
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Every time I'm in Sandakan, I will not fail to make a pit stop at Balin. The food is amazing, especially the desserts! The cocktails are really unique and yummy too. The staff here is friendly and helpful. Plus, the ambiance and view is to die for. This restaurant is highly recommended.

Thank Rose707
Melbourne, Australia
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61 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I didn't have high expectations from a rooftop in Sandakan to be honest, but was very impressed. The cocktails were impressive and reasonably priced. Went back for breakfast the next morning for lovely homemade yoghurt and a divine elderflower, lemon and honey yoghurt drink. Beautifully decorated space.

Thank thisiscrazy12
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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55 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We are regular customer to dine in Balin. Recently we visit on a public holiday (Wesak Day) for brunch. We ordered two sets of big brunch and waited for quite some time, we were then told there's only one sausage left, asked if we ok that replace with extra portion of scrambled egg. At last we cancelled one set. After... More 

Thank Shan0407
Galway, Ireland
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staff were really nice and friendly. We went for drinks and food. Hard to get waiters attention each time we ordered another drink. The service was very slow. We waited over an hour for our pizza which was cold on arrival. Starter was also very slow to come. Flavour not great. Quite pricey for what we got. They have cocktails... More 

Thank Rachel D
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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127 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nicely presented and trendy spot, clearly with a strong local following. Good views from the upper level and very passable food. Need to book for a good table in the main restaurant.

Thank Toaster803
Sydney, Australia
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50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely rooftop restaurant with style, great service, good food, extensive menu including wine and cocktails. More expensive than the places on the Harbourside but worth it. As mentioned by someone else, wine is particularly expensive but that seems to be the case everywhere in Sabah.

Thank RVESydney_Australia
Inverness, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ba Lin happens to be on the top floor of the Nek Hotel, which is next door to the Tourist Information place we stuck our heads in - and we noticed the sign when we came back out. Very glad we did! Up to the top (7th) floor in the lift, turn right and up the stairs and you find... More 

Thank HappyOgre
Melbourne, Australia
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140 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

we had three visits to this funky lil Bar/ restaurant during our stay in Sandakan. One of the reasons is they had the Only Fresh Milk in Sandakan and they had real Barista skills, great beans and amazing cocktails. A must try is the Green Apple Martini. It was the gift that keeps on giving. we had the Duck Pizza... More 

Thank Azzman67
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107 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Reasonably priced, roof top bar in Sandakan. Watch the sun go down over the city with a cocktail. The food was simple but good and the drinks were tasty. We ate here about 5 out of 8 days. Would recommend.

Thank Esther H
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We came on the strength of the TripAdvisor reviews. Don't be fooled by the humble Nak Hotel at street level. Prepare for a rooftop surprise. Relaxed setting under the stars, although you can eat indoors. Like many others, we had the lamb chops and they were superb. Very friendly service. We can't recommend this place enough.

Thank Tony G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$10
Italian, Bar, Pizza, European, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Good for
View, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?