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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 good45%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (78 reviews)
“lamb chops” (8 reviews)
“fries” (8 reviews)
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10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Hours
Italian, Bar, Pizza, Grill, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Jalan Pelabuhan Lama | Nak Hotel, Level 8,Sandakan Town,, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

European food with a great ambience. The roof top tables offered a nice view and relaxing atmosphere. The service was at times a bit slow, but it didn’t impact the experience. Had a great smoked duck pizza and a chocolate lava cake that was to...More

Thank Linnea P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

made a visit to this roof top restaurant after reading review on TA. Great views over Sandakan. My wife ordered a Mojito which when delivered was sour in taste asked the waiter for some more sugar syrup when added made no difference to taste, staff...More

Thank Bobtravelman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So loved the environment, the feeling inside this restaurant, so relaxing.. the food was super yummy and high quality! But cooking slow, dish one by one. Still would come back there, this time for evening dinner. The menu is really great, wanted to try everything....More

Thank A Ga N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was lucky to be able to get a table. For the deco and ambience of this restaurant it provides, it is a shame that table hoggers exist. Big table of 6 with 2 people. Sofa square was conquered by a foreign couple. Had the lamb....More

Thank MFS1406
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had so nice moment and view of sunset while waiting for our dinner. The price was so expensive yet so worth it.

Thank rasmussenn99
Reviewed 14 March 2018

Sandakan seems a little short on good quality places to eat but Balin Roof Garden and Bistro is one to be recommended. A bit limited for choice if you are a vegetarian like myself but the pasta and pizza vegetarian options are very tasty. Excellent...More

Thank fabindia
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

We actually visited on two separate occasions, the first time I ate from the specials menu and had the chicken teriyaki rice and avo burger, very well cooked and presented nicely, and the second time I had the farmers mac n cheese which tasted incredible....More

Thank lewisashleydavies
Reviewed 11 March 2018

Slightly out of the centre but well worth the effort in finding it. Excellent food and very friendly staff. You can eat on the roof under the stars.

Thank Keith P
Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

This place belongs in Bangkok or some other hip foodie place in Asia. They did not manage to serve one dish together with another but when dishes arrived: WOW. Their chef is really superb. The localities are great and atmospheric. Great music choices. Best place...More

Thank Weekendtrotter
Reviewed 19 February 2018

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
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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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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