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Yanni's Bistro & Cellar

12205 Scripps Poway Pkwy, Poway, CA 92064-6146
858-883-2400
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Ranked #2 of 111 restaurants in Poway
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Greek, Italian, Mediterranean
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
Poway, California
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great ambience; fresh, tasty food; and, pleasant service. Family-owned and operated venue with a wide variety of menu options. Great place to meet friends for a relaxing afternoon or evening of getting caught up. Indoor and (covered) outdoor seating options available.

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Atascadero, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Great food and service. The menu had so many unique items that are not offered at other Italian restaurants. Everything we ordered was very tasty.

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Baltimore
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167 reviews 167 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We came here on the recommendation of our hotel's manager. Wonderful find with wonderful food. The waiter was great…attentive and knowledgable, but not intrusive. We both had the salmon livornese, which was amazing…one of the best salmon dishes I've ever had. And, it came with roasted potatoes, string beans, saffron rice, and some kind of mashed squash. Delicious!

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

On a quick round trip to San Diego, we wanted fresh - not fast- food. We we're told to try locally owned Yanni's and we're glad we drove the extra two miles to do so. Service was attentive and speedy. The calamari were well prepared with excellent sauces. The bread basket came with speed and great garlic-herbed crackers. We split... More

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New Bern, North Carolina
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115 reviews 115 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed a nice meal with great wine here recently! I ordered the Bouillabaisse, which was the excellent special, and noticed many other satisfied and happy diners. We got to the restaurant at 6PM, and by 7 it was packed! Prompt, friendly service from the wait staff, as well as a visit from the owner made us feel well taken care... More

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San Diego
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

It is always nice to go to a nice restaurant with friends. Yanni's was very crowded and though we made reservations way in advance, our table was not ready and we had to sit on the outside patio. The weather was nice so it was ok. If the weather was not good, we would not have been happy. We were... More

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Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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48 reviews 48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Enjoyable food and wine with outside seating and a very nice wait staff. I have been there twice and found it to be consistently good food and very reasonably priced. I will visit again.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We went to Yanni's with some friends of ours and we were pleasantly surprised. We were seated very quickly even though they were busy with some Christmas parties. Our waiter knew the menu quite well and suggested some very good dishes. The service was great, the food was good and the price was right. Not cheap, but right. We would... More

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We were treated to a delicious dinner tonight by a vendor. The waitstaff were professional and warm. They suggested items without being pushy. All of the food was delicious. The hummus had a spicy kick that was both surprising and welcome. The marinated olives were the perfect complement to dinner. For an entree I had the chicken boscaiola. The flavor... More

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Poway, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

I've been at this restaurant many times for business lunches...The service has been consistently superb, but what keeps me coming back is the quality of the food, particularly the delicious salads. They have a house salad with artichokes and feta cheese, which you can order with a very tasty skewer of grilled chicken, a great way to have your vegetables... More

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