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Yanni's Bar & Grill

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12015 Scripps Highland Drive, San Diego, CA 92131
18585270011
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Yanni's Bar & Grill has fulfilled the need for a great restaurant in the...
Yanni's Bar & Grill has fulfilled the need for a great restaurant in the Poway and Scripps Ranch area. A loyal following of guests comes from Rancho Bernardo, Ramona and Escondido, even traveling from as far as Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, Julian and Point Loma. Yannis MusselsThe feeling at Yanni's Bar & Grill is elegant and sophisticated without being stuffy. Simplicity is the focus: delicious food served in a comfortable, spotlessly clean environment. Proprietors Yanni & Denise Pihas are veterans in the hospitality industry, and owned a very successful restaurant in Sherman Oaks. Previously they worked for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in several locations throughout the United States. In keeping with Yanni's and Denise's heritage, the menu reflects a fusion of northern Mediterranean cuisine with predominant influences of Greece and Italy. The open kitchen allows the guests to enjoy the view of the culinary action. A wonderful terrace complements the dining room and is perfect for dining al fresco. A very extensive wine list was designed to complement the menu and has a very good balance between old and new world wines with some hard-to-find wines and vintages from Yanni's private cellar. Yanni features his own wine label called "Grano Greco" (Yanni's nickname), along with a large variety of wines by the glass. Quite often Yanni will open an exceptional wine to make it available by the glass. Come and visit Yanni's Bar & Grill for a gourmet lunch or a memorable dinner! Yanni & Denise
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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice Place, Friendly Service, Tasty Food. A Good Choice.

Three of us ate an early dinner, and the service was friendly and excellent. The Linguine Shrimp dish was delicious, my skewer combo was tasty (though the lamb was a bit chewy) and the small spring salad with lamb was an ample portion and very good. It's unusual to combine Greek & Italian food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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  • Bar scene
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Three of us ate an early dinner, and the service was friendly and excellent. The Linguine Shrimp dish was delicious, my skewer combo was tasty (though the lamb was a bit chewy) and the small spring salad with lamb was an ample portion and very good. It's unusual to combine Greek & Italian food, but they pull it off well.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

After the amazing things we read, we were really disappointed by the service and the quality of the food. Must have been an off-day, but we could not possibly recommend this place to anyone staying at the near-by hotels. The server was curt, bordering on rude. The busboy didn't even wait for me to answer before he just walked off... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We've been going to Yanni's since it opened and we always enjoy it. I just realized they have been in their new location for over a year now, so I thought I would add some comments. These won't be directed to the locals...all the locals know how great the place is. In this new location, there are two hotels. If... More 

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El Cajon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I have been eating at Yanni's for years and am so happy for the owners that they outgrew there original small bistro and moved to their current location. The ambiance is lovely and I have never had a meal here that I didn't simply love. All of the ingredients are very fresh and full of flavor...never over-cooked. I met a... More 

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San Diego
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I have been trying to get over to Yanni's since they moved nearer to me. Tonight was the night. We walked through the patio area on our way into the dining room and it was very nice - comfortable furniture, nice lighting. Our party of 7 was seated promptly with menus, waters were filled, and then we waited, waited, waited.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

While maybe not true greek food, I really enjoyed my Chicken Soulvaki at Yanni's. It was very fresh. The service was terrific. There isn't much in terms of ambiance, but I was there with business colleagues so that wasn't important to me. If you are near there, it is worth the stop.

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Whitestone, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

food was fantastic and they will make it anyway you want We recommend the salmon lemone Just tell them to make the vegtables on any dish a bit more tender they were to hard for us

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Kennebunk, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Any dish prepared that has lamb in it is a must. Lamb skewers are fabulous. The Chicken marselis with penne pasta is another excellent choice. Make sure you bring your appetite with you as the portions are plentiful. Great place to dine with friends.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I have been going to Yanni's for many years. Their new location is beautiful and now closer to home. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is since the move the staff they have is not as good and the food quality has dropped a notch. I am hoping that more people will make this statement as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The Mediterranean steak skewers (medium rare) are delicious! Tender with a lot of flavor. Veggie sides are flavorful and cooked tender crisp. Very good beer selection from the bar, many local favorites.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12015 Scripps Highland Drive, San Diego, CA 92131
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 18585270011

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Yanni's Bar & Grill has fulfilled the need for a great restaurant in the Poway and Scripps Ranch area. A loyal following of guests comes from Rancho Bernardo, Ramona and Escondido, even traveling from as far as Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, Julian and Point Loma. Yannis MusselsThe feeling at Yanni's Bar & Grill is elegant and sophisticated without being stuffy. Simplicity is the focus: delicious food served in a comfortable, spotlessly clean environment. Proprietors Yanni & Denise Pihas are veterans in the hospitality industry, and owned a very successful restaurant in Sherman Oaks. Previously they worked for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in several locations throughout the United States. In keeping with Yanni's and Denise's heritage, the menu reflects a fusion of northern Mediterranean cuisine with predominant influences of Greece and Italy. The open kitchen allows the guests to enjoy the view of the culinary action. A wonderful terrace complements the dining room and is perfect for dining al fresco. A very extensive wine list was designed to complement the menu and has a very good balance between old and new world wines with some hard-to-find wines and vintages from Yanni's private cellar. Yanni features his own wine label called "Grano Greco" (Yanni's nickname), along with a large variety of wines by the glass. Quite often Yanni will open an exceptional wine to make it available by the glass. Come and visit Yanni's Bar & Grill for a gourmet lunch or a memorable dinner! Yanni & Denise
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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