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Yanni's Bar & Grill

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12015 Scripps Highland Drive, San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 527-0011
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 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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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
Fresh greek food

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Andy A
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Atlanta, Georgia
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  • Bar scene
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San Diego
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31 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The ambiance was lovely and the menu looked great, but none of the three of us had much to say about the food. Fresh ingredients but somehow still not awesome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We stayed at the Staybridge Suites, got in late and wanted a meal but didn't want to drive. We noticed Yanni's when we drove into the hotel parking lot. In the hotel we checked the tripadvisor reviews and decided to walk across the parking lot to the restaurant. The food was very good, and my husband said the organic chicken... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Our dinner at Yanni's was really nice. I had excellent salmon that was cooked exactly how I like it and my husband's burger was delicious...I'm told. Not only is the food good, but our waiter was really nice and made sure our drinks and food were exactly how we liked it. It's not inexpensive, but you get what you pay... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I'm a regular at Yannis, since I'm in town for business often. I usually order the filet (which is truly amazing). I get it with the gordonzola cream sauce and fresh green beans. The bacon wrapped shrimp skewers are also great. Their wine list is also wonderful! The only complaint I have is their service is consistently very slow and... More 

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Additional Information about Yanni's Bar & Grill

Address: 12015 Scripps Highland Drive, San Diego, CA 92131
Phone Number: (858) 527-0011
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Greek

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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: (858) 527-0011

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
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?