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Yanni's Bar & Grill

#256 of 3,955 Restaurants in San Diego
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12015 Scripps Highland Drive, San Diego, CA 92131
18585270011
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11:00 am - 10:00 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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene
Description: Yanni's Bar & Grill has fulfilled the need for a great restaurant in...
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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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
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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
Good food

I was staying at Spring Hill Marriott next door. Walked over for dinner after a long day. The customer service was great. Very attentive but not "too much" service. Excellent menu for a varying number of tastes (burgers, salads, lengthy pasta selection, etc). Was very busy and excellent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
rmc1971
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Washington, D.C.
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Washington, D.C.
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193 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was staying at Spring Hill Marriott next door. Walked over for dinner after a long day. The customer service was great. Very attentive but not "too much" service. Excellent menu for a varying number of tastes (burgers, salads, lengthy pasta selection, etc). Was very busy and excellent outdoor seating as well. Drink and wine menu too was very good.... More 

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Thank rmc1971
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Yanni's has a great menu. We have never been disappointed by a meal. Their new location (although they have probably been there over a year now) is larger yet more comfortable. They are always busy but well worth the wait. Both the wait and host staff are friendly and attentive. We have a great experience every time we go.

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Thank John J
San Diego, California
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74 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

The quality of the food, service, and wine is beyond any other five star restaurant and at a 3 star pricetag. Highly recommend. Sea Scallops, Pork Chop, are incredible. Great Happy hour too. The ambiance is perfect for meeting friends, dinner parties. A great enclosed patio with heaters, also firepits. A bar area, and a separate room with tables and... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Straight off the plane and into Yanni's. My first visit to the new venue. I have been coming to the old restaurant off and on based on my visits to SD for over 10 years. Gosh, the place is busy and really well laid out. Food is still very good, not easy to keep the consistency when you step up... More 

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Thank aholyman
San Diego, California
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98 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

I have been dinning at Yanni's for over a decade. The service is always great and the food magnificent. This is the neighborhood restaurant we should all be lucky to have. Their menu accommodates all types of palates and dietary needs. They use great fresh ingredients to prepare some nice Greek classic dishes.

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Thank agg2011
San Diego, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The expansion into the new location has only improved Yanni's. The food here is always very high quality, and tastes incredible. This is where we bring clients - where after everyone RAVES about it!

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Thank LoriT33
Cape Canaveral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Very impressed with this restaurant. Spur of the moment decision and really enjoyed the atmosphere. Good selection of items. Very extensive wine list.

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Thank MargieJ130
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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127 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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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Thank John L
Washington DC
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120 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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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116 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?