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Yanni's Bar and 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, 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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Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good Food and Pleasant Experience

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Jeanie J
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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English first
San Diego, California
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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Dallas, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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Royal Oak, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My customer suggested a group of us meet here for dinner. I called ahead and Yanni was able to hold a table for my group of 6. The menu has a large variety of dishes. We were all able to easily find something to our taste.I went with the chicken picatta. Others at my table had the lamb burger, chicken... More 

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San Diego, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went to Yanni's for lunch. The restaurant is stylish and the outdoor seating is very nice. I ordered the Fettuccini Mussels. This dish was excellent. The pasta is not homemade; however, it is very, very good. The garlic/sherry wine sauce was so good and the mussels were fresh and plentiful! The menu is extensive and had a hard time choosing;... More 

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

New location is great, right off the freeway, plenty of parking. Great for Business, couples. I've actualy been here several times. Fusion of Greek and Mediterranean food. French Bruschetta as an appetizer. He kicks up the sauce and it sets the pace for the rest of the dinner. Free fresh hot breads so you could go that route as well... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

There new location is just as wonderful as there old. The service is remarkable the owner even greets you and makes you feel comfortable and welcome. They have a great area for large groups and fire rings outside for entertaining. The food is the best I ever had, you definelty will clean your plate.I always have the srimp skewers they... More 

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Poway
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I love their lunch of the calamari wrap. It's fabulous. They are very accommodating in that I am allergic to bell peppers and they are willing to make the dish without them. I always get the same meal because it is one of my favorites. And the owner is always friendly and greets me if he is there.

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Poway
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A few of us met at Yannis for a business review meeting and appetizers. The food was good and service was attentive but not intrusive to our meeting.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visit Yanni's semi regularly. Good food and service. New location is conveniently located near I-15. Many interesting items on the menu and I have never been disappointed.

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Dallas, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I have had dinner here several time. Food is wonderful and consistent. I have found the service to be slow though and lacking friendliness.

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?