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Yanni's Bar & Grill

#235 of 3,870 Restaurants in San Diego
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12015 Scripps Highlands Dr, San Diego, CA 92131-5156
+1 858-527-0011
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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
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Westerville, Ohio
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60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2017

This is an excellent place for family, friends as well as a client meeting. Unpretentious strip mall location has been made into a pleasant Southern Cal oasis with both indoor and outdoor seating. The menu is extensive with many vegetarian options and a Mediterranean twist. But don't start without an excellent cocktail from the bar. I have been here for... More 

Thank Shankar R
Thousand Oaks, California
2 reviews
Reviewed March 27, 2017

This place clicks because of it diversified menu, extensive wine list (over a hundred new and old world choices), friendly staff, and ever-present owner (Yanni). You can't do better. Te bar is especially comfortable. Single travelers (man or woman) feel comfortable here. Henry

Thank hapgar
San Diego, California
1 review
Reviewed March 18, 2017

One of the best places to eat excellent food in San Diego. It's all made with fresh ingredients then served in an appetizing manner. The staff is friendly and efficient. The wine and beer choices are extensive. It's obvious the staff is happy as they are treated respectfully by Yanni and his extended family. Everything about the the atmosphere is... More 

Thank rilanewman
yannisbarandgrill, Owner at Yanni's Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your glowing review and your kind words. Our number one priority is our guests, food quality, service and of course our employees. We truly appreciate that you recognize this and look forward to seeing you very soon! Cheers! Yanni More 

Ramona, California
Level Contributor
20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017

As you enter Yanni's family run Bar and Grill you hear the easy buzz of conversation coming from businessmen, families and couples as they enjoy their various drinks of fine wines, IPAs and clear glasses of fresh purified water. With a brief glance at their tables, you see elegantly prepared cuisine ranging from colorful garden-fresh salads, pureed vegetable soups, and... More 

1 Thank Danielle H
yannisbarandgrill, Owner at Yanni's Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Dear Danielle, Thank you so very much and we appreciate your kind words, your review validates what we strive to do for our guests. Thank you for your support and please introduce yourself next time you are in. Cheers! Yanni More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed March 6, 2017

Always make sure I visit this place whenever I go to San Diego. Locally owned restaurant with great food and extensive menu.

Thank 351alisona
yannisbarandgrill, Owner at Yanni's Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you when you are in San Diego next. Cheers! Yanni More 

Columbia, Missouri
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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2017

i never would have expected to like saganaki without the flame, but it set the stage for the rest of the meal being so tasty. The atmosphere is modern and relaxing and the staff is wonderful. The owner was observant and friendly. The entrees: perfect! Vegetable risotto, Bouillabaisse, shrimp linguini and perfect sea scallops. The bar made two off-menu drinks... More 

1 Thank Toolooze
yannisbarandgrill, Owner at Yanni's Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your visit last month and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal. As you mentioned we do not flame our cheese in the sagnaki it is served in the more traditional way of my youth. We look forward to your return! Cheers and Opa! Yanni More 

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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 3, 2017

Helpful and amiable staff. Abundant, tasty, healthy food and reasonably priced. Clean and not noisy.

Thank Saul Z
yannisbarandgrill, Owner at Yanni's Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! Cheers! Yanni More 

Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 19, 2017

Good selection of Mediterranean and Greek dishes. Great service. Awesome wine list. Helpful tip: Make a reservation. This place is popular and busy.

Thank Leon W
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

I have dined at Yanni's many times for lunch and the food, service and atmosphere is fantastic! Love their salads and appetizers...try the calamari or Yanni's salad with Romaine and grilled shrimp, 2 of my favorites. Always relaxing and I love the outdoor covered patio on a warm day! Highly recommend trying this spot!

Thank Vicky R
Mira Mesa
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

Mediterranean Cuisine is my FAVORITE comfort food. I have visited this restaurant 3 or 4 times, and they have consistantly delivered high quality service, delicious food, and it's PRESENTATIONS have been TOP NOTCH each and every time. As a "Foody" and frequent traveler, this is very reassuring.

Thank Erica D
yannisbarandgrill, Owner at Yanni's Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your glowing review, we truly appreciate your business and taking he time from your schedule to write this. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers! Yanni More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mediterranean, Greek, Italian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12015 Scripps Highlands Dr, San Diego, CA 92131-5156
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-527-0011
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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