Yanni's Bistro and Cellar

Yanni's Bistro

Yanni's Bistro
Hours of Operation:

Monday through Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday through Saturday
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

12205 Scripps Poway Parkway
Poway, CA 92064

Tel: (858) 527-0011
Fax: (858) 527-0286


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Yanni's Bistro will be closed on Easter Sunday April 20, 2014

Please join us for lunch on Monday April 21, 2014

Announcing Yanni's Bar & Grill!

Yanni's Bar & Grill remodel is progressing.
We anticipate opening mid June 2014.
Yanni and Denise have decided that it will be best for our family
(and Yanni's blood pressure) to only keep one restaurant.
Therefore, Yanni's Bistro & Cellar's leasehold improvements,
along with the assets, equipment and goodwill are for sale
(not including the Name or the menu)
at the very attractive price of $150,000.00 firm. Our lease
is expiring on May 31, 2017 and has two, five-year options.
If you know of anybody that would like to take over our
current location please have them contact Yanni or Denise
at 858-527-0011 or 858-386-6100 mobile.

Yannis Pihas

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Cellar Happy Hour:

Please join us in the Cellar for Happy Hour
Monday through Friday
4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Delicious Meze Plates and Beverages at Reduced Prices
Happy Hour Red, White and Draft Choices!


Northern Mediterranean Cuisine in Southern California

Yanni's Bistro 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 Bistro 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 Bistro and Cellar for a gourmet lunch or a memorable dinner!

Yanni & Denise

“The menu at Yanni's has a generous mix of Greek and Mediterranean food, sure to satisfy everyone.”
The Well Known Eater

"They are all personally involved in making sure you are welcomed properly, served appropriately and thanked graciously when you dine in their bistro."
Rancho Magazine


Best Restaurant – 1st place
Best Lunch – 2nd place
Best Italian – 2nd place
Best Greek – 2nd place
Best Seafood – 3rd place
Best Gourmet Cuisine – 2nd place
Best Sandwiches – 3rd place
Best Dessert 1st place

Rancho Magazine 2010 Dining Survey as selected by readers

Voted #1 for Best New Restaurant
Voted #1 for Favorite Restaurant
Voted #2 for Best Greek
Voted #2 for Best Lunch
Voted #2 for Best Other Ethnic
Rancho Magazine 2008 Dining Survey as selected by readers

Voted Best Italian and Seafood
SignOnSanDiego.com Best of 2003

Voted Best Greek and Best Italian
SignOnSanDiego.com Best of 2008

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