Harry's Bar & American Grill
Harry's Bar & American Grill

Harry's Bar & American Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.harryslajolla.com/
  • Phone: (858) 373-1252
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday 11am-10pm
    Saturday 5pm-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Alejandro Vicens
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have three options for private events at Harry’s Bar. The first is our Hemingway room which offers elegance and privacy for up to 18 guests. We also have the Atrium with seating for up to 50 guests and features views of the beautifully landscaped office park surrounding Harry’s Bar. Finally, we are also able to make distinctive semi-private arrangements in our main dining room for any size group. In addition, you are welcome to take over the entire restaurant with sufficient notice. Our private event coordinator is available to assist in creating a unique event in our warm and inviting atmosphere.
  • Private Party Contact: Chelsea 6197291031x
  • Entertainment: Join us and be delighted with our Live Jazz band every other Saturday from 6pm to 9pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Executive Way
  • Public Transit: Because of the proximity with UCSD and UTC shopping center, we have several bus stops and diverse means of public transportation.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Harry's Bar and American Grill is located near a self-parking structure which we validate for 3 hours, as well as a highly efficient and convenient valet service for just $3. Located just past Executive Way on La Jolla Village Drive in the Northern Trust Building.
A word from Harry's Bar & American Grill
...a close relative of the world famous bar in Venice, Italy. Our restaurant is a first-class destination whether you are in the mood for a light lunch with friends or business associates, craving a traditional Italian favorite, or looking for an exquisite, romantic dinner.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Harry's Bar & American Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (44)great for lunch (41)neighborhood gem (36)romantic (35)fit for foodies (35)good for groups (26)notable wine list (21)great for outdoor dining (21)scenic view (6)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • The lamp chop was superb and melted in my mouth.
    Sunny
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was our fifth time at Harry's. The food is always excellent and diverse. Love the live music and the old restaurant feel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good italian
    dineO
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We go to Harry's a lot because the food, service and ambience are consistently great, and the prices are reasonable. It's in a slightly unusual location, in an office building on a busy street, but they have easy valet parking and once you are inside, it's all good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Halibut PERFECTLY prepared
    MrGregg
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I had scheduled a business lunch, and all of us ordered the "daily special." It was halibut with some vegetables and a small salad. Although a cold salad should NOT be placed on a hot plate, the fish was done to perfection and the vegetables were very flavorful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced and sub par service
    football63
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    This was my first time dining at Harry's. I was expecting more. The food was just ok and seemed very overpriced for what you get. Our waiter was not very attentive and was very slow. Maybe he was new or still in training, but even the very basics of being friendly and attentive was not there. I won't be returning to this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    LynneK
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We even had a hard time finding the sign from the busy street with the UTC mall across the street because nestled in pine trees with a trickling fountain was Harry's tucked away in another world. We had a Living Social voucher & were not especially dressed up but were not snubbed as in some upscale steakhouses. The wine list was impressive without ridiculous prices. The scallops in saffron was best appetizer ever. I had the sea bass & my husband had the salmon, trying to appease our doctors request for less steak & more seafood. Both were delicious without that fishy taste from not being fresh enough. It was the perfect date night ambience with white lights twinkling on the patio & muted conversation from the bar. Thanks, it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Matt Sez
    bigmattVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Had dined here once before, but nothing memorable, but we did try it again. I'm a big steak carnivore, had the New York, my lady had the ribeye steak. They were both excellent!! And reasonably priced compared to other better known steak houses. We both had plenty to take home. We do not live close by, but will return in the future for more of their wonderful steaks!!! Wine list was a bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stay for lunch not dinner
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I have been to Harry's at least a half dozen times for lunch and it is always happening, vibrant and a great place to meet and eat. Sadly, this did not translate to dinner. We sat down to a table right next to the jazz band and had to be moved so that we could have a conversation. they put us outside and then we were in siberia. Waiter came by only occassionally, and never brought bread, they poured regular water into our pelligrino and did not clear app plates until we asked them to do so. The food itself was just OK. At best. I felt like I should have stayed home and made my own dinner as I would have done a better job then the chef. I will NEVER go back there for dinner, but will continue to show up for the oocassional lunch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Upscale atmosphere and prices. Great live music. Service is a bit casual for the prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegasluver
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We had a nice experience at Harrys Bar and Grill. I had the lamb chops and they were delicious. Even the next day they were still good. I could not eat them all. My friend had the lobuster ravioli and said the dish was very good. Overall our experience was good. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. We will come again. The only negative was trying to find the restaurant in the office complex was difficult.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    It's pricy and we felt the service depends on the servers and customers. Our server made us the feeling of leaving there soon. It was really uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sadly Disappointed
    zzzchVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have eaten at Harry's before. This time was very disappointing. The food was just fair and the service was downright awful. We do not expect to return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it
    HappyEater
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Always the perfect place. Everything is good.....food, menu, service, setting. We're never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My friends and I went here to celebrate my birthday and I am very happy that we did. The Hostess welcomed us with warmest greeting. The atmospher was Great and the Wait staff was very attentive. The food was Excellent. We were all very impressed and all smiles. We were happy that the Valet parking was only $3. The Jazz Music was a Bonus!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Thank you for always taking such wonderful care of me when I come into your restaurant and for making sure that I get my favorite table. You make me feel like a movie star when I come in, and I appreciate all that you do to make every visit extraordinary!! Excellent service every time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent!
    kotelqtr
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The service, food and ambiance were all great! It was a specie evening to celebrate a birthday and everything could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not if you are hungry
    hungry2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This is an almost elegant restaurant. We were in a booth opposite a man who probably wanted to tell the whole restaurant how rich he was. Food was great. I had the crab cake appetizer. I tried to ask 2 of the folks who came to the table to clear and to serve what kind of crab was in the cake. They answered yes. I gave up asking. I wonder if the restaurant knows or cares that some their staff who interact with patrons. can't communicate with them. It seemed to take an eternity between courses. to the point we were told a couple of times that "the food is coming".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shellie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food and service at your restaurant make this a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The patio dining overlooked lots of trees, vegetation and a pond.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WE FOUND ANOTHER GEM!
    dpkraftVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This place is top shelf, the food and service is a 10 out of 10!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    EatOutOnFriday
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We've been to Harry's several times and very much enjoy it (especially on 1/2 price wine night!). Our daughter chose it for her birthday dinner the last time we were here it was so good. Maybe the anticipation inflated our expectations but eight of us left disappointed. They didn't have my favorite salad or our daughter's favorite raviolis (the raviolis may have been a special last time?) but it wasn't really the food that led to the overall feeling of disappointment. The service was inattentive at best. The restaurant wasn't even 1/2 full yet our waiter never refilled our wine glasses or offered extra bread, we had to ask for more water and when we said we were ready for the check we didn't see him for almost 10 minutes.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • maxs
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food and service were excellent. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • open table blues
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The chicken in the chicken caesare was dry and over cooked, but the ambience and experience were over-all enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    jjfender
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Saturday evenings at Harry's frequently include the wonderful world-class jazz of Jaime Valle and his trio. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is beautiful. My Ravioli D'Aragosta could have had a little more lobster flavor and less pasta but the Bruschetta was delicious. My wife had the Capellini Pomodoro which was very good. A real plus is half off bottles of wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable
    Joyfull
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Harry's was fine. Nothing outstanding unlike the others I've enjoyed. I had the mussels and they were tiny with little flavor. Bonefish does them better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music
    Garrett23VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Finally, a place for quiet, romantic jazz. It was not obtrusive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great business lunch.
    mamatVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Nice lunch, with clients! Convenient for business lunch and not so run of the mill.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but ambience needs help!
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Such a beautiful patio outside closed on such a nice night. The place could be just great -- yet it just misses! Food is delicious but the place is not warm and comfortable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner Find
    FachoyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Used Living Social coupon to dine at Harry's Bar & American Grill and was very pleased to have a wonderful dinner experience. The cocktails were very good and the menu offerings offerings. The rack of lam, sea bass and seafood llinguini were all excellent with the fine desserts to compliment the wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well done
    StevoskiVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    A very good fine dining experience. The food was very well done and the service was also very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Introduction
    ToddIsHere
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We used the Living Social deal to try this restaurant for the first time, and so glad that we did. Great date night with my lovely wife. Definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 62 reviews are from the Harry's Bar & American Grill reviews archive.
  • More of a business restaurant
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Seems clear that most people there for lunch are in business meetings. Good food and good service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Harry's
    Runner50
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great spot for good food and wine prior to going to theater at La Jolla Playhouse. Have never had a bad lunch at this restaurant and now I can include dinner. Portion size was perfect.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great business lunch
    CorvidaeLTE
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was great, environment and setting was awesome, great place tucked away among the office buildings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Ordered salad & ravioli and the ravioli was served first followed by a long wait for the salad. No one came by for so long we ran out of time for dessert. Not the service I expected at Harry's.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Dependable for a business lunch. Good food and service, and a place to see and be seen
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best lunch in San Diego
    Harrys
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Truly the best restaurant in all of San Diego to me. I have been having lunch at Harry's for ten years and I see a lot of the same people working there to this day. They mix up the menu and aren't afraid to get creative while keeping an almost snobbish sophistication without going overboard. It's a pleasure to eat there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kudos to Harry's
    jjfender
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We just had a wonderful meal and with half off a bottle of wine it was very reasonable. They had great live jazz featuring Jaime Valle and Holly Hoffman. These master musicians were not too loud and helped to create a five star ambience. We will definitely be back to Harry's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Favorite
    Looking4agem
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Last minute choice on a Friday night and what a great find! Food was superb, and both steak and sea bass were perfect. Service was excellent and they went the extra mile to ensure that our dining experience was a pleasant one. Good selection of reasonably priced wines too. Harry's is a restaurant we will definitely be visiting again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Fresh Fish
    LizaVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Always the freshest fish and well presented...wonderful wait staff and a great patio!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I think our waiter forgot about us
    AprilGVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I did have a reservation since I used Open Table but when I arrived I was seated in a far off corner of the patio instead of the dining room. I was fine with it except the wait person never seemed to make it out to our table. We did get drinks but no bread, ever. She did not check on us even one time throughout the meal until it was time to drop the check. This place has always been a go to lunch place but it usually has better service. The food was good- I had a sea food cobb and that was lovely.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate