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: 8583731252x
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Harry's Bar & American Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (39)special occasion (32)neighborhood gem (31)romantic (26)fit for foodies (21)notable wine list (18)good for groups (17)great for outdoor dining (14)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The patio dining overlooked lots of trees, vegetation and a pond.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Fresh Fish
    Liza
    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.
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  • stephen731
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Very pleased with the experience. I would definitely recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 51 reviews are from the Harry's Bar & American Grill reviews archive.
  • New owner of Harry's
    Garrett23VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The new ownership has significantly improved all aspects of the restaurant - ambience and menu. Staff is now well trained.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business Lunch
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Great place for a business lunch. Good food and quiet enuf to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nicely surprised
    ShortOneVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Harry's is tucked in between business buildings, although it is close to a large shopping center. Unlike the Harry's in Venice, this Harry's was quiet and not busy. We started during happy hour on a Friday night and our meal went into the evening hours. It was not loud, nor did it become crowded. Initially the crowd seemed to be folks from the local businesses having a drink after work, then was older clientele. Complimentary garlic bread and bread sticks were served- highly recommend at least a taste of these. The meat and cheese board was delicious. Veal piccata had excellent taste and did not require a knife to cut the meat. I had the fillet medallions which were perfect. The wine selection was a bit limited, but adequate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    UTCDenizen
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We found Harrys to be conveniently close enough to walk to from home. The food was very good, as was the wine. A particular favorite was the garlic bread served before dinner. It was quiet for a Friday evening after work which recommended it to us for further possible outings.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended!
    Ronkeidar
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We had a most wonderful family dinner. The place is very romantic, relaxed and quite. The service was excellent. Our son asked for Spaghetti Bolognese, although it was not on the menu, the waiter promised my son, they would prepare one especially for him. Indeed, the entree was fresh and delicious!!! We loved the onion soup, which was rich very tasty. We enjoyed the salmon dish and the wine recommended by the waiter was excellent. We had a great experience and definitely will return for more dishes. Highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great restaurant
    JudyM
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We went here for my husband's birthday. We thought the menu was quite extensive - enough choices for a wide variety of tastes. The service was wonderful. The hostess was very welcoming. Our server was very attentive and took the time to talk to us. The food was excellent and just the right amount. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lttle place to enjoy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Great lttle place to enjoy good food and have a conversatin where you are not competing with the ambient noise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always the very best fish
    Liza
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    always the very best fish preparation- Their Salmon Slad is a wonderful lunch meal-
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fireside attention
    RomanceSeeker
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    We dined on the outdoor patio, in front of the fireplace, with an additional ceiling heater fired up. The room cleared quickly and it was ours alone for the rest of the evening. We ordered an expensive bottle of wine from 2007, and I tested it. It was turning, falling apart. I asked to have a wine expert come out and verify it, because you don't just reject a bottle if you don't like it. Indeed, it was souring and we ordered a different bottle, even more expensive which was an absolute beauty. Our dinner was cooked perfectly and everything was fresh and delicious. The staff turned down the lights for us to add to the romantic atmosphere, and brought us a birthday tiramisu at the end of the evening. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like Harry's Bar and Grill
    DiningLady
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I will come back. Loved the bread and crackers, ice tea and the good service. Would like to come back for dinner and martinis.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Evening
    elytheeel
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    The food was tasty, the service was friendly and attentive, the prices were fair, the menu is just right. This is the kind of place where you could easily spend several hours and never know the time had elapsed...very European in that regard. We'll be back, for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • quiet spot near UTC
    melo33
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The restaurant was very nice, good service and the kids enjoyed themselves. The accommodated to the kids. The lamb and risotto were very nice and not too heavy or fatty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Great atmosphere
    StephVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Fun and vibrant atmosphere. The food was out of this world and the service was superb. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Power Lunch
    AlwaysEatingOutVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Harry's is always a great place to take a client. I am sure that the diner and bar scene are just as goo I have just never been.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harry's Disappointment
    Irene
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I've eaten here before & was well pleased. This time, however was far below expectations particularly in view of the fact that I took someone from out of town. He was not impressed. Food: meh, overpriced, not worth the money. Service: indifferent, rushed.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice ambiance for meeting friends
    Paul
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We enjoyed our evening with friends at Harry's! The service was great, the food was delicious, and it all worked out to be a nice evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate