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Harry's Bar & American Grill

170 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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Feast on Italian-inspired cuisine at Harry's Bar & American Grill. Its spacious premises and wooden furniture create an elegant and cozy ambience.

Its menu features traditional crab cakes and roasted jumbo scallops wrapped in pancetta, as well as burgers and sandwiches. Some of its main entrées range from grilled beef tenderloin, to artichoke filled ravioli and risotto with chicken and spinach. Visitors can also enjoy Italian and American wines.

Harry's also hosts various types of events, like weddings and corporate dinners. Parties can either dine in one of its separate rooms or even book the entire establishment. Harry's event coordinator is available to assist in organizing these celebrations.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Monday-Friday 11am-10pm
Saturday 5pm-10pm
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Phone number
(858) 373-1252
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Alejandro Vicens
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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

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.

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
Our private event coordinator is available to assist in creating a
unique event in our warm and inviting atmosphere...
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Private party contact
Anna McAlister: (858) 373-1252
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Let us bring the restaurant to you! We would love to cater your next business
meeting, wedding, birthday party, retirement celebration, socials, and fundraisers.
We are happy to assist you in creating your vision, or our knowledgeable chef can
tailor something special just for your event!
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Cross street
Executive Way
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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.
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Public transit
Because of the proximity with UCSD and UTC shopping center, we have several bus stops and diverse means of public transportation.
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Join us and be delighted with our Live Jazz band Thursday and
Saturday nights from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
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Special events & promotions
Anna McAlister has over 10 years experience in coordinating large scale and more
intimate gatherings. Let her guide you through menu options, room set up and
all the special details to make your event memorable. We have our own screen and
an Audio Video preferred vendor for presentations. She can be reached at:
858.373.1252, or feel free to come in and take a peek around.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 170 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.2based on all time ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on December 23, 2015

Second time to eat here...first time food was really good...second time was really, really good. The service was excellent.

4.0Dined on December 23, 2015

Very comfortable dining experience. Even though the bar is not separated from the dining area there was no interference. Good acoustics or polite patrons? Maybe both?

1.0Dined on December 22, 2015

Reason for the bad review- When you have to ask for butter three times even though the restaurant is empty, then you go to the parking garage and wish the waiter had asked if you needed validation and finally you get home and realize the waiter and given you the wrong left over carton.

3.0Dined on December 18, 2015

WE arrived and the place was verey crowded and noisey- Happy Hour crowd and a large private party. Table was not set with silverware or a napkin. The drinks took a very long time to arrive as did the food. Soups were passable. We split a salad and it ws a miny one. Entree was fine with a scant amount of vegetables. Overall nothing to recommend here.

5.0Dined on December 18, 2015

We challenged our lovely server, Lana, because we were first seated in the restaurant but near the bar tables. The group of 3 men there had one VERY loud companion and it was a much-needed night out, so we asked for a quieter table. Lana was great, all was changed, and the rest was easy and enjoyable. Scallop appetizer was nice, although not sure where the pancetta was. Chicken scallopini with lemon caper sauce was tasty. Needed a little more lemon which was brought promptly. Salmon asparagus risotto was tasty, of course.

4.0Dined on December 18, 2015

Love Restaurant but plank flooring is a disaster. Watch your step for sure. Food is great and a fun bar

5.0Dined on December 9, 2015

I invited 3 of my friends to join me for a combined Holiday Lunch/Right Side of the Grass Celebration, and we wanted this to be a special occasion.

There is something for everything on the menu, and we were all delighted with our choices. The service was excellent. We appreciate valet parking.

We go to dinner and lunch often and will return.

4.0Dined on December 9, 2015

Harry's Bar & American Grill is closing by the end of December, 2015. Too bad.

3.0Dined on December 4, 2015

We were disappointed with the lack of gluten free items. I was limited to fish/chicken when I was looking forward to trying some of their pasta. The mussels appetizer was good. My husband ordered the lasagna for dinner and we were not told there were mushrooms in it. That had to be sent back which was a bummer too.

4.0Dined on December 3, 2015

The seafood specials are consistently excellent. Also highly recommend the salmon salad.

4.0Dined on November 18, 2015

Harry's remains iconic in the UTC area, especially for a business lunch. On any given day, you will find many of San Diego's most visible financial executives meeting for lunch and greeting each other as they pass by tables.

Wait staff is always excellent. Food is consistently solid. Noise level is conducive to good conversations.

Please don't let it move away like Donovan's did--UTC needs to keep Harry's.

4.0Dined on November 16, 2015

Service was a bit slow and the restaurant was not busy. Water glasses were not refilled.
Otherwise , all good for our business meeing.

5.0Dined on November 14, 2015

Have passed this place many times going to UTC, but had no idea how nice it is. Great ambiance, the service and food was great and we were able to engage in quiet conversation. Have already recommended this place to my friends and family.

5.0Dined on November 13, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely dinner at Harry's Bar and American Grill this past Friday evening. Our food was excellent and the service was outstanding. We really enjoyed our evening at Harry's and will probably return soon!

5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

Fine food with live dining music. Had their delicious lobster/shrimp bisque and the lobster raviolis. We went early on a Saturday night with reservations. They have valet parking for $5.00 or you can park in the parking structure behind the restaurant if you don't mind walking a short distance. We have been here several times and it has always been excellent.

5.0Dined on November 6, 2015

We all had an exceptional culinary experience the salmon sald was and is a favorite a little crispy yet so moist. Love it.

3.0Dined on October 31, 2015

Food was good but without an appetizer, not enough to satisfy. The manager(?) was
somewhat aloof, not a gracious host. I reserved through Open Table for an early 5 p.m.
dinner and specified it was a birthday celebration. That was never acknowledged in
any way. Won't be celebrating there again. We normally go to Jake's where birthday
guests receive a complementary Hulu Pie. Other restaurants offer some small treat
for the birthday guest. Harry's left a sour taste in my mouth for their indifference.
Doubt if we'll go back since there was nothing out of the ordinary there. The price for
entrees was high for what was offered.

5.0Dined on October 27, 2015

Welcome to eat here!

5.0Dined on October 22, 2015

We were celebrating a wedding anniversary and a birthday. The atmosphere was relaxing. We stopped in the bar for a cocktail first and received a great cocktail recommendation from our server. At our table the waitress was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Our appetizers were delicious as was our dinner. The waitress brought us a complimentary dessert to celebrate, which was very thoughtful. There was live music playing during dinner, which was perfect for this restaurant. We really enjoyed the singing too. I would definitely return to Harry's Bar & Grill and recommend it to my family and friends.

2.0Dined on October 16, 2015

We had a 12:30 reservation and were seated promptly. Our soup came fairly quick but the meal took almost an hour. This was way too long for a lunch. I was also very disappointed with the meal itself. I ordered seabass as I frequently do in other restaurants. It was thin, mushy and brown. The flavor was equally poor. The lobster/shrimp bisque was also watery with little to no meat. The waitress did the right thing by removing the seabass from the bill and quickly bringing me a salad, which was good. I don't think I will eat there again. The experience wasn't pleasant for me and there are too many other great restaurants in La Jolla.

3.0Dined on October 5, 2015

Casual place to grab a few drinks & unwind after work. Don't expect anything special with the food.

4.0Dined on October 1, 2015

Very nice ambiance: singer & keyboard, nice noise level, excellent garlic bread. Tasty seafood entrees.

3.0Dined on September 22, 2015

Bar area is a little noisy, menu was limited, waitress was professional, a few times service was delayed. Overall not bad but would try somewhere else if the area.

3.0Dined on September 19, 2015

The staff was very good and accommodating throughout the meal, beginning to end. But the food was a mixture of good to pretty-good, and portions were small. It seemed overpriced for the portions and quality of the food.

4.0Dined on September 15, 2015

Great place. They need to add Glenlevet 18 and Remy XO to the bar selection.

5.0Dined on September 12, 2015

We enjoyed the meal we ordered, the staff was attentive and the restaurant had live music, we will definitely come back again.

5.0Dined on September 4, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely dinner at Harry's on Friday evening. Our steaks and salad were excellent! The accompanying vegetables were also very tasty. We enjoyed a wonderful Raymond Chardonnay. Our server Rob gave us exceptional service. We have dined at Harry's before and will definitely return soon!

4.0Dined on September 3, 2015

Very good Italian food. Quiet, tasteful setting for business lunch & dinner.

5.0Dined on September 3, 2015

Excellent food and service. Nice setting. Valet parking. North San Diego County power lunch venue.

5.0Dined on August 22, 2015

My husband and I made reservations at Harry's seeking authentic Italian food. After living in Italia for 9 years , we were craving this. Our expectations were exceeded. The host and waiters were very friendly and took good care of our every need. The food was absolutely amazing. From the carpaccio di bue,salads, ravioli d'aragosta and the Harry's New York prime to the Villa Antinori vino, everything was wonderful. We were especially fortunate to have our dining atmosphere amplified with the music of Carlos Velasco. Although we live about 150 miles away, we will surely visit Harry's again.

4.0Dined on August 15, 2015

Closed. And it's a real shame because Garo (the owner) was originally from Scalini in Del Mar and he brought the same great flavors to this place. I don't know why it closed. I only wish it didn't.

5.0Dined on July 25, 2015

We had a very enjoyable evening. The atmosphere is casual but elegant and the food is delicious. I had the mushroom pasta which was loaded with mushrooms and so tasty. My husband had the sea bass special which he thought was also delicious. We will go back.

3.0Dined on July 25, 2015

It just isn't comfortable sitting in a nice restaurant on a hot July evening for a nice dinner with friends when there's no air conditioning. Everything else was good but would have been better if it were cooler, there were a few floor fans located around the restaurant that didn't help.

2.0Dined on July 24, 2015

I have eaten lunch many times over the years at Harry's. Food is usually good, but it's always pricey. Cesar salad with grilled chicken (that I am sure had been cooked and reheated a few times) for $18.00. $4.50 for a glass of ice tea. this is a nice lunch place in a great location, but I will take my business elsewhere. lots of good choices in the area.

3.0Dined on July 21, 2015

Location/parking is convenient, the food is reasonable, but nothing spectacular.

5.0Dined on July 17, 2015

Great location for a business lunch. Food and service has always been great. Owner is on premise and available for any questions. They have a great patio for small business functions.

5.0Dined on July 11, 2015

The staff is super and the quality of the food was perfect. Also the music on Saturday was very nice.

5.0Dined on June 19, 2015

My husband and I had a delicious dinner at Harry's Bar and American Grill. The food was excellent and the service outstanding! We will definitely return to Harry's Bar and American Grill in the near future.

5.0Dined on June 12, 2015

When I first saw this place from living social, I wanted to give it a shot. I did not go with much expectation at first. But at the end of the dinner, I really like this place. Food is great, wine is affordable and tasty, and service is fast and nice. This is my 3rd or 4th visit to the place but I believe as long as I am living in San Diego, I will come back.

3.0Dined on June 12, 2015

I have eaten here several times and this was the worst experience. The service at the bar and at the table was very poor. The steak that I had was absolutely tasteless even with the peppercorn sauce added. I doubt that I will go here again, at least to eat.