Juniper & Ivy

4.7
4502 reviews
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Contemporary American
Juniper and Ivy, owned by Michael Rosen with influence from Chef-Partner Richard Blais, elevated the San Diego dining scene upon opening in early 2014. Located in the north end of the Little Italy neighborhood, Juniper and Ivy offers refined American cuisine with unique iterations of the classics. The whimsical menu, executed by Executive Chef Anthony Wells, is in a constant state of change depending on the freshest, seasonal ingredients provided by our local purveyors.
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1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, would strongly recommend.

OT
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Halibut sashimi, manila clams, spot prawns, short rib and squash blossoms were delicious highlights!!!

r
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The tuna and steamed buns were delicious!
Very cool vibe and the staff was very helpful with food and drink selections. I highly recommend making a reservation beforehand.

DC
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent all around

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thank you!

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JS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for a quick getaway from LA. Booked a table in advance for this restaurant and we were amazed by the overall quality and experience of Juniper & Ivy. The only thing we didn’t like: we couldn’t taste it all! We will be back soon.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

So pleased to hear that you dined with us during your mini-vacation, and that you enjoyed your meal! Hope to see you back again soon :)

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! We will be back!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thank you for sharing!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came in for my bachelor party and from the moment we where sat I was very impressed. Being a chef and from the industry it was so nice to be on the other side of the table. Are server was outstanding from start to finish. The food was absolutely beautiful and fresh. The attention to detail from the food to service to atmosphere was one of the best food experiences I have had. I will definitely be coming back every time I come to SD. Thank you guys again!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thanks for choosing us as one of the stops during your bachelor party! I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed everything. We look forward to seeing you during your next San Diego visit!

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I
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing place to spend an anniversary dinner! The yodel dessert was incredible to watch and eat!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thanks so much for celebrating your special day with us, Isaac! So glad to hear you enjoyed your meal--and the infamous yodel! You'll have to come back again when the prep changes next season :)

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal with friends. Service was very good and the food was excellent. The only downside was they didn’t really cater for children very well, with a limited menu for them.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thank you for sharing. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your meal and the service! I appreciate your feedback on the children's options, and will pass this along to the team to see if there's anything we can do to expand the offerings a bit. Hope to see you back again!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was amazing. My friend and I ordered a bunch of small plates then split the back cod. Every bite was delicious and the waiter was lovely. Would go back 100%

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Awesome! Glad to hear you enjoyed everything, and can't wait to have you back.

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AK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service. Reasonably priced considering!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thanks so much!

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J
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not our first visit to Juniper the ambiance was hip the food was exceptional and we left the restaurant knowing we would be back again. A great treat.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thanks so much for sharing, John. Happy to have you back, and looking forward to your next visit!

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d
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience. Would be a good romantic spot for a date. If sitting outside, may hear some planes as it is near the airport but it wasn’t a huge deal.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you again for date night :)

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad food. Took forever. Very sad!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

So sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy it! Please know that our menu changes daily, so we do hope that you'll return one day to try something new. And we do not like to rush tables for the sake of turnover, but if you have an ideal meal duration, we are happy to pace everything accordingly!

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SL
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for our 5th anniversary and since I mentioned that when I booked a reservation, they made sure we had the BEST experience. We got seated at a table off to the side, we had an exceptional server, we had the sommelier come spend some time going over the wine list, the food was delicious, and they even treated us to an unexpected free dessert!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thank you for including us in your special day, Scott! I'm so pleased to hear that it was a memorable evening for you both. Congrats on 5 years!

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JF
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding! Unique dishes with amazing flavors. Staff were impeccable, kind and true professionals. Would definitely return.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

So glad to hear you enjoyed everything, Jacquie! Looking forward to having you back again soon.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thanks for sharing!

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CM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy the consistency of great food and service. We were celebrating a birthday and had a wonderful time.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thanks so much for celebrating with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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N
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gathering with good friends

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thanks to you and your friends for joining us :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bachelorette

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OT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! The staff was really nice!!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thanks so much!

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AG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome concept of bites! Able to many different things. Would have been great if the dessert was the same way😁

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Glad you enjoyed your meal, Angie! Appreciate your feedback on the desserts--I will be certain to pass this along to the kitchen :) Hope to see you back again!

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SG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Was honestly one of the worst meals I’ve ever had. The food was spiced but not flavorful. We were seated in a basically empty restaurant behind a screaming baby for our whole meal. The hostess should have recognized this and moved us. Our waiter was very difficult to understand and walked away from me as I was still talking. For all of the hype I had an awful experience.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

I'm so sorry to hear that this was the worst meal you've ever had, Sarah! Unfortunately there isn't much we can do about a crying baby, but you are right that your server should have recommended a new, quieter table. If you ever do return, please know that you can always request where you'd like to sit beforehand, and if there is room we are always willing to move you to a table at which you feel more comfortable. I do hope that you at least enjoyed some of the food that you ordered!

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M
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous. Don’t miss this restaurant. Innovative foods great service and in general a fabulous experience. Menu has too many options. Let your server guide you. You won’t be sorry !

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Appreciate your kind words! Thank you for joining us :)

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RG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was awesome! Everything was awesome, but especially the duck.

Our server was loud. Our server consistently interrupted our conversations, talked over us, talked too fast, and interjected his experiences every chance he got. I tipped him 17% and later regretted it.

The whole dining experience was just plain loud. You apparently want me to use the word "energetic" but for me, "raucous" and "harsh" are more accurate. My three guests and I struggled mightily to converse normally. And it seemed like just when we got a bit of a conversation going, here came our server...loudly.

My friends who spend over $100-per-person-per-meal want to be able to converse without having to yell. For that reason, I will not recommend Juniper & Ivy.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

I'm so sorry to hear that the service and ambiance were both too loud during your visit, Robert. Please know that I will be relaying your feedback to the team, as we value being able to converse and enjoy your company as a major component to the overall dining experience. I would love to understand more about where you were sitting, and who your server was, if you're open to sharing. I will be sending you my personal contact information, in hopes that you will be in touch.

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SF
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday at Juniper and Ivy. I started our meal with a delicious Angel's Envy rye cocktail. Their bar does an amazing job of crafting great cocktails and both my husband and I enjoyed our cocktails. For dinner, we stuck to the Bites menu and enjoyed the squash blossom, the yellowtail on tostada and the carpaccio on sourdough. All were delicious. We also ordered the grilled peach on ricotta. While delicius, the ginger slightly overwhelmed the dish. We ordered a bottle of Pouilly Fume, which unfortunately was selected incorrectly in the wine cellar (we ended up with the house version). The staff was very accomodating and the dining room manager happily gave us each a glass of the Krug Champagne (WOW). For dessert, we tried the house made fudgesicle with granola. I would definitely return!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thank you for celebrating your special day with us! Appreciate your feedback on the grilled peach dish, which we will be sure to share with the kitchen. I apologize for the mix-up on the wine, but glad to hear that our Manager was able to send you some Champagne for a nice birthday cheers :) We look forward to having you back again soon!

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SF
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant and creative food that is highly flavorful and satisfying. Great wine list with a super selection of varietals and price points. Excellent service that acts like a guide and not a salesperson. One of the best dining experiences I have had in ages!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thanks so much for sharing! Glad to hear you enjoyed your full experience, and we can't wait to see you back in again.

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JP
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

For a restaurant with such a high public profile, we were so pleased that Juniper & Ivy more than lived up to its reputation. The service, while not formal (in keeping with the casual elegance of the place) accomplished everything that a black tied staff in fancier restaurant could. Attentive, providing things we needed without interrupting conversation and asking "if everything was OK". Informative about menu and wine choices. Really top notch service from our waiter as well as the "delivery" guys and girls.
Every dish we tasted was prepared from top notch ingredients and rocked some interesting flavors. But a few minor quibbles. The fried squash blossom bite should be described as deep fried - we were surprised by the heavy batter covering. Fried squash blossoms in Mediterranean countries are stuffed with similar cheeses, dusted in cornmeal or flour and quickly pan fried, so no heavy dough. And the "Monterey abalone" dish was slightly disappointing as the main ingredient seemed overcooked. We also felt several of the 14 dishes we tried were under-sauced or under-accessorized. This feeling was reinforced when we read a magazine review just days later and saw photos of some of the very same dishes. The plates in the photos were twice as full as what we received. And the desserts were an unexpected highlight. None were too sweet - all reflected the natural flavors of the ingredients. Despite our minor quibbles with certain dishes, the food overall was a wonderful adventure. We will be back

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for sharing, Jack. I'm so pleased to hear that you appreciated the service, the ingredients and flavors. I very much appreciate your feedback on the few items that you didn't love, and will be sure to pass these along to the kitchen. I'm relieved that you ended on a high note with dessert, and that you'll be joining us again. We look so forward to having you back!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You won’t be disappointed!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thank you!

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N
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our dinner as the food phenomenal. With each small plate ordered the presentation was beautiful, perfectly paired flavors and our best dish of the evening was the Grilled Peaches amazing flavors. We commend the chefs on a wonderful food experience and our server was fantastic to work with as was all of the staff, very attentive even though it was a full house.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us, Nancy. The grilled peaches are a seasonal favorite all around, so I'm glad you got to try them! We hope to see you back again soon :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Couple of the appetizers were great. But others were just good. Nothing super great.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Sorry to hear that every bite wasn't a home run for you! Please know that we do change our menu daily, based on whatever the top seasonal ingredients we can source are, so I do hope that you'll consider joining us again in the future to taste something new.

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OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply without a flaw...
Passionate staff
Inspiring cooking
...a top 10 for me

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was just amazing. The place is wonderful.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Much appreciated! Hope to see you again.

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M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing experience overall. Sat outside on the patio. Overhead planes made conversations halt instantly but loved the outdoor space otherwise. Service was great and food was phenomenal. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great meal for any occasion.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thanks so much for sharing! There isn't much we can do about airplane noise but...they're still fun to watch :) So pleased to hear you enjoyed everything, and hope to see you again soon!

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MO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and tasty. Small bites ideal to really get the flavors. We got recommendations from our server and liked what we got... menu changes everyday but recommend charred corn dish, spicy tuna roll...heirloom tomato/burrata dish was amazing. We also had a shrimp dish covered in butter and corn.
We sat outside and honestly it was loud because of the airplanes passing by which seems to be normal as it’s San Diego and the airport is downtown...
I can’t wait to go back to San Diego to go back to Juniper and Ivy!!!!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thanks so much for sharing! It sounds like you had a great order--the shrimp is a personal favorite of mine, so I'm pleased you were able to try it :) Looking forward to seeing you back again on your next trip to San Diego!

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CA
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu selections are such an unusual blend of ingredients and taste. One of the best restaurants I have been to.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the incredibly kind words, Cindy! We hope that you'll join us again soon.

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MY
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was absolutely perfect!! Everything was beyond our expectations; the service, the food, the drinks. Don’t think twice about coming here. This has been by far the best experience I have ever had with the best food I have ever had. They really made our anniversary special.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thank you for celebrating your special day with us, Megan. I'm so pleased to hear that it was a memorable evening for you two! We hope you'll join us again soon.

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently exceptional food and service. Small bites are more than just a bite, they are an explosion of flavor and worth the experience. I miss the deconstructed deviled eggs, but the macaron was a pleasant replacement.
You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, and the chef does a great job accommodating a gluten allergy

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thanks so much for sharing!

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M
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our special day with amazing service, and delicious food in the elegant environment of Juniper & Ivy! I would definitely go back and recommend to my friends! Cured king salmon and chocolate&banana were my favorites :)

Juniper & Ivy
Responded a day ago

Thank you for including us in your special day! We're so glad to hear it was a memorable one :) Hope to see you back again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great, our server checked on us multiple times and made sure to ask how we liked every dish. Food was very well-done from a technical aspect but not as enjoyable or tasty as I would have liked considering the slightly higher prices compared to other restaurants in the area.

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