Juniper & Ivy

4.7
4080 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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Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place lived up to every expectation - food and service was excellent! I highly recommend getting a selection of bites and small plates to taste a variety of items on the menu. Will definitely be back

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TN
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and excellent food! Great date night/special occasion restaurant. We spend our anniversary and loved it! Order the Yodel dessert! You won’t regret it!

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TT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time at this restaurant and it never disappoints. Aged Strip Steak was delightful. Service impeccable and ambiance outstanding. It is a bit noisy but that’s ok considering everything else.

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KH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in San Diego- go a few times a year and the service and food is always top notch.

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JK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish we had was fantastic - totally worth the hype and definitely want to come back again!

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D
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Everything we tried was exceptional. A bit expensive but a good special occasion place.

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JP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! From the service to the food, you cant go wrong with Juniper and Ivy! The overall ambiance was perfect with great music payingat a pefect volume. You can hear the great tracks and still be able to have a conversation without shouting. Took my wife for her birthday and she absolutely loved it! Thanks for the great evening

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m
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great food. My only issue came from the bartenders pours . He was chintzy and so measured that it was obvious. Don't go to an upscale restaurant to be nickel and dimed. The food was delicious and the service on point. Would go back but order a bottle of wine instead.

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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 10 CEOs thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The service was great, the food amazing. I think we almost ordered everything on the menu and everything was delicious.

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DG
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun, lively place with quality food. Menu is more Tapas focused than I remember, very few entrees to choose. Wine list is decent but a poor value. The experience was good but a little disappointed in the menu.

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

Best food & experience we’ve ever had! Everything on our nights menu was delicious - & we tried darn near everything!

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Austin crushed it! We’re in the industry. His recommendations were on point. The restaurant picked up a lot around 7 and they handled it with poise. Even chef and one of the floor managers came to speak with us during the rush, and they had plenty to manage at the time. Best fine dining cuisine in the city. Polished style without being stuffy or snooty; a very fun atmosphere. Sit at the chefs counter to watch the machine work. Can’t wait to come back!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! I felt like I was back in New York City!

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JJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was good but there are large areas for improvement and compared with the price, there are several different restaurants I would choose to visit.
Casual date with my girlfriend and one buddy. Had the tuna app which was very small but good. That and the sourdough bread were the best portions of the meal. Split the duck and I expected a lot more flavor. The duck was the weakest part of the meal. If you’re going to have that be the most expensive entree and a showcase piece it needs more spice and depth of flavor.
We each had several drinks but the Old Fashion was the best one between all of us and we ended up ordering a few because their ‘specialty’ drinks are mediocre at best. Stick with beer, wine, or the Old Fashion.
The Yodel for dessert was delicious but surprised me that it was strawberry vs. chocolate. Good way to finish up an overall disappointing meal.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible food!

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

Amazing food!

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always. This is our favorite restaurant in town. The menu is as creative as it is delicious. Highly recommended.

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BR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We reserved a table for 6. We were seated right away, waitress was attentive to all our needs. We ordered a variety of delicious small bites that were fun to share. Then we ordered a variety of delicious desserts. It was a great restaurant to celebrate my son’s 30th birthday! We would definitely dine there again.

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L
Los Angeles
170 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu was varied and incredible delicious food. The service was attentive and friendly.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The atmosphere upon entering was very upbeat and welcoming. The wait staff went above and beyond to be friendly and our waiter was helpful to us, it being our first time. We were treated to little bite size treats along with our meal the chef apparently prepared (probably for everyone but it felt like it was specifically for us). Our food was good with the portion sizes being a little small for the price. I understand these restaurants go for a “tasting experience” and am not unfamiliar with them, despite this, the portions were still pretty small, with the only exception being the desserts, which were bigger than all the other plates we had tried. With all this being said, we would still go back to experience more of what the menu had to offer, and with it ever changing, could be frequent.

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MR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I guess if they are looking for a good cocktail and a date place. Food was good but over price! The waiters and their serving was good. Ambience was ok nothing special except wine cellars.

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BO
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is truly outstanding in every way. The food is unique, creative and delicious. The service is impeccable. This might be the best restaurant in San Diego right now. Loved it!

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HZ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Seated at our reservation time. Food delicious!

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TC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already recommended this establishment to many friends. Carlos, our server, was excellent...and we really enjoyed our dining experience.

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the service was impeccable, the drinks took a bit long to come out but otherwise this is a fantastic place for a quiet dinner with friends or for an event with family. The roast duck was to die for, in the mushroom pasta was out of this world.

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CA
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate here as a party of six for my son's MCRD graduation. We really liked the feel of the restaurant...upscale, but casual.

Our waiter was awesome. He was very attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful. He was able to tell us about the most popular dishes, his favorites, and his ideas of how to sample the largest variety of dishes. The variety on the menu was one of the most interesting and fun things to experience.

We started with the Corndog x3 (one of the Bites)...my boys love corn dogs. They were delicious...$4 each delicious? Not so sure. The Buttermilk Biscuit w/ Strawberry Jam from the Pantry section was deemed amazing by all at the table. We then ordered several Small Plates and elected to split two entrees. All of the Small Plates were delicious...some favored more than others...but all of us at the table enjoyed sampling items we'd never had before...sea urchin anyone? The Oysters and Pearls were great and the Halibut Sashimi and BBQ Carrots were favorites. The entrees were both delicious. We ordered the NY Strip and Whole Roasted Duck. A couple at our table felt that, while cooked to perfection, the NY had too much fat and was rather small for the price. The duck was cooked perfectly was loaded with flavor, pairing beautifully with the vegetables and quinoa. The plate was huge. After eating the Bites and Small Plates, the duck entree was easily plenty for four people.

Not surprisingly, the desserts were amazing. The Yodel is a truly unique dessert with lots of variety of texture, although some at our table felt it was too sweet. The Cream Egg was also delicious and a really fun presentation. Tip...eat the garnish on the plate along with the mousse in the egg, otherwise the tart and sweet won't balance properly. The highlight dessert was the Lava Cake. Unanimous favorite!

Wonderful dining experience. Delicious food, exquisite and inventive presentation, great service. Great for a special night out. Highly recommend!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

BEST RESTAURANT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

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L
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique way of creating unexpected taste sensations. Presentations are picture perfect. Will not disappoint in this stylish venue with excellent service and cool vibe.

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l
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing! Staff was amazing. Our waiter, Kyle, was first class. Other people that helped him that night was Dominic and Jessie. Everyone is so friendly, huge smiles all night long. The food was AMAZING. We had a few items on the Bites By Each menu - standouts were the Baja Yellowtail, and Spicy Tuna Handroll. English Muffin with caviar, so amazing. From "Our Pantry" Buttermilk Biscuit - beautiful presentation (all dishes had an amazing presentation), but the jam...Carne Cruda Asada is a must try! Small plates...Oysters & Pearls were fresh, and perfect, 150 Dry-Aged Beef Carpaccio was good, but so many other dishes I would pick over that one. "Plates" we ate a dish they brought back for their 5th Anniversary it was their signature Squid Ink Pasta dish, it was great, a little salty for my palate, but also by that time we were getting pretty full! But, there is always room for dessert. We had the Carmelia Lava Cake with Popcorn Ice Cream & Caramel Kettle Corn - this was also amazing! Next time I want to try the Cream Egg! This is a fine dining experience, that I'm so glad we did. If you're a foodie this place is a MUST visit!!

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RB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+. Outstanding interesting tasty food. Very attentive appropriate friendly service. Great experience

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OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Made my wife feel special. Well be back !

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SM
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to this restaurant that was highly recommended by a friend. I was so impressed by the food preparation and quality, the timely and pleasant service, and the entire experience overall that I will definitely be back. A must stop when in the San Diego area.

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AT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations. It was our first time and we felt incredibly welcome. The front of house staff took time to explain the menu and offered recommendations - all of which were great!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing- the flavors were outstanding. I was in town for a conference but am more familiar with La Jolla. Wow! What a treat. Perhaps the best meal I’ve had in awhile. Highly recommended

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L
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I tried Juniper and Ivy once before and it was just meh. In all honestly, it might have been that we were sitting next to children. We decided to try a second time to see if we would like it and it was amazing. We ordered appetizers, many smalls, a bottle of wine, dessert, and port. All of it was fantastic and the service was really great. Will definitely visit again.

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

Had a wonderful time and really appreciated the conversation and special attention from the chef! The food was inventive and sublime. Will absolutely recommend to friends!

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SL
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting San Diego for a business conference and found this restaurant online. I went with a colleague for dinner on a Tuesday night. The place was happening and I loved it. The atmosphere was energetic and the waiter was super. Our dishes were beautiful and yummy. We enjoyed it top to bottom. Thank you!

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Chicago
254 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service here is excellent and the food is arguably the best in San Diego. They were completely packed on a Monday night, which speaks for itself. Definitely get the Baja yellowtail tostada snack to start and the black cod dk e with Tom Kah broth was another standout.

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CK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant. Beautiful food wines and ambiance

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