Juniper & Ivy

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Juniper and Ivy, owned by Michael Rosen, 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 with influence from Founding Chef Richard Blais, changes daily to highlight the freshest seasonal ingredients provided by and sourced directly from local farmers and fishermen.
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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELENT AS ALWAYS

CG
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Enjoyed every bite!!

NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good! But took too longgggggggg

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overall disappointed and would not recommend to anyone. Waitress was very pushy with small plates and apps. Waitress was very fast during interactions and forgot a straw after we asked. We asked the waiter assistant to get the straw. Food was mediocre and relied on the seasoning too much for flavor.

c
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food5service1ambience4

We had to go up to the bar once and flag down a bus boy twice to get service.

It took 30 mins after ordering before our drinks arrived. Our server (Sam) disappeared after our second course with no explanation. We had very long stretches where are finished plates just sat in front of us before any level of service arrived.

This was her favorite spot in SD based on a visit 7 years ago. She was incredibly disappointed. We will not return.

b
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Came to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday based on the rating as best fancy restaurant by San Diego Magazine. While I do enjoy the price fixe menu, I do not typically like Valentine’s Day menus as they are generally just too much - too much food forced by a high price point. I don’t think that most people can eat that much food and would appreciate a 3-course menu at a lower price point rather than 4 courses. Since my husband’s birthday fell on the weekend, we had to do the prix fixe. The halibut appetizer was refreshing and inventive. My husband also liked the scallop dish with the peas. We did also enjoy the entrees, filet and wheat berry risotto, the meat was tender and the risotto had great flavor. The desserts, however, were disappointing - we barely touched them. Both the cookie on the peanut butter cream dish and the choice pastry on the strawberry dish were slightly stale/soggy, I feel that they should’ve had more crisp. The cream in both desserts was just too much as a ratio to the pastry/cookie, and the crumble was strange and too sugary. Overall, the desserts were underwhelming and had too much going on. The portions were also just too large after such a large meal. Sadly, the rest of the meal was good and the service excellent so to have the dessert be such a letdown was disappointing. Appreciated the birthday brownie cookie Oreo.

LC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything we ate here! The drinks were great as well and our favorite was the OC with the in laws. The pork belly with Brussels sprouts were delicious and I really really loved the beef taretare. We will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved it

SK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was wonderful. I think the time between courses can be shorter, but other than that it was a fantastic experience.

J
New England
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ate at the kitchen bar seats. Great show by the talented chefs of Juniper and Ivy. They drive high quality and attention to detail so that every dish meets their high standards. We loved every dish, but the desserts were not to die for like the rest of the dining experience. Highly recommend this as a dining option for any night or special occasion.

LS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So enjoyed the meal and business team loved it.

MR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

both the beef crudo and spot prawn dishes were very good. we were also very excited about the half bottle of ruinart rose
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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was incredible. Food excellent. Would highly recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is AMAZING.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal!

C
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant. The food was very fresh & not run of the mill. Sharing plates was encouraged. It was my birthday, so I got a special dessert and both my husband and myself were given a flute of sparkling rose. Great service also.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the BEST dining experience we’ve ever had. Twice we’ve been now, and twice we’ve been lucky enough to be seated in Saul’s service. He’s not a waiter, he’s the most cultured and well-versed tour guide leading you plate-by-plate into new lands all while detailing each stop on the way. His culinary and historical knowledge is fascinating and it’s obvious he has a true passion for what he does.
Ask for the “Food of the House” and he’ll select a full menu for you, typically ranging in price from $60-80pp. If needed you can reign him in a bit with dietary restrictions like gluten free/no pork. Each dish is a wonderful surprise and you’ll leave feeling like you’ve been on a long, relaxing vacation.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A dinner requirement every time we are in San Diego!!!

AB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Was really looking forward to sampling this much talked about joint. Unfortunately the flavours just don't measure up. There was always a lack of balance with too much sweetness in many dishes or other flavors (smoke in fried rice) that was just overpowering.For the price point, it just didnt seem justified.

SD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're big fans of Richard Blais so it's no surprise we love his restaurants. We've been to Juniper & Ivy several times and are never disappointed. Our favorite part of the evening is talking with our server about what's new on the menu, what's interesting and worth a try, etc. Often I am pushed outside my comfort zone to try new things, which is always fun. The sommelier is also very knowledgable and was patient introducing us to a few different wines before we finally picked one (it was delicious!) Another great experience - highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every meal we have had at Juniper and Ivy has been spectacular. The service is exceptional, the food has always been perfect and the overall vibe is great for friends, celebrations or just a really delicious meal! Truly one of our most favorite spots in San Diego!

BW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great cocktails. Phenomenal service.

JL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, I was in town for a conference at sat at the counter overlooking the open kitchen. I appreciated that they had non-alcoholic options along with Alain Milliat non-alcoholic “wines.” Food was superb and the sturgeon appetizer tastes amazing! Will definitely visit again when I am in town. Menu changes seasonally and there will be different versions of the yodel every so often. The ravilo is another solid small plate.

j
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this restaurant. The menu is excellent and never disappoints.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so delicious. Sat at the bar overlooking the kitchen.

M
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten at Juniper & Ivy about 15 times since it opened. We have NEVER had a bad meal, NEVER had bad service, and with the exception of one dish that had exceptionally bitter kale (unintended and for which we were comped the dish), have NEVER had anything less than exceptional experiences at the restaurant. Portions are small, prices can be a bit on the high side (but not extraordinarily so), and the noise level CAN be exuberant. All that considered, Juniper & Ivy continues to dazzle with its inventive riffs on numerous cuisines.

SG
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and enjoyed the courses very much. Gave us time to talk and enjoy each plate.

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Appetizers never came out, waitress barely noticed us and had bad service. Overpriced for what you get.

DM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All the small plates were great, but my steak was 50% fat. When brought to the servers attention, they took it off the bill, which was nice. Service( Paul) was spot on on all fronts.

l
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

need noise suppression!!! otherwise, food and service were excellent

KD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was overpriced for portions and taste. Service was terrible - waitress was so slow, aloof, unattentive, unaware. 15-20 min passed before she came to serve us and take our order, food took forever to come out. And absurd that asking for more bread costs $7. We were a party of 6! Ridiculous. Had a better experience last time. Won't be back.

AT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We started with the small bites. The apple tart was a bit too sweet as an appetizer, however, the tuna hand roll and the squash blossoms were amazing. The prawn and pork Bolognese was good, but I don’t think we would order it again. The venison was cooked to perfection and the sauce was yummy. I even ate the mushrooms and I don’t usually like them. The sun-chokes were good, however several were undercooked and hard. These I left on the side of the plate and looked like 1/4 of the sides. This was a bit disappointing. Over all the service was great and the waiter even came by to keep me company when my husband went to the restroom. I will request a low table next time as the high chairs were a bit uncomfortable. The seats were not very deep and my husband and I have long legs. It was a nice night out.

BG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered almost every one of the small plates and were not disappointed with any of them. The food was fantastic and the service equally as good. This is a must go restaurant if you are in the area.

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I guess we were expecting more from the food. We were disappointed in half of the small plates that we had ordered. The fried rice in particular. The desserts were delicious.

m
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!!! Excellent quality. Imaginative dishes! Perfect

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

JH
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner. Shared all the plates. The wait staff is exceptional in service and knowledge of the menu. The whole duck was amazing.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Juniper and Ivy tries way too hard. The food tries very hard to be "fancy" but that doesn't help it taste good.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary was great

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