Juniper & Ivy
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EXCELENT AS ALWAYS
Excellent food! Enjoyed every bite!!
Very good! But took too longgggggggg
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.
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.
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.
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!
We loved it
Everything was wonderful. I think the time between courses can be shorter, but other than that it was a fantastic experience.
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.
So enjoyed the meal and business team loved it.
both the beef crudo and spot prawn dishes were very good. we were also very excited about the half bottle of ruinart rose
Server was incredible. Food excellent. Would highly recommend
This restaurant is AMAZING.
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.
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.
A dinner requirement every time we are in San Diego!!!
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.
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!
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!
Fantastic food and great cocktails. Phenomenal service.
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.
Love this restaurant. The menu is excellent and never disappoints.
Food was so delicious. Sat at the bar overlooking the kitchen.
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.
Great service and enjoyed the courses very much. Gave us time to talk and enjoy each plate.
Appetizers never came out, waitress barely noticed us and had bad service. Overpriced for what you get.
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.
need noise suppression!!! otherwise, food and service were excellent
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.
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.
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.
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.
Delicious!!!! Excellent quality. Imaginative dishes! Perfect
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.
Juniper and Ivy tries way too hard. The food tries very hard to be "fancy" but that doesn't help it taste good.
Anniversary was great