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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4.7
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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and phenomenal service. I was astounded at the unique menu options and loved all the interesting small bites!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 4 hours ago

Thank you for sharing! We hope to see you back again soon.

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e
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with well-executed presentation. Definitely try the cured halibut hand-roll and the savory peanut macaron. The atmosphere was lively, but still allowed for natural conversation. A diverse wine list with some real values in several categories. Will definitely go again next time we are in town!

CJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. Our waiter, Saul was friendly without being obtrusive. He made excellent recommendations of dishes and quantities to order! Dining at a juniper and Ivy was a great and highly recommended experience.

C
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

5 star service, 4 star food, 2 star ambience. Some of the best service we've experienced; a great team effort. We were only wowed by one of the "bite size" plates and one of the shared plates; the rest were fairly average and in fact we hardly touched the bolognase ($25!) as the taste and texture was not to either of our liking. The décor is strange, with a giant skull on the wall staring at us as we dined. We wanted to love this restaurant, but besides outstanding service, it was disappointing to spend $175 for two people for just tapas/three drinks and not have a better experience.

TL
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Juniper and Ivy several times but the food this time was a big step up over the last time we were here which was over a year ago. The current menu is much more interesting than in past years and is now spectacular. This was one of the beat meals we’ve had in the last year.

The service from Sage D was also outstanding without being intrusive.

Juniper and ivy in my opinion was and still is one of the best restaurants in San Diego!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s still great after all these years!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 4 hours ago

Thank you for joining us time and time again!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We live in Milwaukee, WI and Juniper and Ivy is always a must do while are in San Diego. It has never disappointed. Already looking forward to our next trip.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for continuing to make us a part of your San Diego visits! We appreciate your kind words, and hope to see you back again soon.

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LJ
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true dining experience. We shared 8 small plates; we can't choose a favorite. Each was superb.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 4 hours ago

I'm so pleased to hear that! Thank you for sharing, and we hope to see you back again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister in law Kate and her partner and our niece are in town from New England for her birthday and wanted a really nice dinner. My husband and I in unison said Juniper & Ivy. Dave was our server and was phenomenal. Kate has severe celiacs disease and Dave was so knowledgeable and made sure no gluten or cross contamination would be an issue.

There were TONS of GF options and everything was insanely good. The wine was fantastic and my husbands Old Fashion was one of the best he’s had. Collectively we ordered probably half the small plates menu and several small bites, some items we ordered a second round of. And then the whole duck. To die for.

Everything about our experience was flawless.. And then to top off the evening Dave brought out house made dark chocolates with a candle.

It was truly a special occasion and the Juniper & Ivy crew really put the cherry on top of a beautiful week and birthday celebration.

Thank you Dave and all the juniper & ivy team for being so awesome!

We are all stuffed and so satisfied

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and appreciate you sharing the Juniper and Ivy experience with your out of town guests. I will be sure to pass along your kind words to Dave. We hope to see you back again soon!

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DH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An epicurean delight! My advice is to be adventurous and try somethings you probably cannot get anywhere else. We had an amazing meal and made the most of our waiter's knowledge of the food and dishes. We cannot wait to go back!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 4 hours ago

Thank you for sharing, David! We strive to serve unique and unfamiliar ingredients in familiar, nostalgic ways to get people out of their comfort zones, so I'm glad you enjoy this approach. We look so forward to having you back again soon.

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SD
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was great, and the wine we selected was delicious. Service was a little "too attentive" kind of wanted a more leisurely experience with an old friend.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 4 hours ago

Thank you for sharing this feedback. I'm pleased to hear that the food and wine hit the mark, but sorry to hear that the service was a bit disruptive. I appreciate you sharing, and will be sure to pass this along to the team. I hope that you still enjoyed your visit with your friend, and that you'll be back again to join us soon!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELENT AS ALWAYS

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for sharing!

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GM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is outstanding. Very unique, creative and delicious

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for sharing, Georgia! Hope to see you back again soon.

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NH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was creative but not enough fresh crunch to contrast the chewy duck and chewy venison

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for your feedback, Nancy. I'm sorry to hear that the meat dishes were not up to par for you. I do appreciate your feedback and will be sure to share this with the kitchen. As you may know, we change our menu daily based on what the top ingredients available to us that morning are. That said, we are constantly improving and concepting new dishes based on guest feedback, so I appreciate you sharing and hope that you'll consider joining us again in the future to taste something new!

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E
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I’ve been wanting to try J&I since they opened so we took our daughter and bf here for dinner. The dinner was good! But...I wasn’t blown away by anything. They do serve bread but if you ask for more they charge you 🙄. We had the tuna (good), corn dog (mushy), the tartare (good), and the sturgeon (good). The small plates we had artichokes and broccolini. Both good but pricey. The biscuit was yummy! My husband and the bf split the ribeye for two. That was great...the onion rings were salted well but greasy. The mushrooms were delicious. I had the black cod which was good. My daughter had a vegetarian risotto which was good. It took our waiter a long time in between plates to check in on us and my ordinary old fashioned took about 20 min after I ordered (they weren’t that busy). Overall we enjoyed our experience but I’m not in any rush to go back and drop another $450. Oh ya, and get the yodel for dessert! That was yum!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

I'm so sorry to hear that you didn't love your meal! I do appreciate your feedback and will share this with the kitchen and the rest of the staff so that we can improve on our pacing. As you may know, we change our menu daily based on what the top ingredients available to us that morning are. That said, we are constantly improving and concepting new dishes based on guest feedback, so I appreciate you sharing and hope that you'll consider joining us again in the future to taste something new!

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JJ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was incredible. The flavors of each ingredient in my sea bass stood out and the fish was cooked to perfection as was the lamb tenderloin my husband ate. Staff was knowledgeable and made good recommendations. The restaurant was a little noisy for my husband who has hearing loss but the staff accommodated our request for a quieter spot. I would return on any visit to a San Diego and recommend to friends. We loved seeing the the food prep in the kitchen. Top notch and professional.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for your review, Jennifer! I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the service and your meal, but apologize that the ambiance was not up to par. I'm glad that we were able to move you to a new table, and hope that you all left happy and satisfied. I will be sure to pass along your feedback to the staff, and hope that you'll be back to join us again on your next visit!

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HS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey, but the value for exchange is not disappointing. It's a special occasion place for us, and we're never disappointed. Oh My Goodness... their Cheeseburger! Hard to imagine. Have to experience it.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm so pleased you've been in to try the burger before we run out for the evening :) We hope to see you back again soon!

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CG
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Enjoyed every bite!!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thanks so much for sharing, Chris!

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NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good! But took too longgggggggg

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

I'm sorry to hear that the pacing was off during your visit, Nicole! I will be certain to pass this along to our staff. Please do feel free to let your server know if there is a pacing you would prefer, so that we can ensure to time your evening appropriately. We hope to see you back again soon!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good but the service is what made the experience exceptional. They checked our bags when we walked in, they allowed us to select a table we wanted, and they sent over a small drink when there was a slight delay in the one we ordered. Will definitely come back if ever in San Diego again.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for your positive feedback! We hope to see you back again on your next trip to San Diego.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
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.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

I'm so sorry to hear that you were disappointed in your visit! It sounds like we made several slip-ups, and this is not reflective of the experience we strive for our guests to have. I will connect with you privately in hopes that we can understand more about what went wrong so that we can address this with the team.

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c
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

I'm so sorry to hear that your service was not up to par during your last visit. It sounds like there were several mistakes made that are not reflective of the experience we strive to show our guests, so I appreciate you bringing this to my attention so that I can address this with the staff. I would love to understand more about what went wrong, and will be sending you my personal contact information privately in hopes that you'll be in touch.

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b
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

I'm so sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the prix fixe menu. I do wish that you would have let us know your feelings about this, as we would have been happy to accommodate with a la carte options. And I sincerely appreciate your feedback on the desserts. We are constantly concepting new dishes based on guest feedback, so I will pass this along to the kitchen. I hope that your husband enjoyed his birthday celebration, and that you'll consider joining us again in the future!

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for sharing, Luigi! I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed everything, and we look forward to having you back again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved it

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you! Hope to see you back again.

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SK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for your feedback, Sean! I will be certain to pass this along to our staff. Please do feel free to let your server know if there is a pacing you would prefer, so that we can ensure to time your evening appropriately. We hope to see you back again soon!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Prix Fix menu for Valentine’s Day. Great service. Pricey

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 4 hours ago

I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Valentine's Day prix fixe menu, along with the service! I am sorry to hear that you didn't feel the value was up to par. What's unique about Juniper and Ivy is that our kitchen sources ingredients directly from the local farmers and fishermen. We understand this approach is a tad more expensive, but the quality and ability to support them directly is unmatched! I appreciate your positive review, and do hope that we get to see you back again soon

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J
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for sharing, John! I'm so pleased you enjoyed your meal, but sorry to hear that the desserts weren't up to par during your visit. Please know that we do change the menu daily, so I hope that you'll be back again to join us for something new soon!

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LS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So enjoyed the meal and business team loved it.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Glad to hear that everyone in your group enjoyed their meal, Linda. Hope to see you back again soon!

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Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Stop by to try their special/secret burger. The appetizer are very good but small.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for your feedback! And shhhh.. ;-)

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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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Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal, Michael. I hope to see you back again soon!

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was incredible. Food excellent. Would highly recommend

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you back again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you so much!

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

This restaurant is AMAZING.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thanks so much!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Appreciate that! Hope to see you back again soon.

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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.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

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

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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.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful feedback! We appreciate you joining us again, and hope that you'll be back again for round three soon.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for making us a staple during your visits--we hope to see you back again soon!

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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.

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

I'm so sorry to hear that you didn't love your meal! I do appreciate your feedback and will be sure to share this with the kitchen. As you may know, we change our menu daily based on what the top ingredients available to us that morning are. That said, we are constantly improving and concepting new dishes based on guest feedback, so I appreciate you sharing and hope that you'll consider joining us again in the future to taste something new!

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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!

Juniper & Ivy
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for the incredible feedback! We strive to create playful, nostalgic dishes using more unique, unfamiliar ingredients, so I'm glad we've been able to push you out of your comfort zone with this approach. We appreciate you joining us time and time again, and hope to see you back here soon!

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