Juniper & Ivy

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$31 to $50
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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Focus only on selling the most items and not service
Food was not as good as expected
Really noise

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great place where we enjoy to celebrate. Great food, great place service is amazing.

JG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was phenomenal. And our servers suggestions of dishes were right on. Love this place!

JF
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food with just as fantastic service to ensure the meal was a memorable experience! Very well done!!

RL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, delicious! Wonderful new tastes, and lovely experience overall. Would be glad to dine in again.

RA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and ambiance were great! This was a return visit and was very impressed with our server the previous time. Unfortunately this time the server seemed off and not as knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients...it was a disappointment as I had told my friend how wonderful my experience was...

R
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hip vibe, different food choices. The large duck 3 ways was awesone!

SM
Boise
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Trendy. An experience. Worthwhile. Fun. Great vibe and energy. Fantastic service. Highly recommed.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance!

TS
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

As always, the drinks and food were excellent (although I found the squash blossoms over-breaded and a bit disappointing). Highlights were the squash gnocchi, persimmon salad, quail, and black cod. For desserts, this particular version of the Yodel was not my favorite, but the sour cherry and pomegranate sorbet was refreshing and balanced. One of our party was not a meat eater, and I appreciate the way the kitchen accommodated him by serving the sausage and pork belly in two of the dishes separately. However, the noise level was the worst I've experienced in my five or six times at this restaurant: We had trouble hearing one another in conversation, and those of us not sitting next to the wonderful server as she talked could not hear what she said. Although this is the modern trend in dining, this foodie regrets it.

NB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juniper and Ivy always delivers. The food is amazing and the service is outstanding.

T
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started poorly with bar unable to make a french martini for my wife. Dinner service and food were excellent. Tables were close and had obnoxious individuals seated next to us but once they left everything else was great! When in San Diego we will return

E
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our favorite food experience of the year so far. Everything (and we got a lot of things) was delicious. We're from New York, follow Blais, and this place has been on our list for a while. We were so happy we came. Service and wine were also very very good. We'll be back.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Second time in a row that a member of my party got sick off the food later that evening. Also after starting out strong the service slacked off as the evening progressed. Sorry J&I...you used to be a favorite but you’ve lost your luster. Now you’re just overpriced and a mess. So long!

B
Los Angeles
114 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food in small portions, great service, and trendy ambience. A must if you want to try exotic combination of foods. Overall, a great restaurant.

o
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner menu selections exceeded our expectations! Chef Richard Blais' creative concepts, ingredients & techniques still boggles our limited and humble taste buds. We are experienced diners at Juniper & Ivy since its opening in 2014. We were truly amazed - rockfish sashimi with miniture cucumbers (looked more like mini-watermelons) with lilikoi (passion fruit) seeds for texture/flavor, hint of serrano - goodness defined. Plate of whole roasted duck- duck egg on wheat berries, charred veggies underlaying the succulent duck - WOW!!! Fulfilling our enjoyment of the water fowl with the glasses of pinot noir! And dessert - how can it not be excellent with pressed duck fat's savory crust tempering the sweetness of the maple cream/dark chocolate! Thank you!

OT
Montreal
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the Chef's counter table so we had the satisfaction to see what was coming out of the kitchen. My husband and I loved this kind of experience, because we get to see the hard working team in the kitchen prepping all the beautiful dishes that come in front of us. Our waitress Dolly was very attentionate and was very knowledgeable of the menu, that is constantly changing, so guests can't ever get bored with the food. It would be hard to recommend a dish, since it is always 'Du moment'. Nevertheless, we enjoyed every creative single dishes, from the bites to the sharable plates and their amazing wine selection. Thank you!

TO
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went after seeing chef if cbs morning show. It’s right under glide path for airport. It’s a bit loud and stark feeling The food was ok but there was no salad or soup on the dinner menu. (Nothing green) A little obtuse. The bites were literally one small bite. The plates were pretty small and just ok. I had the carbonara which was tasty but not warm enough. The wait staff was excellent and helpful but we all expected better food. Also they don’t have tanguery gin at the bar ? Martinis were also not cold enough :(. Would not go back and rate it a B-/C+ experience.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food. Flavors That just roll off your tongue. Definitely pricy and just touches that line of worth it vs pushing the envelope. Probably still the best restaurant in SD.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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L
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Celebrated a birthday and was so happy with everything we ordered as well as the service . Especially the duck. The menu was exciting and provided a great array of options. Cant wait to go back

N
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and they did not disappoint. We were a group of 8 so lot's different likes. The small plates were so diverse and everyone got to taste something different. We also ordered the duck and ribeye large plates - WOW! They were off the charts! So great - I would highly recommend them for a group. The only negative is that with such a large group we brought our own wine and were willing to pay the $25 corkage fee (ouch) but they only allowed a max of 2 bottles. Oh well - they offered plenty to drink!

B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From top to bottom, a wonderful experience.

MC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate so much my tummy hurt. Everything looked so good we order more than we should have. Ask for the burger that's not on the menu. It's delicious and they only make so many a night. 😉

LF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food, ambiance - everything! Would go back over and over, especially given the creative menu. Would recommend to anyone - perfect spot for enjoying good food and drink with family.

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent! Our group of four shared everything and enjoyedot all!

d
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best service I have ever had. Every staff member was knowledgeable. The food was really good. We told the server what we like and don’t and he just brought us food and paired wine it was great!

T
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food doctored too much. Ingredients should speak for themselves. For example, oysters were not great, and had nitrogen jalapeño pearls, which did not compliment the oysters or the excellent taste of the pepper!

P
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is a fun place with very rich food. My wife and I shared a number of plates. They all had good flavor, however the textures and level of oils/butter/cream - even in the vegetable dishes - was just too rich. The pricing was a bit steep for the value served. Saying that, the servers were really good!

E
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great presentation and flavor. Nice ambiance. Didn’t care for the lack of privacy but overall great experience!

LT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

My family went to Juniper however our actual server was lacking. She wasn’t friendly, and seemed irritated and put out that we asked for suggestions, then she acted as if we weren’t ordering the right thing or ordering enough. She really colored the whole experience negatively.

JF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Short rib and rock fish sashimi were outstanding. Sweet potato ravioli was good. The smoke on the biscuit was a little overwhelming. Pumpkin tart wasn’t what I expected, and the corn dog was good. Service was good. Ambiance is great. Overall we had a very nice dining experience, and the menu is very interesting and captivating.

CB
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Second time to Juniper and Ivy and just as pleased this time around. The food is fun, inventive and portions are quite good.
Only complaint is that they are the air conditioning blasting and we were frozen during our meal, as were other patrons.
Look forward to coming back again.

JD
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole team was great, the food absolutely amazing, the wine list was fantastic, hands down one of the most amazing experiences we have had in a long time!

N
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service

BC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We found the restaurant to be very loud.
We had 4 plates and shared them.
The carrot hummus dish was very light on the hummus and that we the part of the dish that interested me.
Bone marrow with tuna was delicious
Short rib was just alright. I felt that the meat should have been cooked a bit more.
The gnocchi was very good and I liked the size of the gnocchi.

EM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was some of the best food and service I have experienced in a very long time. Tapas style is the way to go here so plan on sharing to get the most out of it but you will be amazed.

JK
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very lovely spot in downtown San Diego. The food was very well prepared. Lots of choices with small bites, share dishes and main courses. Great atmosphere and service. Wine prices are extremely inflated, with many bottles costing over $300. The wine I had was $65 - retail is $15. Otherwise, a great experience.

BP
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service. The staff knows the menu inside and out and explain every dish as it is brought to the table. All the bread items on the menu are baked in house and excellent. The sourdough, the walnut brioche that comes with the marrow and the biscuit with smoked salt are so good! I enjoyed everything we tried. Definitely would go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service at a good price.

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