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Juniper & Ivy
We are pleased to be able to offer our Under the Stars outdoor dining space along with our indoor Dining Room . We do our best to offer a safe and socially distant atmosphere, in both areas. While still maintaining a comfortable and cozy al fresco experience for our outdoor guests.
Celebrate Valentine's Weekend with us!
Feb 12 - Feb 14, 2022Enjoy Chef Wells' special, locally-sourced 4-course prix fixe menu for $100 ($80 vegetarian), offered Saturday, 2/12 and Monday, 2/14. Optional supplements include specialty bubbles/wine pairings, a dozen roses from SD favorite Allen's Florals to be presented at the table, and boxes of Chef Lindsay's housemade chocolates.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Beets / kumquat / black lime / pistachio. Can be made nut-free
Crispy brussels sprouts / kimchi aioli / fried shallots / cilantro
Pichuberry / fermented hot sauce
Still killin. Chef’s Counter seating never disappoints. So much to see. We had oysters, sourdough bread, chicken liver mousse on date bread, carne crudo with quail eggs, hangar steak with brussel sprouts, strawberry cheesecake yodel and “not an ice cream sandwich”. Everything was beautifully prepared and presented!
We had a great time at Juniper & Ivy. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. We started with the Drop it like it’s hot cocktail which was a perfect balance of sweet and spicy. The selection of plates was diverse and we were able to step out and try some more adventurous dishes like the chicken liver mousse. The hanger steak dish was delicious and the side of Brussels sprouts to go along with it was a perfect compliment. 10/10 recommend the yodel for dessert. We had the strawberry cheesecake one, it lasted about 2mins on our table. Will definitely be visiting again!
I've been here twice and have never been disappointed. I really enjoy the risotto and rigatoni this time as they are pretty big to share.
I had wanted to try this restaurant for a long time and finally had the opportunity for my sisters birthday. Beautiful restaurant, the food was reasonably priced and tasted delicious. We were a party of 5 and we tried the Mushroom risotto, the chicken and hanger steak. The hanger steak being the table favorite. We also ordered the Black Cod, which we sent back because it tasted almost raw.
The service was amazing!!!
In an age where customer service is lost I found the staff here bending over backwards to make us feel welcomed and valued.
I will definitely repeat!!!
Excellent food and service
My wife has wanted to visit this cool location since we moved to San Diego. After eight years we finally made it to the restaurant. When we were seated we were scored into a awkward back alley outdoor seating it was quite uncomfortable and loud with the airplanes flying overhead.
I was so hungry I decided to order albacore hand rolls. When the albacore hand rolls arrived I realize they weren’t here rules at all and it was as if I ordered tacos and received a burger or if I were macaroni and cheese and received a steak. Hand rolls typically come rolled in seaweed and have some resemblance Japanese food. With my handles arrived to my dismay they were smaller than one order of nigiri without really anything to them. There was some strewn out albacore with some crunchyRice crispy’s on top without soy sauce is it really taste like anything. I advise anyone not to try those.
The service was great the ambience is cool but this main dish that I ordered was worse than horrible. I have black ink pasta with mussels and clams. It came with a topping of which seem to be like powdered squid ink with a horrible aftertaste.After taking the first bite I became sick to my stomach because there was this huge overwhelming bitter and nasty taste that envelop my entire mouth all the way down to my gut. You did say that it was supposed to have tomato sauce so I mixed everything up quickly and dove back in. There was no tomato sauce I couldn’t eat it so I ordered a side of tomato sauce. After mixing that in it seemed like things were getting better but the initial buy it without tomato sauce was shocking and ruined everything.
Other people's food was fine. My oysters were fine if small. It was the rigatoni that was very subpar. Worst food I’ve had in a long time. Supposed to be with mussels and shrimp. Saw one mussel and no shrimp. Bland pasta with dry green bread crumbs. Have been to J&I many times, but won't be back any time soon.
the food and service was amazing and i really enjoyed the appetizers we got particularly the sourdough and chicken mousse! Our server Mike was also extremely helpful and amicable !
Was here 2 years ago. The food was exceptional, the menu super creative. The foie gras tart was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.
This time around it was a disappointment. Several things we ordered ended up being unavailable, others substituted. The food was ok, but not phenomenal. The service and dessert (strawberry cheesecake yodel) were very good and sort of made up for the average experience.
Food was okay. The uni toast wasn't balanced and "fishy". I have had uni in Santa Barbara and it was fresh so I was able to compare the two. The raviolo was the best dish. The sauce was buttery and creamy. The main chicken dish was basic. The mushroom and chicken were both spongy, which did not make the plate dynamic. I would recommend more contrasting textures in that dish. The ambiance was solid and service was good.
Amazing as always! 3rd time here.
Everything was top notch. Our server Patrick was on top of everything while the food was out of this world good.
Tried nine plates and left with a great big smile and happy heart and full belly.
Chef Chris made the experience at the Chef’s counter memorable! Angela’s recommendations showed knowledge of the menu and pairings with cocktails and wine. Food service and experience were on point - definitely coming back!
We’ve been eating at J & I since it opened. We are not local but spend much of the Winter months in San Diego. Since discovering Juniper and Ivy years ago, we keep coming back multiple times on every visit. The food is excellent, the bar is creative and excellent, the staff flawless. Not inexpensive, but worth every cent.
Amazing food and service!
I felt very special with everyone wishing me a Happy Birthday. That was extra nice.
We really enjoyed the dinner.
We ordered a kir. It was disappointing that it was made with chambord instead of the traditional creme de cassis.
The persimmons and buruata were very good. My husband really liked the risotto with wild mushroom. I enjoyed the pork shank but would rather have had it with sides instead of in lettace wraps.
Wonderful flavors of everything and fine service. We look forward to returning.
Fairly overpriced for the food and crappy ambience. People were wearing joggers and baseball caps. We had all
4 courses our waiter Patrick was great but even he couldn’t save our dessert he tried but they were blah. Would not recommend
Great service, a lot of attention paid to details and consideration for guests needs. Food was excellent, especially the seafood. Cocktails took a while but were worth the wait.
Waiter was very friendly and prompt. Food service excellent. Noisy sitting outside as jet airplanes landing overhead.
It’s our new favorite San Diego restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable in the menu items. Loved our whole experience.
Our server was wonderful and the food was out of this world. Get the short rib, you won’t regret it.
Everyone was nice, every dish delicious. We all shared appetizers, small plates and entrees so we tasted most of the menu. We will definitely return.
Every plate was amazing; creative and delicious. Enjoyed eating at the counter and watching the talented kitchen staff do their magic.
New Year’s Evening with Prix Fixe with 4 courses! Quality of food was great, service was good. The only bad thing was lack of proper planning for the event. They ran out of a couple of items on the menu and did not give other options! I was looking forward to precisely the items they ran out! I understand we are going through some weird times but if they offer something they should have it or give other opt!
Tiny portions, overpriced, bad services. Never again
Nice place to have good food that is not on every menu in San Diego.
The restaurant was clean, upstairs provided a more quiet area to enjoy our date night.
Service was great, waitress was knowledgeable and well timed with her table visits. Courses came out of the kitchen at a good pace and presentation was awesome. The food was good, but didn't come close to what I expected for the price and reviews.. It was good, but not great.
We did not have wine with dinner but the selection was ample.
At the end it was a great evening with my wife that was over-priced.
New Years Eve
Food was pretty good but lacked flavor. Beet salad was very one note. Risotto was delicious but simple.
Wanted to like it more. Very creative with their changing menu. But the food was hit and miss. The Persimmon burrata salad was amazing. The sous vie chicken - not so much. Sometimes technicality and presentation can get in the way of flavor. This was the issue here. Some hits, some strikes. I recommend a try, but know that it may or may not be satisfying. FYI - if still hungry, the chicken shack next door is a great after dinner option.
Came to celebrate my birthday. Service was really quick and on point. Food came out cold and lacked flavor. Drinks tasted fairly similar, none were too sweet. Ambiance was really nice.
I think this is a good place that gave me many surprises. food was good, service was good, and everything is perfect.
Food did not taste over the top like the first time we went, which was 3 years ago when Richard Blais was still in the kitchen.
1. Salmon hand roll - tasted ok. When we had this last time, there was more of a texture to this dish that made for an interesting bite.
2. Yellowtail crudo - tasted bland and needed more salt
3. Asian pear salad - salad lacked Asian pear, the name itself, which was disappointing
4. Persimmon - interesting take on persimmon with the use of burrata, but it also did not wow me
5. Black cod - this was the only dish that had a really nice taste
Overall did not walk away wanting to come back again…which is disappointing. We were genuinely looking forward to it…just simply did not have the same experience as last time.
Counter service. Poor service. Slow service. Lukewarm food. Great food
Waited 40 mins for main entree to be served and steak was not edible. The steak knife couldn’t not cut through the meat.
Food is great and service was awesome!
I used to love J&I. Unfortunately both the food and the service have become increasingly inconsistent over the years. The 2021 Christmas Eve tasting menu was a new low. The seasoning was erratic in every dish, with some dishes over seasoned and others remarkably bland. Desserts now lack creativity - you can only change the flavor of the signature yodel so many times.
Considering it was Christmas Eve I will forgive them. Ambiance & service were excellent but food was horrible. At reservation they should have informed us it was a price fixe menu @ $149 pp & limited menu. Pumpkin soup was mushy, pasta course was over cooked, & beef stew was so overly seasoned it was not edible. Even the butterscotch pudding & pastry were mediocre. Maybe it will be better on an average night?
The food wasn’t the best part of our dining experience it was good but for the cost it really wasn’t the best. But the service the cocktails and the atmosphere was amazing. My wife and I had a great Christmas Eve here.
Server was exceptional. Much Aloha to her and Mahalo for taking care of my family and making sure we had a wonderful experience.
Juniper & Ivy is rated 4.6 stars by 6218 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.