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Juniper & Ivy

4.7
5454 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Juniper and Ivy delivers a chef-driven menu that uses hand-selected, seasonal ingredients crafted with precision, passion, and creativity. Daily offerings rotate, based on the top ingredients brought in by local farmers and fishermen that morning.

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. We have a tent as well as heat lamps situated throughout our outdoor space, but please bring a jacket or light throw with you to ensure your comfort.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 5454 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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4.3
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LauraR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I’d heard a lot about Juniper and Ivy, so I thought it would be the perfect place to take our family for my daughter’s 22nd birthday. Our waitperson was very friendly, but we were disappointed when she returned 20 minutes after we’d ordered to inform us that the item my daughter ordered was no longer available. I understand restaurants run out of certain items, but the lag time between ordering and being informed of this was oddly and inappropriately long. Additionally, the time between receiving our appetizers and entrees was strangelylong as well.

At first glance the menu looks intriguing, but the quality of the food was underwhelming and did not justify the price. Cocktails were expensive and just OK as well.

Lastly, be aware that if you choose to sit outside, you are directly under the flight path of the airport, so noise level is extremely high. Overall, the experience was disappointing and did not justify the hype. Go elsewhere if you are looking for a fine dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Pretty much ignored by all staff. Probably one of the worst experiences I’ve had at a high end restaurant. Very disappointing.

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CathyB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

They could have done a better job with the outdoor dining. Very little effort put in. We have always loved this location. But... more heaters, a bit more barriers to make it seem like a patio versus just being out in the parking lot.

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vipBarbaraZ
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Juniper and Ivy and pre COVID-19 were there once every six weeks...

They accommodated our requests to dine inside and the service was flawless. The waiter chose a perfect wine to accompany our meal and the kitchen knocked it out of the park - as always!! Pure joy to be back at our favorite place in Little Italy. Especially excited when they open up the chef’s counter so we can watch the kitchen ballet!

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vipMayraL
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved dining here. It was our first time and it was my birthday. The food was so good!! And our waiter was fabulous. Would love to go again!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service were outstanding! We were celebrating my sisters birthday and had so much fun.
Thank you for always being consistent ❤️❤️❤️

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Jazzy
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I must say that the food was not what I expected. The flavors were simply just not there, very bland, and not very cohesive. I ordered the prawns which were grey and very bland. The waitress kindly exchanged the prawns for the raviolo which was okay. I only say okay because it could have been better if it was packed with more flavor. The skirt steak was delicious with the fingerling potatoes. The waitress did mention something that caught my eye. She stated that the menu changed every day to keep everyone on their toes. I would kindly suggest not switching the menu so often and really work on developing flavor profiles that are consistent. Unfortunately, I believe we went on a bad day, but I’m sure there is some great food coming out of that kitchen.

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vipTaylor
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The food is extremely salty and that’s coming from someone who likes salt. I went here 1 time before and it was so incredibly salty but because they have such a high rating I tried it once more- same thing happened. We could barely finish what we got it is that salty. I just don’t understand why they have such a high rating. Any of the restaurants in Little Italy are 100x better than this place. Please save your time and money and go somewhere else. This is the most pretentious place I’ve ever been. Also the service sucked. It took extremely long just to get drinks. “Slow and Salty like a slug” is what someone at our table to said about their thoughts on the place, LOL.

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LauraC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The restaurant is trying a little too hard to be “creative”. We spent a fortune and went away hungry. If you are a major foodie and want to be “entertained” or “impressed” then fine but if you want a beautiful satisfying meal go elsewhere.

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CarolL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place to dine when we are in the San Diego area. All of the staff are very attentive and go above and beyond to make sure all goes well. We love the fact that their menu changes every day which makes it adventure to see what their cooks have come up with.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience5

As i arrived (9) having a reservation, the hostes did not want to sit me cause she said it was too late.
food was not tasty at all. we ordered many dishes none of them were good. the only tasty one was the chocolate brûlée.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my birthday and the service and the food was great! Don’t go by the menu online because it does change seasonally and even daily depending on availability. Everyone is beyond helpful and the staff really knew their stuff!

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ElizabethS
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner, great ambiance, felt COVID protocols followed nicely!

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HectorI
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such an amazing experience!!! First time in Little Italy visiting my brother. It was a first time for our party. I wish I had room for the dry aged ribeye!

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MorganL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and drinks were delicious and service was awesome (thanks Jack!)! We loved it and will be back very soon!
Due to Covid we were sitting outside which was perfectly fine, however the planes landing/taking off right next door every 5 minutes didn’t make the ambiance as good as it could be (it was so loud!). Thanks for a great dinner nonetheless!

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Obes
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!! They have expanded their dining area to allow for indoor/outdoor options, which was appreciated. Would gladly go back!

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vipfood1st
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another special event (Easter prixe fixe) knocked outta the park. Tuna crudo, scallops, ricotta ravioli, leg of lamb and chocolate fudge cake, all beautifully presented and prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to spot when we want to pamper ourselves with divine cuisine. San Diego is definitely up and coming on the food scene, and these guys are ahead of the game. Thanks for this special meal, we will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good. I’d highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was phenomenal. The timing for my meal was great and definitely added to the experience. I didn’t feel rushed and every interaction with staff was pleasant

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Julia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

This place is highly recommended by everyone . However, maybe my expectations were too high. We first got seated outdoors, which wouldn't have been too bad. But we were brought to a plastic high tops that was super rickety and the chairs were rickety. The wine we ordered I was scared was going to spill all over and crash on the floor the entire time. We ended up ordering the ribeye which I was scared to cut because it literally shook the entire table the entire time. The food was truly unimpressive, and the ribeye was un impressive as well. The only thing I enjoyed that was original and delicious was the yodel. Also we sat right below the airplane landing zone so, we could hear every single plane about to land overhead and I couldn't even hear the waitress half the time. Overall, it was a terrible experience, and underwhelming food.

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RyanT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent across the board. I’ve never had a bad meal there. Fantastic. Thank you guys. See you soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Enjoyed everything from service to food, but major miss on the hangar steak my husband and I ordered to share. Flavor was great but it arrived cold. Service took it back to the kitchen to warm and came back a second time cold. By the third time, the steak was hot but there was only three slices left to enjoy. I’m not sure why they didn’t just fire a new steak, so that was a little disappointing. They were very apologetic and brought us two desserts to go on the house, which was nice, and they didn’t charge us for the steak, also good. But we would have happily paid for it to enjoy a full, hot steak. The Jidori chicken was amazing, as was the carrot tagliatelle and the potato small bites.

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shane
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speechless.. Best dinner and service I have had in years. Highly, highly recommend!

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vipNajeebK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience all around. Lovely ambiance. Food was phenomenal.

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scottg
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Service was great, location cool, decor was fine; but the food left a lot to be desired. We ate 5 small bites, the past/rabbit, marrow/sparrow egg/ "potato skins", a salad, and the fried cauliflower. Everything but the fried cauliflower missed the mark. The combinations, richness and over-engineering left us feeling bloated and unsatisfied. The "tastes" they were hoping to achieve was a culinary miss. This was the 2nd time I've eaten here and will likely not be back for a long while.

KM
KendallM
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saul, our server, was incredible! He was kind, generous, and so accommodating to our allergies. The food was amazing and location was perfect for an evening stroll. This place is a MUST. The restaurant has a beautiful outdoor space with plenty of seating and space. But what was most amazing was the specialized menu for our party-member with a canola allergy (which is often in cooking oils). They printed a menu, highlighting the items that would be unsafe for her, and provided an additional treat to make her evening even more delightful. The experience was remarkable and we feel so grateful for Saul’s considerate hospitality. Saul, our server, was incredible! He was kind, generous, and so accommodating to our allergies. The food was incredible and location was perfect for an evening stroll. This place is a MUST. The experience was remarkable and we feel so grateful for Saul’s considerate hospitality.

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NewtoSanDiego
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Not many entrées to choose from (5, I think). Half were reasonable, half were ridiculous. The duck was such a disappointment: strange flavor! lots of skin fat, very little meat and too expensive. The restaurant is noisy; the seating is not comfortable. The open kitchen was a frantic sight to see with smoke pouring into the dining area. The wait staff were great, very cordial and accommodating. It was hard to hear each other over the crash, bang noises from every direction. Parking is a nightmare. Valet parking is the only option. I hope the owner makes some changes, soon! I want to see every restaurant in this difficult time to have success. We wanted to love the place. It is a good scene for those just wanting a drink where your friends are seated within inches. I cannot recommend this restaurant at this time. They have a lot to fix.

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TawniG
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service is FANTASTIC! Food is well made, but portions are extremely small and overpriced. I wouldn’t recommend this spot if you have a large appetite, but would recommend it if you want stellar service and small, perfectly cooked bites.

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AShleyK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, great drinks. Outdoor dining set up well for social distancing.

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GaryS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was perfect too. Had the hanger steak which was prepared to perfection.

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AmandaB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The potato and cheese ravioli tasted like a ball park frank. Underwhelmed with the potato pie and pork belly was overwhelmingly salty with the hollandaise sauce. The service was fantastic very knowledgeable and took their time never feeling rushed. The craft cocktails were to die for. I’ll be going back to give other dishes a try and will hopefully make up for this visit.

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Gail
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good. Prawns were so so. Scallops were excellent. Great beet & burrata salad. Sat outside (due to CoVid) not realizing we were in the flight path of the airport. Service was very slow and sometimes awkward. A staff person (not the mgr.) politely explained that they had just re-opened after CoVid restrictions eased a level and that the new staff hadn’t had much training yet. So, we’ll give them a break on that.

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vipRosePB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated our thirteenth anniversary, did not disappoint us at all as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really nice. Food was excellent. Only thing was our table placement. Everything else was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall great experience! The only thing that made me give their service 4 stars was the fact that the waiter was rushing us to put in orders, claiming it was their “busiest night” of the year. I found this to be very unprofessional, but the food made up for it. Amazing tuna wrap taco things :)

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vipMikko
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. We love the small plate options that allow us to experience many of their delicious options.

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vipKathie
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, we had the Whole Duck. I was yummy, and the staff was very happy to be serving inside again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and awesome food.

FAQs

Juniper & Ivy offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 269-9036.

Juniper & Ivy is rated 4.7 stars by 5454 OpenTable diners.

Juniper & Ivy does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://juniperandivy.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

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.

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