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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SJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience for your taste buds! We met the Chef at KAABOO festival and decided to try his restaurant the next day and we had a great time!

EV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with my hubby there this past Sunday for the first time and we LOVE IT!!! The food is delicious and the people their were super nice. Our waitress Jessica was awesome!!! We will be going back for sure!!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around! Highly recommended.

j
Denver
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We cannot say enough on this incredible restaurant. Our favorite place to go when we are in San Diego. Each course was mind blowing. The flavors are to die for, service impeccable. Can’t wait to go back again.

SD
San Diego
137 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I often tell people that Juniper & Ivy is my favorite restaurant in San Diego and I still stand by that. But, every place has an “off” night and I think that’s what we had on Saturday evening. It was so loud that we couldn’t carry on a conversation with our friends so we focused on the menu and began ordering several dishes to share. We all loved our “small” bites - the Madeleine & spicy tuna rolls. But the rest of our meals were downhill! We all tried the bone marrow and found the toast on both orders to be black and burnt. My husband and I shared the uni pasta dish and even though I specifically told our server I did not like spicy food and she assured me the kitchen would “dial down the spice”, it came out way too spicy for me! The other couple we were with had the seafood stew and thought it was just ok. It seemed to take forever to get drinks too - the bar must have been short staffed or something! Dessert was ok - again, “ok” but certainly not great! When we asked our server how often Richard Blaise visited, she smiled & said maybe once a month if that. I think he needs to get there more often! There are many decent restaurants in Little Italy and unfortunately, Juniper & Ivy has become a bit too complacent for our money!

d
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely outstanding however I did find that the "menu" online and the menu that was provided on my reservation confirmation were both completely different than what the menu actually was at the restaurant not a deal breaker but just kind of annoying. The only other issue encountered at the restaurant itself was the length of time it took to get get a drink delivered to the table in excess of 20 minutes and this occurred (3) separate times and one drink after waiting over 20 minutes was delivered "on the rocks" instead of "up" as ordered..did not bother having it corrected as waiting another 20 minutes was not worth it. Would absolutely go back again though and highly recommend this restaurant to others.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Juniper and ivy is our favorite restaurant in San Diego. Each time we’re there the food and service are better than the last.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything amazing, except the duck (supposedly best dish).

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for a bachelorette dinner and had the best experience!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

I cannot reconcile all the positive reviews I read with the experience we had. It hurts to say, but the food was spectacularly bad. Tomato sauce on the bagel bite tasted like ketchup. Eggplant appetizers were bland and undercooked, with a pretentious and discordant addition of mint. An amazingly fresh cut of tuna was strangled by an indelicate sauce better reserved for much more mediocre filets. But what left an indelibly bad taste in my mouth was the strangely sweet gnocchi with a sauce fit for an ice cream sundae. What an unfortunate representation of San Diego’s food scene. Very disappointed. Only the attentive and friendly service lived up to this restaurant’s billing.

JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative food, especially seafood, well prepared with fresh veggies and produce.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Had 2 “bites” and 2 “small plates.” Bites were amazing, but the small plates were contrived. Service was A+ from the moment I walked in until I left.

GS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and exceptional service.

MR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Zach was terrific and steered us in just the right direction. The duck? amazing.

RK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service to match! Loved the ambience: sheik, modern, yet inviting.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent!!

SD
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had several small plates and the duck. We enjoyed the small plates, but the duck was amazing. Presentation was also an A+!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience!

F
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an absolutely wonderful experience! The food was amazing and the service was fantastic! A truly great birthday dinner.

G
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, service, ambiance. Extremely well done

k
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place really pays attention to the details. We went for our anniversary and were greeted with a glass of bubbly and each person who served us, wished us a happy anniversary. We decided to order a few bites (which are literally one-bite dishes), 4 small plates, and a dessert rather than getting an entree. The fig bite and smoked sturgeon were to die for. All dishes were creative and delicious. Thanks for a special evening!

SD
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent our wedding anniversary at Juniper and Ivy. We had a spectacular meal and the service was impeccable. Highlights included the spot prawns, grilled peaches and what was essentially a high end fudge sickle, which my husband says was the best dessert ever.

This is our go to restaurant for special occasions and impressing clients. It never disappoints.

Special thank you to our server, Carlos, who helped make it a wonderful evening!5

j
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, all dishes were served Promtly

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with 10 friends for my 40th before going to downtown the rest of the night. Told our waiter we needed to be done by a certain time. Also, since we had a large group, they offered for us to leave it up to them to pick our dishes for all of us to share (omakase), which we took them up on. All the choices were on point, and we were able to finish on time. I’ve dined there before so I already knew the food was excellent, but others who had not were talking about the food for days. All in all, a wonderful experience, as expected. :)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Juniper and Ivy is goin owf

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular

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MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

Food sucked. Best thing was bread and butter. Inedible, portion sizes suck if you wanna pay 25 bucks for 2 slices of chicken. I think they look up the most ridiculous ingredients with fancy names possible and add it to their food because i did not understand a thing on the menu. Ive had fancy expensive food in san diego and it tasted 10x better than this. Maybe its just me and my girlfriend but we both couldnt eat more than a bite of anything.

OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tout était parfait. Le canard était délicieux le service attentionné et courtois. Un des meilleurs repas que nous pouvions prendre dans un restaurant et une soirée mémorable.

Nous étions sur la terrasse et nous avions été avisé que les avions passaient au-dessus du restaurant. Ce n’était pas réellement désagréable.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was just “ok”. Our server was either way too busy or simply didn’t check in enough. We waiting about 30 min each time she swung by often with empty drinks. The night before we visited Kettner Exchange which in my opinion was far superior. Not a terrible experience just not somewhere I’d probably return to.

MM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was good, no issues. Great duck

AM
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. Everything we ate was great. They made out anniversary very special.

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The atmosphere is great and the food sounds good but tried several dishes and wasn’t all that impressed. That said, it is highly rated and I would give it another try in the future.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails are a must have at this establishments. But the small plates are where this place shines.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The Yodel is worth seconds!

KH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic flavors, beautiful presentation, filling portions, helpful staff. Our best meal out in years.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. It was our second visit and intend on returning. The waiter Ryan made great recommendations.

DM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend Juniper our server Saul was so attentive and guided us through the menu offering. He made excellent recommendations and took the time to discover more about us to make the experience even more memorable.
The menu was extremely creative and fun. The dishes were simple and very approachable.
They have a vast number of wines on their menu and Saul was kind enough to have the in-house somm. guide us through our options.
People like Saul really elevate a restaurant from a place to eat to a memorable dinning experience.

FN
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, our favorite place when visiting San Diego. Amazing food and service. They actually recognized us from a visit the week before. So friendly, kind and accommodating. The chocolate mint ice cream, made with fresh mint, is truly memorable.

SC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing! Our server, Saul, made us feel so special while we were there and was incredibly knowledgeable about the different options. Will definitely be returning!

MG
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing and would go back for that but really it was the customer service that made the experience so wonderful - our server Zach was amazing and guided us through the menu in a way that allowed us to try a wide range of different items. We were celebrating a special occasion and all the staff was extremely attentive and said congratulations multiple times. While the food at Juniper and Ivy was delicious I would 100% go back because the service was outstanding.

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