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Juniper & Ivy

4.6
5936 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.

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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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to J & I to celebrate our friends’ anniversary. Like all of our experiences here, it was phenomenal. Chef Jason Franey’s new summer menu was delectable! We had almost one of everything on the menu. Some dishes that stood out to me were the halibut hand rolls, which are not your typical hand rolls as they are wrapped in sesame leaves, which gives you this fresh, light feeling after your last bite. I LOVED the Hiramasa tartare- probably my favorite thing. The yellowtail tostada is a must. The tempura fried mitake and egg yolk raviolo were some other stand outs. And for dessert we did the yodel and peaches and cream puff with an espresso martini, and just wow. My mouth is watering just thinking about it all. And the service was impeccable! Can’t wait to come again!

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Jared
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything with our experience was wonderful. the food was absolutely delicious, the service was on point and the ambiance and atmosphere were great. will definitely be coming back to try out the menu since it changes seasonally. highly recommended for celebrations as they go the extra mile to make your night feel special.

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ChristinaR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was impeccable. That's what sticks out most about my visit.
I tried the mazunta and fashizzle cocktails. Both were very well made.
I had the tomatoes with lemon curd and was pleasantly surprised how good those two together could be.
I also had the the seared tuna. While the tuna was cooked perfectly, it was not very flavorful. The cranberry beans were not fully cooked. HOWEVER, when I mentioned the the undercooked beans, the chef checked and concurred. They did remove it from my bill. In my mind that went above and beyond fixing the issue.
I had the oregano cake to go for dessert. While it was OK, I'd try something else next time.
I definitely recommend. You will be pampered for the night.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with a very unique twist. An overall great dining experience

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RickS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Small portions; beautiful presentation; great flavor. A bit pretentious and over-priced for what was delivered. Not a lot of selection on the menu. Very attentive service.

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MandyS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riley was fantastic! Service from the moment I called to let them know we were running a few minutes behind to the moment we left was phenomenal. Food was delicious. It's been a while since I'd been there, but I will definitely be back!

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MarisaF
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were in town visiting San Diego and made reservations here because we're fans of Top Chef and Richard Blais, like a lot of folks. We were able to reserve a seat outside which was really nice, due to COVID. They have street side valet service which was very convenient. The parking lot was converted into their outdoor seating area, which was evident but they did a nice job making it feel nice. The chair I was sitting on was a bit uncomfortable so we had to ask for another one.

The food was amazing. The snacks and small plates were a big hit. The entrees were alright. Highlights were the tempura fried maitake, crispy paper wrapped pork ribs, uni linguini, and bbq carrots. As well as the little whoopie pie they gave us for my husband's 40th birthday. Everything was such a flavor bomb and cooked perfectly. Service was great, friendly, and attentive.

There's just no ice served with water in San Diego, what is that about?

LJ
vipLaJollaMelissa
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Very small food portions and very small menu selection. Service was not great either, I was very disappointed.

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vip1234
Orange County
96 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our 1st time dining at this restraint and it exceeded expectations. We shared small plates all evening and enjoyed everything. The service was excellent and the cocktails were good. Highly recommend

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Jessica
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I had wanted to eat at this restaurant for a long time, but never really had the chance. My husband and I finally went for our anniversary and I left really disappointed.

I'll share that our server was really great, and the service overall was good. He asked why we were there and when we told him it was our anniversary he brought us a complimentary glass of champagne which was a really nice treat.

However, I was really disappointed in the food quality, portions, and value. Prices were high, which would have been ok for this occasion, but we really didn't think the food was worth the money. Portions are REALLY small. I'm a healthy eater and don't need a large portion, but I found these to be kind of ridiculous. My entree had what was probably 5-6oz of meat (ok), but seriously like only 2 tbsp of potatoes. I just really think there needed to be a little more and/or add in some vegetables to the entree selection as well. More so, the flavor and quality of the food was just OK. It wasn't bad, but nothing that wowed either of us. Overall, the combination of the portion and quality was just overall disappointing. I truly won't return because its just not worth it. I'd rather spend a little more money and have have a portion and quality that I feel have the value for the price.

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Dan11
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, really creative and interesting. Portions are small, so the cost runs up. Loud inside, and in a different way outside with the planes flying over. Service is usually good, and very knowledgeable, though our drink order was forgotten.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Hawaiian bread was to die for but the short rib left me still hungry. $57 kinda expense for leaving the restaurant hungry

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and well-portioned, and the entire staff made our celebration special. We had a fantastic server who provided excellent recommendations. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was definitely a step above your average restaurant.
The zabuton (short rib) was cooked perfect , medium , and very tender. Other side dishes like port belly with balsamic vinegar was so tender and tasty with acidic flavor.

Downside is the jets flying overhead and relatively high cost
for each dish. Wished cost was half the cost.

Service was very attentive and water cups were always full.

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BillH
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small, medium and large plates, mix and match .Excellent quality ,our go to place for event dining .

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AdamS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very knowledgeable of the menu, flavor profiles, pairings and even the history of the restaurant and its series of chefs. Food was amazing, atmosphere was upscale. We aren’t used to eating at places like this but we felt comfortable and welcome.

PJ
vipPJGQ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has a great vibe, and a really nice variety of delicious small share plates to sample several flavorful foods before experiencing one of the mouthwatering entrees.

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AnnP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Our experience was fine, but not outstanding. The menu, probably because of Covid staffing issues, is quite limited. Small plates were the best. The vegetarian entree option offered was not good. Extensive wine list. We were seated outside, directly under the flight path. I would suggest inside dining if possible.

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DerrickP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was helpful. It was my wife’s birthday. Greeted her happy birthday and even personalized the menu with a happy birthday message, nice touch. And the food was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juniper and Ivy was perfect for a bachelorette/ bachelor party! Our server was fabulous… I recommend ordering everything on the starter menu as well as the tomahawk steak! We will definitely return! An experience for the books!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Exceptional small plates and exceptional service from Sonny

JG
JG1980
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks and service. From out of town and made reservations here based on reviews. Server Ali was awesome and food, from appetizers to main meals were excellent. Recommended and I would return.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for my boyfriends birthday and had a friend recommend Juniper and Ivy to us and it did not disappoint!! The food and drinks were amazing (still dreaming about the oysters let’s be real) and the service was excellent!! Our server, Alex, was super knowledgeable and helpful and even sent over the bar manager to help us pick out a good amaro for our dessert drinks. We had such a wonderful time and are so sad we’re not in San Diego more often because this would be a regular spot for us for sure!

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BrittanyM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I had in San Diego, pricey but worth every penny

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food. Didn’t like the cold stale decor. Chairs are not comfortable

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful approachable fine dining. We’ve tried a few of the other “top tier” restaurants throughout San Diego and felt this concept leads the way. You don’t feel overburdened by the “fine dining” but the service, food, and ambiance sets the tone for a wonderful meal. The wine list is approachable and diverse. We usually go for a bottle but had been drinking cocktails prior so went for the glass list instead and had one of the best Roses Ive ever had. It’s clear that every aspect of the experience is well thought out and curated to a T. Most remarkable I think would be the service, you rarely get the attention to detail and catered service of this level anywhere other than a starred restaurant paying $200+ per tasting menu. I will not be surprised when Juniper & Ivy claims a well deserved star hopefully sometime soon. (Please don’t change anything though!)

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Cold $130 ribeye after a 45 min wait.. returned it. Went next door to Herb n Wood which was great

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vipPeterR
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've been to Juniper and Ivy before the pandemic and at various stages since. Last night was excellent, at a pre-pandemic level.

After reading other reviews, I was a little worried about booking dinner. Some have commented about very poor experiences, both with respect to food and service. Both were quite strong for us, however.

We sampled 6 plates from beginning to end. Each was excellent, not just good. Special kudos on a tuna "large plate" that was perfectly prepared and memorably seasoned.

Service from Angela, as well as Meghan who was hosting, was top-notch. Good knowledge and timing. Very pleasant people. Other staff were fine.

I suspect that there have been pandemic-related staffing issues that may have lowered experiences for some diners, but, if our experience last night is an indication, the restaurant is heading back in a very good direction.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

I do suggest the romaine salad with toasted quinoa but other than that everything was very middle of the road. We may have enjoyed our meal if the service was good. I had to keep flagging our waiter / bartender over. Hip vibe. Gorgeous restaurant but…. Doubt I’ll go back. This was my second try and I had similar experience the first round.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Long waits for appetizers drinks and food and was not the five star service I was expecting

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food has gone down hill.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went above and beyond. Food was incredible

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was my favorite restaurant. Since they have changed the chef, I feel the food is not as tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was slow. New menu items were good. The off menu burger not nearly as good as was in the past. Looking forward to see what the new chef adds. Nothing compared to the past but room for improvement. Took forever to get drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful meal! From start to finish, each dish was meticulously prepared, visually appealing, and most importantly, delicious. Service was attentive and it really felt like a special meal. We sampled a quite a few dishes and it’s hard for me to decide what my favorites were since they were all stellar. The standouts from each of the courses to me were the handrolls, raviolo, zabuton, and cream puff. Highly recommended - I can’t wait to go again!!!

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vipMike
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable. Amazing. One of the single best overall dining experiences I have ever had. 10 out of 10. Do not hesitate, book here if you can.

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Erik
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing a little bit expensive but based from taste it was well worth the money. The wine selection was a little disappointing. Realizing it’s Covid that may be the issue but at these prices there should be a reserved wine list. Picking the car up after dinner was tedious very disorganized.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and a wonderfully fun experience for my family and I. I love Juniper and Ivy and hope to visit again soon!

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vipchrisv
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I the egg yolk ravioli was one of the best dishes I have ever read!

IM
IanM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riley at the front desk was fantastic and really helped us out. Kudos to him!

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Juniper & Ivy is rated 4.6 stars by 5936 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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