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About Juniper & Ivy

Juniper and Ivy offers “Refined America Food with Left Coast Edge” Courtesy of acclaimed Chef Richard Blais perhaps most recognizable as the Winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars”. Blais brings his wildly creative approach to cooking and cuisine to San Diego; Backed by an All-Star Culinary Team. Excellent Cocktail and Wine Programs paired with Al Fresco Dining, High Energy Design and more makes Juniper and Ivy the newest Destination Restaurant to hit the West Coast.

2228 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Service
Sunday - Thursday : 5pm - 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday : 5pm - 11 p.m.

Bar/Lounge opens daily at 4 p.m.

Cross Street:
On Kettner, between Juniper & Ivy

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 269-9036

Website:
http://www.juniperandivy.com/

Parking Details:
Street Parking
Valet available to guests at $5/car + gratuity

Executive Chef:
Richard Blais

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Acclaimed Chef, Richard Blais oversees the 7,500 square-foot restaurant, which is available for buyouts, meetings, cocktail receptions and other special events.

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Private Dining

Juniper & Ivy is a left coast cookery with cuisine focused on locally curated products cooked and presented in a radical way. The kitchen, helmed by Chef Richard Blais, artfully churns out an array of avant-grade, yet simple dishes intended to spark conversation among guests.

Juniper & Ivy Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (114)
Creative Cuisine (109)
Fit for Foodies (104)
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Special Occasion (90)
Good for Anniversaries (87)
Romantic (71)
Handcrafted Cocktails (64)
Hot Spot (62)
Good for Birthdays (56)
Worth the Drive (56)
Notable Wine List (55)
Fun (51)
Bar Seating (50)
Business Meals (50)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Good for Groups (38)
Local Ingredients (36)
Tapas (36)
Tasting Menu (35)
Seasonal (31)
Vibrant Bar Scene (29)
Authentic (27)
Healthy (22)
People Watching (22)
Cozy (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (20)
Casual (20)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Organic (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great Beer (4)
Vegan (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

We have been to this restaurant a few times. This time will be our last. We had the absolute worst service. Every course took very long to arrive. The server would come back periodically and say it would be ready soon then disappear. When we asked for the check and were ready to leave, it took a while to get the check. When we said we didn’t want desert she said oh we were going to give you dessert. Then she said can pack it to go. Ok. We are on the way to the door and they give us a little box with some cold mush which included some ice cream (which by definition doesn’t travel well). It was enough for 1 person and we were a party of 4. Will not be going back. Would not recommend.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Love Richard Blais. Not Juniper and Ivy. Too pretentious. Value for food is poor. Beer and wine selection is good. Server was not enjoyable. Manager seemed friendly, though.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Came here with my wife for our honeymoon. All I can say is amazing! The food was amazing. Try the oysters Effn bomb.! Never had oyster taste like that. For dessert try the yodel won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent waiter and food.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The service was extremely impersonal and unimpressive. Our server forgot about one of our five dishes, and charged our card for the wrong tables menu and did not really make up for it an any other way. I expected a much better expierence for a nice place on my birthday.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food wasn’t that good. Just odd

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Lovely place. Seated as requested with reservation. Nice version of deviled egg as amuse bouche. Great menu. Each plate well-described. Drinks ordered first with 4 bites. Second drinks ordered at some point. Food was good. Desserts divine. Wait staff appropriate tho not particularly attentive: After we ordered dessert, staff presented one sweet on a stick (looked like a white yogurt bar/cremesicle) and some kind of champagne/wine (I tasted neither) said to be in honor of the occasion. Timing seemed off. Would have expected such presentation at some point prior to dessert order or not at all. The only major disappointment occurred when we inquired about a delicious looking dish delivered to a nearby table and learned that it was from “the secret menu.” We understand marketing ploys, but, really, a “secret menu”? Who knew we should have been following Richard Blaise on Twitter to be aware of this phenomenon? And we liked him so much on Top Chef! We felt almost hurt. Still, the food and atmosphere are quite good. We might try it again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Hands down - THE BEST RESTAURANT in San Diego! This place never disappoints us! We began our evening with a great glass of Alberino and then started with several "small bites" - all delicious! The favorite was the cookie - although a bit sweet, it was fabulous! We then progressed through the menu, trying 7 or 8 small plates that we all four shared - only not favoring 1 out of all - the uni. When we told our waiter, he showed up at the end of the meal with a complimentary dessert for the table! We also ordered the almond cake & homemade ice cream - to die for!!!! This restaurant is such a treat and considering all of the food that we consumed, the price was very reasonable!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I consider myself a Foody, so when I found out that my wife and I were heading to San Diego I jumped to get a reservation at Juniper & Ivy, and it was wonderful! Service was excellent, the ambiance was chic, and there was a great energy amongst the customers and the staff. I highly recommmend to anyone heading to San Diego to get a reservation here...

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Amazing meal and fabulous service. Did not disappoint.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Raum Hamburg)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Amazing! Great value, great taste, great atmosphere... even the desserts were very tasty. I cannot wait to return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I have to say I was disappointed ...our service was very slow as our dinner was two hours long and there was a significant amount of time between courses. The pork pot pie lacked flavor despite being highly recommended by the waiter. Wine selection was OK but most bottles were 3 times the retail price. Fairly expensive ( whole duck recommended at $78 but we didn’t order) and I wasn’t that impressed. Many tables around Susan Dow after us and left before us so not sure where the disconnect with our server was.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Wonderful dining experience! Great way to kick off the holiday season

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic restaurant, had all small plates for over 2 hours, please plus excellent Pinot Noir. Service was terrific as well, great place

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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Juniper and Ivy was everything we were hoping. Innovative, game-changing eats. Thank you for all your hard work Richard Blais et al!!

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was absolutely delicious! Loved it!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

One of my new favorites in San Diego.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always a great dinner here, especially that they now have Dom Perignon by the glass.

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

One of the best restaurant in San Diego. I Celebrated my Husband's 30th Birthday there recently and they made sure that we were happy and comfortable. They went above and beyond to make vegetarian out of menu meal for us. Our hostess was very friendly and respectful. They made us feel so good and special. i would definitely go there again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Our group of 4 was wowed by this place! The food is innovative, the service excellent and the ambiance delightful. If I didn't live 3000 miles away, this would be my favorite place to go.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Enjoyed the creative food and ambiance. The bar service was only mediocre. The original guy who asked if he could help us didn’t seem to know anything about the food or the drinks at all. Luckily there was another female bartender back there and she finally came over and offered up suggestions!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was a meal we had high hopes for, but simply didn't live up to the reputation of the head chef (Richard Blais). The amuse bouche of a deconstructed deviled egg (turning the white into a meringue) was great, but that was about it. Most dishes had too many ingredients that didn't always meld. The sturgeon appetizer was glopped with too much sauce. Two dishes had their proteins over-salted, including the whole duck, just not enough to send them back. The "yodel" dessert looked great until the waiter poured a bland sauce over the entire plate, and it all fell apart when we dove into it. Options of wines by the glass were acceptable, but not stellar, for a restaurant emphasizing small plates. Noise level and music were more at the bar level, rather than appropriate for dining. All-in-all, high-quality ingredients were let down by the hands at work.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great setting and staff. Eclectic menu with hit and miss dishes. Some dishes were outstanding while others were average to poor. High expectations were sadly not realized.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fantastic food for a very good price, very peculiar combination of flavors that went together perfectly. Wonderful service too. Thus far best restaurant in San Diego that we tried.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food and service as usual. The menu is always evolving and interesting.

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food portions were small and The food was overpriced.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Went there for a date and our server was fantastic. Being our first time there, he was more than willing to help us pick out dishes and made great recommendations. The restaurant itself is furnished nicely and in my opinion, great for dates. Overall a great dining experience and I'll definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

My wife and I each got a regular plate; I got the Tuna Ahi Wellington and my wife got the Scallops. Both very delicious! A good selection of drinks, but I think there could have been a bigger selection. Service was pretty good, but it could have been a bit more attentive. Drinks were empty for a bit longer than I wanted them to be. Noise level not ridiculous but a bit loud so that our voices had to be raised a bit to carry on a conversation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Innovative food that will blow your mind!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Good to try once but don't need to go back. The food is ok but for the prices, I expected better. Nothing notable. The "bite" spring rolls were bland. The Wagu steak was flavorful, but for $47, not worth it.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

J&I serves deliciously innovative food in a beautiful open-concept space, kitchen and bar. Service is reliably exceptional. Thank you for a phenomenal dinner and we will be back soon!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great selection and quality of food and cocktils as well as an awesome wine list! Creative menu and attentive staff. Brandon the sommelier made a great recommendation on a German Pinot! What a gem! Cheers!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic as always! Service is excellent. They treat us like royalty and anticipate all of our needs. The food came out perfect: temperature, taste, visually appealing, creativity, freshness were perfect!
Great pairing suggestions.
Try the oysters, octopus, yodel!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The Rib Eye is remarkable!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The service was just ok for this caliber of restaurant. Their small plates taste great but difficult to work with for example curry without Rice hard to eat

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This looked like an interesting restaurant on the face of it, and the decor was fun. But the service was so terrible that we didn't leave a tip. The waitress forgot the wine, our main dish, and slammed the check down when she finally brought it. By then, the manager had come over to offer his concern, although I felt he didn't handle the situation as well as he should have, and I wondered if he had actually fired the waitress. I rarely complain, and you have to behave egregiously for me not to leave a generous tip, so this is a serious complaint. I hope that they were just having a bad night, but I couldn't recommend this restaurant. Food was good, but too many ingredients. I went to Herb and Wood the next night and that place was excellent on all levels, although don't expect a quiet dinner! It was fun.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

From the parking attendent to the sommier the service was exceptional. Our waiter,Ryan explained in detail all the menu items. The food matched the service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Fabulous food - sit at the Chef’s table if you can!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Your hostes need to have more courtesy an be more friendly

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 15, 2017

my Evening at Juniper and Ivy was excellent. The meal and wine selection was great. I’ll be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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