About Juniper & Ivy
San Diego, CA 92101
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.
American, Seafood, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday : 5pm - 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday : 5pm - 11 p.m.
Bar/Lounge opens daily at 4 p.m.
On Kettner, between Juniper & Ivy
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet available to guests at $5/car + gratuity
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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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
I've dined here many times before and ha ...
I've dined here many times before and have had great experiences. Last night the food was off. I had the Ahi tuna Wellington and it was a bit on the bland side. Other people in my party had the seafood linguine and the short rib and they also did not love their food. The linguine was too peppery, and the short rib was also under seasoned. It was disappointing because I spoke highly about this restaurant and for the first timers that dined here last night, I doubt they will be returning.
It's was ok! We had reservations for 9p ...
It's was ok! We had reservations for 9pm and we didn't get seated till 930...why make reservations then?
The bar was nice, the mixed drinks were fantastic however only had about 5 craft beer options which is disappointing.
The seating area is another story, zero intimacy you are about a foot apart...if your neighbors burp you can taste it.
The server was nice and our food came fast.
Food was very good, If your willing to try something new.
The place is set up nice, but it's a hipsters paradise. I think I'll pass!!
Food was great. The server was also exc ...
Food was great. The server was also excellent. The only problem was that we made reservations for 6:30pm and we still waited 20 minutes before being seated. Since this was a special occasion it kind of killed the experience before it even began because the bar was full and we were standing around for 20 minutes. I know these things can be hard to manage, but there were 5 groups all with reservations at 6:30 waiting so it seemed to me they overbooked the restaurant. I think pretty much everyone at the bar was there waiting for a table. I will not come back for a special occasion, but I would come back for a more casual occasion if I am willing to hang out and wait.
The food was really fabulous -- wonderfu ...
The food was really fabulous -- wonderful, unexpected combinations and our server was extremely personable, helpful and knowledgeable. Not really that expensive, given the quality. Only downsides: It was LOUD, and food came out of the kitchen in a seemingly random order.
Juniper and Ivy is good if you like thin ...
Juniper and Ivy is good if you like things a little bit different. It's primarily appetizer/tapas style, with only a handful of full plate dinners. Additionally, dishes are uniquely done, so if you're up for experimenting, this would be a good place to go. For example, we had a seared Ahi Wellington, which was good but a little strange to have the mushroom mixture and wellington puff pastry on fish. All of the desserts were equally a little out there. It all tasted fine, but not what was expected. It was OK, but we had much better dinners at other San Diego area restaurants and wouldn't go back.
The food is beautiful but I wish it tast ...
The food is beautiful but I wish it tasted as good as it looked. Nothing blew me away enough to make me come back. The carne asada was the best food we tasted, everything else was just good.
Our waiter Brian was great and very knowledgeable and the atmosphere can't be beat. Great place to grab a drink for sure.
Terrible meal Saturday nite. Rushed us t ...
Terrible meal Saturday nite. Rushed us through 5 courses in under an hour. Nothing was good except bbq carrots. We went for my birthday and the waiter forgot all about it despite calling 2 hours prior. Chef living off rrputation. Won't be coming back before theatre or any other time. Irinsides and Campfire much better. Avoid sweet potato with mole. Inedible. Cod tasteless. Hrimp rolls greasy fried. Bad meal
From start to finish the experience here ...
From start to finish the experience here was spectacular. The food alone speaks for itself, it was absolutely delicious, the best I have had in San Diego thus far. The ambience is trendy, warm, and city casual yet maintains an upscale feel. One of the most endearing features is the open kitchen, watching the cooks and chefs perform their art is nearly as delightful as consuming their finished products of culinary genius. Our server was very attentive too! We ordered the pork belly (absolute must!), squid ink linguine, cauliflower, fois gras tart, ricotta gnocchi, almond joy, the donuts, and a banana dessert. Every dish was absolute perfection. Fell in love with this restaurant and without a doubt will return.
Came for Birthday dinner. Read great rev ...
Came for Birthday dinner. Read great reviews and the place did not disappoint. Service was friendly and attentive without feeling overbearing. Food was unique and tasty while still being reminiscent of comfort food. Overall I would recommend for anyone looking to enjoy a special occasion in a relaxed and cozy setting.
This is the first time I have found this ...
This is the first time I have found this level of food in the San Diego area. The ambiance was good and decor contemporary. The menu was creative and well-executed. The only thing that didn't really work was the foie gras, which was overpowered by the fruit glaze topping. It was still a wonderful evening and a nice place to take my out-of-town friend to in order to 'show off' San Diego.
I just took my clients out for dinner to ...
I just took my clients out for dinner tonight and this definitely hit, if not exceeded my very high expectations from Richard Blaise! Very cool atmosphere very unique food - but not the point of being convoluted or confusing. We tried about half the menu and didn't have a single bad bite or experience. Definitely go!
I've gone to juniper and ivy on multiple ...
I've gone to juniper and ivy on multiple occasions and this was definitely the worst experience thus far. It was good but just not up to normal quality. It was over priced due to Valentine's Day. I opted for the steak upgrade but it was not worth it. I felt like I could have gotten a better steak from Costco and grilled it myself.
I thought the food, ambiance and our ser ...
I thought the food, ambiance and our server was excellent. I was only turned off by the hostess at the front desk. I was meeting my boyfriend at the restaurant, so I asked the hostess if he checked in. She said yes and pointed towards the bar "he 's somewhere in there. You can look for him." Then continued tapping on her computer screen. I was expecting her to either seat me or at least point me in the direction of where he might be. She could've even pretended to care a little, but i got nothing. Too bad; everyone else was amazing.
Came here with MeetUp group. Have eaten ...
Came here with MeetUp group. Have eaten here once before. Of course the menu changes all the time, but there are some standards. In my opinion the service and food were both better the last time we ate here, and it was so noisy we could not hear the person across the table from us talking (last time we were on the patio). Interesting dishes, but one of our group did not like the food at all.
Our meal on Sunday, February 12th was th ...
Our meal on Sunday, February 12th was the best meal we've ever had in a restaurant! All the accolades and awards bestowed on Chef Richard Blais are well deserved. J&I is a fabulous place with incredible chefs turning out amazingly delicious food! Everything we ordered was fantastic! The biscuit is the best!! I wanted to take a baker's dozen home with me! And we loved our seats at the kitchen counter - what a treat to watch the chefs up close and the servers nearby! And we had lunch at the Crack Shack the next day - also fabulous!! We will plan to eat at both venues everytime we visit San Diego!
Disappointed to make reservation 10days ...
Disappointed to make reservation 10days in advance, then be seated in the bar. Reservation did not mention alternative seating. Restaurant was busy and felt more like a bother to hostess. Server was great until his shift finished mid-meal and he simply left, we were transfer to another server so was less than attentive. This was our third attempt at this restaurant, having average experiences before. Food is good, but at this cost and service would be going else where for sure.
Overrated... I definitely had better foo ...
Overrated... I definitely had better food elsewhere at this price range. My venison was a OK, my wife's chicken was underwhelming (and she thought undercooked). The only saving grace for us was the desert YODEL, amazing! Sorry, may be we were just not hip enough for this place:(
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