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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.
San Diego, CA 92101
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
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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
One of the best meals we've ever had. Went for our anniversary, and could not have been more please. Share plates tapas style so you can try more. We trusted our servers recommendations and we're not disappointed. Great service, amazing food, lovely evening.
The restaurant is beautifully designed, and the server was very knowledgeable. The food, however, was a bit too precious for my taste. Everything had some mysterious ingredient, or odd combination of flavors. It feels like the chef is trying too hard to be different.
Juniper & Ivy never disappoints! We have been on a Week night (a little quieter) and on a Saturday night. The wait staff are very knowledgeable and the service is always great. The food is outstanding..it doesn't matter how busy they are, the food is always prepared and plated to perfection. Very creative food, flavorful.....just go!
Food was creative and sensational. Their menu changes daily depending on what Ingredients the chef wants to use! Offers smaller portions for sharing (which I recommend so you can really try everything). Staff was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their product. heads up* if you go expect to be there for a while because it was a long time between courses.
Unfortunately did not meet our expectations. Food was OK but not in keeping with the reputation of this restaurant. Many dishes had pork so be warned if you don't eat pork or are vegetarian the selection is slim.
Server was unhappy and seemed burdened with having to work that night. Her mind was elsewhere and she was robotic in her response.
The best meal in several nights out in a row. The starters were excellent and all the food presented through fully and elegantly. It is modern fare with appropriate portions and very well flavored. The service was excellent - willing to help and go the extra mile such as suggest wine pairings etc.
I definitely will return and recommend it without hesitation
Came here during my wedding weekend and also for my Mom's birthday in the last month. It's very "hip and with it" which I'm not very into but the food and service is fantastic. The food is all about great textures and unique ideas and the menu had already changed a bit within three weeks which I liked too so that I could try new things.
Even though we reserved several months in advance, we were shown to bar stools when lots of tables were available. Asking for a table did not get a gracious response, just " I'll see what we can do". We were shown to the table beside the screaming baby. Finally a nicer table which had been sitting empty throughout this charade. The service was just adequate to get the job done, completely lackluster. The food was the only plus here. Several well done dishes. But truthfully, I lost my appetite for this place in the first 15 minutes, and there wasn't anything that redeemed it after that. With so many other great restaurants in the same neighborhood, I can't see any reason to repeat it.
We had reservations and arrived 10 minutes early. We were told they were just cleaning the table and to wait by the bar. 30 minutes later I approached the hostess who said, "we're just cleaning the table it'll be about 10 minutes". 20 minutes later we were finally seated.
It was another 30 minutes before we had more than water in front of us and probably 30 minutes more before we had anything to eat. The food was pretty to look at but for the money? Naa there's equally good food within walking distance.
As for the ambiance? It's like being in a noisy basement bar. We couldn't even hear each other across the table.
Very disappointing experience.
Coming from Florida and researching places to dine, I chose Juniper & Ivy for dining my last night in San Diego as a farewell to a wonderful city. Juniper & Ivy met all my expectations, plus! In my research, I read where they had deviled eggs that were a must to try, the waitress heard my conversation, said that they no longer offered them, but to my surprise had the kitchen prepare samplings just for me, who does that anymore?? And just when I thought I could eat no more, we had to try the Yodel for dessert... what an experience. I highly recommend Juniper & Ivy to anyone who lives or visits San Diego.
This was our second trip and it was once again perfect. The menu had some favorites and a bunch of new stuff, the wait staff were attentive and explained in detail and helped us with our wine paring. I would recommend Juniper and Ivey to anyone that wants the classy experience of a great local restaurant.
Had a birthday dinner there with another couple and all 4 of us said it was one of the best meals we have had in a while. We did a bunch of small plates and that is what i would recommend. There were a few great standouts such as the yellowtail tostada, morel mushrooms, gnocchi, razor clams and the "yodel" their signature dessert. Also the wine and cocktail list is excellent.
Juniper & Ivy was amazing. The food was sensational. There were a couple misses, just based on our personal taste but mostly we had a blast. Our server Ryan was super knowledgeable and provided excellent suggestions with regard to both food and wine pairings. We had a wonderful evening and even though we live in Los Angeles, my husband and I are already trying to figure out when our next San Diego trip will be so we can return to Juniper & Ivy!
I have visited Juniper & Ivy before and took my boss and her husband there for dinner--she deemed it one of her best dinner's ever. So much so, she tried to get a reservation for a group of clients, but couldn't. She'll be back in San Diego for the 4th of July and I assure you she'll be back as will I!
We had such a great experience for our anniversary last week. We were in town from AZ and I'm a huge fan of Richard from Top Chef. I had very high expectations going in and was so impressed... we sat at the "chefs bar" to watch the kitchen, had great service and the menu items were easy to share since they were small plates. I loved the Hawaiian shrimp and Tri tip! Definitely recommend this spot. The only wish was that I had secretly hoped Richard would have been in to have met him. Great place!!!
This was my choice for Mother's Day dinner as well as our first time here. The restaurant is very energetic and a service was great. We ordered the the Wagyu Beef Shank that takes about 45-50 minutes to prepare, but is absolutely worth it. Served with biscuits and veggies, enough for all 5 of us! Ordered the Yule Log for dessert that was delicious. We all cannot wait to dine here again!
This is my family's absolute favorite, special occasion restaurant. We were there for Mother's Day. There were a couple of surprising problems with the food ( biscuit not hot, duck undercooked). Management apologized, but those things should not happen. We will not give up on them.
Overall excellent experience. Menu is interesting and innovative, service was very attentive and accommodating, nice wine list with decent pricing. Had various appetizers and entrees ( to many to list) and as a highlight the roast duck - cut for the table. Some parts of the duck were simply under cooked (we do like medium rare but these were just raw) - nothing though that detracted from the overall great evening.
If there is one item that could be addressed - it's the noise level. The place is just "freaking" loud. An audio consultant would do wonders and help that you dinners don't have to yell across the table to talk to each other.
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