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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
Contemporary American, Californian, Tapas / Small Plates
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
A creative restaurant that is a step above. Great service, you need explanations about the menu. The chef thinks outside the box with his food and preparation. This amuse bouche is an example: deviled egg- sounds ordinary? He takes the egg whites and makes a meringue, uses this as a shell for the yolk that has been well seasoned. The rest of the plates follow in this type of creativity. The tastes are wonderful. Enjoy and have fun.
I rarely give 5 stars to a restaurant but to me this one fits all my criteria.
The menu changes so listing what we had might not exist tomorrow.
Get the biscuit, it’s great!😛
made my reservation 3 weeks in advance for a special occasion. valet was great, hostess greeting fine, acknowledged our special nite. after some discussion with the seating person and hostess, they attempted to seat us at the worst table in the building, even tho only 10% full. the two top at the bottom of the stairs, next to the service bar, surrounded by wait staff and people entering and exiting around both sides of the table. not my idea of a quite romantic location. this table remained empty the entire time we were dinning. we were eventually seated at a better location. Not a good start to the evening.
It was unfortunate that it took them 25 minutes after our reservation time to seat us, but they did offer us full service at the bar while we waited. The food was all good but not all of it was impressive enough to warrant the prices, so my suggestion is to try and taste all the smaller dishes and share a couple of the small plates rather than pay the exorbitant prices for the main courses.
The lounge area is a great place to have a cocktail before being seated. We were able to be seated for a chef's tasting and meet Richard Blais, both of which were amazing! Our waiter Nick made our experience even better. He was very knowledgeable about the food and recommended a spectacular Viognier.
For me, this was like an evening at the theater. Chef Blais was in the house and watching him tasting in the kitchen was a treat, having him come to our table was beyond my expectations. While I sadly had a cold that affected sense of taste, the textures and presentation of the food made for a memorable experience. Our waitress, Selena, was spot on with attention to us, explaining the dishes and giving us time to decide, checking to see how things were going without hovering.
I mistakenly booked an outside request and since I was hosting a client and asked the hostess to move us. She wasn't very pleasant and did not accommodate our request. They did fill up eventually but when we asked to move in it was empty and she didn't try. We ended up soending over $500 and I expected more. The food was tasty but the planes flying over was super annoying.
Our server seemed bothered to help us. Unable to explain food, rarely checked with us. Long waits to order. We ordered their large steak and there was a small piece of Saran Wrap left on it. This was a $110 item. There should be zero plastic wrap left on this food! In the end, the food seemed average.
The food was amazing. The front of house service was way below par. We had a reservation for 7:45pm and arrived on time. Our table was not ready so we ordered cocktails at the bar. It took over 20 minutes to receive our cocktails, during which our table became ready. We said, "Great, we'd like to sit down, you can bring our cocktails to the table." The hostess let us know we needed to wait for our cocktails at the bar and close out our tab before being seated. By the time all was said and done, we were seated at 8:30pm. The attitude of the hostesses was stuck-up, like they were doing us a favor by letting us dine at this restaurant. I very much enjoyed the food, but would not recommend this restaurant as they did not make the customer feel valued in the slightest.
I had high hopes for this resturant because i heard so many good things. I will start with the good. The service was excellent, ambiance was lively, cocktails were very good but it took about 20 mins to get our drinks. The food just wasn't my thing. If you are an adventurous diner you might really like it because there are some very unique dishes. I had pasta which was undercooked...not al dente but kind of crunchy. There were many raw or barely cooked selection but I like my food cooked fully. The portions are very small. Most surprising was a $140 steak. I don't mind spending $50 on a steak but i thought that was outlandish. The menu is pretty limited unless you like pig trotters (pig's feet), pork belly in everything or pork rinds. The "nachos" were served with pork rinds but they had a fancy name for them so we had no clue that's what the "chips" were. I like pork but i felt like the menu was a little too heavy on the pork theme. There was one vegetarian dish on the menu. If i go back it will be for cocktails & apps but i will skip the dinner. I probably should have checked out the menu before we went. I have to say that the food service was very fast.
As a self relegated Foodie and Food and Wine blogger, I was hoping for a memorable dining experience. Juniper and Ivy definitely delivered. From the Foie Gras cookies to the pork Belly to the whole roasted duck, every dish was spot on. The cocktails were delicious, wine list exceptional and the service was over the top. A special shout out to Ashley, the pastry chef, who entertained us throughout our dining experience and Les, the manager, for greeting us at our table. We live in Northern California, but will be back! You can count on that!
Part of our group was from out of town and we were excited to try one of Richard Blais' restaurants and it did not disappoint! The space and ambience were amazing - industrial with comforting touches of striped fabrics, lighting and pops of color. The menu organization is perfect: starts with one bite morsels, then moves to pantry items, then larger small plates and lastly larger plates that were more protein-driven. Our table decided to share, so we did not even get to the large plates as there were so many other dishes to choose from! Stand-outs: chicken liver tart bite, the biscuits with fois butter and the mushroom bolognese, but everything was executed perfectly. Service was top knotch - knowledgeable and attentive without feeling like we were being rushed (most restaurants want to turn over the table quickly but not Juniper and Ivy!). Craft cocktails and wine list truly complemented the food. We will definitely be back!
Very tasty and interesting small plates but the mains were overpriced. The lobster risotto (~$45) came with a reasonably large half lobster in the shell, which unfortunately was over cooked. The wine list is a bit pricey, but we did find a very nice 2009 Nebbiolo from California. Desserts, which we skipped, seemed less inspired.
Imaginative and delicious small plates but main courses are way too expensive although quite tasty. Service was thoughtful, if a little pushy but dishes came slowly possibly due to a large party nearby.
Worth a second look! One dish was disappointing as the meat was chewy but tasty
I went with 2 other business colleagues, and we were all looking forward to it as all the reviews were great and the restaurant is run by a well known chef. I was very disappointed as the food was not that great. Service was fine but I would not eat there again. Highly overrated.
Made reservations weeks in advanced and was originally seated outside. Whether you know or not, it's very close to the airport so very, very loud. We had heard great things about the restaurant and almost left and I'm glad we didn't. Once we were seated inside, everything went great - service, food, experience. I would highly recommend visiting as long as you're seating inside.
The bartender and wait staff were excellent. The menu was quite different then anything we've ever seen before. Some items were interesting. The oysters were inedibly salty. The beef prepared for two was really enough food for four, but quite tasty. We found the pricing to be exorbitant for the experience.
I didn't end up eating at Juniper and Ivy. I had a 6 pm reservation and my mom and I arrived for her birthday dinner and there was no one in the restaurant and the host put us in a very bad table outside. The outside area has NO VIEW and there was no reason the host couldn't rearrange things to have the almost 1st people of the night to arrive to have a better table. We asked and she told us she couldn't offer us ANY other table. I am a host at a fine dining restaurant in La Jolla and have enough comment sense that it's ridiculous to offer people a crappy table when every table is open! Luckily Herb and Wood took us in a heartbeat and had a great table for us even though they were MUCH busier, I can see why, they accommodate paying customers.
First went in thinking it was restaurant week and then found out they don't participate. The menu was strange, combinations were odd and the flavor combinations unusual. The portion sizes for medium sized plates were widely inconsistent. I had a pasta dish - only thing on the menu other than a one pound salmon filet (??!!) for $45 or a $110 two pound steak (!!!???) that looked at all interesting - showed up warm, not hot, with odd crunchy textures. The pear salad looked to have american cheese grated on it, and was called a warm salad but was not . The beef tartare was a strange ground texture, not chopped. The chicken and sausage was an amazingly small portion - think of one of those satirical comedy skits on new age restaurants - and had a very odd set of flavors. I eat in restaurants all over the world and I just found this uninteresting, pretentious, expensive, and weirdly incongruous with having an interesting meal out with the family. Won't return.
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