Fodor's Expert Review Juniper and Ivy

$$$$ Little Italy Modern American

Celebrity chef Richard Blais’s addition to San Diego’s restaurant scene fills an open-beamed space with seating for 250 and an open stainless-steel dream kitchen where diners can watch the chef and team in action. Blais sources local farm-fresh ingredients for his “left coast cookery” with a molecular gastronomy twist. Oysters on the half shell are dotted with liquid nitrogen-frozen citrus “pearls,” and the popular yodel dessert is a chocolate cylinder topped with hot Valrhona fudge to reveal nitrogen-frozen balls of chocolate inside. Even familiar carne asada surprises as spicy steak tartare on toast. The comfort-food crowd might want to order from the “secret menu” with its “In & Haute” burger served with fries.

Restaurant valet parking is only $7.

Modern American Dinner $$$$

Quick Facts

2228 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, California  92101, USA


Known For:
  • California-Baja-inspired carne crudo asada topped with quail eggs
  • Off-menu "In & Haute" burger
  • Very shareable Yodel chocolate dessert
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No lunch

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