First off, I rated Juniper 3.0, not because it is average food in general, but because I found dining there an average experience for the price.
We choose Juniper after hours of researching places to eat in Vail (my boyfriend is a foodie/chef, so every restaurant choice is a very serious one in our house). The menu is intriguing, with some interesting flavors added to some classics.
The hostess was delightful, and let us have our choice of tables. The decor is nice and understated. Our waitress was adept, but certainly not polished and didn't really seem able to answer our questions about the food. But, it was off season in Vail, and I know that great help is hard to find and even harder to keep....
We started with the duck confit spring roll, which was excellent. I had seared tuna, which was cooked perfectly, but which was drowned in a sauce that was MUCH too salty (and I LOVE salt). My boyfriend had the Veal Scaloppini which was good. We each got a glass of red wine with dinner, and both our wines were served much too warm (I would bet his was about 80 degrees, mine was a bit cooler than his, but nowhere near 65 degrees), which is not a mistake I would have expected a restaurant the caliber of Juniper to make. We opted not to get dessert as we had heard their dessert was not spectacular.
All in all, it was a good meal, but not a great meal. I was a little disappointed because if the staff had paid just a LITTLE more attention to details, it could have been much better. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend Juniper, yet next time we are in Vail, we'll try someplace else.