Try a Weeknight.
We went last nite (Tuesday) and it was still packed but we were able to be seated without a wait. We could have had a table but sat at the bar. Our server was pleasant and helpful.
The food was awesome!! the Spicy Tuna Tartare, Baby Arugula Salad, Potato Wrapped Seabass and Pan Roasted Fulton Valley Chicken were all excellent.
I will be going to Isa's again soon and highly recommend it.
Excellent food, great menu and a great time!. We went there because we had heard about it from friends, and it not only matched our expectations - it exceeded them, by a mile! The food was fantastic - the lobster broth with prawns was the best soup ever. The foie was great, and so was the steak - I highly recommend it. However, the service wasn't too good because our server seemed to not have a great time while serving us, or maybe it was the fact that we weren't buying the bottles of wine like everyone else. Nevertheless, I think it's worth every penny and every SFer must make at least one visit to Isa to really understand what great food is.
Not a pleasant experience!.
We had made a reservation at Isa. What I did not know was to request the patio - there was obviously more space out there and hopefully NO mirror that flanked our table tucked away tight in front. We ended up waiting 15 minutes while 2 other parties walked in and were
seated (not sure if they had rsvn's or not) got shuffled around the bar while they squeezed more parties to eat dinner there. Once we were seated the NOISE plus the mirror were just too much. We paid for our wine and promptly left! We will not go back! And I second the comments about the less than pleasant hostess experience.
Great food, great service!. I went here Friday night, not expecting much. Party of three adults and a six-year-old. We were seated near the front of the restaurant. The dishes come out family style and we ordered asparagus soup (absolutely delicious and even my kid who hates veggies ate it all), Dungeness crab salad (plenty of crab), paired this with a bottle of Isabel (Marlborough) Sauv Blanc. Our server noticed that one of our party wasn't eating the salad. Turns out he was allergic to shellfish and she brought out an heirloom tomato salad with chevre on the house. It was excellent with firm consistency and a nice citrus sauce with basil accents. Other dishes we had were the halibut (voted best dish), potato wrapped sea bass (perfectly moist with cardboard-thin potato wrapped around the meat, duck (ok, but a little overwhelmed by the cabbage side), scallops (perfectly cooked). Restaurant was busy, but our server was always there when we needed her. The food came out with great rhythm and we had great conversation and great food. I wouldn't call this a place for that romantic couples evening, but it's great food and great value with a nice, bustling atmosphere. I think previous negative comments seem a bit harsh. Bill came out to $185 which includes two bottles of wine, not cheap, but food quality and service was worth it. If you want cheap, then go eat a bowl of pho.
NOT WORTH IT AT ALL.
2 of us went there thinking this is the best small plates in san francisco, ya right.
frist thing his potato rapped sea bass that adish he got from daniel's in new york and when we got it it was so overr cooked the waiter saw it with out us saying anything to him. i known the portions are small plates but come on, 80$ later we went to in and out to fill up after we left. this place is so over rated. you know the saying " just say no". mybe the chef
should get back in his own kitchen.
Undercooked meats, browned old salad..... Beautiful ambiance, good service, food.... a huge disappointment. The endive salad had day-old looking endives, browned on the edges and all over the leaves, making the entire salad look, well, old! Halibut - totally undercooked. Luckily I am okay with raw fish, but my date could not eat it. It had charred edges, but was completely cold inside (fresh out of the freezer onto the grill?). The roasted chicken was pink and cool to the touch near the bone as well, with two large cuts through the breast, done after it was cooked, possibly to make sure it was cooked through? Next time, test closer to the bone, we couldn't bring ourselves to eat most of the drumstick. We didn't send anything back since we heard how service can deteriote at Isa. Sad to say, the best part of dinner was the wonderfully crusty bread! Would not recommend :-(
Unbelievable Rude treatment of a nice customer. Food was satisfactory, nothing spectacular for sure... back patio was nice...had to ask twice to get a heat lamp turned on. our server was decent...nice gal but rather clueless when it came to timing and finding out if we needed anything. The kicker were the rude hostess and the general manager who exuded even more disinterest and disdain for treating customers any better than terribly. Unbelievable. Rude, discourteous, and disrespectful. And I was a nice customer asking for another bottle of Veuve Cliquot and giving some very constructive advise for better service! Pass on this place.....i put up with snooty French servers when the food is extraordinary, but this is a confused sub-par tapas joint that just aint that cool.
Wonderful!!. This is my favorite restaurant! The ambiance on the back patio is perfect for a date or a special occasion. The menu offers a variety of small plate options which are so fun to share. The wine list gives plenty of good choices! I get so excited every time my boyfriend and I make a reservation... when we leave Isa, we are already looking forward to the next time!!
Fabulous!. Just a great place to hang out for any occassion...the heated patio is so beautiful, you feel so special just being in that environment. The food....what can i say.....just right! Must try the salmon and the seabass for sure YUMMYYYYYYY! I can't wait for my next visit......
User review by mccurran. This was the worst dining experience I've ever had in my 6 years in San Francisco. The restaurant was not that crowded, although our server took about 20 minutes before acknowledging our small party. He never brought my wine, never filled a water glass, never brought my guest's entree, and never apologized for one thing!!! The food was OK, but over-priced for what it was. I have never left a $0 tip in my life but this guy didn't get a penny on our $130 bill for two people. Too bad for him and too bad for the restaurant.
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