Isa
Isa

Isa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://isa.gg/
  • Phone: (347) 689-3594
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
    Lunch: Friday: 12:15pm-3:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am-3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Ignacio Mattos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private loft with garden.
  • Private Party Contact: Byron 9175134077

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South 2nd
  • Public Transit: L train to Bedford Avenue. J, M, Z to Marcy.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Isa
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At Isa we do take some reservations but most of our tables are kept for walk ins. We look forward to seeing you! If you would like to book a private event or a larger party of 14 people or more (up to 100) please contact Isa directly. Please join us!
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Isa reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (21)neighborhood gem (19)good for groups (10)romantic (10)special occasion (9)great for outdoor dining (8)great for brunch (5)hot spot (5)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Great food terrible service
    HanheartsNY
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I booked Isa for my 30th birthday celebration because I had heard great things about the food and they were able to accommodate a big group. They had a huge farmhouse style table with space for 6 each side and a person each end so 14 ppl total. I had booked for 12 people. I ended up having one extra guest and upon arrival asked the hostess if we could add the extra person. She was so rude I was shocked! She made out like it was such an inconvenience to add one person when there was clearly ample space. She did add the chair with a scowl. The servers were slightly better, certainly not as rude as the hostess but still, not much personality or interest was shown. Our dinner was at 7.30 and at 9.30 we were kicked out and told there was another party waiting. I understand that we can't stay all night but the manner in which they treated a large group spending a lot of money was just unacceptable in my opinion. It's a shame because the good was great but with a nasty hostess and sub par wait staff I don't think I'll be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful hidden gem
    johnbx
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great place, wonderful service and friendly waiters, all and more at Isa. The food was mouthwatering and drinks complimenting each bite, until you reach a food-gasm (which was my first time for me because everything tasted so good). Definitely can't wait to come back here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at isa
    Delibelly
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We were all very happy with our service. The waitress seemed a little scrambled but aside from waiting awhile for waters everything else was great. We ordered a soup and she forgot it, but by the time the rest of the food came we were too full anyway.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Isa gets better and better
    Anonymom
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    In a neighborhood where everything is a "concept" envisioned by idealists and abandoned when it doesn't work out exactly as planned, Isa stands out. Sure, it was a bit overworked at the onset, but the space and the homey Italian-inspired food were both strong, and they have won. Sit in the inner bar room near the fireplace and have some of the best roast chicken in the world. The salads and pizzas are also excellent, as are drinks. Wine list is small but has some good choices. Service is professional - another anomaly in Williamsburg. Lovely ambiance fueled by eclectic, wonderful music. Lunch is quiet and dinner is busier, but when the Dominoids start pouring in, no doubt they will be crazy busy. Keep up the great work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect go-to
    yumyum
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Isa is perfect for date night, catching up with a friend or friends, dinner with parents, pretty much any occasion. It's a really beautiful restaurant, the menu is great, the food is delicious but the only major let down is, what kind of Italian restaurant doesn't have gelato on the menu?! I am a local regular at Isa and will remain one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Tasty! Innovative and different. Friendly service. People who come there seem to know that the restaurant is a good one and makes the atmosphere comfortable not snobby. Cozy and bright with a nice view outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Old "New" Williamsburg
    AllCityDiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I haven't dined in Williamsburg in a while but scheduled a meet-up with some friends from out of town. Honestly, Isa wasn't my first choice in dining but glad it turned out to be the resulting choice. Many of the other restaurants in Williamsburg (Bedford Ave (L) vicinity) require reservations which makes it nearly impossible to explore cool restaurants in the area. While Isa accepts reservations, it's not a requirement. I think that is important element for neighborhood dining. Beyond that technicality, the restaurant is great! Cocktails are top choice with fresh ingredients and talented mixologists. The food is of the same combination, fresh ingredients and talented chefs. I will return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would 100% come back
    Willcomeback
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Cozy and the food is amazing. Recommend for a date or a quaint birthday. Tables are great for a larger group as well. A Williamsburg must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and Warm
    chookgek
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food was very good- we had homemade ricotta appetizer with sopressata, pizza of the day and kale salad as appetizers. The pizza and sopressata/ricotta plate were delicious and melted in your mouth, so highly recommend. The kale salad was below mediocre because it must be crispy. steak was good. deserts were okay. the wine was very good also because on the wine menu they had an actual list of ingredients of this wine- i had something that had pear and roasted cashew and peach or nectarine in it. Atmosphere very cozy! service good. Recommend By all Means!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food! ISA always delivers!
    Isabel
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been to ISA a few times and the food has always been outstanding. We have always order a few things for the table rather than for individuals and it has been such a great experience. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and the service has always been good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good
    N1tty
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food and service. I would recommend brunch here and would love to come back to NYC for a dinner reservation. Poached eggs were cooked to perfection. The staff were attentive and the atmosphere was relaxed but chatty. Great spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a find!
    antonioVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Visiting from SF..found this place online. Incredibly yummy food. Nice service, interesting decor. Some of the most uncomfortable chairs any us have ever sat in. What are you thinking? Fix it..I'm serious! Great food and dreadfully uncomfortable seating. I'd go back but I'd bring a chair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 162 reviews are from the Isa reviews archive.
  • docdocVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We all loved our brunch at Isa in every way. It's perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    NYCSCHVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We don't usually go out in Williamsburg for dinner, but found ourselves there Saturday night. The menu is small but the options are healthy, the portions are huge and the food delicious. I don't normally order chicken in wood fire ovens because it tends to be dry but this was incredibly moist and succulent and the yogurt sauce out of this world. The spicy chick peas are also a treat. And, the setting, while rustic and in a trendy neighborhood is perfect for those who might not consider themselves of the hipster set. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Enjoyed the ambience and food very much! Will definitely return next time in brooklyn.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decline in quality of bfast pizza
    twoplusoneVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We love Isa's breakfast pizza - the combination of Garlic, panchetta, sunny side up eggs, pizza dough in the brick oven - amazing. However, it felt like they changed the recipe and the garlic sauce was not the same as before (which has a large impact on the Pizzas flavor). I might be wrong about the recipe changing, but in that case they just under-performed this time. Oh, the avocado sandwich is too small :( In any case, great place, great large windows opened to the street make the place feel like it's outdoors, and the staff is great!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Couldn't believe the rave reviews.
    timgny
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Thought we'd venture away to Williamsburg for a change of pace. Isa was highly recommended. Though we had a nice time, we wouldn't go back. The gnocchi, which the wait staff said was great, was undercooked and the sauce lacked sausage. In fact, there wasn't enough meat to add any real flavor to the sauce. Two of the guests had the roast chicken. Good, but nothing special. I had the cod. it was delicious, but $28 for 3 oz of fish was outrageous. I'll stick to the restaurants in Carroll Gardens. More interesting creations and better food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice & relaxe ambiance
    Anabelstella
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Nice restaurant Very good service Food is good, healthy and original Very beautiful decor and they have a nice outdoor terrace Cosy with candles light during dinner service We went 2 couples and we had a great time .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe
    RonayVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a 6pm reservation on a Saturday and it was lovely. By the time we left the place was very busy. The appetizer list is lovely. Plenty of choices for people who don't like overly done (like me). Our waitress was a nice mix of friendly and giving space. The sparkling wine from Italy is perfect. I'd definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple and delicious
    NYCBizTravelerVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The speck and cheese sandwich was so tasty. The pancakes were so large they could be enough for 4 people... This is a simple place, the staff is super nice, the food was great. Really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food slllllooooow service
    Ehersey
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food was great, the drinks took 20 minutes as did any water refill and some drinks came when we were almost done eating or not at all. Disappointing service for the cost of food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, great food!
    foodiscool
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Great atmosphere, great food, and reasonable prices. I took some visitors from out of town here, and they loved it. The cauliflower appetizer was amazing, and I'm not normally a fan. Also a great bread basket, which is always nice. I had the pizza of the day, which had a spicy fennel sausage and spinach and was excellent. Better than Motorino around the corner in my book! Best of all, the service was all very friendly, and our server was both knowledgeable and impeccably attentive. My only complaint was that the wine list seemed a little pricey relative to the menu, and the beer selection was slim (I understand it's not really the focus, but when the wines are all $50+ bottles it becomes one!). But overall I can't recommend Isa enough!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too hipster not for foodies
    Aco11
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I read too many things about this place, and honestly the menu was poor, the food was avarage... The only amazing thing was the price TO EXPENSIVE for what it was.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful setting
    FredVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Isa is a beautiful little hipster restaurant. Certainly overpriced, but the drinks were creative and great. Food was good and edible and all that -- could have been bigger portions for brunch. Overall, tasty and fun for an occasional brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LUNCH
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We made diner reservations, but ended up having lunch there. Really nice!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brooklyns best
    Lizzie
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    A total food haven. Great atmosphere. Fabulous interesting food and wonderful service. What more could one want and prices were reasonable. Fabulous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    aaronpol
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This place was a really nice find. I live nearby and managed to get a reservation only 2 days in advance, even though they don't take many reservations. Everything we had was delicious - the roasted chicken, the meatballs, the bread. I highly recommend the charred cauliflower - it was great! I know they change their menu frequently, but I believe the meatballs and cauliflower are often there, so have some, since they're yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and kid friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Don't sacrifice quality just because you have to bring your kids. Great brunch. Very kid friendly. Also love that you can make a rez for brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Lisa
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Food was out of this world yummy - they really know how to blend herbs well - and decor was romantic and cozy, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Daven
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Delicious food, friendly service and great atmosphere! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eating at Isa
    FireplaceGirl
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Love t his place. the staff are so friendly. The food is good and fresh. I have two things that i wish could be improved. I always feel rushed to leave once I'm finished. I know it gets crowded both at brunch and dinners, but I never feel happy when being rushed to leave. Of course I'm being made to feel "time to leave" with a smile, but still, it doesn't feel neighborhood nor gratious nor cool. Noise level sometimes uncomfortable. so loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will not be back
    RKRICHARDS
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The food is mediocre. If you can cook decently, you will not be impressed by any means. I had chicken which I never order because I figure I can cook pretty good chicken. It was Ok, but oily, and just laying on some brussel sprouts that had been cut in half, and half cooked--still hard, and no seasoning / flavor, just oil. I was bummed because I heard that this place was great but I guess that was the case when it first opened but then changed ownership and now it is what it is. In a sea of choices and options, I would not bother with this place--nothing special.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New favorite weekend brunch spot
    JinHPVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Caught up with a friend of mine over brunch at Isa. It was my first visit here despite living around the corner. Definitely glad we tried it. I had trouble choosing just one dish from the brunch menu because so many dishes appealed to me. Also glad we booked a table as it was nearly full. The wood burning fire makes for a cozy atmosphere and the service was beyond helpful. I will definitely be going back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad food in a cute place
    foodqueen
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Isa-- we went there with 5 people, 2/4 meals were terrible and 2 were just OK, only one was good. At the end of the meal we told the maitre D 2 of the meals were terrible ( the pasta carbonara was so salty it was inedible) and they did not take either off the bill. I would never go there again or recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    TripleH
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Vibe and ambience were nice and my dinner was good (I loved the kale salad, but I was not too crazy about my pasta dish, which had too much melted goat cheese, but that was my fault). However, I will come back to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rustic gem
    elenainNYC
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Amazing food, nice service in a cool rustic log-cabin ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYE in NYC, a good choice
    Skov
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had dinner at Isa before heading to a few local bars for New Years Eve .. the food was terrific, the crowd was equally as good.. we'll be back and definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rustic ambience. Yummy food.
    CEB2
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    I dined here recently with my boyfriend. We both loved the rustic decor and the smell wood burning stove. Perfect for a date night or dinner with a few friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • better off going during the week
    JR999999VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    i've heard a lot of hype about this restaurant and it didn't quite live up to it. it is incredibly noisy which made the experience somewhat unpleasant. there seemed to be an upstairs area so perhaps it is quieter up there. the food was decent, nothing special, and definitely not inexpensive. once again, i can name several manhattan restaurants in a similar or even cheaper price range that far surpass the quality of food and ambiance of this restaurant. i would consider going back during the week when i may not have to overhear multiple conversations while i eat my meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but also Disappointing
    foodie
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    - Isa's dishes were good, but there was a common theme of inaccurate descriptions of dishes which leads itself to a confused and disappointing dining experience. - Isa's menus must change frequently. So if you see a dish on their online menus, don't count on it being offered when you dine at Isa. - Prosciutto balls - Lacking sufficient prosciutto. So though the flavors in these balls were good, it was an overall disappointment because there wasn’t much prosciutto in them. - Italian cheese cake - Though this was a good cheese cake, naming it "Italian" was a misnomer. Isa's cheesecake had key-lime type of consistency and flavor.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate