Great ExperienceLoved this restaurant! We came here because of the Dinning Out event in San Francisco and I recommend it to everyone. Food was great and the service was fantastic. We were an hour early for our reservation and everyone was so accommodating and were able to seat us right away. Great hidden gem!6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMI was pleasantly surprisedI was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and preparation. The Alaskan halibut was luscious, light and flavorful. The short rib was perfection. Very well done. Thank you!6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMSampled the Dine About TownSampled the Dine About Town dinner menus. Everything we had was wonderful with the exception of the oysters which seemed a little mushy. Service was very good, but downgraded one level as the kitchen seemed to have a hard time coping with the volume. Both the table next to us and we had to remind the server about missing second courses which consequently impacted the timing of the third course. The salmon carpaccio was excellent. Dessert wines are scant in choices, but the rest of the list complemented the food very nicely. A thoroughly enjoyable evening and we would go back.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and serviceWent here for Dine about town. I chose it due to its fairly large selection of dishes for DAT. I went with friends and we really enjoyed ourselves. The waiter was attentive and answered all our questions. Each person ordered 4 dishes which made it about 12 dishes for us. We got to share the main courses which were delicious. Definitely did not skimp on portions for this promotion. The duck and streak were the highlight, but the scallops and mussels are good also. Definitely will be back for regular dining.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWill certainly comebackWe used to come here often when Luke was here and have introduced Isa to many friends. For some unknown reason, we have not been here for a few years. It is so nice to find it just as good as ever. The Dine About Town special was of a great value, everything the four of us ordered was excellent and the service was tops. We will be back more regularly from now on,6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMVisitors to SFIt is such a great spot. We happened on a night of special menu at special price, which did not limit the choices.
Halibut was delish, scallops outstanding and all the goodies to accompany the course were yummy.
Staff were very accommodating and gracious.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMDine About Town funIsa was only serving a Dine About Town menu, but if that represents their regular menu, it's tasty! The "outdoor" seating is actually a completely covered patio, but it's nice. The heaters are too close to the tables and kind of infringe and make service awkward. We felt a little rushed at the end of the meal...kind of "here's your check - get the heck out so we can seat the next party." Uncalled for since we'd only been there about 90 minutes and were ordering extra stuff - like coffee.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food!The food was absolutely delicious! Although our neighbors were a big annoyance (talked loudly and drunkenly) the food and the service made up for it. We did the dine about town 4 course meal and it was very delicious and fulfilling. Would definitely come back again!6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Dine About Town Menu!This is the second time we have been to Isa for Dine About Town and were just as impressed this time! The food was remarkable; beautifully presented, fresh, seasoned perfectly. Our waiter was very attentive but not intrusive. He made sure we had a great dining experience. All of the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The service was quick, but we never felt hurried. I would recommend Isa to anyone who enjoys really great food, beautifully presented by a stellar staff.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent DAT value, outstandingExcellent DAT value, outstanding food, will definitely be back.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWonder food and wonderful serviceI went there with my coworker on a weekday night so it's kind of quiet, including us, only five tables. They have a happy hour special for $5 wine and that's a really good. Our server recommended the Chardonnay to go with the see bass and that was a really good choice. They also have a 3-course $29 set menu offer from Monday to Wednesday. We ordered calamari as an appetizer, I had the sea bass and my coworker had the halibut, both are really really good. If you're a foodie like me you won't be disappointed.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMworth the effort to find parkingcelebrated a birthday, party of 8, sat in the covered patio, excellent service and food. good value. must go! happy hour is 6-7, great deal on drinks but no specials on food.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food, but poor excusesGreat food. Small plates. Very low key place. Cozy.
I would recommend it, but I was a bit put off after the waitress made excuses about a billing error.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGood meal on the way to MarinGreat meal, rapid service, but not rushed. We shared a couple of the smaller plates (fresh oysters and delicious salmon carpaccio), and then each had a main course (rack of lamb and the duck breast). Everything was tasty, nothing to blow us away, but very satisfactory. The cocktail we tried was also excellent. Location en route to the Golden Gate Bridge was perfect to allow us to avoid the rush hour, holiday weekend traffic, and still get up to Marin at a reasonable hour. The noise level at 6:30 pm was low, but there was some loud background music.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMPortions are small for larger groupWe had a group of 5 adults and 1 child. Everything was great - tasty food, kid-friendly, spacious, nice ambience - but the portions were too small to share family style for our group. I wish the server had suggested ordering more for our table. We ended up ordering an extra prix fixe option after the first dish of seasonal fish came out tiny. Each of us had literally a bite of it, then we waited for the next dish to come. Good food and a nice serving of vegetables with each dish, but just a little small for a group any larger than 4.5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat little (kinda) outdoorGreat little (kinda) outdoor area. Covered canvas. Was very surprised - loks quite unassuming from the outside but the food was great.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMDeliciousThe food was excellent and the outdoor eating area is completely enclosed and cute. The restaurant is very cozy and the service is great! The waiter told us the restaurant is more tapas and that we should each order two items off the menu and share. (This was too much food but very reasonably priced we just brought the leftovers home) I had the butter lettuce salad and the truffle risotto (amazing) and my boyfriend had the mussels and the range chicken (also amazing) for dessert we had the cookie ice cream and the grapefruit granite. We loved the risotto, the chicken and the salad. The rest were also fantastic but those were our favorites5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMA great mealThe foood was excellent though it came a bit too quickly. If yoou go order your starters and when you finish them order your mains. If you want great service be sure to ask for Domingo!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious food, awesome serviceWe went here over Mothers Day weekend and had Domingo as our waiter. He was great! The food portions are not too big and not too small. We shared the steak, risotto and potato wrapped fish. Flavorful and delicious. I would definitely come back.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMDate NightWe were running late for our reservation but they were still very accommodating. The service was excellent and it was a perfect place for date night. We will definitely be back!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMBig party last minute reservationWe had a large group of 13 and Isa was able to accommodate us at the last minute. The waiter was amazing and recommended items that were restaurant favorites without us even having to ask. The menu lists that they have small plates and entrees. We were a little nervous at first because of the pricing but in the end we all shared a few of the small plates as appetizers (which one plate was shareable by 4 people) and then each ordered an entree and the amount of food was perfect. The wine was amazing. I would highly recommend this restaurant.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThe menu says all dishes areThe menu says all dishes are meant to share but entree portions can be enough for one diner, appetizers are ok for two depending on dish.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMIsaFood was so well prepared! The seabass was deliciously cooked... very moist and tender; the flat iron steak was great; the chicken was outstanding; the risotto rich and yummy . We had four pre fixe meals and a single entree (the seabass, which was not offered as a pre fixe). The pre fixe included an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert (very limited choices). We had the mussels, the goat cheese (a favorite with us), the calamari, and the salmon carpaccio as our appetizers; all were wonderful. Two of us had ordered the flat iron steak for our entrees, but the waiter forgot to bring one of them, so we canceled that pre fixe and just paid for the appetizer. Great food! Go!!5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful flavorsI was second guessing my booking this table, as we were first offered a table on their "heated patio". Since it is completely enclosed, there is no alfresco feel to it whatsoever so we moved to the small front dining area. All my hesitation evaporated after the first course. The dungeness crab salad was lightly dressed and delicious. The grilled shrimp were tasty and sweet. Seared scallops with orzo, great too. We were stuffed by the time the duck arrived, and could not finish that dish. Overall, excellent food.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMService and Food are wonderful.Service and Food are wonderful. I brought out-of-towners here and they were still talking about the experience the next day!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMIsa is outstanding. We hadIsa is outstanding. We had a group of 8 girls for a fun night out. Excellent wait staff. Patio tables are crammed together a bit but the food was amazing. We shared several plates and that is the way to go!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were very well taken careWe were very well taken care of on what appeared to be a very busy night. The food was terrific and the portion sizes were perfect. The restaurant has a funny policy of serving food as it's ready, which means that your first course may not arrive at the same time as your companion's first course. They say that this is because the dishes are meant to be shared, but the portion sizes are really just right for one.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service, great cocktails,Great service, great cocktails, and the food was perfect.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIsa was phenomenal. The pricesIsa was phenomenal. The prices were amazingly resonable, on par with chain restaurants, but the quality and sourced ingredients were leaps and bounds beyond what you get for the same money else where. You will be hard pressed to find a restaurant with the same character, unique menu items, and wonderful staff. A wonderful experience, and we will surely return, all 8 of us.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIsa Restaurant - "The place to go"Isa has never disappointed. It's always one of our favorite "go to" places for special occassions, get togethers, and/or just somewhere to go for a delicious meal with excellent service. The servers are always friendly and knowledgeable of the menu and always accommodating! Will definitely return!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe know Isa well, dining thereWe know Isa well, dining there at least twice every time we come to San Francisco (5-6 trips per year). This meal was different, and something was wrong. Staff had a hard time seating everyone when they arrived, was very late to getting drink orders and delivering, had little of substance to say about various offerings. Half-way through the delicious steamed mussels the entrees arrived. I had to hold my mussels so they would not be taken away. Desserts arrived early, before we were finished. Based on this experience we would rethink our choice. However, we returned the next night (reservation made by Ken Jakobs)for our usual, expected first rate experience with excellent service and wonderful sweetbreads and halibut.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food. This restaurantAmazing food. This restaurant is family style. Order multiple plates and share with your friends. It's a great restaurant and the food is truly top notch and worth it. On the night we were there they only had 2 waiters for the whole restaurant because they send someone home and so the service was incredibly slow. Saw the waitress maybe 2 times the whole time. Once the crowd died down we did see her a bit more frequently but we were finished with our meal by then.
Food is great and I would return hopefully they have better staffing next time.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMIsa!!Isa is a very charming place. We loved the feel of the enclosed back patio. And the food was really incredible. Everyone loved the Sea Bass wrapped in crispy thinly sliced potatoes, the sweetbreads, the crab salad, and of course the brioche specials;) The service was great and considering our overall experience, the bill was very reasonable.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMIsa never disappoints....Never fails to disappoint. Service and food are always spot on! The ingredients are always fresh and tasty. The menu is value priced.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMhappy ^__^food was great .. service was great
definitely would come back4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Marina ResturantI've been here twice and I can't express enough at how great the food is. The scallops, mussels and seabass are cooked perfect4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWe took friends from FranceWe took friends from France to Isa and had a very nice dinner. Everyone ordered from the tasting menu and we shared everything, so got lots of tastes. We agreed that the spaghetti with truffles, tomatoes and olives was perfectly prepared and delicious. The halibut was excellent, as were the flat iron steak and the chicken. We were less enthusiastic about the squid - the sweetness just didnt work - and the mussels, which is a tough dish to share. Since the restaurant bills itself as family style, I think a better way to share that dish needs to be found.
The patio out back is popular but we thought too noises, so we opted for the front and it was good v4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service. HostedGreat food and service. Hosted my family from out of town and they loved it. I'll be back soon.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMI went here with my boyfriendI went here with my boyfriend for dinner last week. We had a LOVELY time, even though the patio was a bit noisy. We had the prix fixe menu and loved all of our selections. (We also thought it was a great price for all of the food that we received!) I have several food allergies and they were able to make special accommodations to ensure that I had a healthy yet delicious meal. We will definitely be back!!3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMHaven't had a meal as goodHaven't had a meal as good as our dinner at Isa's in a LONG time. Fit for a foodie. Everything from the awesome bread to the dessert was sooo amazing, and I'm a picky one.
Am so grateful we chose Isa's over the hundreds of restaurants in SF. The prices were very reasonable for the quality of food. OUTSTANDING, FIVE STARS!!!3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMIsa was a wonderful experience.Isa was a wonderful experience. The food is amazing and our server was knowledgeable about the menu and attentive. We will come back there again when in SFO without a doubt. The potato crusted seabass and the chevre tomato appetizer were especially tasty!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful overallWe had a wonderful overall experience. The wait staff was the best we've encountered in years. They were always there but unobtrusive. The food also was first class in ingredients and preparation. We got there before 7 so had an opportunity to sample wines at half price. And they were all good.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent and reliable - asExcellent and reliable - as always! Give it a try...3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently good neighborhood spotWe've been eating at Isa since it first opened (2003?). The food is excellent, and we love that some of our favorite dishes are always available. The wines are usually a very good value, although we would love it if you would bring back Newton unfiltered wines.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ambiance on the heatedGreat ambiance on the heated patio, perfect for sharing delicious food and wine with loved ones.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMIsa - a favorite in the Marina.We go to Isa as often as we can. It is consistently excellent ... presentation good, flavors outstanding, temperature hot, great menu. A favorite.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBEST restaurant ever!!This is an AMAZING restaurant. They were very communicative and patient. People in my party kept cancelling so at the last minute when we got there I had to tell them we were 2 less than they were expecting. They quickly rearranged the table. Our waiter Dean was SO kind and very helpful. We had a party of 9 and they were constantly checking on us, taking away empty dishes, giving us clean plates. It was a WONDERFUL experience!3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMBest sevice I have ever experiencedBest sevice I have ever experienced at Isa. Food was perfect from start to finish...better than ever!1/22/2013 12:00:00 AMunforgetablewe used tripadvisor to find isa and we could not have been any happier! we shared ahi tuna with avocado, calamari, and the truffle risotto. i cannot speak highly enough. our waiter was great, the service was amazing. empty plates were removed immediately. the food may have been the best food i have ever eaten. we had a bottle of wine with dinner and finished with the creme brulee. it was an unforgettable experience. isa is small plate, and the restaurant is small. we ate on the covered outdoor patio and the ambiance was unmatched. needless to say, we will eat here anytime we are in san francisco in the future!8/3/2012 12:00:00 AM