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Isalita Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.isalita.com
  • Phone: (734) 213-7400
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Sunday: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Happy Hours
    Tuesday & Friday 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm (Bar Area)
    Wednesday, Thursday. and Sunday 4:30 - 6:30 (Dining Room)
    Late Night Happy Hour: Friday & Saturday 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Chef Brendan McCall
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call us for details
  • Private Party Contact: Raunaq (734) 769-6700

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Division
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are several lots and street parking available within close walking distance
A word from Isalita
Our menu of Mexican small plates is inspired by the market culture of Mexico. Comida de calle - street food is integral to the social fabric and cultural rhythms of Mexico.
Isalita is 100% Pure Mexico: generosity, hospitality, and enjoyment of life. We take great care to authentically showcase the culinary traditions of Mexico, with our own unique style of flavors.

We take advance reservations for parties of 6 or more. Please note that not all of our large tables are displayed online.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is a unique Mexican restaurant experience. The food is inventive, fun and delicious. Sharing is a big part of the experience. We have visited many times with family and friends and have always walked away happy and satisfied. Starting with the hand-crafted cocktails, the experience is original. This last visit I ventured to try the Blood Orange Marguerita. It was NOT overly sweet and did not mask the taste of the tequila. Yum! We have enjoyed all of the small plate options as well. From the tuna to the chicken to the chorizo, you can't go wrong. Don't miss the esquites/elotes (delicious street corn served off or on the cob depending on the season). We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The best suggestion we were given is to order for the table and share everything you get! Some things come in 3's but the waitstaff came have them prepared in 4's."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The plantains side dish was particularly good. Fish tacos got rave reviews from our group. Meat and cheese quesadilla was also excellent."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great menu with items to share, tapas style. Guacamole is delicious, pick de gallo amazing. Drinks are original and very yummy. Very noisy, so not the place to go for serious conversation."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "The food was delicious. They recommended 2 tapas/person, but we were full on even less than that. The hostesses were incredibly friendly, the waitstaff was helpful and engaging. A fun, vibrant atmosphere to take my family when they came to visit."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I had hoped for a special birthday dinner but that was ruined when we were seated in the basement next to the loudest group of college students in Ann Arbor. The food was good but we couldn't wait to get out of there and spare our eardrums."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Who says burritios need to weigh 5 pounds? Original, creative, fun. Total surprise. Fun to share."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food is wonderful in both flavor and presentation. If you are a big eater it could get expensive. We there for restaurant week, $28 a person was the deal meal. Think it's a great place for groups. It's very noisy. We had a group with a baby sitting next to us. Not a place for quiet conversation."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week for my first visit. Everything was great, from the service to the food. Great dinner choice in Ann Arbor. Interesting menu items, we dined family style and I can honestly say I liked everything we ordered. Host, server, bartender were all accommodating and friendly."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week and enjoyed a wonderful lunch with portions that were easy to share. Beautiful presentation, yummy flavors and perfect portions. A delicious treat!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The course combinations offered during restaurant week were great as always. The goat barbacoa tacos were exceptional - perfectly done and succulent. As was one of my favorites - the chorizo queso fundido. The fun addition for RW was a bananas foster inspired plantain dessert which was heavenly. I hope they consider adding it to the regular menu."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Food was fantastic and everybody enjoyed everything they ordered. Only issue was that my main entree order was wrong. By the time I got my correct order, I had to leave to go back to work and didn't have time to enjoy it at the restaurant."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "We were a family group of 10 including 4 children. We enjoyed the shared small plates of 'gourmet' Mexican food, all interesting & delicious. Children's menu choices are good. We were seated at a long table in a quiet lower level room with excellent service."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Went for our office Christmas lunch. The server was so helpful in suggesting small plates and drinks. The duck confit was off the chain delicious. Forest mushroom quesadilla was exceptional. Great atmosphere. Interesting decor elements. Will be back. And bring friends. :)"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Good food, decent service. Everything was a tad too salty for my taste, but both the corn soup and carnitas tacos were delicious."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Love tapas and sharing dishes with others, and Isalita provides an interesting twist on tapas with their Mexican style rather than Spanish. There were 6 of us and we all enjoyed the various dishes and the sangria!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "I have tried a number of times to go here but they don't take reservations for under 6 people, a real minus for us boomer ages. And it's so loud you have to yell to converse. So we tried to go early-to get a table and maybe it would not be so loud. The food is excellent, the margaritas wonderful and the service exemplary. Now if you would only take reservations !"
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "I actually didn't realize that this was a small plate type restaurant before I arrived. I was slightly disappointed by this because the portions are pretty small for the cost. However, the food was amazing and we all really enjoyed it. It is a good place for a small group but probably not too large of groups. There were 4 of us and most of the items we ordered weren't large enough for each person to have a bite, so probably two or three people would be the best number. Otherwise you have to start ordering two orders of the items. The food really was great, but don't go there if you are on a tight budget."
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "It's loud, pretentious and over priced, but the food is amaZing."
    Dined on 6/7/2013
  • "Too loud for a group. Could only hear people sitting immediately next to me."
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "The food was delicious. I'm not a big fan of small plates though. The wait staff knew a lot about the menu. They cleaned our plates very quickly, which allowed for more food. They really seemed to push us out though which I understand because there were a lot of people waiting to trying the restaurant. I felt crammed in the restaurant though because they were trying to put as many people and tables into a smaller space. It was too loud and hard to carry a conversation. I did like the food though! somethings were a little too spicy for me though. I like Mexican and it will fit in well with Ann Arbor."
    Dined on 3/16/2013
  • "The food was very tasty, the server was excellent, and portions were a nice size. But the noise was so loud that the six of us at the table couldn't hear each other's conversation. It is doubtful therefore that we will ever go back."
    Dined on 3/6/2013
  • "We had a great experience at Isalita's. The food was amazing and the service was great. I can't wait to try more dishes the next time we go."
    Dined on 3/3/2013
  • "We really enjoyed the food but it was so loud in the restaurant that we had to shout to be heard, even to person directly across the table. Hamanchi was memorable and my niece enjoyed the tongue tacos."
    Dined on 1/19/2013