Isalita
Isalita

Isalita

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.isalita.com/
  • Phone: 7342137400x
  • 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 7347696700x

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.

RESERVATIONS
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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Isalita reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (7)good for groups (7)neighborhood gem (5)vibrant bar scene (5)special occasion (4)hot spot (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Wish it were in LA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was my second time here but only because I live in Los Angeles. My son lived down the street and it was one of his favorites. The food is authentic and the small plates allow you to try a lot of different things. My favorite is the crispy mushroom quesadilla. Los Angeles has a lot of great restaurants but it doesn't have an Isalita! Too bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Isalitas IS Mexico in Michigan
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Homemade tacos, best margaritas since I was in Guadalajara, NO Tex-Mex refried beans and just the right amount of spices. Isalitas is definitely THE place for Real Mexican food around central Michigan.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small plate food!
    soloneatsVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Come with a group. This is a restaurant for sharing and the plates are small- one or two bites. The food was excellent, very tasty. The service was okay, but not that attentive. The food comes out slowly, one dish at a time so you need to be sharing or you won't be eating with the rest of the table. Very good food and we will come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creeping to the top
    A2fanVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Isalita is steadily rising to one of the top restaurants in town. Looking for GREAT flavor, great value, great service and a fun ambiance in the middle of downtown Ann Arbor, hit Isalita. The tuna tostadas are among the top dishes in town. The barbecue chicken flautas come with a sauce that is to die for. Shrimp ceviche is fun to dip into the whole meal. And the guacamoles are incredible--especially the bacon, goat cheese--yes it works!! It's tapas (small plate) style so it's ideal for friends looking to enjoy a perfectly paced evening out. You will NOT be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a Fun Experience!
    Patmeg
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Share share share!
    Goodfood
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent
    Susan
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The plantains side dish was particularly good. Fish tacos got rave reviews from our group. Meat and cheese quesadilla was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 21 reviews are from the Isalita reviews archive.
  • High energy fun
    MgoblueVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish, Filling, Super Friendly
    Time4Noms
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but way too loud
    Rjhoff
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Finally, non boring Mexican food
    Wheatgerm
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Who says burritios need to weigh 5 pounds? Original, creative, fun. Total surprise. Fun to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Flavor in Small bites
    zhinka
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Amanda
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Update
    A2SEVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican Small Plates
    marlajames
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still talking about it....
    UMRSC
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    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. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican food that feels authentic.
    KhazVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Good food, decent service. Everything was a tad too salty for my taste, but both the corn soup and carnitas tacos were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love tapas and sharing dishes
    Donna
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • early birds
    bird3
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    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 !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    Umich22
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you love good food
    tned99VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    It's loud, pretentious and over priced, but the food is amaZing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud for a group. Could
    mgoblueVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Too loud for a group. Could only hear people sitting immediately next to me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was delicious. I'm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was very tasty, the
    Julie
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food very good but too noisy
    A2JM
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic