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Isa's Bistro
Isa's Bistro

Isa's Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.isasbistro.com
  • Email: info@isasbistro.com
  • Phone: (828) 575-9636
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch, Monday - Saturday: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Dinner, Monday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Dinner, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Duane Fernandes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking is available for our guests. Our valet service is located at the entrance of The Haywood Park Hotel next to the restaurant.

    Public parking lots are located within a 1/2 block of the Bistro.
A word from Isa's Bistro


Isa’s Bistro is located in the heart of downtown Asheville at One Battery Park Avenue. Our 90 seat dining room is complimented by a wine cellar event space that can accommodate from 12 to 80 guests. Isa’s also boasts a lively sidewalk patio on one of Asheville’s most interesting intersections.

Fresh, local, seasonal: Chef Duane Fernandes describes his menu as “ingredient driven new American with a Mediterranean influence”. Isa’s menus are printed daily in order to highlight the best local produce as well as outstanding product from around the world. Fernandes’ experience in some of America’s top kitchens has left him dedicated to and passionate about the authentic, memorable dining experience.

Isa’s combination of great food, service and wine in a comfortable, laid back environment make it a culinary destination for both locals and visitors.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
Diner Reviews
  • "Dining at Isa's this week was a first time experience! We had heard what a great downtown bistro it was but had yet to visit! The entire experience was outstanding, and we highly recommend it! The food, as well as the service was excellent!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We have not loved Isa's for dinner, but this was our second brunch and we have been very happy with the quality and value of the dishes."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant several times. The service is terrible: wrong orders received; snippy staff; slow; inattentive. The food is sometimes good, other times mediocre. My eggs benedict on trout sausage and pancetta consisted of amazingly tough pancetta and minimal trout sausage. The fried oysters on cabbage slaw consisted of a huge portion of underdressed cabbage slaw topped by good fried oysters. It's a very nice room, so at least one can experience poor service and mediocre food in a pleasant environment. It was very telling that there were very few people in the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We were happy to find the restaurant open on a slow Monday evening, and we enjoyed a quiet dinner. The menu items were all appealing, and we appreciated the availability of small plates as well as regular entrees. The service was very attentive, and the waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. One of our party could not eat dairy, and that person had a bit more trouble selecting something appropriate to eat (desserts were completely out of the question; they all had dairy)."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "This was our first time eating at Isa's Bistro. Thank you for a lovely evening!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything was great up until the taste of the food. We ordered the scallops and the trout. The food presentation was excellent but the taste was very bland. I have cooked both at home and enjoyed the taste much more. The chef needs to step it up a notch or they need a new chef with some flare."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Another excellent dinner. Lamb loin perfectly prepared was remarkably good. The accompanying quinoa added to the gustatory experience. Attentive servers, quiet and attractive setting makes it a place to which we shall return."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "a great meal can be had with just a few appetizers: mussels, calimari, squid and burger were all great."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Combine great locavore-inspired food with a drop-dead space and terrific service and you define this gem in Asheville, NC!! Chef Duane cooks an incredible dinner menu AND lunch menu, so different, yet BOTH excellent. Sommelier Joe provides well-priced eclectic wine list to accompany any dish. The service is great, non-intrusive yet knowledgeable and attentive. Clearly a must for foodies!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I have visited Isa's a number of times and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend this as a great first date spot, or a girl's night out. Ryan Shaw and Duane Fernandes make a fine team with their innovative dishes. Each bite is a generous amount of explosive flavor. Tip: Try the pancakes and eggs benedict at brunch on Sunday's."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Isa's has been enjoyable in the past, but we really enjoyed the new bartender, Mike's, creations! Also, Andy's service was fantastic. The food has never disappointed, but for someone who isn't a scallops fan, I think this is one of the best items on the menu!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I hosted a business dinner at Isa's with 2 out-of-town guests. We all enjoyed our meals and were pleased with the entire experience. My only beef is that every dish and drink is a dollar or two overpriced. Main dishes are not over sized, which I appreciate, but are a tad high price wise. 1st course salads are huge, but close to $10. Reduce the price and size a bit. Also, $5 for a pint of local beer is too high. Quality and taste of the dishes were excellent."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Creative and well-presented menu. The sweet potato cake was divine!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had read good reviews about Isa's and decided to try their brunch on Sunday. The restaurant has a nice ambience in downtown area of Asheville. The energetic noise level did not bother us--kind of fun downtown at a window table. We were seated promptly and the server arrived at our table quickly. Our orders were placed but we waited a long time for our food. The kitchen is downstairs and we think the food was sitting on the counter and no one picked it up. The oysters( fried) were cold and chewy--the food had a very nice presentation They served bread with the entree and we requested olive oil and after asking a second time the server delivered the oil when we had only a couple of bites of our food left---just said kitchen was slow."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Isa's Bistro is a true destination dining experience!!! Brunch was top notch from the cornmeal pancakes to the spinach and wild mushroom quiche! The special was amazing!!! Perfectly fried chicken breast that was brined in pickle juice with chorizo gravy and buttermilk biscuits.! A+++++++++!!!! Service was excellent! Attentive but not overbearing, friendly and knowledgeable! Isa's bistro is a must go!!!!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Went with a party of 10 plus my 1-year-old son. The service was fantastic. I had the scallops, which were very good, but the carbonara it came with was a little too greasy. The bang bang cauliflower and octopus small plate were delicious! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food. I'd go back again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Three of us finally went for dinner and loved everything: appetizer, entree and desserts. Our waitress, Rebecca, was outstanding. The food was fresh, creative, beautifully plated and more than adequate portions. Can't wait to return for another exciting daily menu."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a pre-symphony dinner at Isa's last Saturday night. We ordered from the small plates menu, and found the portion sizes quite adequate. He had the bison brisket with brussels sprouts slaw; I had the celeriac bisque. We shared a kale salad. All were delicious. Our server, Rebecca, was charming. Service was excellent. The kale and the breadsticks were a little heavy on salt, but that's the only detractor I observed. We're so glad Isa's has come on the scene! It's a great location, right in the midst of Asheville's downtown."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The Haywood hotel offers valet parking. It is downtown, so you have a great walking radius. If you are going to a concert or symphony it is a close walk. It's business casual with a well trained wait staff. Reservations on Weekends would be smart. Good food, good service, pleasant atmosphere- you don't feel like you are in a hotel dining room."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Truly one of Asheville's gems, exquisite wine list and the Best Duck Breast I have ever had. Love the grilled veggies and Kale Salad also."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Delicious burger and bean salad. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "My husband and I loved the charming atmosphere, friendliness of our waiter, incredible delectable meal paired with a delicious winter sangria, and topped off with an irresistible dessert! We will tell our friends to visit often. We will be back soon for another tempting treat!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Have dined here 4 times and food is always delicious. Portions are good, especially love the 10 winter veggie salad and the Bang Bang cauliflower. Cocktails very yummy and service has been great."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My 4 friends and I decided to have a birthday dinner here, mainly because we hadn't visited the restaurant since it was the Flying Frog. Wow, what a surprise! We each had different entrees, all blew us away. Service matched the quality of the food. What a surprise. Great 'vibe' and decor. As we ate, we all kept saying how amazed we were at the food. Perhaps our new favorite downtown place? We've already decided to go back in 3 weeks!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I met a friend for a casual lunch and enjoyed the best burger in Asheville with their unique and delicious smashed fries."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "You owe it to yourself to eat here! The food was amazing start to finish. The octopus and dessert were the highlights, but each dish was well planned and delicious. It's nice to see some attention to detail when you're dining out. Thanks to Andy for providing great service without rushing us."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Our party of four came for a pre-theatre dinner. We had dinner at Isa's previously and all enjoyed our meal there as always. Food was great (kale salad is always a favorite of everyone). I usually have the farro risotto but tried the gnudi this time. Dumplings were a little heavy, but brussels sprouts in the dish were wonderful. Would be great to see another vegetarian option, or some separate vegetable sides. We especially appreciate the 98 heath dept rating as my husband has immune issues and can only eat at restaurants rated 98 or higher - not always easy to find!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We had been to Isa's Bistro several times in the past and always found the food and service to be tops. This time we went there for Valentine's Day. They offered a VIP price for the dinner. It was fabulous and I found out there is a party area that I never knew existed. When we got there we were escorted to the lower level, which is beautiful. There were 8 large tables with sofa type seating behind them They had rose petals on the table and we started off with champagne. The food was wonderful, as it always has been. The service was tops,. If they ever do another "special occasion" dinner, be sure hat you sign up for it I also would say go there at any time. You will find good goof and great service and a pleasant ambiance."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I went out the night before Valentine's Day to Isa's. We liked the look of the place when walking through downtown and made a point to come back to try the food. We sat in one of the half circle booths which gave us a good view of the dining room and bar. The place has a nice upscale feel. Our server was informative, not instrusive, but always there when we needed him. He knew the menu very well and was able to help us with our decisions. We had appetizers,appetizers for dinner as well, two glasses of wine, dessert and coffee and the bill was about $88 before tip. Not bad and we were never rushed (it was a snowy not, so not very busy). All in all a really pleasant experience."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I were happy to find Isa's. We wanted to try a place on downtown Asheville bc we were staying at Grove Park Inn. Isa's had a limited menu over Valentine's weekend but choices were decent and our entrees were excellent, as was the fried octopus appetizer. Our server also was very personable and welcoming."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Over all Excellent in every way!! Would recommend to everyone all ages!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We arrived a bit early but were immediately shown to our table. Our table was a romantic banquet, and was decorated with rose petals, a nice touch for a Valentine's Day dinner. The table was illuminated by one very bright (and hot) halogen spot light, which, combined with the overall warmth of the room, made it somewhat uncomfortable. We had made special reservations for the Cellar and were served a delicious glass of sparkling wine when seated, and hand-made truffles when we departed. The special Valentine's menu was limited, but we were each able to find items we liked. The major service issue is that I, the man, was served first in all 3 courses (dessert was a shared plate). Otherwise, a good, just not great meal, on a special day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Didnt expect the $20 corkage fee. The always waived it and when you are with a group that brings at 5 or 6 bottles of wine... $120 to open the wine is a bit much."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "While Isa's doesn't receive the hype of other restaurants, it should. From innovative small plates to inspired entrees (the wild mushroom risotto is fabulous), to creative cocktails, it stands above many local choices. The staff is friendly and attentive, and the bartender is a true artist. The convenient location and beautiful, large windows make it a great place to people watch."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Two outstanding dishes earn this restaurant my five stars. The octopus with fried artichokes is outrageously good - I'd seriously consider buying two portions of this appetizer in place of an entree. The organic Carolina chicken breast comes with a surprisingly tasty meat strudel: I never order chicken at restaurants, but this made me change my mind. The other dishes we ordered were good, although not as outstanding. Overall, a very good experience."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Lovely setting in the heart of Asheville's artsy craftsy downtown. Restaurant is nicely decorated. Valet parking is a plus. The wine list was acceptable if a little pricey. The menu was very interesting and well written. My short ribs with noodles was actually noodles with a few strands of beef in a very tastey sauce. The net response of my wife and I was that it was a pleasant evening with overpriced menu items and average service at the table. We probably will not return."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Great menu, great service, great experience. Fabulous food. Will do it again."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Sunday brunch was poor. However been there a couple of times for dinner and it was very nice. And recommended for dinner but not for Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "I could not have asked for a evening out! Food, atmosphere, service were beyond my expectations! Highly recommend! I will be back at my next opportunity"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable; the room was lovely. Service was excellent. We shared several dishes and all got a taste of the exciting menu. The octopus was a total surprise! I will certainly return on my next trip to Ashville."
    Dined on 12/30/2013