Although we went in the winter,
Although we went in the winter, we could see that the walls of glass can open up for a totally outdoor experience. The food here was AMAZING. I got the Salmon and my husband got the Steak--both were very tasty, perfect texture, not overcooked, fresh vegetables and a creative twist of coconut rice and fried bananas, respectively, as the starch--super tasty! We would definitely go again.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and waitstaff were terrific.
Food and waitstaff were terrific. Carpets need to be cleaned or replaced.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Conveniently located close
Conveniently located close to Portland Center Stage. Lunch cafe atmosphere with fine dining prices in the evening;the food is innovative and tasty. Noisy as there are just glass windows and no carpeting or soft furniture. Fresh fish! Happy Hour is worthwhile too. Some service lapses but the bartender knew how to resolve everything!
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
I like this menu. It's the
I like this menu. It's the same as Dragonfly in Ashland where we like to eat as a vacationing group because of the tasty fusion selections that are fresh and healthy. There is something for everyone. The house gin is Boodles--that's impressive. ALthough the first martini I ordered was very watery (I know my martinis)--they did fix it upon request, however. Service was only ok. Server seemed confused and not very attentive to our party of 8 even though the house was about a third full. As more staff arrived it got better so perhaps she was overwhelmed. Noise level is awful. I would pick this place frequently because of the menu and handy location near the Gerding theater, but every time I go I'm reminded of the bothersome noise level.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
The restaurant was bustling.
The restaurant was bustling. Good spot to pop in for lunch or a bite after work. There was a unique combination of flavors in the Brazilian bowl...adding coconut rice to the beans and rice combo. Our favorite, though was the pork carnitas, with just the right amount of crispy bits wrapped in corn tortillas. We did feel like the prices were a bit high for the food.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Isabel serves delicious and
Isabel serves delicious and wholesome food with genuinely friendly and helpful service.
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Isabel has a fairly diverse
Isabel has a fairly diverse menu and all of our party enjoyed their food. It is not too noisy so conversation around the table is ok.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service and friendliness were
Service and friendliness were great. Food was exceptional. One minor hit forgreens mixed with broccoli which were very bland.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious. Wholesome & Affordable
A friend and I were passing through PDX on a short roadtrip. My fave restaurant was booked out so we tried Isabel Pearl instead. Some things just work out for the best as this place was a REAL GEM. They get the basics spot on: Delicious, wholesome and affordable (not "cheap" - but a terrific value for under $20 per person for dinner). Additional bonuses: Apparently they grow much of their own produce on a local organic-method farm nearby; One side of the building's glass walls tip out to offer the feeling of outdoor dining without being entirely exposed; The menu items are culinary creations - interesting (in a good way) - and all at this price. We were impressed, and I would definitely go here again next time I was in PDX.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, even better service!
The waitress was amazing from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. The food was delicious and the space was inviting!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Super healthy options.....
Super healthy options..... And some naughty ones too
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great time!
Delicious and healthy food. Wine selection wasn't amazing, but the service was excellent.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We'll Be Back
First time visit for birthday celebration. First impression only fair - there's not much signage outside and the inside could use a good scrub . However, surprise, surprise - the service was great and the food was excellent - especially the fresh Sea Bass special.
We'll go back for sure.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
I will be back
The food was amazing! I tried (forget what the name was) a blueberry jalapeno drink that was awesome too. Our waitstaff was chill and very informative. They seemed to genuinely care about their customers. The restaurant was clean and had a spacious feeling even though it was fairly small. I love sitting next to windows and they have lots of window seating (three walls of window). I've recommended this spot to everyone I've had a real conversation with since our visit. My only criticism is that the only appetizer with plantains also included meat. A little heavy for an appetizer when adding it to an entree. I love plantains and wish there were a second option without meat that included them.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Interesting mix of Latin and
Interesting mix of Latin and Asian flavors. Loved the ahi platter! Excellent service.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Good Choice
We were pleasantly surprised with this little gem of a restaurant. Our server really knew the menu & was able to make good recommendations for us to choose something we would like. The food was good quality & beautifully plated. The restaurant was clean and had a good location to watch the street with the floor to ceiling windows on a corner spot.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious, healthy and interesting
Food at Isabel is reliably delicious, with options for many dining tastes/restrictions. Many vegetarian options. Can be a little noisy. Have had a memorably tasty meal every visit, and look forward to going back!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Canitas Bowl with Black
Great Canitas Bowl with Black Beans and Rice.
Nothing little about the volume of Pork!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Gem in The Pearl
Isabel has a wonderful, healthy and flavorful menu with a warm and amenable staff. Although we arrived for an early dinner, this spot would be a great place to meet friends for brunch, dinner or a late night snack. Great outdoor space and all around fun place to dine with a Downtown NY vibe.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am always so happy when I pick Isabel for brunch, even when they are super busy the service and food are consistently great! You can't go wrong here!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
group work lunch
Isabel's is a favorite choice for my co-workers when we go to lunch. There were 12 of us this time and they accommodated us as they always do. Great food (broccoli jalapeno soup was yummy) and varied choices, the service is always good too.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty, healthy and lively
Been here for lunch on a bright, sunny day AND a dark, dreary, rainy night for dinner. The atmosphere was great for both. Love the menu selections, the bowls in particular. Guests really loved the place, too.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
GREAT food, service ok
the food at this place was amazing - loved the happy hour tacos and the butternut salmon soup. Cuisine in general looked absolutely amazing. The service was ok, a bit snooty. The place is a bit small for large groups, but having reservation helped.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place for brunch
Have eaten brunch here many times over the last two years, and had a great time every time. The food is very well prepared and delicious, the service very attentive. The specialty mimosas are the best!
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fun place for great food and drinks. Service was outstanding!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good meal with good menu
We enjoyed the varied menu with fish, meat, and vegan options. The drinks were great, the food was great, and the service was very good. Thanks for making my wife's group birthday dinner comfortable and a success. One thing to note, we had a fairly quiet environment for our dinner, but if the restaurant had been packed, it might have seemed harder to interact in a large group.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM