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.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There are several lots and street parking available within close walking distance
Chef Brendan McCall
Private Party Facilities:
Please call us for details
Private Party Contact:
Raunaq: (734) 769-6700
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access
Isalita Ratings and Reviews
We had an Open Table reservation, the restaurant was very quiet and they sat our group of 4 in the dark back corner of the restaurant instead of at one of the many open tables near the front. I’ve eaten many times at Mani and Mikette and expected the service to be similar, it was not. The waiter took away silverware and plates while we were eating and didn’t bring replacements. Food is good but everything else was a dissapoinment. Will not return.
Delicious food--don't miss the Crispy Mushroom Quesadillas (actually more an empanada, btw).
Margaritas were strong, chips warm, thick and salty--perfect. A few of our entrees took way too long to come out--but the waiter did the right thing and apologized and comp'd them. All in all, I will absolutely go back to this nice spot in Ann Arbor!
I've been coming to Isalita for years and it's never disappointed. Some favorites of mine are the tuna tostadas, baja fish tacos, crunchy tacos, elote, adobo chicken fajitas, chopped salad, and truffle guac. They also have a great selection of tequilas. The bartenders and wait staff are friendly every time. We also request that they make fried jalapenos even though it's not on their menu and they always do it for us. I'd recommend this place to anyone looking for great food and ambiance.
Very noisy. We had requested (reserved) a table for 7 adults. They tried to squash us into a small table for 6. Eventually we were offered a table in the basement, which had plenty of room for us. Not sure why we weren't told when booking that it would be a tiny table? Food OK, well better than OK but service was slow - that may have been because we were in the basement? Not hurrying back.
Definitely not worth the money. The servers were all grumpy and no one smiled or acted like they were remotely happy to be there. I think happy hour would be worth the money, but just a regular dinner, you'll leave hungry and broke. The food was good, but nothing to write home about. The drinks were strong.
We were seated downstairs at the large round table for a work dinner prior to a work related event. The family style tapas, delivered when it's hot, and lazy susan made for a fun relaxed atmosphere as individuals who didn't know each other got to share mutual interests, food tastes, and laughter. The acoustics made it a bit difficult to hear someone from across the table, but we were ready to raise our voices to fit the energy of the atmosphere and the strength of the fabulously tasting bites and bits. No one left hungry and all of our mouths had been introduces to varied flavors, each of which was delicious.
One thing to note: the hostess forgot to tell the server that we had arrived and since the only traffic downstairs is to and from the shared bathroom with Mani, we weren't noticed until we notified the hostess. She graciously accepted fault and our waiter was prompt and attentive from there on out.
The food was good. And the restaurant had a great energy. I was disappointed in the tapas-style portion sizes. I went into this restaurant knowing it was tapas, but I think it's overpriced. $10 for a tiny bowl of five small meatballs? $10 for two tiny tostadas? The flatbreads were priced appropriately, but that's about it. I've been to several tapas restaurants and they were either better priced or had more generous portions for sharing. It's difficult to share if every portion is tiny.
Went for celebrations dinner with by husband and his parents. You are really paying for the ambiance. The food is enjoyable, but with small portions sizes. The service was great, and the place is fun. Overall, I would just go for happy hour, not worth it for regular price.
Though the food was good (and it should be - it's not inexpensive) - it was impossible to enjoy as the din in the restaurant was so annoyingly loud. Members of our party had to shout to be heard - after awhile we gave up and left as quickly as we could so that we could enjoy dessert and conversation elsewhere.
Worth trying. Mexican food with different means of creating spice including pickling. Wide variety of tapas. Server told our group that food is served as it is ready and sharing is encouraged. Made for a great way to try different foods and know what you prefer. Margaritas by the pitcher are very good. Not the typical limeaide mix.
Pico and guacamole were quite good and chips well made, not too greasy.
Food is good. Atmosphere lively. Service solid.
Unfortunately, we got off to a rough start when the hostess, after seating us, told us we had to finish our meal within 90 minutes. While we were most likely going to do that anyway, it certainly is not a great way to treat your customers. Food and drinks were great. It's loud so soft talker need not apply...
We made the mistake of going to Isalita on a Friday night. The service was good the food was quite good especially mushroom quesedias and mahi mahi tacos. The margaritas were only fair, mostly ice and nothing special. The noise level however, was deafening . You had to yell to be heard by the person sitting net to you. Walking out to the street felt like heaven.
We had a great experience at Isalita and I would highly recommend it. We had a group of 8 and the server (sho was fabulous) just offered to choose some items for us to share from the menu. (it is simular to a small plates restaurant.) Everything she brought us was excellent and the entire group couldn't stop talking about what a great dinner it was. The chips and margaritas were about the best I've ever had. I had asked for a quieter area because I had heard that it could be loud and they placed us at a table that was perfect for communication. We can't wait to go back!
Great deal and selection for restaurant week. Staff was really great with the increase in party size and accommodations. The more private table downstairs is really nice. Amazing service, cocktails, and food! We all shared guac, fish tacos, lamb tacos, and a few other things. Everything was incredible, can't wait to go back. Special thanks to Kyle for putting up with 9 crazy girls.
I love this place. I think I like the decor the most but the food is also wonderful. It's my go to restaurant in Ann Arbor right now. It is really really loud though so if you sit in the general dining room you won't be able to hear well. I've sat in the basement with a large group and that was great, also went on a date here and sat at the bar which was better for one on one conversation.
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.
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