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Isalita, Ann Arbor, MI

Isalita

4.8
4.8
93 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Our menu is influenced by the street food found in the open-air markets frequented in Mexico City. Isalita is a locally owned, energetic Mexican restaurant located in downtown Ann Arbor, MI.

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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (734) 213-7400
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Your party would look great in one of our private dining rooms. We host everything from sit-down rehearsal dinners to standing cocktail parties. Want the whole place to yourself? Inquire about buying out the entire restaurant. Please contact us at events@maniosteria.com to learn more!
  • Private party contact
    Raunaq: (734) 769-6700
  • Neighborhood
    Ann Arbor
  • Cross street
    Division
  • Parking details
    There are several lots and street parking available within close walking distance
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 93 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

93 Reviews
  1. MerryDrinker

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very attentive wait staff. They paid attention to gluten and nut allergies we had in our group. Checked on us frequently. Food was great.

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  2. Jake

    Detroit

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food and service. Only problem is the noise level: it's impossible to have a conversation without yelling.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, fantastic service, takes reservations for large parties! Highly recommend!

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  4. TRule

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The nachos and guacamole were excellent. The shrimp tacos and carnitas tacos were good. But the other dishes we ordered were just ok. The steak fajitas tasted delicious but they had no accompaniments like salsa or sour cream, etc. The steak quesadilla was tiny, for $12!! And the chicken tortilla soup had a weird thick base I was not expecting. Usually, it is broth-based and this was one was way too thick! But the service was excellent. Would come back but not order these items again.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really good! Maybe a tiny bit pricey, but I thought it was worth it. We had 6 people and everyone loved their food. Good atmosphere too.

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  6. Dexter

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and ambiance were good. Food was a little salty for my liking. Good value

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  7. MariaH

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun atmosphere. Great Mexican food and cocktails.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is always good here never disappoints

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  9. AnneC

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a fun place for a group. Sharing small taco plates and other shareables made for a fun event.

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  10. Smomof4

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I was a great restaurant to be with family! The food was good! Would go again!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    One of our favorites when visiting our son in town 💙💛

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Two thumbs up!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! Great food and fun decor. 100% recommend.

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  14. DavidC

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, service and ambience. Margaritas were mainly ice cubes and not much drink. Extremely loud so not good for a large group if you want to talk together. I imagine it is fine for a small group and ask for no ice in your margarita...

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  15. Skeks99

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Isalita never disappoints! We have enjoyed dining there for over five years and have never had a bad meal. Service is consistently good and the food is always creative and delicious.

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  16. Plants

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately, it was too loud to carry on a conversation. I was worn out from straining to hear.

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  17. AdamN

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pricey but delicious! I wish it wasn't $8 for a margarita that is legitimately in a whiskey glass (with ice) making it 7oz of drink.

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  18. DerekM

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went there for Mother's Day dinner. We had a large group of 11 people. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food, and the service was great. A pleasant dinner experience!

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  19. Foodmonster2

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great mother’s day brunch sharing tacos, guacamole and sampling delicious margaritas. All food from appetizers to dessert were freshly prepared with awesome flavors. Service was efficient, professional and done with a smile! We will definitely be back!

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  20. Missgreek

    Detroit

    46 reviews

    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Certain dishes were amazing, other dishes were okay. We order burrito bowls and they took very long to come to the table. However, the service was very kind and courteous. Love the ambiance and the margaritas

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super fun atmosphere with lots of good choices for sharing small plates.

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  22. UMich22

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for my graduation, and it was great. We made a reservation for 9 and they seated us promptly and we had great service. I would highly recommend!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch and walking distance from Hands on Museum for kids too!

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  24. travelbyfood

    Detroit

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Isalita has been one of my favorites since it opened. our server was excellent! (don't know what his name is but he was a perfect combo of attentive/caring but not overbearing). this was my first time there for brunch - they have 4 brunch items available that are breakfast focused on top of the regular lunch menu. i got the huevos divorciado - i thought it was really great, awesome flavors, but not heavy at all, very satisfying and tasty. their avocado toast was also really good. the only thing that was disappointing is the fact that they've changed their tacos al pastor which used to be one of my favorite tacos anywhere but now they do it with chopped up pork rather than the strip of pork belly, still a good taco but very unmemorable compared to the pork belly version. overall, we had a very nice easter brunch there! drinks are always very good! they do an excellent margarita!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter Brunch

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food .. excellent customer service! Fish tacos, burrito now and the chicken chimichanga were top notch. We ordered a variety of different things those were definitely our favorite!

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  27. TraceyS

    Atlanta Metro

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took our son and his roommates out for dinner. The tacos were amazing! Something for everyone (the cauliflower tacos were great for the vegetarians in the group). All the items are great for sharing. The green salsa in the salsa trio was delicious. Can’t wait to go back and try a few other things we were too full to order.

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  28. RiealeL

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a nice time but we were seated at the same time as a 10 top and the waiter was attentive to that table so our 5 top lacked good service. Our food came out quickly though they did not have the verde pozole that I wanted. Portions did not quite match the price but everything was delicious.

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  29. MelissaA

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great with good variety. There really weren't many options for kids who don't like spice. The sangria are great. Fun atmoaphere.

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  30. KarenD

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone was great and the food was awesome. I especially enjoyed the bottomless blood orange mimosas!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    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.

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  32. AER1

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  34. Yooper

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always pleased with the food service and atmosphere great place good options and perfect portions.

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  35. Smarti

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great waiter with tastes recommendations.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hostess accommodated us easily despite the change in number from the reservation. We also appreciated the quiet-ish table. Food, as always, was great. Our out-of-town visitor, a vegetarian, was VERY impressed.

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  37. Jenny

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice ambience, service and great food.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    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.

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  39. Rika

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Made a reservation for a Taco Tuesday birthday. Was then told I couldn't get Taco Tuesday deals unless I was at the bar.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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FAQs

Isalita is rated 4.8 stars by 93 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Isalita

341 East Liberty, Suite 2, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Division
  • Neighborhood
    Ann Arbor
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There are several lots and street parking available within close walking distance
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (734) 213-7400
  • Private party facilities
    Your party would look great in one of our private dining rooms. We host everything from sit-down rehearsal dinners to standing cocktail parties. Want the whole place to yourself? Inquire about buying out the entire restaurant. Please contact us at events@maniosteria.com to learn more!
  • Private party contact
    Raunaq: (734) 769-6700
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