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About 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.

341 East Liberty, Suite 2
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

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

Cross Street:
Division

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(734) 213-7400

Website:
http://www.isalita.com/

Parking Details:
There are several lots and street parking available within close walking distance

Executive Chef:
Chef Brendan McCall

Private Party Facilities:
Please call us for details

Private Party Contact:
Raunaq: (734) 769-6700

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access

Isalita Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.9

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Energetic

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Spicy (4)
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Fit for Foodies (4)
Authentic (3)
Casual (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
People Watching (1)
Romantic (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Spicy, People Watching, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Always pleased with the food service and atmosphere great place good options and perfect portions.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great waiter with tastes recommendations.

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·Dined on July 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Spicy, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Nice ambience, service and great food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 6, 2017

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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 (Austin)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

My server was excellent. She was attentive and not pushy, she knew every menu item and had high standards in her service. Her service was impeccable.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Consistently good food. Good happy hour deals on drinks and food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great fun. Terrific food. Wonderful service (Jess, our server, was terrific!) Just an all-around wonderful Mexican restaurant. (Don't expect "beans and burritos," bro!)

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Casual, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Dependable, current with trends and market demands...however...pretty loud atmosphere which will altar my visits with certain clientele. Became quite loud at times,

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Fun, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Casual, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Went for a birthday dinner after the Michigan spring game. Love the atmosphere and the service and food are both amazing.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 9, 2017

This is a minimalist cool, fun place to enjoy amazing tacos and imaginative drinks. Frozen blood orange Margarita that is tart and has just enough kick? Yes, please!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quick Bite
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 (Detroit)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Food was ok, portions were small at the price. Kitchen was unable to get all of our dinners cooked and served at the same time. Server was a bit surly. Ordered fish tacos and got 3 mini tortillas each with a fish stick and pinch of cabbage.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Always LOVE Isalita - food and atmosphere cannot be beat!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Went here to celebrate the end of the semester. Great food and service. The restaurant was very loud. My parents couldn't hear the conversation. We'll certainly be back again and again, though!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 29, 2016

our server, Taylor, was really great! we had a 4 year old in our group and he was super patient with us and provided exceptional service. thanks guys!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 1, 2016

Excellent. Would go again, wonderful food great staff fun environment

Tags: Spicy, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Fun, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 17, 2016

Wonderful for happy hour! The quesadillas were delicious.

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 15, 2016

The food is just amazing. Authentic Mexican in Ann Arbor! Order the plantains, and the mushroom huaraches. Great vegetarian options.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 15, 2016

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2015

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...

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 12, 2015

Ask for the round table in the basement with a lazy susan. It works perfectly the small plates meant for sharing. It was a magical night and the food was delicious. Highlights were Banh Mi tacos and the nachos.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 30, 2015

Everything we ordered was delicious. Our server gave us excellent recommendations. We will be back

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 18, 2015

Arriving right before happy hour was over was an advantage. The actual food did show a representation of true Mexican food and the taste was delicious. The only thing was missing from the menu was the sopes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 15, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on March 8, 2015

Love the food choices at Isalita. Great fresh Meican food. Nice ambience. Nearby location too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 7, 2015

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 23, 2015

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2014

Great drinks and small plates. Delicious! A bit noisy and harder for conversations. But as an Angeleno, I found the food quite good!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 3, 2014

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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