Isa's Bistro

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712 reviews
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FREE VALET PARKING OUTSIDE THE HAYWOOD PARK HOTEL Isa’s Bistro serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and after dinner cocktails and desserts. Isa's 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 10-120 guests. Isa’s also boasts a lively sidewalk patio on one of Asheville’s most interesting intersections. Fresh, local, seasonal menu curated by Executive Chef Peter Crockett. 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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Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely pre-theater meal of Scallops au Poivre (daily special) and after a very helpful conversation with our waitress, my companion had a salad with Salmon and both were delicious. With only 3 average sized scallops the special was a little pricey at $25 but certainly very tasty. The Fennel slaw was unusual but I enjoyed it however it was a large serving for such a strong pickled flavor. Overall, we enjoyed the food and will certainly try Isa's again.

j
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Mediocre. Food was greasy and although the restaurant wasn’t full it took about 1 hour before our food came. Poor showing. With all the different choices of food in Asheville, no need to eat here.

HH
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Our main issue was that Opentable allowed us to make an 11am reservation for breakfast/brunch, but they called us that morning and said they close at 11 and reopen at 11:30 for lunch. Luckily we were around the corner and hurried over at 10:30 to have breakfast. If they can't serve at 11am, then that time shouldn't be available to book. The food was outstanding. Best omelette I have ever had. The service was very slow and they were not busy - but everyone was very friendly. Would definitely go back!

JD
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful Sunday morning breakfast on the patio. Great service & great meal.

JO
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu and well-prepared cuisine. Attention to every little detail. Highly recommend!

EQ
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Isa's Bistro is a nice place, but I found the "French" part to be a bit stretched. There weren't that many items on the menu that I identify with French cuisine. But, the food was still very good. I will go back.

SO
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Second rate all around, especially disappointing given how many great restaurants there are in Asheville.

MK
Western NC
26 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious sprouts and meat and cheese tray. Entrees very good. Waiter got one entree wrong and comped us a dessert. All was great!!!

s
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

They were out of a lot of the dinner entrees and bud light. We ended up leaving and going elsewhere. We had vouchers for breakfast from our hotel and it was just as disappointing. Waited a while for someone to notice we were standing there to be seated. Waiter walked around for 10 minutes with our order in his pocket while he cleaned the patio. After finally getting our food we had to hunt someone down for syrup and ketchup.

SS
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This second visit was a bit disappointing. It was an early Sunday evening as opposed to a Saturday night. Service was slow even though the restaurant was almost empty and the changes to the menu left fewer choices than earlier in the year. We just had entrees and they were all good.Our vegan guest was very happy with her Vegan sausage entree so that made up for the lack luster other options

MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All four of us really enjoyed our meals. Our waiter, Craig, was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the food and wines.
Not rushed, but not forgotten.

AF
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was an amazing experience. The food tastes were delicious. I had the scallops which were tender and great against the pasta and craisins.

f
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there for brunch because we wanted to hear a gypsy jazz band which was playing that Sunday. The band was fun, the food (pancake plate) was delicious, service quick and friendly, and the prices very reasonable. Several large groups were more interested in talking loudly than listening, but we we seated at a table far enough away from the groups but close enough to hear the music.

A
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We sat at an outside table, and inside there were very few diners. The maitre d' got us menus. We then waited 15 minutes while the two outside servers went past us three times each, without checking in with us, taking drink orders, bringing silverware or even telling us they would be with us soon. So we left. Our review of the food is likely not accurate, but in order to leave a review, some rating is necessary.

KH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service (Craig), excellent ambiance. Highly recommend.

AF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very nice. Menu was a bit limited, but the chef cheerfully altered a recipe to suit my dietary needs.

l
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had met a friend and her husband whom we hadn't seen in years. We had wonderful food and service and were not rushed at all!!

MK
Western NC
26 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious chicken pate, caesar salad with fish roe, and planked salmon.

h
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Isa's Bistro is fantastic. The food was outstanding and our server, Craig, was one of the best servers we've ever had. He was knowledgeable, personable, and very helpful with food descriptions. We will definitely be back!

GH
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

We had a table of 6 and the noise level was so loud that couldn't carry on a conversation. Very disappointing. Food was good but the noise level ruined our mothers day lunch.

F
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We eat here for a quality breakfast in a nice setting at a fair price, especially considering the remarkable price inflation currently across Asheville.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and absolutely delicious meal!

H
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The chef was heavy-handed with salt. Though I love salmon, I couldn't finish it. The only chicken option was with a creamy sauce. When my husband received his, he struggled to cut into the chicken and wound up returning it and just having his salad for his dinner. At one time I had a wonderful salad as my main course, but it is no longer on the menu. Overall, as you can see, we were quite disappointed.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The brunch menu was amazing, great price and the food was spectacular. We also enjoyed the mimosa flights (lavender lemonade was by far the best). Great service and ambiance.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every course of our meal was Devine and there was a wonderful wine selection (the pessimist) bottle of Syrah was fantastic. The Brussels sprouts on the appetizer menu were by far the best I’ve ever had! Excellent service as well.

C
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go there the service, food and drinks are excellent. It’s quiet and a great location.

KC
Western NC
98 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous Brunch

The selection of food for brunch is amazing. And the interior at Isa’s is welcoming and comfortable.

Four of us had a delightful meal, very professionally served, and fairly priced. I had the “hash skillet” which was a wonderful medley of crispy potato hash, bacon, sausage, sliced cherry peppers, scrambled eggs, and sausage gravy; not understanding that all the ingredients would be tossed together, I asked for my sausage gravy on the side; actually, this was a good move because there would have been (in my opinion) too much gravy. My husband had the French onion soup and said it was delicious; he also had a big salad. A friend really enjoyed the double bistro burger, and another friend proclaimed the eggs Benedict delicious.

We had two problems, neither of which was really bad. The valet wasn’t at his appointed spot (meaning outside); this has happened before at Isa’s; yes, supposedly one can go inside and fetch the valet, but this isn’t really how it should work. Also, there was a duet playing and singing; even though they were excellent, we sat as far away from them as possible to be able to hold a conversation.

s
Western NC
26 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, outstanding service! Dinner and cocktails were divine. Will be back!

TS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Craig, our server, made sure that everything was perfect during our visit (raining cats and dogs outside)! The food was amazing! The soups were greats. My husband had the French onion and I had the daily special, a potato soup. Both were great. We also ordered the mushrooms and escargot from the starters menu - AWESOME!!!

JK
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner at Isa's very much.The French Onion soup , Sal.on and chocolate pot brulee were delicious.Service and smbiance excellent!

S
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the atmosphere!

N
Cincinnati
56 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner on my own while my wife was doing an ultramarathon. The brussel sprouts appetizer is outstanding with good amount blue cheese - a nice way to start the evening. The scallops in the entree were perfectly cooked and the pasta accompaniment was very flavorful as well. The waiter was attentive and knowledgeable and the pacing about perfect.

c
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

service was just a little slow, my group was on a schedule, other than that , nice lunch

G
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience, the wait staff was wonderful, really knew the menu and offered good recommendations.

t
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Would definitely go back again.

JO
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice enjoyed our meals and service.

RH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had lunch here based on reviews. It was empty on a Thursday noon. We split a brisket sandwich and had French onion soup. Both were OK but nothing special.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We were late arriving due to parking and traffic but still greeted warmly.

MK
Western NC
26 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious salmon and roast beef entrees. Pear and arugula salad was very good. Desserts: apple pie and flan, very good and we were surprised with the size of the servings. They were larger than expected. The last dessert I had here was the cheesecake which was only a sliver. It would have been nice to have a larger portion of the mashed potatoes that were a side for the roast beef.

Our server was excellent. She checked in frequently enough without being overbearing about it. She also swiftly replaced the pear salad when it was brought with dressing on it rather than on the side. Our first cup of coffee was not hot but when we told her about this she brought two piping hot small carafes of coffee.

The atmosphere is quiet and relaxing: a good place for delicious food and easy conversation.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Waiter recommended the French Onions soup, was low on flavor, they used a blow torch to melt the cheese which left small burnt black spots that ruined the cheese on top, the bread was super hard even after soaking in the broth. Got the pork for the main course was a little dry but other than that ok, my friend got the hanger steak, very small portion and didn’t finish. The waiter called me bro twice (unacceptable for a fine dinning establishment), he was asked a few questions and would answer while walking away, very underwhelming for the price point.

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