Isa's Bistro

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696 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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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.

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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!!

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

Amazing service and absolutely delicious meal!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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KC
Western NC
96 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.

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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!

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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!!!

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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!

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

Loved the food and the atmosphere!

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N
Cincinnati
50 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.

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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

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G
Charleston
1 review
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.

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

Great food and service. Would definitely go back again.

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

Nice enjoyed our meals and service.

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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.

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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.

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MK
Western NC
22 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.

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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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h
Western NC
19 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been back to Isa's for about 8 or more months. We were pleasantly surprised by the new interior - nice and warm!

The menu was also redone and we loved it! It is a bit smaller than the old one but the choices are perfect. A little bit of everything for everyone. The appetizer of porcini stuffed mushrooms with truffles was excellent! I only wish it were baked instead of deep fried, but chef knows best! We loved the ability to split each course between the two of us and didn't encounter any hesitation from our adorable waitperson, Deja. She is a true gem, just the right combo of professional and friendly.

We can't wait to go back!

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D
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

There were 6 of us for dinner. With wine and food, we spent over $300. Three of us had pasta dishes with sauce. They did not provide us with any bread with our meal. The pasta dishes had strips of beef in it. The beef was chewy. My wife ordered the scallops dish that cost $32. She only got 3 scallops. They were sea scallops bu not real big scallops. I thought that price for what she got was very high. It was our fault for not asking how many scallops came with the meal.

The Isa's salad was delicious and I shared it with my wife. It was $13 for the salad which was high.

None of us received bread with our meal. Five of us had French onion soup which was also delicious.

The service was great.

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MK
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious wild caught Patagonian salmon cooked to perfection on cedar plank. The salmon size was perfect however the one side of roasted asparagus was a bit sparse. The pumpkin cheesecake was delicious but the size was quite small.

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CD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere and great service. Would have given 5 stars except that my husband ordered the salmon which said it came with veggies but arrived with mushrooms (not a vegetable) and he is allergic to them. They had to make his meal again so I was done with my meal before his second meal arrived. Don’t think salmon and mushrooms are a great pairing anyway. We would definitely try it again. Also, very convenient fir preshow meal if going to NC stage company performance.

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f
Western NC
36 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Disappointed in our latest evening at Isa's. They tried to push the expensive Valentines' dinner on us even though it wasn't Valentine's Day. Some of the regular items on the menu weren't available so our guests were disappointed with their choices. My salad with Salmon was good, but overall the food was so-so. The service was horrible - waited an hour to get our first dish.

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GS
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not the menu posted and it was limited and hard to fine enough variety. Good food but portions were below average size but well prepared. Service was very good!

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CD
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Chef is very skilled at making flavor bursts and unique experiences based on classic ingredients. Truffle Brussel sprouts with blue cheese were incredible. Salmon was perfect and hearty, and husband’s filet was amazing. It was surprisingly empty for a Friday night but likely due to rainy night in February. Worked out well for us though because we had our 2 month old in tow and it was nice to have a decent date night at a more upscale place without disturbing others :)

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f
Western NC
36 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I like the normal menu and didn't realize it was a special Valentine's menu when I booked. The food was "OK" but not worth the $69 for a 3 course meal. The service was exceptional however.

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GM
Western NC
70 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch with family and friends. Good food but portions were huge. Should have ordered less or split it with others.

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B
Western NC
24 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Dinner reunion with a dear friend

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B
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Even though it was a limited menu for Restaurant Week, I was still graciously accommodated for my limited diet. The food was enjoyed by all, the service was lovely and we could hear each other talk! Wonderful location for downtown events. A repeater for sure.

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B
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality of food, service, and value were outstanding!

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KC
Western NC
96 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for Restaurant Week dinner. Everything was spectacular--food was delicious. Service was gracious. Our group of foodies couldn't have been more delighted.

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OT
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent dinner,service and atmosphere. So pleased that we came.

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MG
Western NC
29 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Isa's Bistro knows how to do Restaurant Week right! Delicious food. Great service. Outstanding value.
This was my first time here, but it will not be my last. Great evening!

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JG
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was a little to salty!

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