Call the restaurant to make a reservation for brunch. 828-575-9636.
Isa’s French 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.
Food was excellent. Waitress forgot our app & didn’t apologize. Wine was limited but very nice.
Don’t bother. Staff are rude and are doing you a major favor just to serve you.
Always a decent experience with food & service. Love their wine locker storage program!🍷😉
We will definitely be back!!! Wonderful atmosphere and food!
There was nothing about this restaurant that was French, maybe "French" fires.
Food was very good. Our server was fair at best
Great dinner and excellent service. Duck was exceptionally good
First time out since the pandemic started. Great lunch !
Food fair. Over priced. Ordered scallops. Only got 3 for $31. !!
I've been here twice and both times it has surprised me. I would recommend it.
Mother’s Day breakfast. Slow service, mediocre food. Originally made reservations weeks in advance at Hemingway’s for Mother’s Day brunch. They called Friday to cancel reservation and said could move us to,sister restaurant Isas at same time. Instructed me they would call to confirm. Never called so I made separate reservation for 9:15 as it was only time available. Big disappointment for visit to Asheville. So many good food choices in the city. Boo.
absolutely delicious food and cocktails. only wish we had come early enough for them to still be serving the special
The mussels were delicious and plenty of them. Salmon was overdone even though it was requested medium rare. The prime ribs, 3 of them, were requested medium rare but were received practically raw. Our dinners were comped and we were charged for the mussels, drinks and wine. We left the restaurant very disappointed. This was our first time dining at Isa's but we will never go back.
Excellent for people watching outside
We order the Duck Frittes and got Frittes without the Duck Confit. Very expensive Frittes -$14 and very poor service. No utensils were provided and had to be requested. No one came to ask about the food once delivered.
Isa;s is a good place for breakfast. You can eat ourside or inside, however we were not given a choice. We were celebrating our 25 Anniversary and they gave us Mimosa to celebrate. The food and staff were good,
Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to hosting you again soon!
Food was adequate, service lackadaisical at best and at worst our server was appallingly rude. Inside was so incredibly noisy that we opted to sit outside - the cars cruising with pounding base was actually easier to tolerate than the live music volume inside.
Our server, Matt, was incredible! He was attentive and quickly caught on to our group’s playful banter. The food was delicious. And the presentation was superb. Highly recommend!
Thank you very much for your review and recommendation Gary. We are pleased to hear you had a great dining experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Terrific food, service
Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to hosting you again soon!
Service was quite good and we were promptly greeted and served a nice glass of champagne as we were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.
My meal and our salads were quite good. However, my wife's scallops were quite salty.
In spite of that, we had a very pleasant evening
Thank you very much for your review and feedback Gary. We are so glad you joined us for this special occasion and look forward to welcoming you back soon!
It was my first time dining in with this restaurant (visiting the area) and i was very pleased with the food and service.
I really enjoyed my meal- thanks to the chef and to the manager who accommodated us ( we were late).
I would recommend this place- worth every dime.
Thank you for your great review and recommendation. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Nice location and ambience. Waiter was great and staff friendly and attentive. Scallop dinner had 3 large scallops but was very tasty. My salmon was flakey and tenter but veggies were a bit over salted. Daughters fillet was excellent as well. Would definitely go back.
Thank you very much for your review and feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
4/27/2021: A restaurant is defined by the quality and taste of the food it serves, the service it provides and the ambiance of the establishment. However, there are times that no matter how fine a restaurant is problems may occur. How management handles the problem tells a lot about the effort the staff makes to mitigate it.
This was the case when we dined at Isa. We ordered the Bistro Board and it was great. All the items on the Board were fresh and delicious. Loved the cheeses. My wife ordered the Duck à L'Orange. She inquired about the french fried rice and our server explained that the rice is fried in the duck fat giving it a wonderful flavor that complemented the dish. My wife was very pleased with the entree.
I ordered the Lamb Chops and was pleasantly surprised at the generous size of the chops. These were a good inch and half thick and accompanied by fingerling potatoes, cremini mushrooms, fava beans in a delicious sauce. Unfortunately one of the chops was extremely rare (I asked for medium - this one was almost raw). I was able to enjoy the other chops as it was cooked perfectly. The management and our server went beyond expectation by bringing me a complete entry (instead of a single lamb chop). These were cooked medium and very tasty. I only could manage to eat one chop. In addition, the manager came to our table and she offered a free dessert for us to enjoy. We were very pleased with the actions management took to make up for the kitchen mishap. We were again extremely surprised (and pleased) when we got our check that they discounted the Lamb Chop entree. Kudos to the entire Isa team. Thank you
Isa Royale with Prosecco, lavender, lemon and creme de cassis was exceptional - delicate and delicious.
The country cordon bleu with butter beans and greens was super satisfying!
Giant Teddy Bears throughout indoor seating area provide social distancing in a fun way. Outdoor space is also attractive.
Server was attentive, effective and friendly.
Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you had a great dining experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Delicious food, great atmosphere! Will definitely come back.
Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and can't wait to welcome you back soon!
We were at our booth 15 minutes without being greeted. A waiter acknowledged that he was sorry we hadn’t been served. He brought water.
Finally our waiter, Scott, got to us. Very lackluster service, it seemed he was bored with the whole deal.
The crêpe of seafood was quite delicious. My scallops were in a thick, salty almost in edible sauce. The scallops were perfect. My partner had duck which was excellent.
Isa’s used to be one of our favorites, but it seems there was no adult manager in attendance Sunday at the time of our reservation.
The restaurant was blah, nothing exciting we were very disappointed. Service was next to none, our server never asked if we wanted another drink, never ask how our dinner was no personality what so ever. The food was ok, my husband ordered prime rib medium rare, it was rare. People said why didn’t they cook the meet. My salmon was rare, it was tasty but I wish the server would have let us know the chief has different interpretations of medium rare, raw is more like it. Very disappointed.
I had the citron chicken and would have used a lot less lemon in this dish. Found it difficult to finish as it seemed “pickled” from the lemon. The Cesar salad was delish. There was a dessert called moon aba served with moonshine and this was simply superb!!
Food and Service were great! Would certainly recommend it
Thank you very much for your review and recommendation. We look forward to hosting you again soon!
Our main entrees were very salty. Drinks made incorrectly. Got 1 meal wrong and had to be sent back.
the fried mushrooms were exceptional--the salmon divine-- creme brulee-- so excellent
Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal and look forward to hosting you again soon!
Service was slow and erratic though the server was cheerful. Some plates came without all advertised ingredients. Restaurant wasn't busy but seemed out of sync. Food was OK but not memorable.
Thank you for reviewing your experience at Isa’s French Bistro. The details you provided about service and food help us to ensure that our dining experience is top notch every time. We are sorry to hear that your server was not as attentive as they could be. We would love to hear more details on this as well as what dishes were not prepared correctly. We apologize and hope you have another chance to exceed your expectations. Please contact the Restaurant Manager, Liz Elliott 828-575-9636.
Food was delicious!
Thank you for your great review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
We had a reservation and were seated immediately. I had the scallops and they were outstanding. Server was attentive but not overbearing. Will definitely return on my next visit to Asheville
I called multiple times to confirm my appointment that I made weeks in advance. No one picked up the phone. I verified on the Facebook that the restaurant was open. It was not. During covid it is important to refresh your Facebook hours. Which is easily done. Also if you are going to use opentable then you need to block off the days you are closed. This is unprofessional. We drove over 6 hours checked into our hotel and we excited to have dinner here.
Thank you for providing details on your experience with Isa’s French Bistro. We are curious on when your reservation was for. We have currently not changed our hours; we have expanded hours but not limited our dining experience. We would love to hear from you about what happened with more detail so we can improve for your future dining experience. 828-575-9636 and ask for the Restaurant Manager, Liz Elliott.
Nice quiet outside table. When I made reservations the website only offered seating at 5:30 or 8:30, but I noticed plenty of available tables at 6:30 and at 7:00, and would loved to have eaten then rather than at such an early hour. The food was good and the service very good.
We really wanted to like Isa’s, but the food prepared with a heavy hand. We started with a Caesar Salad. The taste was fine but the lettuce at the bottom was literally drowning in dressing. I was scraping off the excess for a while, but by the bottom it was to much for even that.
Next was a bowl of mussels in a curry broth. I like spicy food, but it was just too much. Normally on mussels I’m sopping up the extra broth from the bowl, but not this time. We also had a citrus chicken dish that was way too salty.
So 0 for 3!
The service and decor were fine, but we were really disappointed with the meal.
Thank you for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback about your dining experience. We are sorry that the food was not up to our excellent standards that our restaurant sets. We would love another opportunity to provide you with flavorful and well-prepared food. This is not the standard our kitchen and front of house strives to set for guests. Please contact our Restaurant Manager so she can ensure your future dining experience is delicious. Liz Elliott (828)575-9636.
The prime rib was absolutely amazing! This is always a great restaurant with amazing service!
Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to hosting you again soon!
Our group of five women thoroughly enjoyed our dinner entrees. The cheese platter appetizer was so good (my favorite the smoked salmon). The duck was phenomenal and the scallops amazing. Service was very attentive and our server really seemed to know the menu very well!! His recommendations were spot on!
Thank you very much for your review and recommendation Elanie. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Isa's Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 1001 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.