Isa's Bistro

4.4
1001 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French
FREE VALET PARKING OUTSIDE THE HAYWOOD PARK HOTEL

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.
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Susanunc
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Waitress forgot our app & didn’t apologize. Wine was limited but very nice.

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SanchiaG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Don’t bother. Staff are rude and are doing you a major favor just to serve you.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a decent experience with food & service. Love their wine locker storage program!🍷😉

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MPE123
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We will definitely be back!!! Wonderful atmosphere and food!

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LOURDESR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

There was nothing about this restaurant that was French, maybe "French" fires.

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BenjaminD
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was very good. Our server was fair at best

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FrankR
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner and excellent service. Duck was exceptionally good

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Ashevillelocals
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out since the pandemic started. Great lunch !

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food fair. Over priced. Ordered scallops. Only got 3 for $31. !!

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SteveB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I've been here twice and both times it has surprised me. I would recommend it.

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BethC
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely delicious food and cocktails. only wish we had come early enough for them to still be serving the special

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DaveS706
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

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.

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AbbyM
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot
Excellent for people watching outside
Lovely inside
Great service

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vipMichael
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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.

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Pooh
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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,

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Lene
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

Isa's Bistro
Responded on May 6, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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westsidefms
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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.

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JordanN
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on May 6, 2021

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, service

Isa's Bistro
Responded on May 6, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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GaryR
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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

Isa's Bistro
Responded on May 6, 2021

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!

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RosalindaM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on May 6, 2021

Thank you for your great review and recommendation. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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melindak
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on May 6, 2021

Thank you very much for your review and feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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DanB
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMaryjaneB
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on April 29, 2021

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!

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melissap
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, great atmosphere! Will definitely come back.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on April 29, 2021

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!

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vipnmwhitebird
Western NC
61 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

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.

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aliceW
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!!

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ERogers
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and Service were great! Would certainly recommend it

Isa's Bistro
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you very much for your review and recommendation. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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vipelizabethm
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our main entrees were very salty. Drinks made incorrectly. Got 1 meal wrong and had to be sent back.

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robertw
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the fried mushrooms were exceptional--the salmon divine-- creme brulee-- so excellent

Isa's Bistro
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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vipmangreen
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on April 29, 2021

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.

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vipMaryPatG
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service
Food was delicious!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you for your great review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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ArleneS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on April 22, 2021

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.

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coucou
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipDOUGK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on April 22, 2021

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.

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vipKrashtest
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prime rib was absolutely amazing! This is always a great restaurant with amazing service!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on April 15, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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Elaine
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on April 15, 2021

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!

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Isa's Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 1001 OpenTable diners.

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