Isa's Bistro

4.4
936 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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JohnR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food. Not a large menu. Service excellent. Had an extremely loud party close to us.

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vipJimfromVegas
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding Experience. Justin was as hospitable as one could be.

Isa's Bistro
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your great review. We are so glad you had a wonderful experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipLaurenK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Girls’ trip

Isa's Bistro
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your positive review Lauren. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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Kara
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Not worth the money. Had a reservation, my husband and I had JUST eloped and went there for our dinner. So it was supposed to be a nice time. Got there and the woman that sat us gave us a nasty look. Which put a bad taste in my mouth from the beginning. We were literally wearing our wedding attire (I was literally in wedding dress) and no one asked if we were celebrating...which was a little weird. The night before at Vue 1913 the waitress asked us if we were celebrating anything when we just were wearing nice clothes, told them we were, they gave us complimentary champagne and dessert. Not saying we need anything free...but clearly top notch service isn't their thing. Took over an hour to get our dinner, other who had been seated much later got theirs before us. The food was not worth the money, actually was pretty bad tasting...no one in my party liked their meals. Lastly it was so ungodly loud...not the customers, but the live singer. Tone it down, I couldn't hear my husband who was sitting next to me. Overall, if you are looking for really good food and amazing service, don't go here, go to Omni Grove.

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EmilyK
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinner at Isa’s was wonderful. The duck frites were the best appetizer we’ve ever had! My husband got the salmon entree and I got the Duck L’Orange entree and both were delicious. The entire meal, including two alcoholic beverages and the appetizer was under $100. The ambiance was nice as well. We would absolutely come back and recommend it to anyone who likes French food.

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Gracep
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

our server paid us no attention and took care of other tables countless times while we waited with empty drinks

Isa's Bistro
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for reviewing your experience at Isa’s Bistro. We hold our servers to a high level of service for every guest. We apologize that this was not the standard you received. For your server to not be attentive or quick is unacceptable and we will ensure we are passing your comments along to our serving staff. We would love another chance to provide high level food and service to you. Please contact our Restaurant Manger so she can ensure this for your next visit (828)575-9636.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prime rib was phenomenal. However it’s a little on the rare side so use caution. Great experience and wonderful atmosphere. 10/10 recommend.

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mollyc
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food was delicious and well thought out. Our server was Matt and he was very friendly and helpful!

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JeffreyS
E. Tennessee
17 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French restaurant in a fun area. Food is excellent. For appetizers my wife had escargot in marrow which was served in the bone, a unique experience for us. For entrees, I had the duck lorange and she had the chicken cordon bleu. Tasted wonderful and pictures below. And of course the desserts are fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was terrible. Overcooked, too salty, and just generally bad.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 25, 2021

We appreciate you providing feedback about your dining experience at Isa’s. We are sorry to hear our food did not meet the high standards that our Chef sets for Isa’s Bistro. We would love to hear what you had to pass that feedback along to our team to improve for next time, and hopefully have another chance to show you how amazing our food is. Please contact our Restaurant Manager (828) 575-9636.

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JoyB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Chateaubriand! Try the chocolate mousse cake!

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KirkS
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Isa's did not disappoint. Wonderful food, ambiance and service.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you had a wonderful dining experience and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Craig was excellent ! The food was killer and they spoiled us with dessert for our special day.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal with us and will be sure to pass along your kind feedback to our staff. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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SNLBlaze
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great. Chicken in Ceaser was a little dry over cooked, and prime rib and broussels were a little over seared. Next time I will request less.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I ended up dining here twice today with 2 different friends. In my opinion the French Onion soup was overly salty, the bistro platter was missing the ham and just feel could have been better, the chicken cordon bleu was again very salty and unimpressive. Lovely outdoor seating and indoor seating too though arrangement of tables and bar area could be better. Was nice to have live music in the evening.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you for reviewing Isa’s French Bistro. We hold ourselves to a high standard for food and service. We are sorry to hear that the food was not up to our standards. We will pass this feedback along to our back of house and head Chef to ensure dishes are being properly prepared. We would love another chance to serve you five-star quality food. Please contact our Restaurant Manager so she can ensure this for your next visit (828) 575-9636.

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DianaB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, airy place for pandemic indoor dining. Excellent, attentive waitstaff, excellent food and drinks. Very comfortable and reasonably priced for a leisurely, superb dining experience.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you very much for your review Diana. We are happy to hear you received great service and enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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mc32
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Delicious dinner during the quiet winter season. The duck à l’orange was perfectly cooked and the twist on the fried rice with the duck fat made this classic French dish delicious. We also enjoyed our steaks (perfectly cooked), appys and duck frites. The only downside was our waiter. It seemed that he was also bartending while tending our our table. It was a very quiet Monday night and there were only 2 tables in the whole restaurant. When it came time for our dessert, he brought us a cold, solid chocolate mouse with spoons (we needed forks). We had told him that it was my birthday and he seemed to ignore it. We had to try and get his attention to get a candle and forks but he never came back. When I asked for a candle he said he could not find one. I would recommend Isa's as the food was delicious and the atmosphere is lovely. We loved the menu choices.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Isa’s Bistro. We are thrilled to hear that your food was tasty and well prepared. As for your service, we apologize that you were not taken care of in a timely and professional manner. We would another opportunity to provide you with superb service and ensure your special occasion is spectacular at Isa’s. Please contact the Restaurant Manager (828) 575-9636 so she can take care of you for your next visit.

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Jesse
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. I got the Salmon med rare, which usually comes out med or med well at restaurants, but it was cooked to perfection! Our server, Scott I think, was super attentive and knowledgeable. We were visiting Asheville and it was a great start to a wonderful stay! Also felt super comfortable and safe amidst a pandemic.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you very much for your review Jesse. We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful dining experience here at Isa's French Bistro. We will be sure to pass along your kind feedback to our staff and look forward to hosting you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I made reservations for our 5th Anniversary at Isa’s. We were greeted and taken to a table in front of the kitchen.

The Hostess appeared flustered and not sure what to say or how to interact with a gay couple. She couldn’t form a complete sentence and verbalize to us. Never saw her again the remainder of our time.

The live musician/vocalist was excellent but extremely loud. Difficult to hear each other speak.

Our server was ok. He knew the menu, smiled, interactive and checked on us frequently.

Ordered a glass of Chardonnay and a Lemon Drop martini.
There were 5 customers at the bar and the restaurant was about 25% capacity. We waited 25 minutes. Wondering what the bar tender would do if he had a full house to serve?!

Appetizer: French Soup: over salted, sliced packaged cheese and was like warm
Bread: Only bread available (French Bistro mind you) is the cubed bread used for the French Onion soup!
Caesar Salad: over seasoned with anchovies and dressing was like a moat around a castle
Scallops: Scallops were burnt on one side and raw on the other side.

Honestly, it seems like it was amateur chef night!

We sent the food back and left early. Unless they make big changes I wouldn’t recommend Isa’s to anyone

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you for providing feedback about your dining experience. We sincerely apologize that your service and food was not excellent. We welcome every guest into our restaurant and are sorry you and your partner did not have a friendly experience with us. We will pass this along to our staff to ensure we are taking proper measures to ensure that special occasions are treated as such when you dine with us. We would love another opportunity to show you delicious food and fantastic service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isa’s exceeded our expectations with quality of food!! Cocktails were delicious and service exceptional.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you had a wonderful dining experience here at Isa's French Bistro. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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RichardR
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not eaten here for quite sometime. Great experience, food and service was excellent.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you very much for your review Richard. We are happy to hear you had a great experience with wonderful food and service. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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EvanC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and service
the citrus chicken is great
had a great guitar player too.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you for your review Evan. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Kaye
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our dinner at Isa's. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We felt so lucky to have simply found the restaurant online and it ended up being the best food in Asheville!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you very much for your review Kaye. We appreciate you joining us for dinner and are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful experience. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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vipBubba121
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Incredible food, superior service, outstanding environment, and overall just AMAZING! Would 10/10 recommend for any groups of 8-10 getting together and requesting the wine room. Unforgettable evening!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you for your wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your dining experience here at Isa's French Bistro and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Poobie
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been wanting to eat there it was awesome, our waiter he was the best and felt very safe there during Covid. Can't wait to come back and try your dinner menu.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed dining with us and had a safe, comfortable experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipSusanL
Greensboro
22 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Isa’s Bistro is fantastic! I great spot for brunch, lunch or dinner. Huge windows, well spaced tables, and a great bar to grab a drink. Staff and service were great. Will be back soon, I hope!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you very much for your great review. We can't wait to see you again soon!

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vipFamilyof4
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, excellent meal, wonderful time had by all! Thanks!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and received great service. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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vipSusanL
Greensboro
22 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Isa’s Bistro is superb! Fresh and fun. We went for brunch twice, as we were staying in the Haywood Park hotel (above). A wonderful way to start the day with mimosas and brunch. Staff and service were amazing. Make a reservation as occupancy is limited due to Covid. The huge stuffed teddy bears as reminders to socially distance and reserve tables made us all smile! Thank you, we will be back soon! They do have outdoor dining if weather permits!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 2, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed brunch with us and appreciate your detailed review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Food good, but service was sub par. They forgot my daughter’s order then brought hers and it was burnt. Decent, but better places to eat in Asheville I think.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on January 29, 2021

Hi, thank you for the review. We are happy to hear that the food was good in most aspects. We sincerely apologize that the service was not five stars. We strive to have all food out in a timely manner and at the same time so you and your guests can enjoy together. We would love another opportunity to provide you with five-star quality service and food. Please contact our Restaurant Manager, Thyra Folkard at (828) 575-9636 so we may have a chance to ensure quality dining.

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DianeP
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Had french onion soup, duck and my daughter had scallops. Highly recommend!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service here at Isa's. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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QuelSauvage
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Isa's is always excellent! They are a standby for lunch for my family when we are downtown shopping. The food is always on point and the service is good without being overbearing. The service wasn't quite as good this visit as usual, but I still rate it as "very good," so really, no complaints, just a little less attentive than usual. But COVID, so how can one judge? Waitstaff is showing up and serving me during a pandemic and for that I'm going to tip like I'm rich as Croesus.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you always enjoy dining with us and thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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vipJudithE
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Escargot was so delicious and the soup. The salmon also perfect. Service was just right. We are going back this weekend. Loved it!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed the food and received great service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipEddie
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was great!! 5 stars!!

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you for your 5-star review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the food and received excellent service. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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NIc1234
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Sadly this was not a delicious meal. Not up to it’s online rating. Love French food but this was not tasty.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on January 22, 2021

Hi, thank you for providing feedback about Isa’s French Bistro and your dining experience. We would love to hear about what we can improve on to better our food so that next time you can have a superb dining experience at Isa’s. Please contact our Restaurant Manager Thyra Folkard (828)575-9636 so we can hear your feedback and have another chance to serve you with top notch food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch was delicious and the server was extra friendly. The outside air sweeps through the dining area so avoid the tables right there in coldest weather. Definitely would go again for brunch.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed brunch with us and received great service. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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vipHeatherP
Charlotte
55 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Ordered the Chicken Cordon Bleu for my meal. When it arrived it was 4 pieces of chicken with a hole in the middle...no cheese or ham. When I inquired about the missing elements of the meal I was told that they could make it again, but it would take 25 minutes to cook it. I decided to just eat the chicken without the cheese and ham rather than wait. I don't recommend this meal. The waiter was very nice and the restaurant itself was nice. Also, we were there to celebrate an anniversary. No mention of this was made.

Isa's Bistro
Responded on January 8, 2021

Hi Heather, thank you for dining with us and taking the time to provide valuable feedback. We sincerely apologize that your meal was not up to our dining standards. The chicken cordon bleu is a fantastic dish and we are sorry you were missing key elements that make this dish delicious. We will provide this feedback to our kitchen and servers to ensure that it is properly prepared. We hope to have another opportunity to exceed your expectations. Please contact Thyra Folkard at (828)575-9636.

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Frank
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Didn’t feel like a French restaurant environment (Music and etc). Great Covid precautions.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambience for Christmas was nice. The food was very good, a bit pricey for what it was but all in all a wonderful experience. Service was excellent.

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TJWGB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They had a limited menu for Christmas, they had a beef, seafood, & vegetarian option. Our table ordered the beef & seafood options and everyone was pleased with their meal. Waitress was attentive and pleasant

Isa's Bistro
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you joined us for Christmas and had a great meal. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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DonaldH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My husband and I dined at Isa's Christmas evening. We were exceptionally pleased with the food and service, our waiter was very attentive. We were dining downstairs where there was a beautiful tree and a gentleman who played music beautifully. I do wish there had been a little more obeisance and more decorations but I would highly recommend dining there.

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Isa's Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 936 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.