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.
Good food. Not a large menu. Service excellent. Had an extremely loud party close to us.
Outstanding Experience. Justin was as hospitable as one could be.
Thank you for your great review. We are so glad you had a wonderful experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Thank you for your positive review Lauren. We look forward to hosting you again soon!
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.
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.
our server paid us no attention and took care of other tables countless times while we waited with empty drinks
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.
Prime rib was phenomenal. However it’s a little on the rare side so use caution. Great experience and wonderful atmosphere. 10/10 recommend.
All of the food was delicious and well thought out. Our server was Matt and he was very friendly and helpful!
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.
The food was terrible. Overcooked, too salty, and just generally bad.
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.
Very good Chateaubriand! Try the chocolate mousse cake!
As always Isa's did not disappoint. Wonderful food, ambiance and service.
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!
Craig was excellent ! The food was killer and they spoiled us with dessert for our special day.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Isa’s exceeded our expectations with quality of food!! Cocktails were delicious and service exceptional.
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!
Had not eaten here for quite sometime. Great experience, food and service was excellent.
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!
amazing food and service
the citrus chicken is great
had a great guitar player too.
Thank you for your review Evan. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Thank you very much for your great review. We can't wait to see you again soon!
Friendly staff, excellent meal, wonderful time had by all! Thanks!
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!
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!
We are so glad you enjoyed brunch with us and appreciate your detailed review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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.
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.
Amazing food and service. Had french onion soup, duck and my daughter had scallops. Highly recommend!
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!
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.
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!
Escargot was so delicious and the soup. The salmon also perfect. Service was just right. We are going back this weekend. Loved it!
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!
Excellent service and the food was great!! 5 stars!!
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!
Sadly this was not a delicious meal. Not up to it’s online rating. Love French food but this was not tasty.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Great food and service. Didn’t feel like a French restaurant environment (Music and etc). Great Covid precautions.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.