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About Isa's French Bistro

FREE VALET PARKING OUTSIDE THE HAYWOOD PARK HOTEL

Isa’s French Bistro 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: Chef Duane Fernandes describes his menu as innovative. seasonally inspired, French Bistro Cuisine. Isa’s menus are printed daily in order to highlight the best local produce as well as outstanding product from around the world. Fernandes’ experience in some of America’s top kitchens has left him dedicated to and passionate about the authentic, memorable dining experience.

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.

One Battery Park Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Thu–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 575-9636

Website:
http://www.isasbistro.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking is available for our guests. Our valet service is located at the entrance of The Haywood Park Hotel next to the restaurant.

Public parking lots are located within a 1/2 block of the Bistro.

Executive Chef:
Duane Fernandes

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Isa's French Bistro can accommodate all your special event needs.

Private Party Contact:
Ashli Lagaly: (828) 575-9636

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For all special events please contact Ashli Lagaly at alagaly@isasbistro.com

Isa's French Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.4

Noise

Quiet

61% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for a Date (6)
People Watching (5)
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Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing place for a special occasion. Great food

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 (Western NC)·Dined 3 days ago

Went for Asheville restaurant week. Will definitely be back, short walk from Ruskin parking garage.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Our food (daily risotto, and the pork chop) was delicious and the service attentive on this very quiet afternoon. I look forward to trying the other menu items.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food, as always, was great. Their Sunday brunch is fabulous. However, we ordered
a Bloody Mary which tasted like bland tomato juice. We had to ask the server to bring us
hot sauce and add some pepper. We were surprised by this.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food. A couple more breakfast options would’ve been nice. Service was a little slow but not to bad. Everything tasted really good. Space is really nice.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was not my favorite lunch in Asheville which is unusual for the downtown restaurants. They did not have a lunch menu, just one menu all day with entrees offered in small and large portions. My husband ordered the plain Caesar salad and thought it was great - it was very fresh and had a good dressing. I ordered the Lyonnaise salad with salmon and was a bit surprised to be served all yellow frisee lettuce - the only green were a few fresh haricot verts - cooked perfectly, just surprised at the look of the salad. The salmon portion was med. rare - nicely done. If I were to return, I would try something different, but for the prices for lunch, some of the other local restaurants might be a better choice. One other note, the free valet parking at the hotel next door (offered by the restaurant) was not available when we arrived, resulting in a 30 minute delay to find parking elsewhere. It was a Friday, so maybe it was just too busy to accommodate.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food, even better service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The service was slow, and there was no recognition of my husband's birthday despite me making note of it twice on our reservation. Needless to say I was pretty disappointed.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We were looking forward to an easy dinner out after Christmas. We had a nice table in the corner, it was 6pm, there were very few people there then. Three of us ordered the same entrée which was the steak au poivre. The meat was tough, it was not hot and given that there were so few patrons it surprisingly took a long time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This was the worst meal I have ever had in Asheville, and cost twice as much as a usual meal at Limones, Chestnut, or Curate. Service was horrible, messed up our order multiple times, did not apologize for this, and the food was the equivalent of what we could have ordered at Cracker Barrel. Really tough steak, ham was Meh. The menu was fixed for Christmas day and really was not what the online menu reflects. I wish there was some type of warning for this on their website but I did not see anything posted about a special menu for Christmas. I love French food, had heard great things about this restaurant, and was really, really disappointed. Will not go back.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Overall, our meals were interesting and delicious. The bibb salads were missing the toasted cashews. Our waiter told us the salad only had crispy shallots, so he was not familiar with the special holiday menu. He served a glass of wine with cork chip in it, but promptly replaced that when I pointed it out. We had anticipated having the apple tart dessert which was removed from the holiday menu. We were seated at the table nearest the door on a very cold evening. Also the ladies bathroom was not serviced properly.

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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food quality was disappointing. High prices for what you get. Staff was great though.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We dined at Isa's Christmas Eve and were happy to find such a nice place open. The front of the house staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and skilled. The food service itself though, was slow even though the restaurant didn't seem crowded. Overall the food was very good (try the tartare and rack of lamb!). However, I had the bouillabaisse (typically one of my favorite dishes) and found it flavorless and lacking in substance for the price. Overall, a good experience and we would go back.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner for the family after church service. Magical night in a magical location. Food was great and service was superb. May become an annual tradition!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went here for Christmas Eve dinner. The table was lovely but we had a difficult time hearing each other since the noise level was quite high. We ordered 2 bottles of wine but had to remind the waitress to bring the second bottle halfway through our meal. The Salad Lyonnaise was tasteless yet the Cauliflower appetizer was quite good but should be split since it's a lot for one person. I was disappointed in the steak since it was a bit tough and the french fries were soggy. The duck was a good choice. The only vegan option was the risotto. I was told it was quite bland. There were no appetizers available for our vegan guest other than a plain salad. We asked to have our meal boxed and the waitress forgot and tossed it out. However, she gave us a credit on the bill. All in all, I will probably not return since there are better French bistros.

Tags: Casual
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner was excellent. Two had great local trout. Chicken dish and flat iron steak were well prepared. Cauliflower appetizer devoured (two orders shared). Nice bottle of Toschi Pinot Noir. Meredith was our attentkve waitress.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent menu choices. Kids loved bam bam cauliflower appetizer and chicken and waffles. Very attentive service. Great beer and wine selections.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Cute bistro, friendly people, good food.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Enjoyed the meal at Isa's. Never been disappointed. Steak and pork chop dishes cooked very well. Bone-in pork chop was a little bit dry, but the fig gastric sauce that accompanied it took any thought of the dryness away...it was phenomenal. As always, restaurants in Asheville get pricey. Isa's is in the middle when it comes to price, but still approaches $150 for 2 with a bottle of wine. That said, the service is impeccable. Multiple servers supported the table and from the primary server to the person delivering food, all were gracious, polite, and truly looked to make sure our experience was enjoyable. Always a good choice!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner with m sisters and my Mom. Great food and great service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Limited menu soups and vegetarian options food portions are good

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Menu needs to focus.
Restaurant is still trying to find its culinary identity.
Decor is underwhelming.
The range of the wine offerings is quite limited.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had lunch the day after Thanksgiving and the kitchen staff must have been exhausted or new staff was working. The salad that my wife ordered was missing several ingredients that the menu indicated should be present. Our server graciously replaced the salad with correct ingredients. Expediter in kitchen should have noticed that the salad was not correctly prepared.

Tags: Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Outstanding food service, Great Thanksgiving menu...awesoms great job

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving dinner and it wasn't very good especially for $50 a person. We had 3 courses and all where mediocre to bland. I have been their also for Sunday brunch and that is decent.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Not notified ahead of time of $59 fixed price. Made a poor choice of steak that was too tough to cut. Food was tasty, but we should have chosen the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Not a bad value for three courses. I would go back.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Delicious Thanksgiving meal, the turkey was outstanding. Also the flourless chocolate cake was so worth every calorie!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Isa's has a nice environment and is in a great location. The staff were cordial and helpful. The food sounded nice, but was nothing that special. The tartar lacked flavor and our dinners were good, but if you're spending $25-$35 a plate, you'd expect really good.
I also miss my french bread and it was a let down not getting bread at a French restaurant.

Nice but didn't take it to the next level.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

After watching a UNCTV special (NC Food program) that chronicled the bison industry in NC. It specifically visited Isa's and had the chef prepare 3 dishes using bison.
We scheduled a trip to Asheville (275 miles one way)to enjoy the preparations. Upon review of the menu we saw that there were no dishes featuring bison, in any form. When we asked our server about this and she commented that her first year there she saw bison on the menu but the "owner" wanted to go in a "different direction".
Shame on PBS and it's delay in featured programs. FYI, we are not French bistro people.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We went this restaurant on Friday night and it excellent, so my family went back on Saturday night. However, our experience was not the same. We ordered cheese board which was fair to say the least. The wedge salad was just okay. The bang, bang cauliflower was excellent once again. Then for entrees I had the risotto which was bland. The duck was not as good as Friday night which what brought us back for the second night. Very disappointed and will not return.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was amazing. The bang bang cauliflower was awesome!! Must have... the duck and the chicken.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The service was fantastic and the food was excellent. Needs a little work on ambience for the trifecta....a good start would be white tablecloths...that would cozy up this fine restaurant...

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We ate two dinners at Isa's Bistro while staying at the Haywood Park Hotel, whose lobby it adjoins. Both were excellent, chosen from a menu with enough variety to keep one coming back often. The first time we ate outside, finding ourselves stared at by pedestrians who were mostly good natured. The second time we ate inside and enjoyed the quiet ambiance. Bang Band Cauliflower was delightful, a lightly curried, Tempura style appetizer that held our interest (my wife and I split one portion and had some left over). The oysters on the half shell were sweet and fresh. At one dinner we both had the excellent duck entree and at the second my wife had Julia Child chicken (moist and tasty) while I had rack of lamb, full of flavor. The wines were priced fairly. Our only complaint was the lack of a light dessert. They all looked good, but they also looked too rich to follow the substantial meals we had eaten. Service was professional and friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Nice. Sunday very quiet. We walked by Saturday and it was packed. Only a few people on Sunday. Waitress was exceptional. Food was very good. My wife loved it. Duck very good. Drinks were great. Sat outside and could watch the surroundings and people. Good weather and covered patio. If it rains, your protected. It was on 50th anniversary.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Western NC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We had a nice meal with friends. Ambiance was pleasant. Server seemed bored with her job.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Enjoyed the food and atmosphere tremendously. Must try the Bang Bang Cauliflower.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Romantic, Healthy, Casual, Business Meals, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Had a great dinner outside on a quiet night!
Even was entertained by the street performers.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 26, 2017

My wife said the chicken was the best she had ever had, and we are not spring chickens. Local catch was excellent. Would definitely come again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This is a great place. We always wonder why more people aren't there. Of course, we don't want to many people to be there but this is always good food, good service and a nice location.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 7, 2017

A great place to meet old friends and celebrate a birthday. The crab eggs benedict and Benton's bacon were outstanding.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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