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Isa's French Bistro

4.1
538 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Wine Bar
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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
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Phone number
(828) 575-9636
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Duane Fernandes
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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.
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Private party contact
Ashli Lagaly: (828) 575-9636
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Neighborhood
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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.
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Special events & promotions
For all special events please contact Ashli Lagaly at alagaly@isasbistro.com
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
What 538 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Mussels supper yummy. Service started off great but went down hill. Not sure we would go again not because it was bad but just not as good as prices and asheville has so many tasty choices.

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MatthewP (Charleston)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant is right downtown. The staff were very courteous and quick. Good Atmosphere for a date. The menu was limited but food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Dinner was excellent. Our waiter was outstanding. Excellent choice!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was very nice. The food was wonderful and the service was great.

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LovelyBistro (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Perfect spot for dinner on a rainy Saturday night in the heart of downtown Asheville. We arrived early, but the hostess was able to seat us right away. The calamari appetizer was delicious as was the risotto with figs and wild mushrooms. I found it a tad dry, but incredibly flavorful. The service was excellent as well. Thank you!

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Roni (Western NC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

It seems eating out always has its ups and downs. The onion/cheese tart with accompanying salad is always delicious as are the soups. My husband tried the duck burger and didn't enjoy the consistency or flavor compared to the beef burger that was formerly on the menu. The fingerling potatoes are always delicious. My friend had the chicken provencal special and enjoyed it very much. I tried the Risotto with added shrimp and was very disappointed. The Risotto did not have the creaminess associated with it and was totally tasteless and other than the shrimp I added, would have been just a plate of rice. Actually, I felt the $7 charge for the added shrimp was not worth the cost. The orange creme brulee and petit four/truffle desserts were delicious.

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Jordan (Western NC)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I came for the Bouillabaisse. Too many potatoes, not enough broth. Salmon was excellent, though. Our seats were in the dark. Candles or a lamp would have warmed the booth--instead, we felt like the power was out. It was a birthday celebration, but it didn't feel happy or festive in the least.

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vipLizzy (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent meal, fresh risotto w/ salmon. Friends enjoyed their meal and one who was gluten free was well p,eased. Husband really liked his meal 🥘

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vipLisa (Dallas)
2.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

I had the risotto special and it was not very good. There were more onions than risotto.

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rosebudhlm (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Arlene did a great job assuring that we were well cared for. Food was very good. We will return!!

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vipHapjamlaw (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great, friendly service and delicious food. Great place to dine prior to a concert at the civic center.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was great . Greeter, server and management were friendly and the meal was Times very well .

Best filet we’ve had since moving to AVL. The rack of lamb was also perfect . Beautiful plates . True art

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vipKarenK (Western NC)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Skimpy Martinis ... frozen French fries being passed off as pommes frites. Really? Okay restaurant, but just not a French bistro.

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OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Most of the dishes ordered by our party of six were very good, but two of ordered the NY Strip Au Poivre, and we were both very disappointed. The steaks were full of gristle and difficult to chew, although the flavor was good. As we spoke about the meal later, each of us who ordered the steaks had thought about sending ours back, but decided not to interrupt the meal. Our server Nick did a great job.

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
2.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Made a reservation to celebrate a special occasion as they advertised they were participating in our local Restaurant Week. When we were seated we asked for the restaurant week specials (3 course dinner for $35 ) and were told that theirs was a crostini appetizer at a $2 discount from the regular price!! What??!? That was how they were participating in Restaurant Week - seriously??! Needless to say, we felt that that was a very deceptive practice. Ended up leaving and walked to another downtown restaurant (Posana’s) where we enjoyed a fabulous 3 course meal for $35. Won’t return to Isa’s and definitely won’t recommend to any of our circle of friends and/or extended families. Very poor choice on their part to say they participated in Restaurant t Week and then offer a very minor discount on a single appetizer. Why bother??

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thomaso (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Isa's has marvelously authentic French cuisine with the freshest local ingredients. An imaginative and reasonably-priced wine list compliments the dishes. The service is impeccable.

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vipBradE (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

The food and service was excellent. We had the duck burger special and the lamb chops and shared the plates. Both dishes were outstanding. We had lots of excellent meals in Ashville but this was the best.

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JonG (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Amazing place for a special occasion. Great food

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JandJ (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

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

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vipStarfish (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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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