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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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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Quiet

70% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (12)
Special Occasion (11)
People Watching (9)
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Good for a Date (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Romantic (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Casual (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Fun (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Western NC)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 7 days ago

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Western NC)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 10, 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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 (Western NC)·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 🥘

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·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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 (Western NC)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (Miami)·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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 (Western NC)·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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 (Kansas City)·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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 (Western NC)·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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 (Western NC)·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.

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Atlanta)·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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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Amazing place for a special occasion. Great food

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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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 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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 (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 28, 2017

Great food, even better service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 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.

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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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 (Raleigh)·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 24, 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 24, 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.

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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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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 2, 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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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Some interesting menu items. Food was good, that said we've been there twice and for us there is just something missing that has us not want to return. Our friends made the same comment.

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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 24, 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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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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

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