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Isa Bistro - Portland, Portland, ME

Isa Bistro - Portland

4.9
4.9
1106 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bistro
Isa is a small neighborhood bistro serving eclectic and seasonally driven menu. Reservations are available inside the dining room up to 30 days out. Our private outdoor patio is open seasonally with same day reservations available only, as it is uncovered and weather permitting (not dog friendly). All reservations are 2 hours, so we ask you be mindful of those dining after you. Please provide 24 hours notice for cancellations or a late cancellation fee may apply. Friday lunch also available 11:30-4pm.
A husband and wife duo, Isaul Perez brings his experience cooking French and Italian food to life with a splash of his Mexican heritage and his wife Suzie is the sommelier and face of the front. They showcase local farms and purveyors and offer craft beers and house specialty cocktails. The dining room is cozy and quaint with an original black tin ceiling. Be sure to order any of the Mexican dishes, whatever they may be!


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Bistro, Italian, Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (207) 808-8533
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Isaul Perez
  • Neighborhood
    Portland
  • Cross street
    Portland Street and Brattle Street
  • Parking details
    Private lot behind the building on Brattle Street and street parking.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,106 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Best Overall

  • Maine

    Best Food

  • Maine

    Best Service

  • Maine

    Best Value

  • Maine

    Neighborhood gem

  • Greater Portland

    Best Overall

  • Greater Portland

    Best Food

  • Greater Portland

    Best Service

  • Greater Portland

    Best Ambiance

  • Greater Portland

    Best Value

  • Greater Portland

    Innovative

  • Greater Portland

    Healthy

  • Greater Portland

    Neighborhood gem

  • Greater Portland

    Romantic

  • Greater Portland

    Most Booked

1,106 Reviews
  1. donfromwestborough

    Greater Boston

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There were 4 of us in our group. We each ordered a different appetizer, main course and even different drinks, We got small tastes of the other's dishes. Each was really good. Service was also excellent. Waiter told our table there was only 1 left of the special appetizer of the day (duck liver pate) and we immediately placed an order for it. The bill was about $130 per couple. Two drinks (wine or cocktail), appetizers and main course, plus a side order of focaccia for the table. We will definitely go back in the near future.

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  2. KHutch

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have wanted to try this restaurant for 3 years! Off the beaten path but well worth the trip. The food was outstanding - lived up to all the reviews. Service was great, food was served nice & hot, and drinks were all very good. I would definitely recommend Isa and cannot wait to go back!

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  3. Ddot45

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A tremendously lovely meal from beginning to end. Service was solicitous without being overbearing. The food and drinks were exquisite. And we were all able to hear each other!

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  4. Betsy

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a treat to eat here. Love the food and the setting.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Maine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Was our first time looking for something new. Was very impressed with menu. The food was very good. We would definitely go back!

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  6. Foodie

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the best dining experience in Portland! From apps to desert, Isa and his team create consistently delicious food and my cocktail with beet shrub was over the moon!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place. Great service. Friendly atmosphere. Delicious food. Thank you!

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  8. LauraP

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Isa Bistro was everything I hoped it would be and more! We had the field greens -delicious onion vinaigrette -and we had the beet salad. Also amazing. My husband had the trout and I had the tagliatelle. Both were completely delicious. I wish I lived closer. I’d be here all the time.

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  9. portlandliz

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Isa and are regular diners. We love how they vary the menu just enough, the service is so lovely and welcoming and the atmosphere wonderful. It is one of our favorite places in a city full of good places to eat! Top of the tops.

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  10. PortlandPete

    Greater Boston

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good and service were great as usual. But, we had booked the window table (and confirmed that less than a week before) as we were celebrating our son’s engagement and found it had been given to another party. The hostess didn’t provide a reason for the mistake other than the other party arrived first. Very disappointing.

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  11. Lulu

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible service and superb food! The price is on par with other Portland restaurants. Only the second time I've been for dinner (but have been for brunch countless times). 10/10 would recommend.

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  12. DiningOut

    Greater Boston

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great server/bartender. Delicious food. Will definitely return!

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  13. Disappointment

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate at the bar and bartender was great. We had octopus shaved fennel salad grilled brazino and eggplant lasagna. All excellent.

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  14. HenryB

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Isa continues to impress both of us with the creativity and quality of meals. It’s our favorite restaurant in Portland and we try to get there frequently- although last minute reservations are impossible.

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  15. RalphD

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always wonderful. If you’ve never been you’re missing out on one of Portland’s finest dining experiences

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  16. Junebug

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem! Isa Bistro provided a limited but choice menu. the seared scallop appetizer, the succulent pork chop on a bed of lentils and carrots, and the Black Forest Cake infused with espresso were each exquisite with lovely presentation and perfectly balanced layers of flavor. The staff were professional and attentive without being stuffy. We had a wonderful experience and look forward to a repeat visit.

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  17. MaryG

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, the service was excellent and the ambience was fantastic

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  18. KathrynB

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, attentive service, and homey, charming atmosphere. Make sure you order the scallops with pineapple gastrique. Best scallop dish ever. Pork chop and halibut were also very good. We want to go back and try more small plates. Can’t wait for a return visit.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can’t miss with whatever you order. Superb and artfully presented. The homemade coconut ice cream for dessert was an unexpected delight. The bartender concocted a lemon snap, perfectly posh for lunch! Be sure to give a nod to the chefs, who magically make all this happen.

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  20. ShelleyG

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Waiter was attentive but not too much. He was extremely patient with us. The food was wonderful. Fantastic evening!

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  21. dla911

    Greater Boston

    188 reviews

    5.0

    188 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Super good and wine choices... reasonable prices... excellent wait staff... highly recommended

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  22. PhillyD

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner at ISA was a great experience in. The service was great and the menu was filled with creative dishes. And everything our party ordered was prepared perfectly and delicious. We really loved the lobster tostado appetizer and the beet and avocado salad and the eggplant, lasagna, and shrimp entrées.(all of which we shared) the real was complemented by great wine pairings. Dessert was coconut custard pie, Also delicious. We can’t wait to return and try the rest of the menu.

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  23. Semiregular

    Greater Boston

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time going to Isa for dinner. We had the octopus as an appetizer. I had the branzino (the regular prep, although the Mexican special sounded great too) and it was outstanding. My wife had the grilled pork chop which was outstanding. Great flavor, preparation and presentation. We definitely will add this to our regular rotation... and it's open on Monday when choices are more limited.

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  24. RaymondG

    Maine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience, food was fantastic, wait staff very attentive without being overbearing.

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  25. jgkkk

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic menu that delivers! Every course, every bite was a food memory. Our party is still talking about. With such a bewildering array of great place to eat in Portland, make it easy and set the bar with Isa! (And no, I have no relation or connection with Isa, just a new ardent admirer). Jim

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and amazing staff! We loved our anniversary dinner here.

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  27. DarrylW

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent and the ambiance inviting. The food was absolutely amazing. We had the beet and avocado salad, the branzino fish and pork chop. Best meal I have had in Portland in quite a while!

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  28. Truth

    Maine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the first time we have been to Isa Bistro. The entire evening was superb. The food, the service, the vibe, the decor all were creative and superior. We’ve lived in and around Portland for about 20 years and eaten at many excellent restaurants in Portland. We REALLY enjoyed our time at I/B and will enthusiastically recommend it to our many friends in the area. Thank you!!

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  29. MarceM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Three of us all had different entrees and loved them. Very comfortable and welcoming space. Also has parking.

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  30. ElizabethR

    Maine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. The server was knowledgeable and kind. It was a wonderful experience.

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  31. Kiwibird

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warm welcome, friendly service. Food always excellent, recommend the Branzino and the eggplant lasagna also the beet and avocado salad.

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  32. CraigG

    Palm Springs

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant experience in Portland thus far. Will definitely return.

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  33. drjay60

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never lets us down. Pork chop is almost always on the menu, but preparation varies and is always a winner. Had burrata and citrus salad, and scallops for starters. Both delicious.

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  34. SusanS

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. I had the lobster tacos that were out of this world! I always get the apple fennel salad which is wonderfully dressed and so full of flavor. My husband had the meatball sandwich which he really liked.

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  35. JeffH

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered every starter, a main, and two desserts. Every item was beautifully executed and polished; the team was friendly with exactly the right level of attentiveness. Succulent octopus, stand-out lobster ravioli , savory gambas al ajillo on a bed of perfectly prepared linguine, and cod fritters that felt like they were in an impossibly thin, crispy battered shell. We will definitely be back!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent t experience!! Bar seating, service was friendly and fast. Fresh food and wonderful atmosphere. Small space but ample background noise. Well done ISA!!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food in a cozy atmosphere. Cocktails were delicious and our server was attentive without being overbearing. Steak was cooked perfectly and tiramisu for dessert was a delight. Would highly recommended!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu, food well prepared, staff professional, enjoyable dining experience.

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  39. audioguy6503

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and fantastic bistro fare with a lovely twist. Cocktails (especially the Night Owl) are absolutely top-notch.

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  40. GeoffreyB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Intimate, nice place with professional staff that know what they are doing. Great food and creative menu.

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FAQs

Isa Bistro - Portland offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 808-8533.

Isa Bistro - Portland is rated 4.9 stars by 1106 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Isa Bistro - Portland

79 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Portland Street and Brattle Street
  • Neighborhood
    Portland
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Bistro, Italian, Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private lot behind the building on Brattle Street and street parking.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Isaul Perez
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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