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Isa Bistro - Portland, Portland, ME

Isa Bistro - Portland

4.8
4.8
535 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bistro
Isa is a small neighborhood bistro serving eclectic and seasonally driven menu. Reservations are available inside the dining room. Our private outdoor patio is available from May until mid October and available day of by calling after 3pm, weather permitting. We ask that you be mindful of your 2 hour time slot so we may accommodate all guests. Please provide 24 hours notice for cancellations or a late cancellation fee may apply.
A husband and wife duo, Isaul 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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 and Brattle Sts.

  • 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 535 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

  • Maine

    Best Food

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    Best Service

  • Maine

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  • Maine

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to several restaurants during our week in Portland. Isa Bistro was the stand out favorite. I ordered the Seared Halibut with summer vegetables, lobster saffron broth and bread. It was some of the best halibut I’ve ever had. We also ordered the Grilled Pork Chop with potatoes, grilled cabbage and dijon garlic butter. The pork chop was super tender and tasty. Everything was excellent! I highly recommend Isa Bistro.
  2. N

    Noels

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Isa! Food is as good ad it gets, great service, good vibes, open kitchen. It is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere, a must stop for me when in Portland!
  3. PM

    PaulM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice local place with friendly staff. Our meals were excellent although pricey. I rather spend more than have a bad experience. Overall it was awesome
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed everything from the octopus to the Caesar salad. The meatball appetizer was outstanding as was the Bolognese over homemade tagliatelle pasta. Atmosphere was wonderful and cozy as a neighborhood bistro should be. Prices were reasonable. One suggestion would be to add non alcoholic cocktails.
  5. J

    Jennid

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ISA was one of the best restaurants we have eaten at in a long time. Professional staff and amazing food. No complaints. It made for a perfect date night. We will definitely be back.
  6. RT

    ReneeT

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and service. Small but thoughtful menu, everything was delicious, and the service was great. Full water glasses and new flatware between every course. Food was delivered in a timely manner without being rushed. Still thinking about my meal and I can't wait to go back.
  7. DH

    DebH

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, service impeccable! We want to return!!
  8. JS

    JillS

    El Paso

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants we visited so far on our family vacation.
  9. GB

    GeorgiaB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was exceptional. A friend from South Carolina proclaimed the pork chop "the best he had ever eaten" and I couldn't disagree. The wait staff were attentive, asked without prompting about any food sensitivities, but were never intrusive. The Hibiscus Margarita should not be missed.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    considering the high-end ambiance of Isa…I expected the prices to be high than what they were! Our waitress was very knowledgeable and my date and I enjoyed everything The halibut was delicious, but I think the dish should have less of the broth, but I did enjoy the broth. Beautiful evening with my girl:) Will definitely be back!
  11. JL

    JoeL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend…Great food, great service and a quiet little place to have an intimate meal.
  12. IW

    IanW

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On holiday in Portland , excellent meal and great service
  13. F

    Foodie1

    Atlanta

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific team, in addition to delicious food, made for a delightful experience
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find, love the back story on the owners. Great place, small, good vibe, staff were very friendly. The food was incredible, from salad and octopus to the pork chop and halibut, then dessert. Absolutely top shelf. They deserve a Michelin Star! Will be going back soon for sure!!
  15. EW

    EricW

    Indiana

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food. Service was a bit slow. Nice neighborhood place. The Bronzini was really good as was the triple chocolate tarte.
  16. JS

    JimS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family’s last night in Portland as well as our anniversary. Just a fabulous dinner. Food and service were outstanding. The perfect end to a long weekend in Portland. Thank you Isa bistro!
  17. D

    Doug

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our food was fantastic. We would definitely go back if in Portland again.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had (three seafood dishes, a chocolate dessert, a cocktail, and a mocktail) was delicious. Our favorite meal out on our trip to Portland!
  19. D

    Domer84

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food at reasonable prices… service was great too
  20. F

    Friendsvisit

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food in a really nice atmosphere. Our server was excellent and described one of the dishes well when asked. Octopus, steak, special salad were ALL tremendous. Will absolutely be back and so happy we came here.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Off the beaten path away from the ol port area this is a hidden gem. Quality food and pairing. Will absolutely return!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  23. DK

    DeeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and our server was lovely. Would definitely go back!!
  24. m

    marcb

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best restaurants I have eaten at. We sat at the bar and the service from our bartender was excellent. He was very personable and had good wine suggestions. The restaurant is relatively small and cozy but the tables are spaced nicely. We started with a few appetizers and salads which were all amazing. The pasta course we shared was excellent as well as the coconut creme pie for dessert. All our food choices were excellent. You must eat here. My only caveat is the street it is on is a little sketchy and may want to take taxi, but if you don't come you are missing the best meal you probably ever had. It will be the first reservation I call if I make it back to Portland.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere. Such a great find! Beautiful dishes that are sure to satisfy.
  26. RA

    RichA

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional, the pork chop was perfection. Such a great spot. Will definitely return!
  27. L

    Lovegoodgood

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Two of us ate at the bar. The bartender was attentive & knowledgeable about the menu. We could see into the kitchen, as dishes were being prepared. No lag time getting hot food to our places. The lobster tostadas had a hot crispy corn tortilla base, with a mound of seasoned lobster meat on top: spry combo of lime & aioli dressing. Zesty. The bone-in pork chop was pink with a subtle wet-brine flavor, I’m guessing. The seared halibut nested on a bed of shucked corn, long thin zucchini slices & a chunky vegetable broth. Savory. It’s not a fusion fashionable menu. You taste the ingredients in all their simple glory. Very satisfying. Modest prices.
  28. CK

    ColetteK

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the best meal of my life. I knew it was going to be delicious, but it truly knocked my socks off! The attention to detail, the unique flavors - a work of art! Beautiful and sexy interior, warm and friendly staff, simple yet dazzling menu. Would love to return someday!
  29. HJ

    HannahJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and excellent service. Super cute atmosphere. We sat on the private patio which was nicely portioned off from the street and very nicely appointed. We had a great and knowledgable server. Our empty plates were taken promptly but not prematurely, water always filled and our waiter attended to us with perfect timing without hovering. Great local food options. We loved this place and will come back.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and atmosphere
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very hard working staff, food is just excellent, wine list clever. I've traveled all over the US and world, this is a top 5 percent restaurant.
  32. M

    Michaela

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cuisine and atmosphere. Cocktails are delicious. A great spot in a Portland especially if you like inexpensive yet highly elevated food.
  33. PL

    PaulaL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would highly recommend this restaurant . Not far from the busy Portland area and worth trying it .
  34. K

    Kristi

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and service o fantastic. We will highly recommend to others.
  35. DC

    DawnC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and excellent food. Location can be sketchy at night, but once you enter the restaurant you feel you are in a totally different world.
  36. RG

    RandyG

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were staying in Portland and discovered that it was a foodie town, comparable to San Francisco. As Californians, we appreciate excellent food anywhere. At Isa Bistro, we weren’t disappointed! My husband loved his Caesar salad with white anchovies, while I enjoyed the refreshing watermelon salad. The portions were just the right size. The entrees, pork chop and Arctic char, were prepared expertly, tender and seasoned perfectly. The bistro is located in a non-touristy neighborhood, slightly off the beaten track, but worth the walk or drive. Excellent service and lovely interior.
  37. S

    Samadams

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant seems to always excel and last night was extraordinary. Halibut and Lasagna were home runs! Service was among the best we have had in Portland this summer. We have been going here since they first opened and though it is much harder to make a reservation, it is good to know they are now a big player in the Portland food scene
  38. AS

    AnyaS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service in a relaxed lovely environment with beautifully cooked food. Everything was outstanding! Highly recommend.
  39. BC

    BethC

    Seattle

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Visiting from Seattle and saw good reviews. Is a lived up to the hype. It was excellent
  40. RH

    RandolphH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated immediately for our 6:30 reservation. Hostess and server both very cordial and welcoming. Had the grilled octopus and beet and avacado salad for starters. Both very delicious. We had the marinated steak and pork chop for entrees. Excellent flavor and preparation. The chocolate pie for dessert was to die for. Highly recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

Isa Bistro - Portland is rated 4.8 stars by 535 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 13 times today
Google Map for Isa Bistro - Portland

79 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Portland and Brattle Sts.

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm

  • 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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