Isa Bistro - Portland

4.9
17 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bistro
Isa is a neighborhood bistro serving eclectic and seasonally driven menu. 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. Request a seat in the outdoor patio during the summer months and you will forget where you are. The menu changes for Mexican Mondays and be sure to get the tacos, whatever they may be!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 17 people are saying
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GourmetGrandma1
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isa never fails to prepare and present a perfect meal. The service is friendly and efficient. The menu is small, but what is offered is perfect every time and the offerings reflect the changing seasons. They have managed to survive the dining limitations of the Covid pandemic and still offer a safe and pleasant dining experience. The food, decor and ambience is reminiscent of a a great restaurant in the Village (NYC). Absolutely wonderful!

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SarahK
New England
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was great. Will definitely go back.

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vipspar
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isa is one of the best restaurants in the city. Their take-out food during the pandemic has been superb and it is a delight to be able to dine there again. The halibut was perfect. The rabbit, as always, was transcendent and the trout was wondrous. In addition to the joys of the meal, everyone who works at Isa is friendly and competent. Plus, there is parking.

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vipsaraho
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food!

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SomM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything here. I highly recommend the margaritas and octopus appetizer.

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KathrynD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful cuisine- tasty, creative, well presented and proportioned. Inviting atmosphere, simple and tasteful. Knowledgeable and thoughtful staff. Definitely now on our list of faves!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remains one of our top favorites: great dishes, attentive service and neighborhood vibe.

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DougH
New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Six years since its launch, Isa Bistro remains a leading light in the Portland, Maine, dining scene. Watch for consistently excellent food straddling Italian, Mexican and contemporary American cuisines and supported by smart, attentive service in a timelessly stylish room.

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Yarmouth555lover
New England
22 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A high quality casual bistro. Food, service and ambience always excellent. Just a very comfortable place to dine.

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SupperClub
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, and the plate sizes were great (not too much, not to little). The servers were helpful and friendly, and they've gone to great lengths to make the experience safe / socially distant.

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vipPaulM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our best meal in Portland after visiting 2 other highly rated restaurants. Isa is truly a craft cooking experience and the details are in the flavor, quality of ingredients and excellent service. A little off the beaten track of the waterfront touristy restaurants, well worth the short drive to visit. One of our group was vegetarian, and they perfectly adjusted some of their menu items to accommodate us. Make this your first place to try if visiting Portland. Nothing else will stand up in quality.

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MelanieA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isa is a Portland fav. for us. They always provide a well-crafted entree with fresh flavors. Easy atomosphere, simple, and a perfect place to relax and enjoy a bottle of wine. Their Mascarpone cheesecake is fantastic.

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WestEnder
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Quiet and small. Great ambiance, deliciously light food. Menu was limited (recently re-opened for seated indoor dining) but as suspected, our party of four found every dish a treat.

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MelissaG
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Isa was simply delicious! I loved the duck mousse starter. The servers were attentive, pleasant, and professional. The outdoor area is lovely!

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KAnna
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most beautiful places I have been in Portland for dinner with a menu to match. This place is a don’t miss. While the location is a little farther from Old Port, it has some of the best food I’ve had in Portland. The cocktails were delicious and make sure you try a piece of their coconut pie!

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JaneG
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on the newly opened patio which was truly a wonderful experience. Our servers worked as a team and were very attentive to timing of the courses, special requests, and checking in with us. If the lobster tacos are on the menu as an appetizer, make sure to order them! I eat lobster all summer long, straight from the traps of my brother, and have high standards for its preparation. This taco exceeded all expectations. Every aspect of our dinner was carefully thought-out and featured realistic portions so everything on the plate was a star in its own right. Truly a meal to remember!

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Milagro1121
New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Isa since they opened and have never had a bad meal. My husband and I have gone as a couple, then together with our daughter and now together with daughter and son (3 years and 3 months respectively). The owners have always been very attentive as well as their servers. It is always great to visit with them and enjoy their food.

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 17 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.