Isa

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$30 and under
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French American
Rising Star Chef Nominee by the James Beard Foundation, Founder Chef Luke Sung, at Isa has received many accolades from five consecutive years on the Chronicle's Top 100 Bay Area Restaurant List to the Top 40 in Zagat, one of NYC Magazines Best Restaurants in Cities Around the Nation, and the list of accolades goes on. Over 2300 Open-table ratings of 4.7 stars & 2008 Yelp reviewers have appreciated us for the balance between sophistication and value. Isa is a treasure of haute cuisine in San Francisco Marina District, Isa specializes in deeply-flavored and elegant French fare that is served in a simple, unpretentious California style. Share a private dinner in the cozy front room, or breathe in the energy of spacious back patio protected from the crisp California night air by a chic, white patio cover and heat lamps. We can host any special occasion (rehearsal dinners, graduation celebrations, birthday parties, and more!) for up to 80 guests in a private setting.
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$1 Oysters plus Happy Hour $5.95 wines and Cocktails (20 + choices). Plus $5 Bar bites (Grilled Prawns, French Brie, Chef's Garlic Bread and Bruschetta)

$1 Oysters (limit applies) with Happy Hour $5.95 wines and Cocktails (20 + choices). Plus $5 Bar bites (Grilled Prawns, French Brie, Chef's Garlic Bread, and Bruschetta)

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 6, 2019

Ends: September 7, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-6:45PM

What 2346 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent, friendly service

IV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

we have been dining at ISA for years and it has been consistently a vreat experience

SF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was wonderful. Ate in back room/tent. We ate early, but was pretty noisy by the time we left. Our 3rd time & food always good. Wait person knowledgeable & helpful in taking our order.

LT
San Francisco
138 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to restaurant in our neighborhood because they are always dependable - great food, right price, friendly yet unobtrusive service, nice atmosphere if you sit in the front area..
What more can we need?

JS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic - it would have been five stars, had the potato-encrusted seabass been available.

PA
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious, interesting food, excellent service. The back patio is almost romantic with its tent and lights. A lovely place for a date, equally good for a group of friends.

L
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the bistro atmosphere and the friendly service. We had appetizers, champagne, paella, red wine(Isa Blend) and gelato. A very enjoyable evening.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the seared scallops and duck breast. All perfectly cooked and presented. Outstanding cuisine, surprising in a neigborhood restaurant.

EH
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Early Bird special before 6:30 pm is a fantastic deal—very reasonable price for a gourmet three-course meal.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our last night of a 3 week holiday in the USA, we have had many different meals but out of all the evening meals this was the best!

Isa
Responded on October 18, 2019

Hello, I am pleased that you enjoyed Isa's meal and I appreciate you taking the time and sharing your experience. Your appreciation and kind words mean a lot, and guest like you is the reason for our existence for 20 years. Thanks! I would be honored, and love to have you as our guest next time you visit the USA. Regards, Sam S.

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DN
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very refreshing to walk into Isa. The front dining room was subtlety lit, and relatively quiet. When the waiter said it was suggested that we share all the dishes, that was just great. Each dish came beautifully presented. Each dish was prepared so well and was very delicious. We loved the crab salad and the halibut entree.

LG
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A true neighborhood gem serving wonderful food that's great value.

OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding, personalized and very friendly.

PW
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

While Isa is a good local spot, there were numerous items that were on the menu that were not available...that was something I think the waiter should have advised us of ahead of time.

Otherwise it was good.

KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother joined us who has severe Celiac Disease. The staff took care of her and she had the best gluten free meal out she’s ever had. Thank you for being so thoughtful for those with dietary restrictions.

Isa
Responded on October 18, 2019

Hello Kimberly, I am happy to hear that we were able to take care of you and your mother, and she enjoyed her meal. Thanks for taking time to share your recent experience, and it is so nice of you. We look forward to hosting you in the near future. Thanks, Sam S.

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PF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the front of the restaurant and good easily carry on a conversation, which we important to us, The $1 happy hour oysters were excellent. Three of us shared two openers and two entrees and one dessert, which was more than enough food. The scallops and the flourless chocolate cake were the hits.

Isa
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thanks for enjoying Isa's food and taking time to write a review. I really appreciate giving us high rating.

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T
New England
35 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was yummy!!!
Our server (Dean) was fabulous!!!

Isa
Responded on October 18, 2019

Hello Tiger, Thanks for liking Isa's food and the kind words. We look forward to having you as our guest in the near future. I appreciate for the review!

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at Isa and loved it. Our waiter, who was fantastic, was on top of everything making sure that we enjoyed everything, in fact, when I wanted to order a glass of wine and wasn't familiar with the wines in the menu, he recommended a cabernet based on my taste and he was spot on with the recommendation, I truly liked it a lot. They also recommend to order family style and it was great as we got to taste a variety of what they offer. Every dish was delicious and on time, no lagging time in between each dish, just perfect! This is a great place to have dinner with friends or even make it a romantic night. Thank u Isa for not disappointing!

RR
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Isa for our anniversary - and it was incredible! The ambiance, food, and service were amazing. We will be back!

Y
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been my neighborhood go to for a long time. It never disappoints and everything is always wonderful. My out of town visitors thought it was great and want to go back again. Thank you.

s
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I generally don't like the "small plate" thing. At Isa, it works. We had a party of 7 and found that ordering 4 appetizers and 7 mains was quite enough. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food. The Halibut was nicely prepared. The flank steak is also very nicely presented and tasted great. I had not had sweet breads in several years and deeply regret that--they were great.

S
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved all of our dishes and the service was outstanding

l
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The octopus appetizer is a must - well cooked with interesting flavors and complimentary sauce. Alaskan halibut was a bit overcooked, as was paella although both tasted good, but not great. I would skip the dessert as it was nothing special.

AS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience !!! Very friendly staff and really nice food. Loved $1 oysters at happy hour

OT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was looking for a cute place to get dinner with a friend and catch up. We were attentively looked after, the food and drinks were great and it was easy to hear each other without needing to shout at each other over our meals. Highly recommend!

MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good menu, great food, good service, and a pleasant environment.

T
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was okay, not the same quality as the original owners.

Isa
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hi Tess, It was a pleasure having you as ISA's guest. The food is prepared by the same chef and kitchen staff for over 15 years. I look forward to having you our guest in the near future and I will make sure you get the same experience you are used to in the initial years of Isa. Thanks, Isa Team

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MV
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

While the Happy Hour sign on the window is quite off-putting, makes you think the place is kind of sports barish, the back covered patio is awesome and the food was quite good. Our server, Jonathan, was welcoming and very professional. We tried so many things I can't remember all of it but the yellow fin tuna appetizer was delicious. The arugula salad light and fresh. The grilled calamari was recommended by one of party who had eaten here before. It was exceptional. The seared scallops were so yummy as was the paella. I didn't taste it but others in our party loved the duck breast. The side of Brussels sprouts were terrific. All of this with really good and decently priced wine. I am not much of a Chardonnay drinker but the Wonderwall Chardonnay (2017) was really good if you like a buttery Chardonnay. We also had a delicious Pinot which I can't remember for around $50/bottle. I have to say the evening exceeded my expectations. I was looking forward to trying their Prix Fix menu, but be warned, that is not available on Saturday nights.

Isa
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hello, I am pleased that we were able to make your evening a wonderful experience and it is a pleasure you choose Isa. We look forward to having you our guest again in the near future. I will pass your positive comments about Jonathan. He is an asset, serving at Isa for over 19 years. Regards, Sam

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

19 year Anniversary....

Isa
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hello Norman Choi, Thanks for celebrating your 19th anniversary at Isa and it is an honor you choose Isa. Your loyalty is very much appreciated!! Thanks for the comments and I have made a note in your profile. We look forward to seeing you soon. Regards, Sam

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WN
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at Isa. The owner introduced himself and shared some thoughtful conversation with us. The food was perfect. Every bite was great. We chose the right place to celebrate!

Isa
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hello WilliamN, It was a pleasure speaking with you both and knowing you, and it is an honor you choose to celebrate your special day at Isa. Thanks for taking time and writing a nice review and giving us 5 stars, it really means a lot when guests are happy. Comments from guests like you keep us motivated to make it even better experience for future guests. THANKS!! Regards, Sam

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PW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came across this place through Yelp and decided to try it out. The food, service and ambiance are amazing! This is my new favorite restaurant. Une valeur sûre !

Isa
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hello PWilz, Thanks for trying ISA and I am pleased that we were able to meet your expectations. It is so kind of you to give us 5 Stars. We look forward to having you our guest in the near future. Thanks, Isa Team

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EC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good but the front dining area became very noisy mid way through our meal.

Isa
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hello Esther, Thanks for linking the food and taking the time to write a review. Next time I will seat you in a quieter place (Please make a comment when making reservation to seat you at the table of your choice) We look forward to having you our guest again in the near future. Regards, Sam

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SC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always, an excellent dining experience! had an array of salads (butter lettuce, arugula, and crab), took advantage of the oyster special (which came with a nice, spicy mignonette-type sauce), and perfectly cooked entrees: the flat iron steak and duck breast. paired with happy hour wine, you really can’t go wrong here. we keep coming back because the value is great, the food is superb and the owners are sweethearts, always making a point to check in and thank us for returning.

MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's really a great restaurant. there has more choices for dinning. I think if you are going to try it. I will be glad.

NG
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience to eat here. Friendly staff, fantastic food, & great service!! Never disappointed dining here!!!

JC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excelente decisión probar Isa. Decidimos compartir y probamos excelentes platos lamb ribs, pescado, pato, scallops etc. Con fantástico servicio

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A
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There were four of us and we all had the prefixe menu ($35 per person) and three of us shared the dishes, which is recommended. We ordered the baked goat cheese, the mussels, the grilled calamari, and the arugula salad as our starters. Each starter was delicious, especially the goat cheese and the mussels and they brought plenty of bread to soak up the sauce from the mussels. For our entrees, two of us ordered the chicken and two ordered the flat iron steak. One person didn't want to share his chicken and the other person ate mostly her steak, so two of us shared the other chicken dish and the steak. I usually don't order chicken when I dine out, but this chicken is so tasty that it's something that should definitely be one of the dishes ordered! The chicken is moist with a crispy skin and is seasoned really well. It came with mashed potatoes that were creamy and smooth. The steak came with green beans and roasted potatoes; it too was tender and delicious. We all had the semifreddo for dessert, but I think the grapefruit granite or creme brulee would have been a better choice for me; the semifreddo was a bit too sweet for my taste. It would have been nice to have more variety on our table (i.e. each person order a different dish), but what we had was delicious! Service was good and friendly, but my water glass didn't get filled as quickly as I'd wanted and it was hard to get the wait person's attention. Still, great place to dine!

AH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We tried Isa for the first time on a Tuesday evening. The service we received was excellent and all staff members were extremely pleasant. I had the lobster broth soup which was AMAZING! The scallops were delicious and prepared perfectly. I'm looking forward to going back.

G
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I live blocks from this place and have been by it many times
Open Table lured me there
They are not trustworthy
I really wanted the happy hour oysters promised in my reservation but the Chinese (by his account) told me I couldn’t have it because it’s only for people at the bar
It went downhill from there
He brought me the wrong wine
The meal took a long time to come out and was nothing special
This is an old, small, dark restaurant

SA
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great culinary experience, never fails !!!

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