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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

"Thanks for choosing Isa for your New Year's Eve celebration dinner. We will be ONLY serving Special Five - Course NYE Menu with a glass of Champagne starting at $49 for reservations between 5p-5.30p, & $79 for reservations thereafter. We will serve unlimited complimentary Champagne at midnight.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2359 People Are Saying
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4.7
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OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Isa. Great happy hour, amazing food and service every time!

GG
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat!!

JM
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent! Owner and staff very helpful and enjoyable to talk to. Great find!

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

The food at Isa is very good, as was the service. Nice people trying to be helpful at every turn. The noise level, however, was a real turnoff. People at the neighboring tables were screaming at each other, and I'm not exaggerating. It was impossible to have any kind of conversation with our friends who we hadn't seen for years. Most disappointing. I won't be back.

S
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow I had a fantastic time when I was there. Now I usually don't have the money for fancy restaurants but I really wanted to treat my boyfriend to something special for our 1 year anniversary so I picked this place. I didn't want anything over the top but something that would still be really special and worth our money. When we got there, we were greeted by the super nice server who told us we could choose between two tables. Unfortunately in the quick moment I didn't think things through and we ended up sitting next to a loud group of 6 so it was very difficult for us to hear each other across the table. I stayed positive and enjoyed listening to their conversations though:')
Moving onto the food, loved that they gave complimentary bread and butter. Yummy.
~ We ordered the tuna, which was a little spicy but very good. It looked amazing and I would highly recommend getting it.
~ We then ordered the potato wrapped seabass, which was fantastic. The seabass was soft and the potato gave it a nice crunch texture. It was also super filling and a good size.
~ Finally we ordered the duck breast which was oh so good. I love duck and they made that super well.
~ We also ordered the lemon drop and negroni soju cocktails which were also really yummy. The taste of alcohol was very light.
~ Then because I informed them beforehand that it was our 1 year anniversary, when I ordered the creme brulee they put a candle on it so we could celebrate!! It was the cutest thing and we enjoyed it very much.
Lastly the servers were all so friendly and paid so much attention to us. Refilled waters, our bread and even came over just to say hi.
I would definitely come back for another special occasion, but request to be seated further away haha.

ST
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall, an excellent experience. The staff was attentive and helpful with recommendations. The food was terrific, from the happy hour oysters to the prawns, sea bass and lamb chops, everything was flavorful and cooked perfectly. Even my 9 year old declared it 5 stars. They offer a good number of options for wine by the glass (although no cabernets on the happy hour specials). It was a great find.

DC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. The food and service were excellent.

C
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and daughter felt that this restaurant offered a wonderful French cuisine and a delightful atmosphere, along with excellent service, I agreed.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, great service but the portions have gotten smaller than I remembered

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was wonderful! Our server was amazing. Our group of 15 was extremely impressed with the food, the service and the ambience. Truly a hidden gem of a restaurant

FB
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isa is a real gem. A nice, quiet neighborhood restaurant with a varied and vibrant menu and an affordable and diverse wine list. I had the halibut along with a side of the broccoli and a glass of the Winderwall chardonnay. Every bite was tasty and enjoyable. The halibut (a very generous portion) was served atop a nice mix of tomato, fennel and zucchini. There isn't a better piece of fish for the value that I've found anywhere else in the city. Service was attentive and pleasant. This is now my go to place in the city for a healthy, satisfying, and affordable fish dinner. 5 Stars.

FA
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A friend and I met for a casual dinner; we ordered only appetizers and they were all fabulous! This is a DO NOT MISS restaurant

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent, friendly service

IV
San Francisco
5 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
139 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
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Isa, food is amazing, lots of flavors, we always enjoy the experience and are happy to come back!
We recommend the 3-course menu, you should try as many dishes you can, you won’t be disappointed.

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
21 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
21 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
36 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
118 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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