Isa

4.5
2594 Reviews
$30 and under
French American
Isa team is 100% vaccinated!
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, & the list of accolades goes on. Over 2560 Open-table ratings of 4.8 stars & 2100 Yelp reviewers have appreciated us for the balance between sophistication & value. Isa is a treasure of haute cuisine in the San Francisco Marina District, Isa specializes in deeply flavored & 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 a spacious back patio protected from the crisp California night air by a chic, white patio cover & heat lamps.We can host any special occasion (rehearsal dinners, graduation celebrations, birthday parties & more!) for up to 80 guests in a private setting.
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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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2594 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was delicious, and the waitstaff was extremely friendly and accommodating. However, we had very long waits for food — no food arrived in the first hour, and ultimately dinner took a full two hours, without dessert.

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TracyT
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience and delicious meal. Went for a work dinner and was SO impressed. The staff was fantastic and the food was excellent. Will DEFINITELY be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful truly wonderful food. Every bite was splendid. Prices / portions are truly SF level but it’s worth it to treat yourself

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved our celebration at Isa. Our server was superb and the food was exceptional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isa is a neighborhood gem with an outstanding menu, service, and ambiance.

Unlike other restaurants now working with a pared down, overpriced menu, Isa continues to be a desirable place to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we eat at Isa Restaurant they never disappoint. The pre-fixe menu is a great value with good quality food and enough to share with family and friends. The ambiance is very nice and the customer service is always superb.

This time we celebrated a birthday and brought a guest from Pennsylvania who enjoyed the meal and noticed the awesome service. Staff is always polite and accommodating.

Highly recommend and will keep coming back.

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vipJackie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in an unpretentious setting. Highlights for us were the seafood dishes. Special mention to our server Sergio. He was wonderful!

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HarjB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Being on the sidewalk was a little loud but fun.

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AndrewP
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Isa continues to be a great restaurant. You will be guaranteed a great meal and excellent service.

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Dmccann59
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good and tasty food , served up in an outdoors setting on a buzzing street with atmosphere . Our waiter was clearly really good at his job, knew his dishes , and guided us to different dishes . My lamb chops were done beautifully - a warm
Pink and tender yet good bite . Flavorsome. The wines on offer were not overpriced and presented a good range of choice . We will
Be back !

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ValerieK
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Fish was over cooked and service was lacking. We felt ignored while tables with younger patrons got their full attention. Not great sitting in back patio.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Isa for my boyfriend’s birthday with a party of 10. It was perfect. Excellent food, kind service and a lively atmosphere. Scallops and duck breast were menu highlights. Will definitely come back!

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KevinO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for an impromptu date night. Food was great and service was friendly and very helpful.

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vipyrieix
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Let me begin by saying all the food was excellent. Its quality really called for white linen table cloths and the lovely big napkins that tell you the restaurant takes itself seriously. Instead, the tables were bare except for a certain stickiness best left undefined. The waiter who took our order was prompt, polite, and competent, but the person who delivered the dishes seemed to be terribly overworked. We ordered two appetizers and two main dishes, but everything arrived sequentially. One appetizer was finished before the second appetizer arrived, even though the lucky one who was served first patiently and politely waited a good long time before starting to eat. The first main dish arrived only a couple of minutes after the second appetizer had been delivered... and the server didn't attempt to remove the empty appetizer plate and dirty cutlery before just plonking down that first main course. The only reason the appetizer plates were removed at all was because when the server finally turned up with the second main course (twenty minutes after the first one), he found there was no room on the table to put it down. Very odd experience. The only reason I am saying I would recommend Isa is because the food was so good.

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WalterS
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second night in a row I went here for dinner. Totally different choice: scallops instead of sweetbreads, white wine instead off red. Equally happy both nights. Will definitely go back on my next trip to SF.

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WalterS
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent restaurant in the Marina. Food delicious. Waiter very knowledgeable about what wine to pair with different food. Comfortable back patio for outdoor seating, as well as tables outside on street.

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vipUnicorn
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good ambience, good food, good service. Sit in the back patio if you can.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

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vipLarryS
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Totally reliable. Nice people.

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vipChris
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service and ambiance. The food is delicious but the portions are too small. The cocktails priced at $16 should have better ingredients. A proper Manhattan requires high-quality vermouth like Carpano Antica, quality rye, or bourbon, and Maraschino cherries. Please consider making these changes.

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Guiseppi
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Consistent Quality, great food, service and value. Always goto ISA when in S.F..

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dearhart
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful meal here. The waiters were very attentive without being over bearing. We had the Prix-Fix menu and totally enjoyed every dish. We will return again.

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StevenZ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our table for two was outside. Service was outstanding. We ordered a bottle of champagne. l ordered the halibut. My dining companion ordered that spaghetti and shrimp. The desert was absolutely delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the dining experience. Ordered the Rack of Lamb and Prix Fixe meals tonight. They were delicious and perfect portions. The back covered patio with space heaters kept us warm with outdoor air circulation. Thanks for a great birthday celebration.

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Kitty
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Birthday and post COVID reunion with another couple. The atmosphere was unusually unready. We arrived early during dinner service at 5:20. Seemed strange seeing 2 staff members resting on seats at the front of house, who assured they were open for service. Nonetheless, we were offered seating immediately. Server was perfunctory and unhelpful at the same time. Rather than being served, we were reduced to ask. Server said it was DIY on pouring the bottle of wine we ordered so to minimize his contact due to COVID. WTF! Using COVID as scapegoat for service. All enjoyed food but the arrival and vibe, if improved, would make this experience better.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Timing of servers maybe the worst I have ever experienced. Brought out apps for table of 7 slowly so no one ever quite had enough. But real problem was main course. Mains were delivered one at a time with 5 to 10 min gaps between people getting food. Really poor experience that had everyone uncomfortable about eating their dish before others had received their food. And it made the dinner ridiculously long. Sat down at 7:45 but did not leave until 11.

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vipleilay
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a delight

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vipcaes
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality food with great drinks on top of it. Must try!

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ConnieK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. Definitely a treat to eat here. The ambiance is welcoming ans each course of our dinner was creative, beautifully presented and delicious.

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vipAvoid
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

AVOID!!

To start, when our party of 6 arrived at Isa Restaurant, I inquired about back patio seating. The red-haired hostess yelled at me - "It's for people with a reservation!"

That's odd, because we had reservations, which were made via Open Table and several weeks in advance.

That set the tone from Isa Restaurant for the evening. The waiter was inattentive and missing in action. Isa Restaurant serves small plates, which compile with a party of 6. We had to flag down restaurant staff to clear the dirty plates.

Two people from our dinner party became sick the next evening.

The kicker is - Isa Restaurant charged my credit card $120 no show fee. Our total tab was $500+, so obviously we were there.

Isa Restaurant - dishonest, rude staff, questionable food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

In terms of quality of food, this is what I like to call a “big portion restaurant” that’s trying to pass themselves off as fine dining. The scallops were fantastic, if only I had more than 4. I took issue with the mound of mashed potatoes and freezer like peas and corn. I came in expecting a flavor packed meal, but left feeling like my money would be better spent at the Cheesecake Factory. The host was great, the service ok. The experience was also tainted by our being seated right next to the service monitor and entrance to the restaurant hall, where multiple people constantly came in and out.

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gailschmail
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in SF. Always has been and was so glad to see it survived the pandemic. Worth braving the Golden Gate traffic to get there. The food was always exceptional and hasn’t lost any of that after a decade and COVID. Highly recommend.

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JoeC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service was horrible, waiter was rude to my partner, and the portions were small. Would not recommend to a friend.

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vipJuparaco
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Cena familiar excelente. El personal muy amable y atentos. Los platos deliciosos todos, las porciones generosas para compartir. Muy buen precio. Gran lugar, regresaría con gusto

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vipEric
San Francisco
197 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I hadn't been to Isa in years, but it was just as good as I remember. The flavors were wonderful in every dish. My dinner companion enjoyed it very much too. So good in fact, we added two additional dishes.

The waiter was a bit gruff, but we didn't see him too much, so we were fine.

I look forward to going back!

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greenleaf288
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I have dined here many times and this is the 1st time return after the pandemic and quite disappointed.
The waiter came took our order and never return to check on us. The price on the menu increased and I am OK with it but the Baguette was always part of the meal and they start charging $4 for 4 slices of thin baguette "humm!!". I ordered my food along with the baguette and We waited 40 minutes and no food I Under they may be under staffed but they did not even bring the baguette until after the main dish. I dined in this restaurant mainly because we enjoy the Foie gras but this time it tasted very bland, I just hope this is a one time on the degraded quality. Just a disappointment evening!!

The owner Sam did reached out to me after seeing my negative review and explained that he lost his regular service staffs and had to deal with new service staffsthat willing to come to work and took note on the degraded food quality.

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vipTina
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service...can't wait to go back!
Tina

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EricK
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! They allowed us in before opening to get out of the cold, even getting us a pot of tea. Started with the Pt. Reyes Oysters, the sauce was very good, oysters were tasty!. Also had the lobster broth and Truffle Risotto. Broth was good but the risotto was fantastic. My wife enjoyed the duck breast very much. We finished the meal with the creme brulee and flour less cake. Both were very good. My wife commented that the brulee was one of the best she's had. Staff were all very engaging and seemed to enjoy conversation with each table, often spending several minutes which I actually enjoyed. We will be back on our next visit. Thanks for a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Always loved Isa, however was

FAQs

Isa does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Isa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 567-9588.

Isa is rated 4.5 stars by 2594 OpenTable diners.

Isa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1581/isa-restaurant.

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.

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