Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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. This is a restaurant not to be missed in San Francisco.
San Francisco, CA 94123
French American, Californian, Bistro
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday - 5:30 - 9:30 pm
Friday - 5:30 - 10:00pm
Saturday - 5:00 - 10:00 pm
Sunday - 5:00 - 9:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking is available.
Parking Structures Nearby:
• Lombard Street Garage.
Lombard between Webster & Buchanan (alley between Fillmore and Webster)- 3 blocks
• Metered Public Parking Garage
on Pierce Street between Lombard and Chestnut - 2 blocks
• Wells Fargo Bank (after 6pm)
entrance at Chestnut or Lombard between Steiner and Fillmore - 1 block
Muni line 43: Exit Lombard @ Pierce
Muni line 45: Exit Union @ Fillmore
Muni line 30: Exit Chestnut @ Fillmore
Muni line 28: Exit Lombard @ Fillmore
Muni line 22: Exit Fillmore @ Lombard.
Founder Luke Sung
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Our bi-level patio received the Best of City Search for 2010. We can accommodate up to 65 people or rent the partial patio.
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Our heated patio is available for private parties, and is the perfect place to host your rehearsal dinner, graduation celebration, birthday party, and more!
Isa Ratings and Reviews
Overall, the food was very disappointing. The food was rather bland and offered little in the way of interesting menu items. I selected Isa based on its overall reviews, that was a huge mistake. Please, if you are looking for a French option, this should not be your choice.
We used to come here often when the chef was Luke Sung, the James Beard award winner. We decided to give it a try again and we’re glad we did. They have kept up with the quality of the food and the price is very reasonable for the fabulous cooking and friendly service. We will be recommending Isa to our friends for sure.
I used to come often to this restaurant and enjoyed the food and service, but one bad experience could damage all!
Yesterday took them an hour to bring me my first plate, a soup, while my husband got his on time... then 30 mins later we were both still waitinf for main course..
Reason, I dont know.... but I left hungry and upset
It had been a long time in between visits to Isa and I was impressed with the caliber of the food and service since it's been in the neighborhood almost as long as I have lived here. My 2 friends and I found the service to be very attentive and the happy hour is great value. The prix fixe menu was our choice and not only was it great value but as our server explained, the portions were perfect for a party of 3 so we were able to sample 9 plates which were a treat. The food was fresh and well balanced mixes of textures and flavors. We had a wonderful dining experience. Thanks to the Isa team for a lovely evening. Will definitely be coming back soon.
Food was great. Service was not. Took over 15 minutes for anyone to come by and get a drink order then after the food was served no drinks be ever came back. Had to grab someone walking by to get the check. This was 20minutes after finishing our meal and drinks. Disappointing.
Every time we eat at ISA I renew my affection for this restaurant: The food is interesting and cooked with skill. The service is professional, competent and at just the right level assertiveness. We had the $34 three-course menu and that is a bargain not often found in San Francisco. We will return again and again
We had an amazing time at Isa tonight. The patio is beautiful with fairy lights and is heated on a cooler fall evening. The sea bass and paella were incredible and our server Dean was absolutely wonderful. Excellent spot for a date or special dinner with friends! Would definitely recommend!!
The night started great up until the waiter informed us that the food will not be coming out together. Also that we should order more entries than what is needed because we will be sharing. WHAT!!!! The food was mediocre, and if you order something that one of your party doesn't like their out of luck. This is the worst concept that I've ever experienced? There were 4 in our party and 3 of us wanted a seafood dish, the 4th doesn't care for seafood so she ordered meat. Each dish of seafood came out first, about 10 minutes in between each one. Our poor friend just sat there until here dish was ready which was about 30 minutes after the last seafood dish. I do not recommend this restaurant and their concept. I will never return. Maybe if there are only 2 of you it might be ok. But for a large party it sucks.
I love Isa! BF & I have been coming here for the past 7 years, starting with one of our first dates here. since then, we default to Isa when we want to do date night or special occasion (valentine's day) and get too stressed out about finding a venue. Isa has never failed me- with one exception of a rude waitress, but I no longer see her there. Their food is ALWAYS consistent and their service is always great. Recently this year, we started bringing our family and friends to share this little gem and they all love it!
Great food, disjointed but well meaning service.
We had the scallops and the spaghetti with truffles. Both dishes we very good. In fact, we liked the spaghetti so much we ordered it again. The spaghetti portion was a tad small, but boy was it good.
We were effectively waited on by the entire restaurant staff. In theory, that could be nice but in practice it was extremely disjointed because there was no communication between the servers. For example, there were two people working the host stand who told us completely different things. Then we placed order with our waiter and over the. course of the next 20 minutes 3 different people asked if we were ready to order. Numerous people checked on whether we were happy with the food, but nobody filled empty water cups. All of that being said, the staff were very nice and I think are all probably individually fantastic servers, they just need to up their communication game.
Wonderful overall experience. We got seated on time and they brought water and bread right away. Sevice was a little to attentive but that's better than the other way around.
We had foie gras which was excellent. We also had the tasting menu with truffle based risotto. Superb.
We struggled a bit to appreciate the family style way of serving the food because in other similar restaurants, customers may opt to have courses served simultaneously if they don't want to share. In this case, it felt like the chef/kitchen does so to make their work easier (i.e. a dish comes out when they are ready) versus accommodating the customer (i.e. dishes come out so diners can eat their choice at the same time). So unfortunately, my husband ate his main course before I got mine. Not so fun.
Isa is always our favorite spot and the food never disappoint us however this time the serving service wasn’t great. We had family members from Iowa visiting us and we want to show them the good restaurant. So we took them to Isa. We were group of 4. The appetizers came different timing almost 15-20 min apart. Our main courses came different timing too to cause all awkwardness. My husband‘s dish came on the table first and when he finished his dish, 3 of us still didn’t see ours and it was weird to watching him eating most of the time and felt hunger in our stomachs. 2 main dishes came about 5 mins later (same dish order) after my husband finished his. Then another 10 minutes for last dish for another family member. We didn’t share food together, so we simply stare others’ food and feel our stomach is grinding to protest. Not sure what happen that night at the kitchen. For Ramsey Gordon, serving main dish food at different timing means failure: all dishes shall come up together. But Isa is not master chef or Hell’s Kitchen or Michelin star restaurant, so maybe should be compare to that level. But it will be nice to have all food come up together for the group to avoid awkwardness and watching people eating.
We were there for my friend's birthday. Waiter was great, food was very good overall. We had scallops, duck, paella - all delicious, but thought fois gras was a little undercooked. Our waiter made a nice fuss of my friend with a candle in her desert. Would definitely recommend.
Isa's food was as good as the last time we were here. The Prix Fixe menu is a good deal, with multiple appetizer, entree and dessert options, all of which we tried were very good. The waitstaff was also very relaxed but attentive (they previously were attentive but had a script of sorts explaining the chef's concept of the dining experience and that he discouraged a la carte menu surfing, which of course we did.
I've been to Isa three times now and had a ton of fun each time. We've hit the happy hour so the mixed drinks are 5 bucks. The enclosed back patio is festive and lively without being noisy. (The interior space is more formal feeling and doesn't attract me.) The food is creative and very well prepared, very tasty. The service each time has been excellent. They encourage their guests to share the dishes so you get to try many tasty morsels. It's very fun for a group!
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