About Isa

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.

3324 Steiner St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Chestnut

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 567-9588

Website:
http://www.isarestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
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

Public Transit:
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.

Executive Chef:
Founder Luke Sung

Additional:
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.

Specials

$5 - Happy Hour Special
New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

$5 - Happy Hour Special
Details

Select Wines by the glass and Fresh Soju Cocktails for $5

Terms and Conditions: Excludes tax and service

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: August 23, 2017

Ends: December 31, 2017

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-6:45PM
Tue-Fri 5:30PM-6:45PM
Sat 5:00PM-6:45PM

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Thank you for choosing Isa for your New Year's Eve celebration dinner. We also would like to remind you that we have a special four course NYE menu starting at $49 for reservations between 5p-5.30p, and $79 for reservations thereafter. Please also note that this is the only menu we will be serving.

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Private Dining

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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (26)
Good for a Date (26)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
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Fit for Foodies (25)
Special Occasion (20)
Romantic (17)
Cozy (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Casual (14)
Business Meals (13)
Authentic (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Fun (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Bar Seating (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tapas (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Isa has become our group’s go-to place when we have our dinners. Staff is excellent.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Stellar meal and especially memorable and personable server

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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!!

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We enjoyed Isa's Prix Fixe menu. The food was delicious and the service was superb. A great menu of wine and desserts to to pair with our meal.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Been here before. Food and service is great! I'll be back again and again! = )

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

If you love French food with a twist & wine . This is the place for you. Service is so friendly, quick and can really answer any questions you have. Fast and polite to accommodate your dining wants.
We love the entire menu .

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent gourmet food and friendly efficient service

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food and reasonable! They got us in even though we were late for our reservation. Food was fantastic!

Tags: Tapas, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was excellent. The ambiance on the patio was excellent. Our waiter Jonathan was very enthusiastic and helpful in our meal selection. Highly recommend Isa!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Phenomenal flavors and wonderful dishes! We enjoyed every single dish and tried 12 different plates. Service was excellent and not too crowded or loud. I will recommend to everyone!

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Special occasion never recognized. Even making arrangements ahead of time. One server for approx.10 plus tables.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Really great food and very friendly and knowledgeable service. We had a group of 6 and were seated in the back patio area, nice atmosphere and would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Love love the place. We have been there several times different occasions and groups.
Even thought it's noisy, I do recommend a soft French music in the background that would complete the ambience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We have dined here a number of times and each time it is fabulous.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

My boyfriend and I went on a Thursday night and when we got there they told us about the amazing prix fixe menu they offer on Thursdays. We went for it and were thrilled with the service and the food. I recommend going here on a Thursday for date night.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Every dish individually prepared to highest standards by talented chefs. Ask for Dean as your server: delightful!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I found the food I ordered (scallop entre) quite tasty--fairly small portions- but it was not worth the money.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was superb, the service started of quite well even though less explanations
would be better, as the place filled up though, the service was rushed and not very
elegant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Delicious food, creative and wonderful host. Looking forward to the next event.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I always had a really pleasant experience at Isa, and have been dining there since they opened. This time, I brought my dear friend who traveled far to SF. I wanted her have a relaxing evening at Isa. The waiter who served us is not attended to our table. I requested Lemmon with my water twice but never came. I "fly by" and " dump" a glass of white wine I ordered on my table. The glass almost fell.
He never bothered came back to ask how was our dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We have been dining at Isa since they opened and have never been disappointed. The food is perfectly done and the shared plate idea works well, the dining experience can be a light taste or a full meal. A very fine restaurant!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We arrived before 6 p.m. and ordered the three-course, fixed-price menu. The appetizers were generous in size and excellent in preparation. Likewise, the entrees were quite delicious. Overall, the value was outstanding, including $5 glasses of wine.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Isa always has great food, good service in a relatively quiet environment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great experience of a French family taking the opportunity of a beautiful trip through western US and celebrating a successful year for the kids to visit this restaurant.
Marvellous Californian wine in addition to a very good food.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Isa was wonderful! The food was excellent as well as the service. Loved the potato leek soup as well as the mushroom risotto. The sweetbreads and the scallops were wonderful as well. Loved the atmosphere in the back room. Would most definitely return!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Unfortunately I am allergic to sulfites and can not drink wine. No beer or iced tea was available.
Romantic is really exaggerated.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We found a French place in SF for dinner at reasonable prices.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

The food was really excellent. The crab salad had chunky pieces of crab meat from the pincers. The halibut fish and seared scallops dishes were so flavorful! Waiters were very friendly and they were so helpful with their recommendations and answering questions we had. I want to visit it again to taste the roasted lamb and maple leaf farm duck breast.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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