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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
Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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: March 31, 2018

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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

We are offering a special Prix Fixe menu. We look forward to seeing you. Please check out our menu which will be posted shortly.

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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

5
4
3
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
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Special Occasion (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Casual (15)
Romantic (15)
Cozy (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Business Meals (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Authentic (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tapas (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food at Isa was fantastic. Our waiter was attentive and entertaining. We will definitely be returning during JP Morgan next January.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing French food! Every time I have been here the service has been amazing, and above all our server remembered us. This is one of my favorite restaurants in all of SF. If you go you must get the duck and the flourless chocolate cake. They do a special Sunday-Thursday where there is a three course menu for $34 (doesn’t include the full menu). It’s a cute little restaurant, feels very cozy, and out in a covered patio-like area they hang decorative Christmas lights all year round.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Very good as usual.

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food is great

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The restaurant and food was good. Thee only negative was that they had us waiting for an hour to get to our table. Pretty bad of a wait when you have confirmed reservations. The manager gave us a treat during the long wait because of our complaint, I think it was to offset our anger! Otherwise was a good choice for New Years Eve dinner.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to Isa for NYE and it was great! The 5-course tasting menu plus a glass of champagne was only $80pp and the food was really good. We were seated 30 minutes past our reservation and the service was just okay, but I could tell they were really hustling. I think they were just slammed that night and there was some confusion in the kitchen, but overall they did a good job and were courteous and friendly. I would definitely go back.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service and ambiance. Meals were tasty with high quality ingredients. The scallops and lobster soup were amazing. We all loved everything we ate! Happy hour wine is pretty good too!!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food is always good here. Service was nice, but sometime awkward. Could use a bit more polish there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very nice place. Creative dishes, great service and ambiance. Love the covered patio seating in the back. Highly recommended overall.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Usually a decent spot but a disappointing evening. After two guests in our group had to drop last minute due to illness, we had to wait 25 minutes for a new table even though we had a reservation.

Food for different folks arrived at different times. The owner or manager explained it was because dishes were to be shared and although we weren’t sharing, we were still served in such a manner... one person received his/her app and the rest had to wait 10 minutes for their’s.

Our server was very apologetic but overall poor customer service. Thankfully the food still tastes good.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Very poor service. Food was good but environment and service detracted from that

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food here is simply consistently amazing.....from the appetizers to the main courses and then finally to the dessert!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Friendly, experienced servers and delicious, creative, fresh food. So many options, great wine list. We will definitely be back next time we are in SF.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Costly and not v good.food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Just as good every time we go, service is great, food always good and reasonably priced

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Was a great way to enjoy dinner with friends we haven't seen in awhile. Love the small plates and sharing. All in all a delightful evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Healthy, Cozy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Just stopped in for an early dinner after a photoshoot at the beach. What a great experience! Love the table in the front window, our server, and every dish we ordered. We’ll be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Found ISA online and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Will be back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This is my new favorite spot in San Francisco! My husband and I went here for anniversary and loved it!

Tags: Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Stellar meal and especially memorable and personable server

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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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