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Isabel's Cantina

4.4
187 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
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  • Creative Cuisine
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At Isabel's Cantina, Chef Isabel Cruz fuses Latin and Asian cuisine

into sensual and creative concoctions that are both remarkably addictive and surprisingly healthy. By incorporating ingredients from spicy pork carnitas to tofu, Chef Cruz creates a vegetarian's haven as well as a meat-lover's paradise. The exotic dining space is at once dramatic and hip, with accents such as an enormous 15-foot Buddha statue staring down at the dining room. Casual booths, stark lines, and warm colors create an atmosphere not found elsewhere in Pacific Beach, attracting crowds for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Breakfast

Daily: 8:00am - 3:00pm

Lunch
Daily: 8:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(858) 272-8400
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Isabel Cruz
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cass
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Parking details
4 private parking spots in front of the restaurant. Easy to find non-metered street parking beyond that.
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 187 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HeatherR (Manitoba)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

I find the dinner prices a bit expensive for what you get. We started with the Ahi wontons (excellent), 2 had lettuce wraps which needed another element to bring together like chopped peanuts for crunch and maybe rice or crunchy fried noodles. The Double happiness was tasty, and the Buddha bowl was good but a bit bland. I will try the restaurant for breakfast as the menu looks good.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We went to Isabel's to experience it based on a get one free coupon. We arrived at 6 p.m. and by 7 p.m. did not receive any food. We were told after ordering fish dinners that there weren't any fish dinners. The place is noisy and we cannot recommend it at all

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

I eat at Isabel's at least once a week (Sunday brunch usually) and this time I tried out the dinner menu with my girlfriend. Both of our meals were delicious, we were seated promptly and the service was efficient. I will come back for dinner again.

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NorthTucson (Tucson)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Had a great time here with an amazing fish meal! Attentive staff and knowledgeable. They told us they were known for their breakfast and we showed up the following morning but do not open until 9AM so were disappointed but will have to try it next time we are in the area.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

We love this place! Food is amazing, staff is wonderful... we look forward to going again!

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TIMPsu (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Eclectic restaurant with Asian themed decor, but a more Hispanic themed menu. Rather confusing, good but not great food, overpriced.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Ordered the fish special which was perfect and the tamale which was great except the beans and rice were cold. The acoustics are horrible! You cannot carry on a conversation without shouting, which feeds on itself.

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Ellee (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

This place was fantastic! Although a bit lacking in decoration the building was beautiful and I loved the windows looking back into the kitchen area. Food was fantastic but even better was the service! He sat down next to meet while taking our orders and was so friendly. Let me try a mini version of the jalapeno margarita because I wasn't sure if I'd like it! This place absolutely stands by their quality and we were not disappointed! I ordered the shrimp tacos which were delicious and my boyfriend ordered some sort of Brazilian bowl...every part of it was great. Would recommend and if we weren't just visiting on vacation we'd be going back often!

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vipKeithB (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

Good food with an eclectic menu. Our waiter Johnny was attentive and friendly. Quiet side street location but close to the boardwalk action.

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bridget (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

Started with the house-made kombucha, and the meal just took off from there! My husband and I kept remarking on the interesting mix of flavors. Food is incredible! My husband wasn't sure if he'd like the chile relleno, and the server guaranteed it was the best thing on the menu -- and that he would buy it if my husband didn't like it. Needless to say, the server was right. Great place!!

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vipEssex (Denver)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

Slightly elcletic vegetarian friendly, we visit when in San Diego. The tofu lettuce wraps appetizer is very tasty as is the vegetarian, though not vegan, chile rellano.

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Kelsey (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Everyone in the group ordered different dishes and drinks and everything was fantastic. Very fresh and flavorful!

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vipMrsGlass (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

A bit unhappy with this visit to Isabelle's. Arrived expecting to order ahi and fresh fish meals but they did not have either. Given the limited menu, this was a big disappointment.
The lettuce wraps appetizer was excellent and would order again.
Service was friendly and efficient.
We will return based on previous outstanding dining experiences.

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RussellH (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 24, 2017

Excellent will go again when in town good food gray service

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

Isabel's Cantina is not your standard fair Mexican food. Expect the unexpected when you munch down some of the magnificent tastes that you will encounter on your plate. Not sure how to describe it - maybe like Mexican Fusion or wall penetrating flavors or just plain interesting and GOOD!

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