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About Isabel's Cantina

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.

966 Felspar St
San Diego, CA 92109
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast

Daily: 8:00am - 3:00pm

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

Dinner

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Cass

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 272-8400

Website:
http://isabelscantinasd.com/

Parking Details:
4 private parking spots in front of the restaurant. Easy to find non-metered street parking beyond that.

Executive Chef:
Isabel Cruz

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Isabel's Cantina Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
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Fit for Foodies (3)
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Fun (2)
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Quiet Conversation (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Authentic (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (Tucson)·Dined 5 days ago

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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·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 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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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 16, 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!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 9, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent will go again when in town good food gray service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 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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 (Miami)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Awesome food! We love it. We ate there for 5 meals in 5 days we were in San Diego.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Prices were to high for the quality served. No flavor at all in most of the foods. Very bland...

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was all right, but we thought it was very over-priced. Our $17.50 each meal should have cost about $10.00.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Strollers on strollers on strollers. Food was fine, service was fine, ambiance was a mix of serene asian-american fusion and toddler screams.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Overpriced and mediocre food. Very healthy! But definitely not worth the price. May return to try the breakfast foods, but definitely not coming back for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 26, 2017

I ordered the shrimp quesadilla ($17). It was good, there were only 4 small shrimp in a big quesadilla. Would have gone to a taco shop that loads it up if I knew or would have just ordered something else. Service was great though.

Tags: Healthy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Food was delicious but it took nearly an hour. Even the waiter apologized and said it was almost ready when we still had fifteen minutes more to wait... and it wasn't even busy.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great food and lots of healthy options. Very slow service, our appetizer came out at the same time as our food.

Tags: Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 3, 2017

This restaurant was closed, even though we had made a reservation for a party of 6.

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 29, 2017

It was our second trip to there since we were turned over by manager due to having reservation at 9:45 PM (last appointment option was 10). He said he already closed the kitchen because it was not busy anymore (Saturday night). He was keep saying it was open table
False not their as open table is offering last Rez. Option at 10 PM. He was extremely rude and basically and clearly he suggested us find another restaurant at Pacific Beach. Nothing else to say but Very rude! We had to go for second time to use our our Groupon purchase...the server was helpful, they had out of one chicken tamalades that I wanted to try. I ordered fish taco I according to his suggestion I nstead it had so little almost no flavor...I would not suggest this restaurant to anyone even the atmosphere is very unique and stylish.If you ever need to talk with manager, good luck!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Disappointing. Food lacked flavor and was overpriced. I read some reviews after our visit and their breakfasts got good reviews. I can't recommend the restaurant for dinner.

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on April 27, 2017

We are from out of town so we chose this option based on a local we spoke with at another restaurant. We thought the food was fine. My main issue was no children's menu.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Better than the ratings indicate! Had a wonderful meal. Shrimp tostada was the special and it was wonderful.

Chicken tacos and soy chorizo tacos were excellent as well.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Yum! Great music great food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Not the first time we've been, always have incredible food; innovative combinations, fresh seafood, great produce. Everything expertly combined to make some of the best craft Latin dishes both traditional and cutting edge! Fun atmosphere, creatively decorated with huge picture window into the Kitchen, well-stocked bar.
This visit was for Ceviche Wednesday, did not disappoint! Three flights of the best ceviche we've had this side of Baja!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Spicy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 30, 2017

We used a Groupon as we love tying out places that are new to us. Isabel's Cantina is a hip and mod restaurant with an interesting mix of Asian-inspired and Mexican food. We started with the very ample chips, guac and salsa starter, yum.! Guac was smooth and creamy and salsa had the right amount of spice. For our mains, we had the carnitas tacos and the shrimp tacos. Both came on very fresh soft, double corn tortillas. We enjoyed Isabel's and highly recommend.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 22, 2017

We love Isabels. Always an enjoyable experience here. The new Ceviche Wednesdays with guest chefs is a great way to try something adventurous. We will be back for lots more of those. You can also never go wrong with anything with carnitas on it! The Chile Rellanos are also amazing. We love dinner here, but breakfast is just as good if not better.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 11, 2017

They do not have a host/hostess and it causes so much confusion. I went there a couple months ago and waited about 25 minutes for a waiter, host, manager, anyone! to acknowledge my boyfriend and me and let us know about a table, so we left. I made a reservation this time, hoping it would be better and legitimize our claim to a table. It was still really confusing but we were seated quickly. The waiter did ok but we had to finally track him down for our check, meanwhile watching the drama unfold at a table near us that was sitting long before we got there and never got their food. I think they do some sort of easygoing waiter/waitress sharing system but it's just not executed well. Food is excellent, but bring your patience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 9, 2017

The food was very good, and the service was Outstanding.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Portland)·Dined on March 4, 2017

We come here 2-3 times a spring when we are visiting San Diego and always enjoy our meal and the experience. Unfortunately, my husband is hard of hearing and the noise level is pretty high, regardless of where you sit.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Great local vibe. Casual atmosphere. Good food

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Unique and good food. We both had fish and the items were plentiful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Pretty decor with a chilling atmosphere, but food left you disappointed 😔. Waits forever for the dishes to be served.Don't ever show up to this place with an empty tummy. You will wait a good 45 min to an hours before your appetitzer is served.

Tags: Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Excellent food, great atmosphere, and great service. Came upon this restaurant on a yelp search and am so glad we decided to go! One of our new favorite restaurants in the PB area. Would recommend and will definitely be back!!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The rice bowls and margaritas are really good. Staff is friendly, too.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Horrible customer service! Had a rez.at 9:15 PM on Friday night (opentable offers reservation was giving
options till 10 PM). We got there 9:25 (no parking- finding street parking at PB). When we entered hostes was seemed to be surprised to see us. Manager came over and said "I close kitchen at 9PM. I accepted your reservation at 9:15 anyway but you were late). Kitchen is close. " when I mentioned about opentable reservation time options, he was keep saying opentable's mistake.We were told there is many other restaurants in the area we can go to eat!! He was even feeling pretty comfortable to mention that clearly it was not a busy night so he closed the kitchen before we came. Even we were saying our sorry for being 10 mins late, he said " sorry " only once after 5 mins complain-conversation about how he was not even saying sorry. He also mentioned about recent renovation, it is clear that they are not on track.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2016

As soon as we arrived, the hostess let us know that they were shortstaffed and scrambling. We could definitely tell, because the service, especially the wait time for food, wasn't great. But the sangria is fantastic, and when the food came, it was beautiful and delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Unbelievably noisy. They obviously can't be responsible for unruly kids but it is not a place conducive to quiet conversation. Seems like they were overwhelmed with customers which slowed down the service.

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