Isabel's Cantina

4.5
246 Reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
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.
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Carol
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the food !

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vipVictoriaC
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent! Will definitely go back. Food excellent, great service, welcoming , and very nice surroundings.

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vipMissy
Oklahoma City
25 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the fresh healthy menu with plenty of options for vegans, foodies and other health conscious individuals. The Mexican dishes are our favorites but the specials are always creative and delicious too. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipJody
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood spot

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, reasonable price, fun ambiance, friendly staff- all good! I will definitely dine at isabellas again

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rachelb
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lots of variety in the menu. Food tasted fresh. A bit noisy the day we were there but nice decor and ambiance.

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MitchellG
Anchorage
21 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Seemed like a bit of a local spot, a little hard visually find, but trust the GPS it is where it says it is. I took my wife and 2 young sons to Isabel's for her birthday dinner while staying in Pacific Beach on vacation. The food and drinks were great. My wife said her tamale was the best she had ever had. We had a nice dinner and no complaints.

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MikiV
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is PB's best spot for a great, quiet dinner. Just out of the party zone the area's known for.

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vipJody
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Nice local spot

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent margaritas, and the red sangria was pretty tasty too. We all three enjoyed our meals - Brazil Bowl, Ahi Platter, and Green Tamales. The decor is fun, and the atmosphere and service was outstanding.

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AmandaS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love love love this place! one of my favorite places in PB

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vipKR17
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we loved it so much for dinner that we went back for brunch on the weekend!

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AmyM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was ok, great flavor but the meat was tough. Server was nice and the restaurant had a chill vibe.

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AmandaS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love

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RobertA
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, nice ambiance, innovative and delicious food, and reasonable prices

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EllenJ
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent meal...the Chicken Diablo and the tamales are family favorites. Good service with friendly and professional staff.

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AmyE
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breathtaking, calm, healthy, and serve was great! Used a groupon to check it out, we will be going back forsure! The atmosphere is almost as good as the food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

BF’s soyrizo is always good. My nut crusted Fish was just ok.

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Brenda
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met with a large group of friends and they were very good at accommodating us. We ordered the guacamole for the table which was delicious. I ordered the chile relleno which was the best I have ever had. The pork carnitas were delicious; tender and moist.

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QuentinC
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick easy in and out not packed would recommend to anyone

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BrigidM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isabel's has been my favorite place in PB for the last 8 years (since I have lived there). The food is AMAZING! I went there because I am moving away and had to have my "last supper" there. The service was top notch and I only wish I could have eaten one of every entree!! Love it. Highly recommend. :)

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vipPablo
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant has Great food. Also the atmosphere is very nice. The service was excellent.

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KimF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding, friendly service and fantastic seafood!

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RayM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did not take reservations on Saturday. Need to update that

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NikkiP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was delicious! Make a reservation, there were a lot of people waiting for a table by the time we left.

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vipfood1st
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was very good. Ahi won tons, Mexican chopped salad, double happiness lettuce wraps and tamales with carnitas. They seemed short staffed and the service very spotty. Some small children were running around, opening the front door and that made the ambience challenging.

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iluvfood
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Awesome food as always! It was quiet and slow which is quite different from the Sunday breakfasts I have had there. The food is amazing !! Double Happiness is my favorite!! And you cannot beat their prices . It is such a steal in a beautiful setting. We’ll be back again for dinner soon!

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JeffD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isabel's is an incredible restaurant offering healthy, delicious food, with a calm and intimate ambiance. Great for date nights! We were served by Ryan who was kind, attentive, and provided excellent service. Brian, the manager, offered great recommendations and also offered exceptional customer service to us. We appreciate quality food, calm and romantic atmospheres, with vip service. This is exactly what you can expect from Isabel's.

Best,
JD

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DonnaR
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Isabel’s for a nice evening to celebrate friendship and to enjoy a healthy, delicious dinner. The Budda bowl exceeded my expectations and the wine, a Rose’ was spectacular! Our server was wonderful as well! Sure to come back very soon!
Thank you, Isabel for a great time!

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Nothebest
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Expensive, not great quality, slow service. It’s tucked away and hard to spot.

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LauraD
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The venue was very inviting. The food was okay. Over priced for what you got. We ordered the fish tacos which really didn’t have much taste and had a bone. Also we had the chicken and beef lettuce wraps. They came with romane lettuce leaves which was very difficult to make into wraps. The only toppings that came with it were cucumbers, bean sprouts, and the best part was the peanut paste. Both entrays were $16.
We both had desserts which the menus showed $7, but the bill showed $8. Both desserts were very good but not worth $8.

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vipBlondie
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New favorite find! Original. Loved everything. We will be back.

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vipEmilyB
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The ahi tuna platter was out of this world and the blackberry mule was delicious. Very cool atmosphere. Can't wait to come back for brunch!

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JoeS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date said it was awesome. Great food and atmosphere

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ZenaL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fresh-squeezed fruit juices, healthful greens, delicious brown rice and vegetable combinations plus wonderful takes on Mexican food for the carnivore. The service was consistently attentive.

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vipLenS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Healthy and delicious food in friendly and casual atmosphere

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Doats
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

alana is a great cook. i like isabels and coffee cup so very much.

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vippup1
San Diego
64 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant has food that is fine, however, there are no lights in the patio in front of the restaurant and it is not very inviting from the street and as you walk in. Some lights to illuminate the front of the restaurant would be much more appealing.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isabel’s is a wonderful place to meet friends and family to visit and share a wonderful meal. The House Chips, Guac and Salsa were so fresh. The hostess/ waitress was super pleasant and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday thank you! Food always amazing

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You can order delivery directly from Isabel's Cantina using the Order Online button. Isabel's Cantina also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Isabel's Cantina is rated 4.5 stars by 246 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.