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About Isola la Jolla

Isola is proud to serve the finest local ingredients from our wood fired oven, dalla vite, from the vine. I hope you enjoy every bite, plucked from my family tree for your table. Buon appetito!

7734 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
T-Th 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
F-Sa 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Su 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Closed Monday
Happy Hour Tuesday - Sunday 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Cross Street:
Sliverado

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 412-5566

Website:
http://www.isolapizzabar.com/

Entertainment:
Great Food

Catering:
We have a new Catering To-Go Menu Served Family Style. Please ask your server for details.

Parking Details:
Usually there is plenty of space on the street, if not there is a pay parking just across from Isola

Executive Chef:
Evan Phillps/ Massimo Tenino

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Isola la Jolla Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (13)
Casual (9)
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Comfort Food (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Authentic (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Cozy (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Romantic (2)
Business Meals (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

The house wine was delicious! As was our pizza and salad. Cool vibe and fun atmosphere ! Would go back again!

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great Mussels!
I often order mussels at various restaurants, but these were especially good - a nice size and the sauce was thick and delicious. Excellent pizza and arugula salad.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was delicious...loved it all...the Brussels were delicious and the Burrata was amaaaazing....my husband had the squid pasta and loved it...❤️

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Amelia was welcoming , informative and attentive to our needs .

Food well presented and very fresh / wine selection ( all Italian) was broad and well priced

A comfortable quality restaurant on the main street of La Jolla

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent pizza. Wonferful desserts. Efficient and friendly servers.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I love this restaurant. We were here New Year's Eve and came back for Happy Hour last evening. I am very sensitive to background music as I find it distracting and the music does get a bit past the "background." But the staff is genuinely kind and enthusiastic about their guests and the food is deeelicious. Will put it on a regular schedule now.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was terrific, as always. Service also excellent.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Enjoyable and adula

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Another wonderful meal at Isola. I just love their pizza selections and my wife loves their pastas.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This is one of the best wood-fired pizza places in the San Diego area. The taste of the crust reminds me of what my Sicilian grandmother used to make. There are so many other options on the menu too that it's easy to order a few different plates and let everyone share.

I visit La Jolla 2 to 3 times a year and every visit includes a stop at Isola! Many thanks to the staff who makes this so memorable!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

A favorite neighborhood dinner. Great food, selection, service and value.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Awesome place. They have issues with reservations. 2nd time when there was no table ready. First time was Wine Dinner they hadn’t “shut off” Open Tables and we sat at bar and had great experience with Jacob. Last night l, there was a “Yelp” photo shoot keeping us from getting a table. Hostess overwhelmed and line of guest unhappy. We sat at the bar and thank goodness Jacob was there. Will probably just sit at bar moving forward. One of our favorite spots in the area but they need to get the seating figured out.

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We love it here always excellent pizza the best and papradelli so tasty

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We LOVE Isola. The atmosphere is comfortable, the service is friendly, the food is fabulous. Favorite dishes are Burrata E Pomodorini Roberto's way (add arugula and proscuitto) and their Cacio e Pepe.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Healthy, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The seafood pasta had no flavor and no salt. We have ordered it in two special occasions and this time has been the worst. No love. It's a bad combo for primi since the pizza is so delicious. The appetizers are also very nice. The service was only good when Isola first opened. Every time we go now it just becomes worst and worst. The hostess and servers are all poor and inhospitable.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Everything was delicious.....we'll be back soon. The octopus was terrific.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Pizza was outstanding! Authentic, Neapolitan thin-crust style. Brussels sprouts app not to be missed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food is absolutely outstanding.

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Beyond disappointed in this restaurant. For a place that "specializes" in pizza, you think it would have good pizza.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

We stopped in for happy hour prior to Movies at the lot. We will be back most certainly. The happy hour menu is just perfect for us and we will continue to tell our La Jolla friends about this relatively new place.
We might have been a bit noisy, so for that we apologize. But we were there very early in the happy hour time frame and hopefully did not disrupt any of your other guests.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Love the place. Felt a bit rushed. The food was good as always.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Great staff, wonderful wine, beautiful setting.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Love the food but the place was uncomfortably noisy!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great cozy spot! The pizza was delicious and it was affordable and fast! Great apps and pasta too! Good for a date night!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great service and food

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The food at Isola is always perfect!
thx
Steve W
And the desert- Bodino was unreal.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 21, 2017

I have never eaten at Isola La Jolla or in LIttle Italy and been disappointed; the chef, the staff , the owner are splendid.
thanks,
Steve Wilhelm

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Casual
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Outstanding food and service, as always. Much more than just a pizza place, although that is also very good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Isola was the perfect spot for dinner before attending a performance at La Jolla Playhouse. Our server, Megan, was very knowledgeable about menu choices and attentive without hovering at our table. The cannelloni beans appetizer was delicious! We had the quatro cano (meat) pizza which was hearty and flavorful, and the mozzarella and artichoke pizza which was more delicate and still delicious. Add a very fresh green salad and all was perfect! We also shared the panna cota desert - delicate custard with super fresh fruit! Thanks, we will return soon.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fun
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on July 14, 2017

While the pizza is very good, this is MUCH, MUCH more than just a pizza place. The salads, pastas and entrees are exceptional, and they are willing to customize to your preferences. The wines by the glass are also first rate. This is the equal of any Italian restaurant I've ever been to.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 4, 2017

This pizza restaurant was very special because the pizza dough is made like pizza dough is made in Italy where the dough is stored in a cooler for 2 days and it slightly fermentes giving the pizza an incredible flavor. Fantastic..!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Romantic, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Isola in La Jolla has a slightly different menu from the Little Italy location - it was nice to have the added pasta options, which were very good. The fried seafood/vegetable appetizer was a disappointment, as the food was not crisp and oil dripped from it. The restaurant was busy and our service was a bit lacking. Still, they have a nice atmosphere, good quality ingredients and nice presentation.

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vip
 (México)·Dined on July 2, 2017

One of the best meals I've had in San Diego. On the rigatoni and ragú and the caccio e pepe we are still debating which was better.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 1, 2017

There we four of us, and everyone thought the food was brilliant!
Our best regards to Chef/Owner Massimo Tenino

Thanks,
Steve Wilhelm

Tags: Tapas, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Vegan, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 28, 2017

The watermelon salad was divine. Loved the rustic pizza bread that was served with the olive oil and which was used for the sandwiches. I had a special lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in a while. She loved her panini sandwich.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The best Italian food I've ever experienced - anywhere! Also, the service is very accommodating and helpful.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Was surprised that confirmed reservation did not result in an actual reserved table. Waited 20 minutes after reservation time for table to open up -- basically same result as if we had just walked up without a reservation. Must not be unusual here -- staff was not especially apologetic or embarrassed by poor management. Food was good though. Next time will opt for Alta Marea.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Excellent service, food and ambiance! Location is great, always nice greeters at the door!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Finally! Authentic Italian Pizza in San Diego. Fresh ingredients, delicious food, and a chef who cares about the menu and his diners. We drove from Carlsbad just by looking at the pictures and we weren't disappointed as with many pizza restaurants in the area. We are thrilled to have found Isola!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This was the best, most authentic Italian food I have found outside of Italy. The pappardelle al pesto was incredible and I'm still dreaming about it days later. I don't normally leave restaurant reviews, but I felt compelled to based on the high quality of the meal.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic
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