Isola la Jolla
Very good pasta. Seafood elements of fried appetizer were good but vegetables were limp and oily. Nice wine list with some very good examples of lessor known Italian varietals. Don’t be afraid to try them, they’re good. Service was sub par.
Service was fast but we did feel a bit rushed for the dinner time that we came in. At lunch we have not felt rushed. The noice level is on the high side due to the hard walls and ceiling. The food was very good. We like the pasta and pizza.
Loved it. Loved the food. LOVED the wine list. One thing I would have loved to see is a teeny bit more care from the cooks on display -- especially given there are diners with seating designed to view pizzas being made & dishes prepared in front of them. A bit more personality and care from them would go a long way!
Amazing food and our waitress was a gem
Awesome experience, the food is very good, the ambience and servcie are good, this time we had an awkward experience when we were imposed a 20% tip without asking, that spoiled our dinner.
Looking forward for a second visit, i hope that i can try the pizza this time
Had a nice dinner, good service
We keep coming back because of the quality of the food and service. Alexis and others were terrific.
Food was good overall and our servers were very nice. I wish they had more main courses to choose from that weren’t pasta or pizza. There were only 3 on the menu
I have been here before and it was great again. As much as I want to try the home made pasta, I just cannot stay away from the pizza!
Have glasses of wine because there are several good ones, all Italian. Finally, try a dessert. They are worth the calories.
Second visit. Great staff, very good food (pizzas are super), very reasonable pricing. It’ll become a regular to go place.
We reserved a spot for 12 for dinner and then needed to find room for 5 more after more family decided they could join us. The staff at Isola was super nice, they were able to squeeze us in, they took great care of us and everyone loved their food and the evening. The pesto was the best I've had outside of Liguria and all the pizzas were excellent (look out for the spicy peppers!). We loved it! And we'll be back.
Friendly staff and excellent food. Nice casual comfortable atmosphere.
We live our local Isola!
I brought a group of friends after my opening in La Jolla.Everybody enjoyed the food and service.
Excellent appetizers, particularly frittura. Superb pizza and pasta. Great selection of beer and wine.
It was a lovely experience. The food and wine selection was wonderful
Isola generally is an Italian bistro; menu a bit limited and arranged for quick turn around. The food is excellent, particularly pizza done in a very hot oven. However, on New Year's Eve, they expanded the menu and all went well. We are fans of Isola, find their service and prices attractive.
One recommnedation: Once in a while, perhaps monthly, recapitulate this model of expanded items, taking advantage of available skills. equipment and personnel. We would come and bring friends
I enjoy good wine, fairly often...The wine list at Isola features Italian wines from the winery of the owner's brother, Francesco Rinaldi, from Northern italy. They are quite good and reasonably priced.
I was in town from South Africa and needed a last minute reservation on New Year's Eve. The team at Isola were welcoming and friendly. The atmosphere was fun and celebratory and even though the restaurant is closed on Monday's - you could see they had put a lot of effort into making it a fun night for all. I had the salmon which was superb! We found the wine list somewhat limited but it didn't dampen our evening. I like the fact that the restaurant is family run and it was lovely to hear some Italian accents - which made it that much more authentic. Would definitely go back and have their pizza - which looked incredible! A great evening in a classy and sophisticated, yet casual establishment. Thanks, Isola!
Cool atmosphere. Small Italian eatery. Good food. Good vibe.
We love Isola! The owner Massimo is often there and he takes great pride in his restaurant and is super nice and friendly! It’s our favorite Italian restaurant!
best pizza ever
Love the pizza. Lasagna was a title tasteless. Will probably stick to the pizza.
There was a customer in the inside bar area who had a dog with her. The staff would stop and pet the animal. I do not think I will return to this restaurant again. There was outdoor seating, which nobody was sitting at.
This is our second time visiting this location. They provide great service and the food is phenomenal. Definitely a family favorite and I enjoy telling friends to visit this Isola! You won't be disappointed!
Incredible!! I love this place. They also have a really good happy hour!
Very accommodating to our group. .
I took my daughter here before seeing a play - it was perfect. Food was delish, and the service was attentive, friendly and fast, while maintaining a nice, relaxed dining experience.
Disappointed with the service. I’ve been at Isola several times but my last visit wasn’t great. We were a party of 6. Service was really slow. It was busy and it just didn’t feel that they were adequately staffed for the night. They ran out of chairs and we had to wait for a few minutes for a chair to be free. It didn’t help at all that I made reservations. They also ran out of champagne flutes. We needed 3 and had to wait for another 1. We ordered focaccia bread for starters which they forgot. They made amends by not charging us for our pizza. I really enjoyed the squid ink spaghetti with shrimp. It’s a large portion. I still like Isola because it’s energetic and lively and the food is good but was disappointed that the service wasn’t great. It wasn’t a good experience for my friends so I doubt they’ll be back.
really good pizza which is hard to find in san diego
Always predictably wonderful. Wait staff is efficient and very kind. We love to eat there!
Great food, pizzas were some of the best we've ever had! Pasta dishes were also a hit, especially the rigatoni special. Fun ambiance, good service, great for groups. Wines were very enjoyable. Overall a great night, we will return!
Amazing wood fired oven pizza. Sunday special calzone really excellent.
Read reviews and wanted to try it. The server recommended their Italian wine which was wonderful. The ravioli and pizza were amazing. Great flavors. We will be back!
Absolutely love this place!
Really surprised at the food (incredibly good). Best pizza outside of New York, and incredible pasta dishes. Went twice in 3 days it was so good. In a town with really expensive restaurants, this may be the very best and is definitely the best value in La Jolla. 6 stars!!
Ravioli with beef and pesto pasta were super. Pizza with mozzarella cheese - very sparse on the cheese and sauce, crusts burnt on edges, very little flavor. Water in glasses lukewarm and never got refills.
Very accommodating. Excellent, not overly intrusive service. Good food. Nice atmosphere. Airy on a hot summer night. Just right.
Nice atmosphere and great pasta and pizza.
We had the speck and mushroom pizza and the shaved asparagus and brie pizza -- both were delicious! Would definitely come back!