Isola la Jolla

4.6
185 reviews
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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!
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Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

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San Diego
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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RT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and our waitress was a gem

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FF
San Diego
90 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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MM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Looking forward for a second visit, i hope that i can try the pizza this time

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W
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice dinner, good service

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W
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep coming back because of the quality of the food and service. Alexis and others were terrific.

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T
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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MB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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FS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Second visit. Great staff, very good food (pizzas are super), very reasonable pricing. It’ll become a regular to go place.

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and excellent food. Nice casual comfortable atmosphere.

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a
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We live our local Isola!

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I brought a group of friends after my opening in La Jolla.Everybody enjoyed the food and service.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent appetizers, particularly frittura. Superb pizza and pasta. Great selection of beer and wine.
Terrific service

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SU
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a lovely experience. The food and wine selection was wonderful

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

Go there!

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TP
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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LL
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool atmosphere. Small Italian eatery. Good food. Good vibe.

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LD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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RO
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best pizza ever

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HD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the pizza. Lasagna was a title tasteless. Will probably stick to the pizza.

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

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m
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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RO
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible!! I love this place. They also have a really good happy hour!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating to our group. .

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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PP
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

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.

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

really good pizza which is hard to find in san diego

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VL
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always predictably wonderful. Wait staff is efficient and very kind. We love to eat there!

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p
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing wood fired oven pizza. Sunday special calzone really excellent.

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G
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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m
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely love this place!

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!!

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PB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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AR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very accommodating. Excellent, not overly intrusive service. Good food. Nice atmosphere. Airy on a hot summer night. Just right.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and great pasta and pizza.

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DL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the speck and mushroom pizza and the shaved asparagus and brie pizza -- both were delicious! Would definitely come back!

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