Isola La Jolla

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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KimH
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor street eating due to covid. Nice ambiance. Great service. Surprised there was a jazz trio playing/singing. Great music. Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice outdoor dining experience. The Neapolitan style pizza and appetizers are very good. Live music started after the sun went down, which pleasantly added to the ambiance. Great service as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and outstanding pasta!

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VGen
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Our party had 2 reservations for the same time, due to current restrictions of tables being no more than 6 guests and our party being 10 people. We made a reservation for 4 and a separate reservation for 6. Upon arrival there was a line outside to check in with the hostess. We arrived at the restaurant promptly at the time of our reservation and got in line. In front of us in line was another party of 6 without a reservation. The hostess seated this party of 6 at the only available table. Once we reached the front of the line we were told that unfortunately they do not have another table available and we would have to wait for the restaurant to TRY to set something up for us. This was absolutely unacceptable, to give away the only available table to someone without a reservation at a time when you have a reservation for this table. Restaurant tried to "accommodate us" by offering us a high top table when we had a 3 year old and a 4 year old with us, which was also inappropriate in my opinion.

Even after this we felt that the service was subpar, but I'm not going to go into details. The hostess definitely needs some training though.

Food was very tasty. I had no issues with that. I would come back to eat there again, which says a lot. Hopefully they will have better service next time.

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vipEasytoplease
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfection. Staff was very friendly and informative. Food was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and very good pizza and pasta. Super far apart tables made it very safe too.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was live music on Saturday evening.

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vipSilvanaM
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and great food.

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THHHHH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went there with the family after a long hot day of visiting colleges. Ordered a couple appetizers, pizza and pasta. Pizza and service were excellent. Pasta was just okay. Outside dining situation was good given the circumstances that they were obviously not setup to do this normally. Would return for friendly service and pizza.

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vipdmiclean
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful family dinner here Friday night. The food is so fresh and everything we had was delicious. Sufficient pepper on the carbonara, mouth watering pizzas — even the basic salad was dressed perfectly. The family winery barbera was excellent. Gabriella was a wonderful server and the 6 of us enjoyed the elevated new deck area — great dinner

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vipValarieP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza is amazing!! The cacio e Pepe was delicious as were the salads and appetizers

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Court
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great family meal outside. The food was good and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good authentic Italian food. Nice outside dinning.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty relaxed , calm atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a good job with social distancing, and have tables spread down the sidewalk. Service was good and really quick. The pizza is honestly som if the best I’ve ever had. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food!! Friendly service!

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vipJoyofDining
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This was an unexpected surprise! The pizza is amazing and so is the lamb. Wine is excellent and great pricing for all. Quiet and attentive, a real hidden gem.

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Lukecan
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the food was great. The salad was fresh and well seasoned, the burrata bruschetta was perfect and the garbanzo bean fries were very tasty. Mywife had the pappardelle Funghi and I had the pizza salamati piccante both of them were very well done, especially the bread of the pizza. The beer selection was limited but Italian wine list was good. Service was good with the outdoor setting now the norm in Covid era made it almost like what we used to see in Europe. We will now make Isola our go-to for Italian food.

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Plushieboy
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fresh ingredients. The wait staff was excellent and the outdoor dining was better than being indoors. A pizza and pasta split amongst two people was more than enough food for my wife and I. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in San Diego!

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vipROBERTC
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a family we agreed that this was the best pizza we have ever had!

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EatItAll
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite our reservation, table was not available and the hostess could have handled the situation better. But the server was spot-on and the food is amazing!

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vipFoodLver
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Friendly staff and delicious food. We had a fantastic Sunday family dinner at Isola La Jolla.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isola was AMAZING!! pasta was sooo fresh and delicious

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vipGeorgeJ
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dined here when I was visiting family in San Diego a few days ago. Overall the experience was very positive and I would come back. We had 3 different appetizers, 4 entrees and 1 dessert. Every dish was delicious, generously proportioned and well-priced. My 23yo nephew died for the Berry Nutella Pizza for dessert. Service was very friendly, social distancing was spacious and food came in a timely manner. Only 2 minor complaints - 1. I had reserved an Outdoor table on Open Table and when we arrived there were no outdoor tables and the hostess said she didn't know when she would have one available, so we had to accept an indoor table; 2. My first choice of wine was unavailable - the waitress made a recommendation for a comparable, higher priced wine. In my opinion in this situation I should have received the alternate at the same price.

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RebeccaD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether you go to their Little Italy or La Jolla locations, Isola never disappoints!

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JimL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Fantastic food!

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vipBill2115
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

It was ok just starting up again staff very polite

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vipStephen
San Diego
132 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Slow service. Don't buy anything fried. Noisy children, clientele an staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific service and delicious food! We were going to an event down the street and our waitress was great about getting us our food in a timely manner and being delightful and informative in the process.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for wonderful time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While the food and service was excellent, the noise level is too high

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vipSandy
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Service was a little slow to get started but great after that. The restaurant is small so the noise from the bar makes the rest of the restaurant noisy.

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nano
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

weds, feb, 2 pm very quiet yummy food. lovely waiter this is a perfect place

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vipRoohoo
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for the pizza, but the pasta was unexpectedly really terrific! Definitely made from scratch. Service was a bit confused, but they recognized it right away and offered us a free dessert, which we scarfed up. Our experience was overall so great that we can't wait to return.

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vipdmfoodie1
San Diego
112 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We reside in San Diego, however this was our first dining experience at Isola. Having just returned from Italy, we thought the food was outstanding. Pizza and roasted veggies were excellent. We had the Italian wine from their vineyard in Italy which was excellent, we were impressed with the wine. The restaurant is somewhat loud, however worth the excellent food and service. We look forward to returning soon. Finally an authentic Italian restaurant in LJ.

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vipzakE
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isola La Jolla is by far one of three best Italian restaurants in San Diego area for me.
Food quality, service and price are phenomenal

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vipRandJM
Las Vegas
29 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific ambiance and staff. The food was especially fresh (try the bruchetta!) and the pizza is a cut above. we'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place best food !!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Isola. One of our favorites in La Jolla. Great food, nice people and fun atmosphere.

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Isola La Jolla does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Isola La Jolla also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 412-5566.

Isola La Jolla is rated 4.7 stars by 313 OpenTable diners.

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