Isola la Jolla

4.6
173 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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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and excellent food. Nice casual comfortable atmosphere.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
42 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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D
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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GA
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great Pizza. I liked their menu. Nice assortment of items. I will go back

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KC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a fabulous place in every way, except, while the crust is great, the pizza itself was a little thin on toppings and actually pretty bland in flavor. I can’t remember the name of my pizza, it had sausage and maybe onions on it. It could use some kalamata olives on it. It needs salt and those olives would bring that flavor. Otherwise, it’s awesome!

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ST
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burrata was good, pizza was awesome. Service was fantastic.

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C
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really good pizza and pasta, great for sharing, a true neighborhood find

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

After securing my reservation through open table I was surprised when we arrived at the restaurant that the hostess had no record of us on her schedule and seem to think that we didn’t actually have a reservation after she checked more carefully she found our reservation. Not a very pleasant beginning to a meal the food is superior the ambience is lovely they just need a better hostess.

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OT
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Pizza was thrown together, no sauce at all on almost half the pizza. They had fuel in only 1 side of the pizza oven, and the pizza chef was using the peel to rotate each pizza and lift it up to cook the bottom. He burned the first one, I was watching from my table. Second one was thrown together and unevenly cooked, but still tasted great, wish the sauce was on the whole pizza. My wife's special pasta carbonara had perfect house made pasta, completely ruined by very poor quality pancetta, full of hard fatty chunks.

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JT
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We used to eat here all the time, but it’s really gone down hill in the last few months. There is no quality control so proportions change depending on the day. I ordered an appetizer that was extremely salty. The kitchen had made this slow cooked dish earlier in the day but nobody bothered to taste it and it was inedible
Basically this was one of the best places in La Jolla. It was one of our favorite. After several bad experiences we won’t be going back

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E
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as usual , one of our favorite places in La Jolla and San Diego
Best pasta and pizza in town
I even ordered fish and it was still excellent

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about Isola!!

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NH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love the food. Friendly staff and great atmosphere.

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MI
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

While they promote this as a "Pizza Place," it's really much, much more than that.
The various entrees and side dishes are simply outstanding - the best you'll find ANYWHERE!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tuesday has $10 pizza and wine.. OMG great!! Their pizza never disappoints.

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