Isola Little Italy

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$30 and under
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Italian
MY NONNA’S NAME WAS ISOLA, A WONDERFUL COOK WHO GAVE ME A PASSION FOR FOOD AND FRESH, SIMPLE INGREDIENTS.

I have vivid memories of my grandmother turning plain bread into amazing desserts, simple apples into incredible fritters sprinkled with a little sugar and honey, and even treating my sunburns with olive oil. Thirty years later, I still savor every meal and moment.

Isola is proud to serve the finest local ingredients, 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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KH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for an amazing and quick meal! Service was so friendly and such a great atmosphere.

MJ
San Diego
97 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice Neapolitan style pizza with quality ingredients. I'll be back.

RG
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Went specifically for the pizza because of reviews, very disappointing. Pizza was limp and wet but tasty.

BF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the atmosphere of this restaurant! I shared a Burrata pizza and it was delicious. The waitress recommended the Budino for dessert and I am so glad she did. It was delightful.

B
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Our reserved table was located at the entrance and hostess station where one in our party kept getting bumped by everybody. We ordered a cheese tray and requested more bread but it took 20 minutes before additional bread came with our appetizer. We would’ve had many more cocktails had the waitress asked us if we were interested. And no pepperoni for pizza!??!

M
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation for 2 and when we showed up barely any of the tables were being utilized but they only offered us outside seating in front or back. We chose back seating and sat there for about 10 minutes with no one coming over to take our order, but we were cold anyway so we asked to sit inside. Still barely any tables were being utilized but they tried to seat us at a table where the seats were sitting on the same side on a bench.. which we didn’t want at all. So we asked for a regular table as there were many. They then sat us at a crappy back table against a wall that was probably the worst table in the whole place. We decided to leave and probably won’t be going back.

RC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pizza was delicious, the salad portions were very generous, and the service was super attentive. I wouldn’t call this place affordable, but it was nice while on vacation.

NS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the wonderful experience that your servers provided us on our visit to Little Italy. The food and the ambience was well worth it.

M
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice restaurant- perhaps the most authentic Italian restaurant in San Diego. Excellence appetizer of grilled eggplant and a arugula salad. Pizza has a terrific char- Little soft in the middle but otherwise excellent consistency.

LF
Baja California
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food very good,specially pizza’s. Nice ambience. Great wine list

PJ
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good vibe in the Little Italy section of town. Had enough food variety, although mostly pizzas. Wine selection was very good and the service was outstanding! I’d definitely come here again.

D
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I have been to Isola several times before and always thoroughly enjoyed it. Saturday night the food and service was not as good as it was in the past.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 20 person bday party for my bfs birthday and it was an unforgettable experience! They put us on the back patio which was fabulous bc we had our space. Megan was our server and she was patient, kind and very professional! Highly recommend.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Get the shrimp and polenta appetizer!

AA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing placd i loved it so much. amazing

BR
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is really cozy, tasty and romantic.
I loved it a lot

CC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pizza. Perfectly cooked Al dente pasta. Octopus dish and burrata dish were just so very nicely done and flavorful. The chef's know what they're doing and the service was also great.

SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Cibo dozzinale anche se la pizza non era malvagia (ma troppo cara!). Pesce (polpo) duro e davvero poco (erano più patate che pesce...!)
Servizio approssimativo e disattento. Interno troppo rumoroso per conversare a cena.

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DR
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food was good. The pizzas were over cooked and cut so large and awkward - difficult to eat. Cheese try was good but not great. Wish we would have been told what cheese was which. Other than that, ingredients were fresh and bread was delicious. Ambience was very nice and cozy for me, my daughter and her friend.

J
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large group and the waitress did a great job accommodating us. I really like the back patio and would recommend seating there if you wanted to be outside. The food and service are consistently outstanding. The wine list is exceptional.

J
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We came here for dinner last week and ordered the chicken and the four meat pizza. The chicken was dry and the vegetables that came with it were literally charred. They weren’t just well done, they were black and inedible. The pizza was so greasy that we decided to take it home and heat it at home without the meat. We would not return.

DB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food in little Italy with amazing service. We love coming here when we’re in San Diego!

OT
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food great service and an amazing Happy Hour

MB
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been to the La Jolla location a couple of times and this one was every bit as good. Pizza is so good it is all I ever have with a salad, but I cannot imagine anywhere else is much better. Even with sitting outside, it was easy to talk

If you are around it is worth they try

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent happy hour!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Waited 20 mins when we had a reservation. Food service was very slow. They gave us a free dessert to comp the bad service. Food was amazing

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

great product esp that pizza. best crust i’ve ever had including other neopolitan pizza restaurants and italy! a miracle really. only complaint is i was impressed by how dirty the gray cushions were in the little italy location—
Large filthy black outlines of peoples sweaty shadows which is kind of hard to overlook even for people who aren’t hyper sensitive to that sort of thing.I recommend they spend a little money and replace those cushions against the wall in the little Italy location. Other than that, it was great

A
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We were visiting San Diego for the holiday weekend and Isola was one of the few restaurants that was able to accommodate our party of 12. We wanted hearty Italian food and decided on this for the great reviews. When we got there, my friend wanted a moscow mule (strike 1- they only had wine and beer). Then she asked for Sangria (strike 2- no sangria!). She then ordered the mussels with broth on the menu (strike 3- they had NO mussels that day!). Another member of our party ordered the angus sirloin medium well and it came out disgustingly tough and rubbery and flavorless. We wanted more pasta options but this restaurant had a lot of pizza options which were actually good flavors and unique. I wished I had really looked at the menu before we committed to this restaurant among all the ones in Little Italy. Lastly, my friend got cannolis for a birthday dessert... yes! Right?! No, it was eh... a little runny lemon filling with a cherry stuck in it. Why couldn’t it be a basic creamy ricotta filling?! It just wasn’t what the kind of place we were wanting on this particular occasion.
Other than that, those in our party who ordered margherita pizzas, the salmon, and the spicy shrimp with polenta enjoyed their dishes. The bruschetta was great too.
I don’t think I’d ever come back with all the options in Little Italy.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was nice but too hot inside.

PW
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s hard to choose among the interesting dishes offered at this wonderful Italian eatery. The salmon salad was delicious - fresh greens and veggies with perfectly grilled salmon on top. The pasta special was delicate but full flavored. Service is outstanding as the staff is attentive but not hovering and very knowledgeable about the menu. A great luncheon experience!

OT
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always... amazing happy hour... delicious food

KM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We had been a while back and had had a nice experience but the restaurant was empty that first time. This time I was shocked at how loud it was, we could barely converse and the silverware was being cleaned and stacked RIGHT BEHIND us. Thankfully the busboy was gracious enough to go somewhere else when asked. Our waitress was not very attentive and I had to flag her down for very common things like ordering everyone's drinks or refills. The food was good, but not much variety and a little pricey. We were just underwhelmed by the atmosphere, service, and food. Maybe we'll come back when summer is over.

CK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I have a concert at the Music Box, I always come early and have dinner at Isola! I love the food. The Happy Hour is a great deal. I always get the margherita pizza with extra basil leaf, plus another one or two dishes, depending on how hungry I am. One needs to get there early, by 5 pm, because it starts filling up after that.

KE
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were great!
Brendon the bartender was fast, pleasant and super helpful!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Service was really slow but the food was good and staff was nice.

N
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The appetizers, soup and pizza was very unique in flavor and delicious. Great location too !!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traveling with two kiddos and this totally hit the spot. My young boys loved the food; il polipinVery reminiscent off authentic Italian pizza. Perfecto.

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fun spot in a great neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. Food was excellent.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat in Little Italy. Amazing food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful...music was a little off for Monday at lunch...my husband said it sounded like they had the playlist from Saturday night playing.