Isalita

4.8
86 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Our menu of Mexican small plates is inspired by the market culture of Mexico. Comida de calle - street food is integral to the social fabric and cultural rhythms of Mexico.
Isalita is 100% Pure Mexico: generosity, hospitality, and enjoyment of life. We take great care to authentically showcase the culinary traditions of Mexico, with our own unique style of flavors.

RESERVATIONS
We take advance reservations for parties of 6 or more. Please note that not all of our large tables are displayed online.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Happy Hours
Tuesday & Friday 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm (Bar Area)
Wednesday, Thursday. and Sunday 4:30 - 6:30 (Dining Room)
Late Night Happy Hour: Friday & Saturday 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(734) 213-7400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Brendan McCall
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Private party facilities
Please call us for details
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Private party contact
Raunaq: (734) 769-6700
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Division
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Parking details
There are several lots and street parking available within close walking distance
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access
What 86 People Are Saying
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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was a great restaurant to be with family! The food was good! Would go again!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two thumbs up!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Great food and fun decor. 100% recommend.

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DC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, service and ambience. Margaritas were mainly ice cubes and not much drink. Extremely loud so not good for a large group if you want to talk together. I imagine it is fine for a small group and ask for no ice in your margarita...

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S
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Isalita never disappoints! We have enjoyed dining there for over five years and have never had a bad meal. Service is consistently good and the food is always creative and delicious.

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P
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Unfortunately, it was too loud to carry on a conversation. I was worn out from straining to hear.

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AN
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pricey but delicious! I wish it wasn't $8 for a margarita that is legitimately in a whiskey glass (with ice) making it 7oz of drink.

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DM
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went there for Mother's Day dinner. We had a large group of 11 people. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food, and the service was great. A pleasant dinner experience!

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F
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great mother’s day brunch sharing tacos, guacamole and sampling delicious margaritas. All food from appetizers to dessert were freshly prepared with awesome flavors. Service was efficient, professional and done with a smile! We will definitely be back!

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M
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Certain dishes were amazing, other dishes were okay. We order burrito bowls and they took very long to come to the table. However, the service was very kind and courteous. Love the ambiance and the margaritas

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Super fun atmosphere with lots of good choices for sharing small plates.

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UM
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my graduation, and it was great. We made a reservation for 9 and they seated us promptly and we had great service. I would highly recommend!

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San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch and walking distance from Hands on Museum for kids too!

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Detroit
29 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Isalita has been one of my favorites since it opened. our server was excellent! (don't know what his name is but he was a perfect combo of attentive/caring but not overbearing). this was my first time there for brunch - they have 4 brunch items available that are breakfast focused on top of the regular lunch menu. i got the huevos divorciado - i thought it was really great, awesome flavors, but not heavy at all, very satisfying and tasty. their avocado toast was also really good. the only thing that was disappointing is the fact that they've changed their tacos al pastor which used to be one of my favorite tacos anywhere but now they do it with chopped up pork rather than the strip of pork belly, still a good taco but very unmemorable compared to the pork belly version. overall, we had a very nice easter brunch there! drinks are always very good! they do an excellent margarita!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Brunch

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food .. excellent customer service! Fish tacos, burrito now and the chicken chimichanga were top notch. We ordered a variety of different things those were definitely our favorite!

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Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took our son and his roommates out for dinner. The tacos were amazing! Something for everyone (the cauliflower tacos were great for the vegetarians in the group). All the items are great for sharing. The green salsa in the salsa trio was delicious. Can’t wait to go back and try a few other things we were too full to order.

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RL
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

It was a nice time but we were seated at the same time as a 10 top and the waiter was attentive to that table so our 5 top lacked good service. Our food came out quickly though they did not have the verde pozole that I wanted. Portions did not quite match the price but everything was delicious.

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MA
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was great with good variety. There really weren't many options for kids who don't like spice. The sangria are great. Fun atmoaphere.

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KD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was great and the food was awesome. I especially enjoyed the bottomless blood orange mimosas!

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OT
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

We had an Open Table reservation, the restaurant was very quiet and they sat our group of 4 in the dark back corner of the restaurant instead of at one of the many open tables near the front. I’ve eaten many times at Mani and Mikette and expected the service to be similar, it was not. The waiter took away silverware and plates while we were eating and didn’t bring replacements. Food is good but everything else was a dissapoinment. Will not return.

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AE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food--don't miss the Crispy Mushroom Quesadillas (actually more an empanada, btw).
Margaritas were strong, chips warm, thick and salty--perfect. A few of our entrees took way too long to come out--but the waiter did the right thing and apologized and comp'd them. All in all, I will absolutely go back to this nice spot in Ann Arbor!

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Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been coming to Isalita for years and it's never disappointed. Some favorites of mine are the tuna tostadas, baja fish tacos, crunchy tacos, elote, adobo chicken fajitas, chopped salad, and truffle guac. They also have a great selection of tequilas. The bartenders and wait staff are friendly every time. We also request that they make fried jalapenos even though it's not on their menu and they always do it for us. I'd recommend this place to anyone looking for great food and ambiance.

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Y
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always pleased with the food service and atmosphere great place good options and perfect portions.

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Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great waiter with tastes recommendations.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hostess accommodated us easily despite the change in number from the reservation. We also appreciated the quiet-ish table. Food, as always, was great. Our out-of-town visitor, a vegetarian, was VERY impressed.

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J
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice ambience, service and great food.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Very noisy. We had requested (reserved) a table for 7 adults. They tried to squash us into a small table for 6. Eventually we were offered a table in the basement, which had plenty of room for us. Not sure why we weren't told when booking that it would be a tiny table? Food OK, well better than OK but service was slow - that may have been because we were in the basement? Not hurrying back.

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R
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Made a reservation for a Taco Tuesday birthday. Was then told I couldn't get Taco Tuesday deals unless I was at the bar.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Definitely not worth the money. The servers were all grumpy and no one smiled or acted like they were remotely happy to be there. I think happy hour would be worth the money, but just a regular dinner, you'll leave hungry and broke. The food was good, but nothing to write home about. The drinks were strong.

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Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My server was excellent. She was attentive and not pushy, she knew every menu item and had high standards in her service. Her service was impeccable.

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MS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food. Good happy hour deals on drinks and food.

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R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun. Terrific food. Wonderful service (Jess, our server, was terrific!) Just an all-around wonderful Mexican restaurant. (Don't expect "beans and burritos," bro!)

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O
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dependable, current with trends and market demands...however...pretty loud atmosphere which will altar my visits with certain clientele. Became quite loud at times,

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated downstairs at the large round table for a work dinner prior to a work related event. The family style tapas, delivered when it's hot, and lazy susan made for a fun relaxed atmosphere as individuals who didn't know each other got to share mutual interests, food tastes, and laughter. The acoustics made it a bit difficult to hear someone from across the table, but we were ready to raise our voices to fit the energy of the atmosphere and the strength of the fabulously tasting bites and bits. No one left hungry and all of our mouths had been introduces to varied flavors, each of which was delicious.

One thing to note: the hostess forgot to tell the server that we had arrived and since the only traffic downstairs is to and from the shared bathroom with Mani, we weren't noticed until we notified the hostess. She graciously accepted fault and our waiter was prompt and attentive from there on out.

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LU
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday dinner after the Michigan spring game. Love the atmosphere and the service and food are both amazing.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a minimalist cool, fun place to enjoy amazing tacos and imaginative drinks. Frozen blood orange Margarita that is tart and has just enough kick? Yes, please!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was ok, portions were small at the price. Kitchen was unable to get all of our dinners cooked and served at the same time. Server was a bit surly. Ordered fish tacos and got 3 mini tortillas each with a fish stick and pinch of cabbage.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good. And the restaurant had a great energy. I was disappointed in the tapas-style portion sizes. I went into this restaurant knowing it was tapas, but I think it's overpriced. $10 for a tiny bowl of five small meatballs? $10 for two tiny tostadas? The flatbreads were priced appropriately, but that's about it. I've been to several tapas restaurants and they were either better priced or had more generous portions for sharing. It's difficult to share if every portion is tiny.

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JP
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always LOVE Isalita - food and atmosphere cannot be beat!

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