Rising Star Chef Nominee by the James Beard Foundation, Founder Chef Luke Sung, at Isa has received many accolades from five consecutive years on the ... More
Rising Star Chef Nominee by the James Beard Foundation, Founder Chef Luke Sung, at Isa has received many accolades from five consecutive years on the Chronicle's Top 100 Bay Area Restaurant List to the Top 40 in Zagat. This is a restaurant not to be missed in San Francisco.
Great date place. Be sure to sit outside. It's covered by a tent and they have heat lamps but it is definitely a better atmosphere outside than inside. It's tapas which are all very good. Service is great and it's relatively easy to get a reservation.
Great food and service that was only apparent when you needed to ask a question. We were 30 minutes late for our reservation and only had to wait 5 minutes to be seated. Highly recommend it for a group.
I was looking for a good French restaurant for my husband's Birthday and I came across Isa. The food was fabulous and with 7 people we were able to try most of the dishes. Our wait staff was extremely friendly and helped make the evening really enjoyable. The covered heated patio created a charming atmosphere. I can't wait to go back.
Went here with a friend visiting from out of town and we had a great experience. Service was very attentive, didn't have problems getting a table on a Tuesday night, and would recommend the outdoor seating for ambience. Food was tasty and the bill wasn't unreasonable given we ordered 5 dishes and 2 desserts. Went with a friend, but definitely think it gets extra points as a date place.
my review is kind of mixed:
Food was really good in French standard, but the atmosphere i rather loud and not so intimate, in French standards.
Our waiter was not so attentive nor friendly but other people we dealt with that night definitely were.
Apart from that the restaurant serves food family style which is interesting and one must remember that parking is rather difficult to find in the area.
So I would call it a ok/good French fusion place
The small plates, family style serving enables you to try lots of different dishes, all of which are excellent. In particular, I'd highly recommend the truffled risotto. Beyond the food, our waitress was friendly and courteous, even when we were the last people in the restaurant and you could tell that her colleagues wanted us to leave. Overall, definitely worth a visit.
The food is delicious (the chicken is my favorite restaurant dish in San Francisco), the ambiance is stunning (back heated tented patio with plants and candles), the wait staff is accommodating...I can't say anything wrong about Isa. Lux, their sister restaurant down the street, is fabulous too. Both places are just casual enough and just formal enough. Perfect balance.
Isa's is one of my favorite restaurants, my first visit was in 2006. The converted back patio is charming; strewn with white lights and white tablecloth, covered with a tent and dotted with space heaters. The place is optimal for intimate conversation and you’ll feel like you’re dining during a warm summer night instead of a frigid SF evening. It's a great scene with a mix of locals and loyal out-of-towners.
The laurel goat cheese is a must have. Get there early and spend some time at the bar to enjoy a drink before the meal. It's a good chance to chat with the wait staff and make the dining experience that much more enjoyable. Also ask for a table near the center of the back patio in case a light wind hits the tent.
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