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Isabel's Cantina

#230 of 3,725 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Mexican, Latin
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966 Felspar Street, San Diego, CA 92109 (Cass)
(858) 272-8400
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: At Isabel's Cantina, Chef Isabel Cruz fuses Latin and Asian cuisine into...
At Isabel's Cantina, Chef Isabel Cruz fuses Latin and Asian cuisine into sensual and creative concoctions that are both remarkably addictive and surprisingly healthy. By incorporating ingredients from spicy pork carnitas to tofu, Chef Cruz creates a vegetarian's haven as well as a meat-lover's paradise. The exotic dining space is at once dramatic and hip, with accents such as an enormous 15-foot Buddha statue staring down at the dining room. Casual booths, stark lines, and warm colors create an atmosphere not found elsewhere in Pacific Beach, attracting crowds for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
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  • 24
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  • 20
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Yum

Delicious, fresh food. Ok service. We ate for dinner and came back for breakfast. Definitely will go again next time we're in the area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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Boise, United States
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Boise, United States
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Delicious, fresh food. Ok service. We ate for dinner and came back for breakfast. Definitely will go again next time we're in the area.

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The place is really nice and very characteristic. Food and drinks are fresh and appetizing. I stayed several times at brunch but I tried also at dinner and I can tell surely nothing lower level....except the prices (+).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Excellent, fresh and healthy Mexican food. I had the steak tacos and they were fantastic, as was the banana dessert. The wine was also very tasty!

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Palm Springs, California
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178 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I've eaten here several times with family. They have a great feeling with the large Buddha statue and the decorations. The food is ample and very delicious. It takes a while to get your food but when you get it you are not disappointed. Relax and enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Had a wee bit of trouble finding this place as we didn't see a sign, just some decorative Christmas-type lights out front and it was dark. Maybe there is a sign and we just didn't see it. Had the Asian grill plate and it was very tasty. One of our party had the coconut flan for dessert and it was... More 

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This is an excellent little place near my house, best bacon in town and fresh ingredients make for a lovely breakfast. The place is lively and has a beautiful look, service is usually pretty good...but he food is always excellent.

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La Jolla, California
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We love this place - one of our dependable favorites. The menu is fantastic with a wide choice for different tastes: ahi plate, chile relleno, soy chorizo that tastes 100% like the real thing - everything is well-prepared and delicious. The atmosphere is casual and you can always get a table. They've got a good wine selection and don't gouge... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We went early enough (5pm) where we thought it wouldn't be busy because my son was with. It really wasn't that busy, 3 other tables were already seated in the restaurant. 10 minutes until they took our drink order, 10 minutes until we received our drinks, another 10 minutes before ordering. The food came out quickly and it was delicious.... More 

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Scarsdale, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Great food, relaxed staff, real people friendly. I highly recommend anything with black beans! Our waitress was super nice and efficient. The whole crew pitches in - really lovely!

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We lived in Pacific Beach several years before eating here as it was tucked away from the main areas and did not draw us in based on the exterior of the restaurant, but... Since our first visit we have been hooked. Once inside, everything from the staff, the dining area and the food is really good and prepared with really... More 

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Additional Information about Isabel's Cantina

Address: 966 Felspar Street, San Diego, CA 92109
Phone Number: (858) 272-8400
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD $30
Cuisine: Mexican, Latin

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 966 Felspar Street, San Diego, CA 92109
    (Cass)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: (858) 272-8400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $30
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

At Isabel's Cantina, Chef Isabel Cruz fuses Latin and Asian cuisine into sensual and creative concoctions that are both remarkably addictive and surprisingly healthy. By incorporating ingredients from spicy pork carnitas to tofu, Chef Cruz creates a vegetarian's haven as well as a meat-lover's paradise. The exotic dining space is at once dramatic and hip, with accents such as an enormous 15-foot Buddha statue staring down at the dining room. Casual booths, stark lines, and warm colors create an atmosphere not found elsewhere in Pacific Beach, attracting crowds for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?