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Isabel's Cantina

#208 of 3,690 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 19
    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
Fresh, tasty food. Good wine.

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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English first
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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 178 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

My daughter-in-law took us here when we visited. The food was excellent. It was quiet on the night we went and service was great. My d-i-l tells me it is like that even when busy. So another plus point for here. Served promptly by friendly staff.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Got a little seduced by the website showing the words organic, farm fresh and healthy. Was disappointed to find out that many of the chicken dishes are not free range or organic. The eggs ditto. This means the choice on the breakfast/lunch menu decreases immensely. So, a big plate of salad leaves with a splattering of blue cheese and walnuts... More 

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?