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Isabel's Cantina

#390 of 3,739 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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966 Felspar Street, San Diego, CA 92109 (Cass)
(858) 272-8400
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our family hits the Cantina every time we visit friends in San Diego. Terrific good and awesome/imaginative "table cakes" (pancakes to share) Mexican mocha is terrific and indulgent Great selection of bowls, hashes, burritos, and you name it. Love the decor -- always wondered if it was an old Thai/Asian restaurant -- but it makes the place. On this Sunday... More 

Thank Jdcarcollector
Scottsdale, Arizona
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second visit to this restaurant. Our first visit was a couple of years ago and we had great memories of the food but it seems to have slipped a bit. We found it to be average quality and a little overpriced. To be fair we only ordered chips and salsa, an appetizer and two types of tacos.... More 

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Lafayette, California
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60 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Our son lives locally and took us here for breakfast. He is a big meat and potatoes eater while we are not, so finding a restaurant that suits us all isn't always easy. But this restaurant did the trick. We all had breakfast meals we enjoyed and the service from Brian, our waiter, was excellent...he always kept the coffee cups... More 

Thank plochez
Scottsdale, Arizona
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

We had a large family dinner at Isabel's last week and had high hopes that everyone would find something on the menu that they would enjoy. Isabel's exceeded our expectations in many ways and I think that our entire family left happy and satisfied with the experience. I called in advance to make a reservation for our party of 10,... More 

Thank ZoniGirlinSD
Sacramento, California
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164 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

This is under-decorated restaurant with somewhat delapidated ambiance and despite of the bright morning, quite dark inside. I found that portions were big on beans and small on eggs/omlet part. It was expensive. Service was good, friendly and prompt.

Thank sacramentan
San Diego, California
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203 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

We had a very pleasing dinner at the restaurant. We expected a Mexican Cantina but the decorations and food appeared to be more Pacific Rim but still very good. Parking can be difficult between the beach parking and the many apartments, condos and just off the main drag of Garnet so you may have to walk a little distance from... More 

Thank Tom O
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

We were so looking forward to this meal - at the end of a long day of travel - but it just did not measure up to expectations. Salmon tacos were served with an underripe green mango salsa that had absolutely no flavor. The salmon itself was dry and overcooked and again - no sauce or seasoning to help it... More 

Thank NelsonSE1968
Charlottesville, Virginia
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

We came to the restaurant for a late dinner on a Saturday night, and were seated immediately. The service throughout the night was great, and it was very nice that we did not have to wait long for our food. We ordered chips and guacamole as a starter, and the chips were cold and stale. The salsa and guacamole were... More 

Thank Karen R
London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

There aren't many sit down restaurants in Pacific Beach , so we went here for what we hoped would be an excellent meal. Lovely setting but awful service. When the food came it was Ok but nothing special.

Thank Jimbo400
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

We were exploring Pacific Beach on our bikes and found this place on a GF website with a good review. We immediately loved the menu, even though items are not marked GF, the server said that they could make entrees GF. We both had Brian's bowl with carnitas and it was terrific! We had a hard time choosing an entree... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 966 Felspar Street, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: (858) 272-8400
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?