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“PERFECT FOOD , GREAT SERVICE IN AND "SO SO" DINING ROOM.”
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Ranked #250 of 5,854 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Marina District
Cross street: Chestnut
Description: HOURS: Tuesday - 5:30 - 9:30 pm Wednesday - 5:30 - 9:30 pm Thursday - 5:30 - 9:30 pm Friday - 5:30 - 10:00pm Saturday - 5:00 - 10:00 pm Sunday - 5:00 - 9:00 pm 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.
Reviewed January 22, 2014

Excellent small portions menu, The device was great. We had one of the most efficient and charming waiter. The food experience was what we had been recommended by some San Francisco friends.
Too bad we had to go through the dishwashing area to get to our table....
This being said, we will go back for the food....(I recommend the risotto))

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1  Thank winefrog
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We had a great 4 course meal from soup to dessert. The restaurant started with a great bread, then on to soups which were "okay" (not bad, but not up to the rest of the meal). Next we had the mussels -- which were super and very fresh in a great broth, and the dungeness crab salad which was delicious. We then shared sole and short ribs, both of which were phenomenal and quite generous in portions, with great veggies and starches appropriate to each. Finally, we had the creme brulee and a semifreddo (kind of a gelato with bits of cake mixed in). Reasonably priced for a large dinner and with perfect service, prompt without being overbearing Nice atomosphere, not too formal, but not loud and frenetic. We were able to be served without reservations, but it was a weekday night and reasonably early. We travel a lot and go first for the food wherever we are, so we can say that this was definitely one of the better finds anywhere in the country.

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1  Thank jmichaelslocum
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We went on New Year's Eve, so it was a prix fixe menu. The options were still outstanding, including a Baked Laura chenel goat cheese dish, the truffle risotto and creme brulee. The service was great, very quick and thoughtful. The price was reasonable. The atmosphere of the main section of the restaurant is quaint and warm. The patio though heated and spacious, was not very attractive and had an unusual smell on arrival. In the future, I would certainly request a table in the main dining area for improved ambience.

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1  Thank MsStarV21
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

What a find! Short menu but very adequate. Nice wine list. Excellent dinner in a lively atmosphere. Very good service. Overall, a very nice experience. We'll be back, for sure.

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

After a long flight, we decided on Isa for a more casual first night in San Francisco and we were also interested in the menu promising of California cuisine. We were seated in the back patio, a nice spacious heated area, and ordered a bottle of wine from their varied list, which also offered several selections by the glass. Our excellent waiter, Domingo, advised that all the plates were meant to be shared so we tempered our choices accordingly so as not to be too full.

We started with the Arugula Salad (very fresh, with a palate cleansing flavor aided by slices of Fuji apples, oranges, fennel and lemon vinaigrette with parmesan shavings), Grilled Local Calamari (the smaller ones were used as opposed to slices of the large calamari but were nonetheless flavorful on a bed of white beans with spices and lemon zest) and the Grilled Angus Flat Iron Steak (one of the more expensive items on the menu at $21.00 but nicely done with zucchini, roasted potatoes, moutarde verte and Bordelaise sauce). The food sizes as plated were about as large as an appetizer at any restaurant but we were fine with that as it allowed us to try another dish, the very tasty Sautéed Sea of Cortez Wild Prawns (combined with parsley, garlic, lemon and spicy lobster sauce). We scanned the dessert menu and ordered the Flourless Chocolate Cake with vanilla bean gelato after being assured it was more soufflé-like in its taste (it was indeed as light as any soufflé).

A very nice evening with a good ambience, fresh food and excellent service was had for just over one hundred dollars (wine and tax included). We would definitely recommend Isa.

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1  Thank Captain_J_Spaulding
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