About Isa's Bistro
FREE VALET PARKING OUTSIDE THE HAYWOOD PARK HOTEL
Isa’s Bistro is located in the heart of downtown Asheville at One Battery Park Avenue. Our 90 seat dining room is complimented by a wine cellar event space that can accommodate from 10-120 guests. Isa’s also boasts a lively sidewalk patio on one of Asheville’s most interesting intersections.
Fresh, local, seasonal: Chef Duane Fernandes describes his menu as innovative. seasonally inspired, new American cuisine. Isa’s menus are printed daily in order to highlight the best local produce as well as outstanding product from around the world. Fernandes’ experience in some of America’s top kitchens has left him dedicated to and passionate about the authentic, memorable dining experience.
Isa’s combination of great food, service and wine in a comfortable, laid back environment make it a culinary destination for both locals and visitors.
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Lunch, Monday - Saturday: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Dinner, Monday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dinner, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday Brunch: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (brunch) 3PM-5PM (light fare)
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary Valet Parking is available for our guests. Our valet service is located at the entrance of The Haywood Park Hotel next to the restaurant.
Public parking lots are located within a 1/2 block of the Bistro.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For all special events please contact Rebecca Tomblin at email@example.com
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Isa's Bistro can accommodate all your special event needs.
Isa's Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Very satisfying meal with only a few gli ...
Very satisfying meal with only a few glitches. First the positives: the strip steak was beautifully conceived and prepared, as was the duck breast. We ordered three desserts, all extremely good. Service was generally prompt, efficient, and friendly. On the downside, the pappardelle with bison brisket was light on brisket. The bottle of red we ordered retails at about $12 and was sold here for $38; that's a pretty steep markup IMHO. All that said, we would return.
I took a group of folks when we were in ...
I took a group of folks when we were in town. Loved that the restaurant took a reservation. And the food was amazing! A nice choice of options and everything ordered was delicious. Service was outstanding and the server very pleasant. The rest rooms were downstairs which might cause a problem for those who have trouble with stairs.
This was the worst dining experience I'v ...
This was the worst dining experience I've ever had with a restaurant on open table. The food and service were lousy. The shrimp tasted like soap, the risotto was undercooked, and everything took forever. This was a special occasion, and it really disappointed all of us.
We were a large group (15), and the staf ...
We were a large group (15), and the staff did a wonderful job of accommodating us. From the table being ready when we arrived, to the attentive service, everything was perfect. The food was delicious and a great value as well. The beer and wine selection was great, as well as the availability at the bar. We will definitely be recommending Isa's to friends and family while they visit Asheville.
My husband and I relocated from Australi ...
My husband and I relocated from Australia two months ago to live in NC. My Mum was visiting and we took her to Asheville for the weekend. The three of us absolutely enjoyed our dining experience at Isa's and rate it as the best that we have had yet in NC. The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. Thanks to our waiter Jonathan and the team at Isa's for such a fabulous experience.
Great meal in a great location in downto ...
Great meal in a great location in downtown Asheville. Sat in outdoor seating on a beautiful evening watching the vibrant people watching scene. Food was outstanding. I had an excellent roast duck and my wife had the trout. Both were great. Service was very good. Definitely will be back when the opportunity presents itself.
This was my second time at Isa's and I d ...
This was my second time at Isa's and I did find their food to be extremely pleasing as did everyone at the table . Dining is always a personal thing, but I believe most diners will be pleased by their dinner and service at Isa's
With the exception of one entree, the fo ...
With the exception of one entree, the food was quite good. The one seafood special entree was a joke and this spoiled the dining experience. The portion of fish was probably no more then 2 ounces and the price was $28.00. When we mentioned this to our server, she offered to bring us more fish but we were under a time constraint and that was not an option. She then said that she would speak to the manager and something would be done for us. Well, you guessed it, when the bill was presented there was no reduction. With so many outstanding restaurants in Asheville, and we are locals, we will probably never go back. Very disappointing in how this was handled.
Three of us needed good meal prior to at ...
Three of us needed good meal prior to attending event. Service was timely, food was excellent quality, with great presentation. My wife and daughter ordered a variety of appetizers in stead of an entry. I had Bibb Salad and fish entre. All were excellent, unique and tasty.
The best brunch I have had in years. Th ...
The best brunch I have had in years. The service and food with top rate. The free valet is a wonderful touch in that parking in Asheville downtown is difficult. We strongly recommend and have plans to take family there over Labor Day.
We eat out a lot in Asheville, but this ...
We eat out a lot in Asheville, but this was the first time we have been to Isa's Bistro. It has moved to the top of our list of favorites. We were seated right away (had a reservation), had a very personable server, and the food was outstanding. We enjoyed watching what was going on outside (musicians/mimes) as well as inside - a very enjoyable evening!
Celebrating parents anniversary. Noted ...
Celebrating parents anniversary. Noted on reservations. Never mentioned by server or anyone we encountered. Fairly empty restaurant but service was still excruciatingly slow. Apparently one bartender on duty. Drinks took ages. Food was good and interesting. Can't see coming back here
The menu features a number of farm to ta ...
The menu features a number of farm to table and uniquely prepared options. Both of our meals were very good; wonderfully prepared and were delicious. However, we felt that the items were a bit over-priced for the size of the meal. Perhaps another side, or the addition of a salad would have offset the perception.
The service was friendly, but fairly slow and not as attentive as it could have been.
The location is great, with outdoor dining option to experience some of the eclectic street entertainers.
We were generally disappointed in our di ...
We were generally disappointed in our dining experience. We live in Asheville and have been to Isa's a few times and always thought it was OK to good. However, we found our meals overpriced and unsatisfying. My husband had the cheesesteak sandwich special for $20. There was very little meat (filet mignon) and it was extremely salty. A number of our friends have remarked on the saltiness of the meals at Isa's and have complained to the server. Somehow, the chef just doesn't get it. There are many excellent places to eat in Asheville so they really need to step things up.
Always enjoyed Isa's with large group of ...
Always enjoyed Isa's with large group of friends or just 2 of us sitting at bar or outside but most recent visit was not pleasant due to the server. He kept wanting us to order when we wanted to enjoy our cocktail and talk with friends who were there for first time. When we did order, he was 'snippy' when asked questions about the menu. Then when I asked for sweet iced tea, he brought it but it was unsweetened so I asked for sweet again and he said, "Well, I will bring it but it will taste the same as the one I brought you that you don't like"..... My husband acknowledged it was unsweetened and told him but server was insistent he brought sweet.... next one was sweet. He was acting as if he was trying to prove a point and our guests even commented on his attitude and poor service. May not go back unless we sit at bar to avoid poor service..
Nice change from uber casual AVL
We dined here before a concert at US Cellular Center. It's in the heart of downtown so the people watching from their outdoor patio is superb. The food was creative and upscale. The setting is modern and chic. I had 3 appetizers/small plates instead of a full meal and it was plenty. Each was beautiful as well as delicious (asparagus, beet salad like I've never seen before, and the Bibb salad which was exceptional). My husband had the bbq bison pasta and it was excellent. This plus one beer each came to $83 before tip, so it's pricey but worth it for special occasions. I was surprised at how noisy it was, even with the room only half full. But s good experience overall.
Beautiful restaurant. The food was fabul ...
Beautiful restaurant. The food was fabulous; we tried a variety of the small plates and they were all wonderful. Our favorite was the Bang Bang cauliflower. (I hate cauliflower but I would eat this every day!) Be sure to get dessert. Chocolate Pot was amazing! Great find on Open Table during Memorial Day weekend.
On line did not show a kid's menu, but t ...
On line did not show a kid's menu, but they have one. My 9 year old enjoyed her meal which is a plus. The adults enjoyed their meals too. The valet parking is a plus in downtown. We will return to Isa's for sure.
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