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.
Asheville, NC 28801
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 11:30 - 9:00
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30 - 10:00
Friday & Saturday: 11:30 - 10:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 9 :00 (Brunch: 11:00 - 3:00)
Light fare only from 3:00 - 5:00 every day.
Dinner served until 9pm T-TH, bar open until 10pm
$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, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For all special events please contact Ashli Lagaly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The food was great! We only had a couple of small plates but they were very well prepared. Our server was nice but wasn't attentive at all. Even though we were literally the only people in the restaurant at the time, she never bothered to come over and ask us how everything was. And when I walked to the bar to ask for our check, since the server was not around, it appeared all employees were huddled in the service station eating. A little disappointing to see, especially when you pay $19 for two sliders, service needs to match the price point.
Food was fantastic! The small plates are not small so would order only one instead of two for dinner! The fried calamari was great and the fried green tomatoes with crab was wonderful! My husband loved the hamburger but way too many potatoes!
The best perk was free parking so we could venture downtown Asheville after dinner!
Lunch was less than good. The grilled cheese that I spent extra for added mortadella arrived burnt and the tomato soup while tasty was barely warm. A Cuban sandwich that our server raved about was very average. Just not good food. A large table made for a very noisy experience in a cavernous space. Won't be back.
The restaurant overall was ok. My wife and I went on Valentine's Day. We weren't impressed by the food. The quality and flavor of the food we received didn't warrant the price we paid. The atmosphere is nice, but for a more intimate setting, request to sit downstairs.
Great Sunday Brunch Spot in Downtown Asheville
Met my sisters here for a great Sunday brunch. If the weather had been a little warmer we would have sat outside, but opted for a nice corner booth inside. Great drinks from the bar with creative brunch items on the menu. We will be back!
Great downtown restaurant perfect for viewing Asheville street activity in warm weather. Delicious dinner before NC stage. Creative menu, Bang bang cauliflower, Bibb lettuce salad and bison pasta all exceptionally good. Waitstaff (Aimee)extremely friendly and attentive and kept track of time so we had timely exit for the play.
Service was terrible... we complained to the manager and he was very indifferent. We drank our cocktails and decided to leave and find another restaurant for dinner. There are so many wonderful restaurants in downtown Asheville... don't waste your time with Isa's.
We've been meaning to try this place, but hadn't heard much about it. It was convenient to a New Year's Eve show, so we finally did. Most menu choices were tempting. Every course was prepared perfectly, displayed very nicely, and tasted wonderful. The wine pairing was nice. We'll go back!
I have to say that the evening overall was a disappointment, largely due to the open table program itself. Because I made the reservation through open table, I was not aware that Isa's only offered a prix fixe menu for the evening, a fact that I'm sure would have been forthcoming if I had dealt directly with the restaurant. The problem was magnified by the fact that we only had 90 minutes for dinner, plenty of time for a drink and light dinner, but clearly insufficient for a 4 course meal. This experience will cause me to re-evaluate my participation in open table since the benefits are marginal and I now realize the penalty associated with not dealing directly with the restaurant. That said, the meal itself was a separate disappointment. The restaurant was uncomfortably noisy. NOT "energetic", it was LOUD. My steak was excellent, as good as I've had in the last year. However, the pasta was mediocre, both the desserts were uninspired and, of course, I could not comment on the second course since we had to omit this to make the concert. We have eaten here on several occasions in the past and have generally been very pleased, but this meal would have been overpriced even if we could have stayed for all four courses. Overall a very forget able dinner at a cost of $100.00 per person with tip.
The food at this restaurant was fine but was not a standout like I thought it might be. The lobster and shrimp sliders were served cold and tasted like the two main ingredients were just mixed with mayo and a little seasoning...average. Similarly, the bibb salad and calamari were fine but average...nothing on the plate stood out as unique and we have definitely had better versions of calamari elsewhere. The bison pasta was flavorful and probably the highlight of the meal.
It seems as if Isa's has gone downhill a bit. We went there for our anniversary again and was disappointed. Food not worth the money. The wine list was pedestrian and overpriced. The server started good but it went South pretty quick we sent a drink back. Still, a nice place but a shadow of its former self.
We all agreed the food at Isa's was delicious; I can personally recommend the Farro Risotto (with added Gulf shrimp), the Fingerling Fries and the Bang Bang Cauliflower.
The service was beyond excellent. Our waitress was very friendly and checked on us, but didn't hover. She recommended dishes with sincere opinions but didn't push.
The atmosphere was elegantly relaxing with a charming view of the street. I would definitely eat there again.
Once again Isa's Bistro was spot on in delivering exceptional food, service and ambiance. It is truly one of he best in Asheville and does not get nearly the accolades it unquestionably deserves. This restaurant is best described as classy without the pretense. Chef Duane is top tier and one of the most authentic culinary practitioners in this foodie town.
I am seldom motivated to go back to a restaurant 2 nights in a row but Isa's was one of Asheville's great surprises. The food is amazing. The professionalism of the wait staff could use some attention. The first night it was great but the second night the waitress was not very conscious or knowledgable. It did not deter our having fun or enjoying the wonderful food. Isa's will become a staple for me when I am back home in Asheville.
It's Thanksgiving. Your ready to relax and enjoy a special meal with your wife...the very first words from the waitress as she fills your water glasses are " Do you need more time with the menu?"
No welcome my name is...
No Happy Thanksgiving...
No can i answer any questions about the menu...
No would you care for something to drink besides water
It was downhill from there. Forgot to bring the asked for wine pairing being offered. All in all an exceptionally poor meal.
We dined their prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving. They had a traditional turkey option and the stuffing and mashed potatoes were AMAZING. Green beans weren't all that special but everything else was delicious. This was our second time dining at Isa's and we'll definitely be back.
The menu has changed and is quite limited. The service was not especially quick even though we were one of two groups in the whole restaurant. Cocktails were excellent, perfectly mixed and cold, the wine list is aweseome. I miss the glamor of the hanging beads.
Good food, but not much of it. Relatively expensive entrees with small artistically arranged portions. While the quality of the food was very good and the service was fine the prices were well above average and virtually everyone in our party of 5 left somewhat hungary. Due to this imbalance I felt overall the value was low.
Enjoyed their celery soup for a starter very interesting composition. The bibb lettuce salad was fine but rather bland in flavor. The scallop and pulled pork entrée was excellent but for $25 a third scallop seemed appropriate. Take a pass on the chocolate assortment for dessert (get a truffle next door at Chocolate Fetish instead). Service was exceptional and friendly.
It was a very quiet night at Isa's which shocked us because the food was OUTSTANDING! Service was great without be smothering. I had the pork chop served on a parsnip puree of and my husband had the catfish with poached oysters on a bed of black lentils. We shared a Bibb lettuce salad. Perfect evening.
Two tries for an Americano and they both looked and tasted like coffee. This was for brunch mind you.
There were no sides listed on the menu but each dish came with a different side. How about some disclosure of sides and better yet options to choose.
The server was exceptional at least and agreed with these differences. The food was decent and good portion sizes.
The setting is great too.
This was the best meal I had in Chicago and I am still talking about it. When we arrived with a reservation made well in advance the hostess tried to push us in some ice cream table crushed next to a piano. I fought back and we got a proper seat for such extraordinary food. My advice don't seat anyone in that table for a dinner only coffee. Otherwise I am back there in a flash next time I am in town.
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