We dined prior to a symphony performance. We made the reservation at 6, since the show started at 8. They started to get really busy with what appeared to be a pre-symphony crowd, and we didn't get our meals until 7:15. This gave us 15 minutes to eat before we had to leave to walk to the theater. We must have waited at least 30 minutes for our dinners to arrive. In addition, they were out of the bottle of wine we ordered. The food was disappointing. On the cheese plate, 3 out of the 4 had practically the same flavor. And the bistro chicken dish was a smoked grilled 1/2 chicken in a braised mixture of onions, potatoes and bacon, which was a weird combination. The chicken should have been braised with the vegetables. We won't return.
On our last night in Asheville, the staff made us feel welcome. The risotto was excellent.
We tried Isa's for the first time Sunday, the food was delicious. I had duck with cassoulet, hubby got the duck burger and our son had the mushroom mustard chicken sandwich. Everything was tasty and the portions were good. We can't wait to go back.
Excellent service, food was delicious, varied menu, attentive staff, elegant yet casual, exceeded my expectations for a French meal outside of Paris!
All parties enjoyed their food from the wedge salad to the steak povre to the chicken dish and the steak fritts. Sauce on the povre was very good
On the ground floor of the Historic Haywood Hotel. Great location in downtown Asheville with divided dining area from the bar. Valet or street parking. Food was excellent, good wine and local craft beer selection. Our server Arlene was knowledgeable, attentive without being intrusive, but was corporate and not heart felt in her conversations. Relax Arlene. Overall a great experience. We will return.
We ate there on a Friday night - it was a girls weekend in Asheville. The restaurant, while not empty, was VERY quiet and not very busy, despite being a large space. The food was quite good, and the staff was helpful and friendly, but there was just no vibe going on - no buzz, no atmosphere.
The filet and fingerling potatoes were amazing! I will definitely return.
Had eaten here 2 years ago and decided to try again as they added "French" to Isa's Bistro. Mussels and steak tartare appetizers were excellent as was the chicken main dish. I would have given the overall and food ratings 5 stars but the chicken sandwich was requested with dressing on the side and they put it on so back it went. By the time it returned others had finished. Also I think the chef has too heavy a hand with salt as we were drinking water all night. We will return but will ask that no extra salt be added to the food.
Mussels supper yummy. Service started off great but went down hill. Not sure we would go again not because it was bad but just not as good as prices and asheville has so many tasty choices.
The restaurant is right downtown. The staff were very courteous and quick. Good Atmosphere for a date. The menu was limited but food was excellent.
Dinner was excellent. Our waiter was outstanding. Excellent choice!!
Everything was very nice. The food was wonderful and the service was great.
Perfect spot for dinner on a rainy Saturday night in the heart of downtown Asheville. We arrived early, but the hostess was able to seat us right away. The calamari appetizer was delicious as was the risotto with figs and wild mushrooms. I found it a tad dry, but incredibly flavorful. The service was excellent as well. Thank you!
It seems eating out always has its ups and downs. The onion/cheese tart with accompanying salad is always delicious as are the soups. My husband tried the duck burger and didn't enjoy the consistency or flavor compared to the beef burger that was formerly on the menu. The fingerling potatoes are always delicious. My friend had the chicken provencal special and enjoyed it very much. I tried the Risotto with added shrimp and was very disappointed. The Risotto did not have the creaminess associated with it and was totally tasteless and other than the shrimp I added, would have been just a plate of rice. Actually, I felt the $7 charge for the added shrimp was not worth the cost. The orange creme brulee and petit four/truffle desserts were delicious.
I came for the Bouillabaisse. Too many potatoes, not enough broth. Salmon was excellent, though. Our seats were in the dark. Candles or a lamp would have warmed the booth--instead, we felt like the power was out. It was a birthday celebration, but it didn't feel happy or festive in the least.
Excellent meal, fresh risotto w/ salmon. Friends enjoyed their meal and one who was gluten free was well p,eased. Husband really liked his meal 🥘
I had the risotto special and it was not very good. There were more onions than risotto.
Arlene did a great job assuring that we were well cared for. Food was very good. We will return!!
Great, friendly service and delicious food. Great place to dine prior to a concert at the civic center.
Service was great . Greeter, server and management were friendly and the meal was Times very well .
Best filet we’ve had since moving to AVL. The rack of lamb was also perfect . Beautiful plates . True art
Skimpy Martinis ... frozen French fries being passed off as pommes frites. Really? Okay restaurant, but just not a French bistro.
Most of the dishes ordered by our party of six were very good, but two of ordered the NY Strip Au Poivre, and we were both very disappointed. The steaks were full of gristle and difficult to chew, although the flavor was good. As we spoke about the meal later, each of us who ordered the steaks had thought about sending ours back, but decided not to interrupt the meal. Our server Nick did a great job.
Made a reservation to celebrate a special occasion as they advertised they were participating in our local Restaurant Week. When we were seated we asked for the restaurant week specials (3 course dinner for $35 ) and were told that theirs was a crostini appetizer at a $2 discount from the regular price!! What??!? That was how they were participating in Restaurant Week - seriously??! Needless to say, we felt that that was a very deceptive practice. Ended up leaving and walked to another downtown restaurant (Posana’s) where we enjoyed a fabulous 3 course meal for $35. Won’t return to Isa’s and definitely won’t recommend to any of our circle of friends and/or extended families. Very poor choice on their part to say they participated in Restaurant t Week and then offer a very minor discount on a single appetizer. Why bother??
Isa's has marvelously authentic French cuisine with the freshest local ingredients. An imaginative and reasonably-priced wine list compliments the dishes. The service is impeccable.
The food and service was excellent. We had the duck burger special and the lamb chops and shared the plates. Both dishes were outstanding. We had lots of excellent meals in Ashville but this was the best.
Amazing place for a special occasion. Great food
Went for Asheville restaurant week. Will definitely be back, short walk from Ruskin parking garage.
Our food (daily risotto, and the pork chop) was delicious and the service attentive on this very quiet afternoon. I look forward to trying the other menu items.
The food, as always, was great. Their Sunday brunch is fabulous. However, we ordered
a Bloody Mary which tasted like bland tomato juice. We had to ask the server to bring us
hot sauce and add some pepper. We were surprised by this.
Great food. A couple more breakfast options would’ve been nice. Service was a little slow but not to bad. Everything tasted really good. Space is really nice.
This was not my favorite lunch in Asheville which is unusual for the downtown restaurants. They did not have a lunch menu, just one menu all day with entrees offered in small and large portions. My husband ordered the plain Caesar salad and thought it was great - it was very fresh and had a good dressing. I ordered the Lyonnaise salad with salmon and was a bit surprised to be served all yellow frisee lettuce - the only green were a few fresh haricot verts - cooked perfectly, just surprised at the look of the salad. The salmon portion was med. rare - nicely done. If I were to return, I would try something different, but for the prices for lunch, some of the other local restaurants might be a better choice. One other note, the free valet parking at the hotel next door (offered by the restaurant) was not available when we arrived, resulting in a 30 minute delay to find parking elsewhere. It was a Friday, so maybe it was just too busy to accommodate.
Great food, even better service
The service was slow, and there was no recognition of my husband's birthday despite me making note of it twice on our reservation. Needless to say I was pretty disappointed.
We were looking forward to an easy dinner out after Christmas. We had a nice table in the corner, it was 6pm, there were very few people there then. Three of us ordered the same entrée which was the steak au poivre. The meat was tough, it was not hot and given that there were so few patrons it surprisingly took a long time.
This was the worst meal I have ever had in Asheville, and cost twice as much as a usual meal at Limones, Chestnut, or Curate. Service was horrible, messed up our order multiple times, did not apologize for this, and the food was the equivalent of what we could have ordered at Cracker Barrel. Really tough steak, ham was Meh. The menu was fixed for Christmas day and really was not what the online menu reflects. I wish there was some type of warning for this on their website but I did not see anything posted about a special menu for Christmas. I love French food, had heard great things about this restaurant, and was really, really disappointed. Will not go back.
Overall, our meals were interesting and delicious. The bibb salads were missing the toasted cashews. Our waiter told us the salad only had crispy shallots, so he was not familiar with the special holiday menu. He served a glass of wine with cork chip in it, but promptly replaced that when I pointed it out. We had anticipated having the apple tart dessert which was removed from the holiday menu. We were seated at the table nearest the door on a very cold evening. Also the ladies bathroom was not serviced properly.
Food quality was disappointing. High prices for what you get. Staff was great though.
We dined at Isa's Christmas Eve and were happy to find such a nice place open. The front of the house staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and skilled. The food service itself though, was slow even though the restaurant didn't seem crowded. Overall the food was very good (try the tartare and rack of lamb!). However, I had the bouillabaisse (typically one of my favorite dishes) and found it flavorless and lacking in substance for the price. Overall, a good experience and we would go back.
Christmas Eve dinner for the family after church service. Magical night in a magical location. Food was great and service was superb. May become an annual tradition!