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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 menu was somewhat limited, but the food was fabulous and the server was very helpful, attentive and friendly. The atmosphere was comfortable and the location was good. It advertised valet parking, but we did not find that, so I had to drop my elderly mom off at the door and find a spot about 5 minutes away. I would eat there again if I go back to Asheville.
Our first time dining at Isa's, where we'd had drinks at the bar once or twice. The decor is sleek but comfortable, the service good, the wine and beer lists very good, and the food from great to good. We were there on an unusual night, when unseasonable cold in Asheville had thinned the downtown crowds, and when there was a theme menu ("New Zealand style"), so the dining room was almost empty and very quiet (we've seen it much busier). Starters were excellent: the "creamy broccoli soup" was very thick, rich and a little sweet; the crayfish salad with avocado and citrus on microgreens entirely fresh and delicious. My partner's rack of lamb was top of the line, with delicious mushrooms on the side. I chose the creamy leek pie, which was tasty and just what I wanted, but only "good" in terms of what such a dish might have been. Isa's does not feature as much local food as many Asheville restaurants, but the quality of the food was nonetheless very fine. We sat by the window that looks onto the entrance into Wall Street--if it hadn't been so cold, it would have been even more fun to watch people go by. You can go elegant or casual here, so a good choice anytime.
This was the first night of a mini-vacation for my wife and I. Isa's Bistro was in the same building as the Haywood Park Hotel where we were staying. We were seated promptly and our server took drink orders. (A nice glass of Spanish red for myself and a local craft beer for the wife.) Our small plate choices were Sicilian olives and the chargrilled Spanish octopus. Both were nice size portions and delicious. The octopus was tender and its sauce of chorizo, white bean puree and vinaigrette was perfect. My wife had the 828 burger and it was both a bit unusual and delightful with Vidalia onions and bacon jam. The burger came with a side of the smashed fingerling fries and they were cheesy and delicious. I had the roasted duck breast on risotto and it was tender and delicious. Service throughout was attentive, friendly and professional. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Asheville and staying in the downtown area.
I went to Isa's with my friends for the Argentinean dinner, part of Isa's Goes Global promotion and we loved the food and service. They had also Tango Dancers performing through the dining room. The decor is impeccable, the food outstanding and the service superb. I will definitely come back
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.
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