Isa

4.6
2529 reviews
$30 and under
French American
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, one of NYC Magazines Best Restaurants in Cities Around the Nation, and the list of accolades goes on. Over 2400 Open-table ratings of 4.7 stars & 2063 Yelp reviewers have appreciated us for the balance between sophistication and value. Isa is a treasure of haute cuisine in the San Francisco Marina District, Isa specializes in deeply-flavored and elegant French fare that is served in a simple, unpretentious California style. Share a private dinner in the cozy front room, or breathe in the energy of a spacious back patio protected from the crisp California night air by a chic, white patio cover and heat lamps. We can host any special occasion (rehearsal dinners, graduation celebrations, birthday parties, and more!) for up to 80 guests in a private setting.

Support Isa during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2529 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLaura
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Crab salad, duck breast!

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vipview
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite SF place and neighborhood. Food fantastic

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vipMango
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Beautiful presentation. Variety of choices made dining fun and adventuresome. Quality and freshness was a big plus!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Intimate setting, good food, staff are friendly

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vipEverettH
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isa is perhaps our favorite restaurant in the Marina District. The food and service are both outstanding. The outdoor dining is nicely arranged and comfortable.

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vipChrisNZ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the food here and the staff are always so welcoming. Will be back for sure.

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II2021
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was delicious. Very glad we made reservations so we could be seated in the warmer back patio dining area, because it seemed pretty cold in the front dining section.

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vipThierry
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place the food was great and so was the service
Now we know!!

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vipnickname
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Decent, tasty food with slightly inattentive service, at SF prices

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is outstanding! We tried the lamb (most amazing thing I’ve had in awhile), calamari, crab salad (lots of fresh crab, they don’t skimp), duck, goat cheese and butter lettuce salad. Everything tasted so fresh and perfectly seasoned. The host was really helpful and held a table for some unexpected friends that wanted to join us. At the end of the night, we met the owner who told us the chef has been there 20 years. So happy to have discovered this spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff, heavenly food, great outdoor/patio dining pre-, during and I’m pretty sure post covid as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Food was incredible.

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vipMaddieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, kind and helpful service. Very reasonable portions and price!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to ISA twice during pandemic and both times are among our best outings all year long. thank you Isa !

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vipLaura
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant has been a mainstay for years.(?18-20?) Over time food declined BUT now truly back in the groove. Great options, great tastes and fair pricing. Good wine. So thankful that there are restaurants that survive for our return to normalcy! thankful

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vipZenese
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding cuisine on vibrant Steiner Street. The sea bass baked in a potato skin with capers and spices was so delicate, so moist, so flavorful. Surround that with sautéed mussels, hangar steak a la Francaise, and roasted Brussels sprouts, and it was for us a date to remember.

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vipGinbot
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating to late arrival; thank you very much

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

terrible service. slow. left early

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IsraelJ
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We were pretty disappointed. No one greeted us at the door, upon sitting down we waited for 30 minutes for service. The team was completely understaffed and did state they were overwhelmed. Having said that the food was also a massive letdown. We were thoroughly shocked by the poor experience. All in all we wouldn’t recommend it to others although it did come highly recommended to us. Unsure exactly what was going on, and if this was covid related or the restaurant has simply just taken a turn downwards. Not what we expect when paying $275.00 for our anniversary dinner.

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vipFoodie
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipNicoleL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely incredible! Every bite was better than the last. Such a cute atmosphere and amazing service.

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P001
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Great food. Great ambiance. Server was horrible. Never came to our table to check us. Had to hunt him down three times. Otherwise, I highly recommend

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SheeeshGuy
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience4

Had a Valentine's Day Reservation which told me a prix fix meal price online and was almost double what was stated. Was after a romantic dinner though so obviously not going to barter the price in front of my SO. Was truly a great experience up to that point.

Isa
Responded on 20 February 2021

I am glad you enjoyed the 5 courses special menu with a complimentary drink on Valentine's day. Sorry, I had only one price for all of my guests on Valentine's Day. Not even a single guest complained about the price. The value was over $110. I & my staff work very hard and risk our lives to serve our guests, & getting 2 stars from someone looking for a bargain really hurts in these pandemic times. The price was clearly stated on the menu which was provided to you & your partner.

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vipLoyalFan
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite SF dining experiences!

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vipJesse
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tuna appetizer and seabass was delicious. Also, the heated area and service was amazing! I highly recommend this place.

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Alison
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Came here to celebrate Valentine's Day, and it was delicious! Flavor was spot-on for all of the dishes, and the desserts were absolutely amazing. The only thing is that I probably wouldn't come back unless it was a special occasion — serving sizes for each plate were a bit small for the price.

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ANDRES
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a really good restaurant. I will go there again.

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vipotdiner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy, elegant, delighted with garden in back, wonderful ambiance, European feel... Delicious dinner, Excellent service! A "neighborhood gem" to discover!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service , amazing quality food.
Best Sea bass I ever ate.

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PabloK
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attention. Outstanding! I will come back for sure

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vipgfgf
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isa has created a pretty and heated outdoor dining parklet and sidewalk seating. They’re gracious hosts, attentive & fun waiter, and the dishes we chose to share (intended as own entrees or for sharing) were delicious flavor combinations. (Shame on the wine bar next door that was disregarding all Covid-related health/safety regulations, and whose drunk patrons try to use Isa’s restrooms. They do a disservice to the entire SF restaurant industry and cause everyone to suffer shutdowns)

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luku
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The menu hasn't changed since the last time we dined at Isa. But the dining experience has changed. It used to be that when specific knives were served together with the duck breast dish. That didn't happen when we dined on 12/01. The server was standing close to us and he was loud, which was a little alarming, in that loud speaking even with a mask on produces enough respiratory droplets to spread COVID. Can't really blame him since it's hard to hear people clearly when they have their masks on. The highlight of the night was this other diner who showed up with his mask and he was another loud talker (he acknowledged that he did not have his mask, but hey, it's a lovely evening.) *don't know what the connection was between not wearing a mask and the state of the night. He and his female companion sat a few tables away, but he talked a lot. We didn't feel comfortable, even though we were sitting outdoor. He could transmit something to the server and we could get transmitted from him. Long story short, we didn't want to stay for dessert. Paid-up and left. Won't be back for a while.

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vipOthaN
New Orleans
40 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isa is a must go to restaurant. The Chief and his staff are providing a great dining experience. The ambiance is very romantic and the meals are so well prepared. Every dish was flavorful.

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vipweissini
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dishes that treated the accompanying sides as an integral element, rather than an afterthought. Delicious. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best risotto I’ve had in a while!

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vipMauriciaT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great and friendly service!! ❤️❤️

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CarlN
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was an okay experience! Was a little cold outside even with the light lamp ! The food came out at least 45 mins so I was starving and not happy about that ! It was my birthday so I expected maybe a birthday dessert or something as most places provide some kind of free birthday treat but nothing . I would not be going back anytime soon .

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vipRusselC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is very romantic and great to being a date. Also, we love the food and the options that they have - bread is awesome!

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vipRegulars
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! The area of town is super cute and outdoor-friendly (we are from Maryland). The tables in the garden area were well spaced and there were plexiglass dividers between them as well. Everything we ordered was amazing. The yellowtail appetizer was so good we ordered a second one after we devoured the first one. We also got the mussels appetizer. For our main meal, we got the lamb, duck, scallops, and risotto. The scallops and lamb were preferred but but all the entrees were outstanding. We wish we would have found this restaurant earlier in our visit as we would have returned!

FAQs

Isa does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Isa also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 567-9588.

Isa is rated 4.6 stars by 2529 OpenTable diners.

Isa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1581/isa-restaurant.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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