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Isa Bistro

79 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827
+1 207-808-8533
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good23%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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79 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Good food, well prepared . Nothing exotic. quite section of Portland , no tourist crowds. If you are looking for a break from complex dining this is an excellent choice that won't break the bank

Thank George S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our dinners were okay but not great. We started with the watermelon salad for me and the grilled octopus for my husband. We each enjoyed our appetizers although my husband said that the octopus was under seasoned. My husband had the Bolonese for dinner and...More

Thank MTR14
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived to a crowded little restaurant on Portland street one Friday night. The place was buzzing with guests so much so that at times we had to lean in to hear conversation. By the time our meal arrived things had quietened down to a pleasant...More

1  Thank SnowboarderColin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always wonderful, creatively imagined, and masterfully executed, all in a great atmosphere. Always friendly, this place offers an interesting wine list and fun cocktails along with a menu with many local ingredients. Best of all,...More

Thank Barrbrown
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Isa is off the beaten track in Portland but within walking distance of Merrill Auditorium - which makes it a great option before OperaMaine or other events there! Menu is driven by local sources which give fresh and delicious choices. We loved the fresh green...More

Thank Nancy P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our dinner last week at Isa. They offer such a creative menu, but not merely for originality's sake, but for flavor and delight. Everything was beautifully executed and presented. Fine dining but quite reasonably priced for top-quality dishes like these.

Thank mimmomnj
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoy going to restaurants with an open kitchen. There is a sense of honesty. Isa Bistro is one. Their staff is pleasant and efficient, but most of all, their food is delicious. My wife had the blackened bluefish, which she still hasn’t stopped raving...More

Thank Canoe1943
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had a fabulous meal during trip to Portland. Highly recommend this off-the-beaten-path gem. Service was outstanding. Food was local, fresh, and thoughtfully prepared. Started with their caesar salad and then had the tagliatelle bolognese and finished with a spectacular peach melba. Don't miss it!!!

1  Thank BonnieBro
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

For the last meal before heading to the airport, we were leaving the observatory in Portland Maine and I saw this restaurant kind of all by itself on the map. Looked like it had good reviews and was on our way back so we decided...More

Thank gauchograd2000
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Really sweet little bistro with an unpretentious, friendly, warm vibe. Also has a nice outdoor patio which was delightful. Food was really excellent. Highly recommend the pork chop. My husband lived his steak and my friend loved the special, a blackened blue fish. We shared...More

1  Thank Katie P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:30 AM
11:00 AM - 9:30 AM
11:00 AM - 9:30 AM
11:00 AM - 9:30 AM
11:00 AM - 10:00 AM
11:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 79 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-808-8533
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Isa is a cozy neighborhood bistro serving an eclectic, yet seasonally driven menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily and closed Tuesday. We offer a brunch menu in addition to the lunch menu on Saturday and Sunday. Open all day.
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