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Isa Bistro

79 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827
+1 207-808-8533
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good21%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (17 reviews)
“tostada” (12 reviews)
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 via mobile

We have been big fans of Isa since it’s opening and the quality, tastes and service have always been impeccable. A true labor of love for this family owned and operated restaurant.

Thank Ralph H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went for a Saturday brunch with friends. The atmosphere is cozy, friendly, but also stylish. I had the lobster tacos. The serving wasn’t large, but the flavors were light, refreshing and didn’t overwhelm the the lobster meat. The wine and drinks list seems well...More

Thank diane d
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and presentation in a fun atmosphere. Small, about 40 seats, plus outdoor seating in season. Well trained employees. We definitely will visit again. Well patronized by locals. Next door to the Capitol Grill.

Thank Itivdleq
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in for lunch on our way through Portland, and glad we did. My wife had tacos with oso busco beef -- very unusual taco filling, and quite good. I had the lamb sandwich -- first time I have had lamb in a sandwich, and...More

Thank MindStorm00
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't eat a lot of red meat and when I do, I try to eat local and organic or grass fed. Isa's beef stew is the best I have ever had, tender and delicious served with grilled bread. The atmosphere is warm and cozy...More

Thank AmelieFan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband wasn't sure he wanted to try this place but we did and it ended up being one of the best meals we had during our week vacation. We split a tomato app. We had rabbit with carrots and lamb with noodles, and ended...More

1  Thank Julie O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a steak and it was fabulous. Only downside was that we had no reservation so we had to sit at the bar. Bartender, Joy, was able to juggle drink orders and at least 5 couples eating at the bar. Amazing.

Thank vpeteran
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Isa's Bistro might get overlooked in Portland's hot restaurant scene, but it's the perfect lunch place I can attest after at least six visits. (I haven't tried dinner there.) There is a relatively short menu of starters and main dishes, but each choice is delicious....More

1  Thank missmickey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had never been to Portland so we don't know the city. Reviews were mostly great and ISA is close to our hotel - La Quinta. I had duck taco appetizer which had a good amount of duck. Delicious. Main was eggplant lasagna. Delicately flavoured...More

1  Thank Compuvideo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited all the top restaurants in Portland and the food here was the best. Octopus, lobster chowder and eggplant lasagna. All perfect. Can’t wait to go back.

1  Thank kmac1234
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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
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
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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