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“Overpriced for what you get” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Isalita

Isalita
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Ranked #17 of 588 Restaurants in Ann Arbor
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Division
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Overpriced for what you get”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

The food was good and the salsa and guac were amazing but seemed a little over priced for waht you got. The server was nice but kind of slow to refill drinks. I would probably not go there for a full meal again but would have drinks and chip/salsa for sure.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Barcelona, Spain
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Food good, opportunity with service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014 via mobile

There were four of us. Hector was the sever. We ordered drinks and it took a long time to get them. There were other tables that received drinks before us. We ordered our entrees. It took quite awhile before they came out. They were not that terribly busy. One item came out. Almost 15 minutes later the second item came out. 5 minutes later the third item. We were waiting for everyone's to come before we started but did not want it to get cold so we started. 5 minutes later the fourth persons item came out, but it was not what he ordered (short rib relleno) so he had to wait full time while in the meantime the rest of us finished. Hector said they would take it off the bill. When the bill came it was still on there so I reminded him. I saw a member if management visiting various tables, it would have been nice if he had visited with us, or was he not informed of the issue?

Visited March 2014
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“intersting and fun in downtown ann arbo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

I really like this place, good vibe and very good food. The goat meat taco is fantastic, and I really like the fish tacos. I think the drinks are a little pricey so end up with a Tecate most times. The fare is interesting and I like the way it is served as it is prepared. I like the sharing small plates way of dining. Some dishes are good not great such as the chicken tacos, but others are exceptional (the above 2 plus the pork belly). All and all a must try if you are in town.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AnnArborTravelMan
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Ann Arbor, MI
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77 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Small plates, big flavor”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

The accompanying photo with the thumbs up is quite apt. Isalita gets a thumbs up -- a big thumbs up -- from me.

There is no better way than to eat tapas than with a small group. My group of four ordered 6 dishes -- and every single one was highly praised by all four of us for creativity, flavor and presentation. What was especially appealing was the opportunity for each of us to sample each dish; Isalita serves the dish in portions divisible by the number in your party. So we had four small flautas (excellent); four small tacos (wonderful); four small tostados (with cold, smoked mahi mahi spread, very creative); and three other tapas that were terrific. Never more than two plates were served at a time and that set a perfect pacing for our meal.

Our drinks were great, too. Margaritas and La Condesas were perfect complements to the meal -- and were perfectly prepared.

And we loved dessert.

We are not "novice" eaters either. All are excellent cooks, all have traveled extensively throughout the US, and three have spent significant time in Europe and Asia. We know food. And this food was terrific. (We also are big fans of Mani Osteria, the sister restaurant next door!)

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bigcitydiner
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Philadelphia, Pa
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“excellent Mexican!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

Awesome menu choices, very good for those with Celiac's or a gluten allergy. Staff was knowledgeable about menu options. Drinks were amazing...Can't wait to go back

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PATraveler17
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