Portland >Food & Dining > Isabel Restaurant
New Year's eve was my first time here and I loved it! The Ahi Wonton appetizer was fresh & crisp. The Isabel half-chicken was huge, juicy and the flavoring was divine. The flourless chocolate cake rounded out the meal and was decadent. Our waitress was very kind and made fantastic recommendations. This place is always crowded and I'm looking forward to trying breakfast here next.
Truly Awful!. I went to Isabel's because it has gotten good reviews and i always see a crowd there on weekends. I was anticipating good, or at least acceptable food. I arrived just after 9:00am on a Tuesday morning and found the place nearly deserted, as most restaurants are at that time on a week day, but it still took 45 minutes for my food to come. I ordered an Arnold Palmer (with passionfruit juice) and a cream cheese and chive scramble on a croissant. The tea had a weird soapy taste, like instant tea does. For $3 I expected fresh brewed. The croissant wasn't really a croissant at all, but the sort of limp, overly sweet white bread croissant-shaped thing that one would get in a bag in a supermarket. Given the price and that there are fabulous bakeries just a few doors away, this is unforgivable. But the worst were the eggs, so overcooked that they were brown all through and disgustingly burned at the edges. The chives and cream cheese had apparently been dumped on as an afterthought and the whole thing was cold. The waitress didn't ask about the food or come near my table until it was time for the check. When I said I'd never seen such bad scrambled eggs (the truth) she took $4.50 off my bill, but I still ended up paying $7.50 for food I couldn't and didn't eat. Maybe the pancakes are better, but I won't be coming back.
Isabel's - Best of the Pearl. One of my favorite places! Great food and great service. They must treat their staff well; I've been going to Isabel's for years and always see the same friendly wait staff. I always end up taking home at least half of my meal -- the portions are big, the food is fresh and the menu has great healthy options.
We were looking for a place for breakfast and decided to try and find something in the Pearl. We drove by the place twice - not sure if it was a restaurant, coffee shop, etc. (No signs anywhere!) Since there was a parking spot just a few spots down from the door, we decided to check.
So glad we did.
The service was great! We had the blackberry banana pancakes and the coconut french toast. They were both outstanding. We added the side of two eggs and bacon. The bacon was nice and crisp - eggs were just basic.
The restaurant is very clean with a nice, sleek look. The floor to ceiling windows make it a great place to people watch while enjoying the tasty food.
We didn't see the dinner menu, but the lunch menu looked interesting.
We'll definitely be back.
A great Place for Brunch.
A friend and I have a tradition of trying new brunch places around town. I have to say this is definitely in the top 2 that we have been to. I had ran by it one day last summer and always meant to try it. I remember it exactly, beautiful food, pancakes and waffles.
Almost a year later we finally wanted it. We were greated by a friendly smile and promptly seated. The wait staff was very attentive and there specials were very well thought out.
I had the avocado scramble with jalapeno potatoes and black beans. A great combination and everything was served piping hot and made to order. My friend ordered the pesto scramble which she raved about.
All and all it is a great place for brunch. I highly suggest you try it. Next time I differently get the pancakes.
Great windowed space.
Went to Isabel for lunch. Food is simple and clean.
The restaurant itself is clean and bright with floor to ceiling windows everywhere. Very bright and modern.
Service was friendly. The coconut french toast was really good.
Great Staff on the floor and in the kitchen!.
This little gem in the pearl seems to have finally worked out the kinks! I'd had some problems in the past with food taking forever and had just about given up on this place. I think they got a new chef... if so, LOVE IT!!! On top of the normally delicious menu, I've really enjoyed the items on the special board the last few times I have been there.
The management and staff are friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating to special requests.
The only complaints that I have about this place are more for the owners... Please fix the other bathroom. The weird posts wrapped in paper... What is it?!? Also, it would be nice if there were signs outside. I've had friends not be able to find you!
Keep up the good work, guys! I'll definitely be back
Ethnic Latin Food at Its Best. This restaraunt is amazing, the prices are a bit high but this ethnic latin food not only looks amazing but tastes just as good. I've only been their several times so I can't review their entire menu but all I've eaten has been superb. I'd recomend their thai burrito, their mexican avocado omelet, their mexican hot chocolate, their thai lettuce wrap (although its hard to eat and entertaining to watch.) Everything is flavorful, the waiters are friendly, and it all takes place in a open/well lit setting. Make sure you give this place a chance, you'll be glad you did!
Some good ole bacon and good peeps/service. Best pancakes and french toast and rosemary toast and blackberry jam and and running out of breath, tasty tasty bacon, best service, occasionally good, fun music (although, word to the owners... sometimes it's a major drag: come on, it's just a modern ikea-ville/displaced California-pan-Asian snobbery with crappy pop music or stale adult contemporary elevator jazz, you guys gotta keep this joint and the people who come here on their toes...THIS IS PORTLAND...a city filled with immaculate food, coffee, and music...think fresh). This place is borderline awesome/wretched. If you go on a day when your food is served quickly, the restaurant is barely filled with random passerbys AND can listen to Sonic Youth and Cat Power...you have come to the right place at the right time. But hey, that's just me.
Coffee isn't worth the cup it's in.
I just paid $4 for a to go cappuccino. After recovering from the shock of the price, I took a sip hoping that for $4 it would taste at least twice as good as Stumptown's $3 cappuccino. Didn't have much hope though seeing how the capp was delivered in a 16 oz generic coffee cup. A 16 oz. cappuccino!? Come on.
As you might imagine it was not a $4 cappuccino, my espresso-craving taste buds were left sorely disappointed and my wallet $4 lighter.
I can't speak to the food, never eaten there, the service was pleasant enough but I don't think I'll be going back for cafe any time soon.
Very disappointing on all levels. Food was tough, dry, almost not worth eating.
Tables are too close with everyone bumping.
Service is slow and not attentive.
Bathrooms very dirty.
Location is great.
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