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Isabel's Cantina

966 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109-2717
+1 858-272-8400
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tamales” (9 reviews)
“buddha bowl” (3 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
966 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109-2717
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Reviewed 4 July 2018

It was a pretty casual place. The service was good-although when I went it wasn't busy. The food was excellent!!! I loved it, and would love to come back on my next trip!

Thank Laur B
Reviewed 31 May 2018

We decided to eat here for dinner and loved it. It was walking distance from our hotel too. Food was very good. Hubby had tacos and I had the bowl. Service was great too.

Thank galluvswarmweather
Reviewed 3 May 2018

When we visit San Diego we always make it a point to go to Isabel's. The food, vibe, and atmosphere is perfect for this area of the Pacific Beach community.

Thank Brody N
Reviewed 9 April 2018

We have local friends and they suggested. Wonderful. Excellent cappuccino, home-made cinnamon bread, and Mexican hot chocolate while we waited. When our friends arrived we ordered breakfast. My wife huevos rancheros and I queisadilla both with avacado. A Bloody Mary was HUGE and our friends'...More

Reviewed 4 March 2018

Went for dinner on Saturday with my wife and had the chicken diablo and a Brians bowl; both were fine. Ordered the house margarita, but none was made up(?) and just one of the IPA list was available. Service was good. Went for lunch/brunch on...More

Thank 963Bill
Reviewed 12 February 2018

5 of us visited Isabel's twice for breakfast during our recent trip to San Diego and we were all happy with our food on each occasion. The place was not busy. The service was very good. If I lived in the area this would be...More

Thank MaineTumbleweed
Reviewed 10 February 2018

I had the pineapple fried rice, it was delicious but especially the cilantro lime sauce, truly yummy. The service we got from John was also outstanding. Will be going back soon.

Thank rebecarpisces
Reviewed 8 February 2018

Small modern restaurant, very good service, menu and food, patio or indoor seating with large windows. Really nice presentation. They call it a 'cantina' but it's not really very Mexican. I'm, puzzled about why it never seemed busy, and doesn't rank very high on Tripadvisor,...More

Thank M N
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Went with a friend for breakfast - fantastic - good coffee which is always a must and one of the items that will keep me coming back. I ordered the Sweet Tamales for breakfast, and was not disappointed, but could not finish the healthy serving....More

Thank cwbayuk
Reviewed 27 August 2017

We loved this eclectic spot. The outside door is discrete. Not much signage to guide the way. Don't mistake the neighboring spot for Isabel's - we didn't, but I could see that happening. They have a terrific breakfast. We loved it!

Thank JenLovesSunshine
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 966 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109-2717
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-272-8400
At Isabel's Cantina, Chef Isabel Cruz fuses Latin and Asian cuisine into sensual and creative concoctions that are both remarkably addictive and surprisingly healthy. By incorporating ingredients from spicy pork carnitas to tofu, Chef Cruz creates a vegetarian's haven as well as a meat-lover's paradise. The exotic dining space is at once dramatic and hip, with accents such as an enormous 15-foot Buddha statue staring down at the dining room. Casual booths, stark lines, and warm colors create an atmosphere not found elsewhere in Pacific Beach, attracting crowds for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
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