Contemporary French. Isa specializes in contemporary French Tapas created by rising star chef Luke Sung. This charming San Francisco restaurant is located in the Marina district and provides seasonal specialties such as leek and potato soup, salmon tartare, milk fed veal and maple leaf duck breast. Isa is a charmingly elegant location for business lunches, romantic gatherings or an evening with friends.
The dishes run from $6 to $17, and they're deceptively filling. Two of us filled up on four. True to its size, Isa is not a bank-breaker. The wine list is a one-pager, with particularly appealing whites. Check out the Manciat-Poncet Macon for refined take on Chardonnay, and the Alban Vineyards Central Coast Viognier is the best in the state. Isa extends the tapas trend to France and beyond (you can even have manchego cheese for dessert). It's dilettante dining for the indecisive set, for those who like to taste rather than gorge. If you can find the place, and squeeze your way in, you'll enjoy the varied, though miniature terrain. - Excerpt from Neat, Sweet, Petite, Isa brightens the Marina dining scene by Taylor Antrim