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341 E Liberty St Ann Arbor, MI 48104
341 East Liberty StreetUSMichiganAnn Arbor48104
Mexican RestaurantToday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 4:00 – 11:00 pmSunday 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Isalita might sound like an actual town in Mexico, however this one is not found on a map. Just a place created by 12+ years of memories reflected in the food, design, music and hospitality.

The name is 100% fictitious. The food and hospitality is 100% Mexico.
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Mexican standards served in a rustic space with painted-brick walls & a festive streetside patio.- Google
"Top shelf Tequila and delicious Truffle Guacamole."
"It's not a dive Mexican restaurant by any means so a bit pricier."
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Alec Riffle
a month ago
Excellent guacamole, probably the best I have ever had. I highly recommend adding crab to it! The small plate, gourmet latino inspired restaurant theme is trending. I know of one in Cleveland and one in Cincinnati, Isalita is definitely the best of its kind any where in the region. Some dishes are over priced for sure. But nonetheless and excellent establishment.
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Jessica Rosenberg
5 months ago
FINALLY got to eat here. We tried a fifth time to eat here, but were told we'd be in for a two-hour wait. Let me repeat that: TWO HOURS. But then they offered a reservation for the next evening at 7pm. We jumped on it. So, sixth time's a charm. Let it be stated, however, that the reservation was a one-time offering for graduation weekend. They still refuse to do reservations regularly. Which is extra weird now that both they and we know they can do it. I wish--I capital letters WISH--that Isalita could fix this reservation issue. Because their food was awesome. I'm getting salivatey just thinking about it. Seriously, I need to be eating there right now. We got five plates for the two of us (the waiter recommended two to three per person): mango guacamole with chips, salmon ceviche, enchilada roja, carnitas tacos, and a special menu item of hamachi tacos. While the salmon was a little fishy for my taste, I have pretty much zero else to say other than I need more of this food and now. It was all so good and creative and well done that I was tempted to walk over to other patrons' tables and just start eating off of their plates. The hamachi taco, especially, blew my mind. It had little shavings of coconut on top. Just... wow. It did irk me at some point, though, that to realize the tiny little taco I was holding (three bites' worth. I counted) was $3. On that note, pricing is... hefty. For two of us, for those five plates (no drinks, no desserts), it came to around $60. So not your average night out (at least not my average night out!), but I suppose also not at the level where I want to cry. When you consider how much it would have been had we added in drinks and a dessert, though, oof. For tiny portions, too. I would happily go back here. HAPPILY. I just don't think I'll ever be able to get a table since I'm not willing to wait two hours for one when there are many other fantastic restaurants downtown that don't make me wait for no reason. So, three stars to represent 5-star-level food, but then a hefty price and an unfortunate unwillingness to take reservations.
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NomdeGuerre Lucy
3 weeks ago
Great, enjoyed the food immensely.
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Melissa Grusche
2 years ago
Unlike the previous reviewers, I really liked this restaurant. The mango guacamole is amazing. And the waitstaff really friendly. It's not a dive Mexican restaurant by any means so a bit pricier. But the food is all made from scratch quality. We ordered four entrees to share family style among the four adults and had plenty of food. This also allowed us to get a good taste of the menu. Very good. And very busy - so give yourself time to get a seat.
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Edith Campos Chamorro Uzoigwe
4 months ago
Like the small plates. They have flor de caña rum (which is the best)
Garrett Rockafellow
9 months ago
I went there with my girlfriend one weekend, and after looking over the menu I get the baja fish tacos and my girlfriend gets the crispy mushroom quesadillas. While waiting for our food the waitress refilled my water and spilled it all over my hand without even acknowledging it. I work in a restaurant and understand things like that can happen though. Then our food comes out and my $12 meal is 3 tiny 3" tacos with deep fried fish sticks on top of the thinnest half slice of avocado that wasn't even ripe. The fish was way too salty and tasted like something you would you get out of the freezer isle. My girlfriend's meal wasn't much better with her 3 deep fried miniature "quesadillas" which looked more similar to crab rangoons than quesadillas. The only difference being they had a fancier plating than the Asian appetizer. I tried hers too and it also tasted similar to something from the freezer isle. TLDR; The food sucked and server failed to acknowledge their mistakes.
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Bryan Jacob
8 months ago
Always a wonderful atmosphere, with great food and drinks. A little pricey but it's always worth it.
Ramon M
2 years ago
I went there a few weeks ago and gave myself some time before I wrote this. This is because I was not very impressed with the food an very displeased with the value part. The food itself tasted good with interesting takes on traditional Mexican street food. However, in the end, it's little more than overdressed and overpriced fare that disappoints the experienced Mexican food palate. I do have to say that the person I went with, who is not a big Mexican food fan was very impressed and liked it quite well. Also, I'm very critical of the value quotient. You just can't take a simple dish that fits in one hand like a taco, costs next to nothing and transform it into haute cuisine. But then again, Ann Arbor is one of the few places where this idea can and does fly and people will line out the door to get it.
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