Isalita Restaurant Review - Al Pastor Tacos

Isalita Restaurant Review

Last week my husband and I visited Isalita for lunch during Restaurant Week – and to celebrate our anniversary. This was our second time to Isalita. Both visits have been without our daughter, but we still want to bring her there.

About Isalita

Isalita is a sister restaurant to Mani Osteria which is right next door. The menu at Isalita is inspired by Mexican street food. In addition, they offer a wide array of beverages with a focus on margaritas. My husband enjoyed a blood orange frozen margarita with our meal. I’m not a tequila fan, so I skipped the margarita. I was tempted by the sangria, but decided to stick to water.


For Restaurant Week we each got to choose an appetizer. We decided on one Traditional Guacamole and one Smoked Mahi-Mahi Tostada. I loved the Guacamole. We will definitely be ordering it on future visits. It looked so good that we started eating before remembering to capture a photo.

Isalita Restaurant Review - Traditional Guacamole

The Smoked Mahi-Mahi Tostada was also good. With two tostadas, it was perfect for us to share.


Isalita Restaurant Review - Mahi-Mahi Tostada


For lunch, I ordered the Al Pastor Tacos – chili marinated pork shoulder with grilled pineapple and salsa verde. They were delicious, but the pork was a bit spicy for me. I’m not very tolerant of spicy food, so if you have a better tolerance, they should be fine.

Isalita Restaurant Review - Al Pastor Tacos

My husband ordered the Crunchy Beef Tacos and definitely enjoyed them.

Isalita Restaurant Review - Crunchy Beef Tacos

On our previous visit, we ordered 2-3 dishes and shared them all.  This time we only shared the appetizers. As a family of 3, the tacos are perfect for us to share. We can order 3 different tacos and each try one of each.

Overall Thoughts on Isalita

We really enjoyed our lunch. We will definitely return – hopefully with our daughter this time.


Isalita’s address is 314A E. Liberty St. If you plan to visit in the summer, be sure to check the event list before heading downtown. We visited on Thursday and I forgot about Sonic Lunch which happens in front of the restaurant. Parking was more difficult because of the event – and navigating road closures to a lot. We arrived near the end of Sonic Lunch. I was worried it would be too crowded. However, they had tables available right away.

Be sure to check out Isalita’s website for their hours (closed on Monday) and our events calendar for any events that might hinder your access to Isalita.

They do accept reservations for parties of 5 or more. They will accept reservations for smaller parties at high demand times like Restaurant Week, Valentines Day, and UM’s spring graduation weekend. On a regular day, they do offer call ahead seating for parties of any size. Call 20 minutes before arrival and they will place your name on the list.

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