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Isla Restaurant

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422 San Mateo Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066
+1 650-872-5008
10:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 21:30
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Kamloops, Canada
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Based on a recommendation from a nearby business employee we ate here and were not disappointed. The food is very good. Service was friendly. I found the menu a bit confusing as I have not eaten this type of cuisine before. The server was very helpful in my meal selection. This is a casual dining experience with great food.

Thank annn884
Columbus, Ohio
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We found this restaurant which was close to our hotel on Tripadvisor. You can be pretty sure that the food is authentic when you walk in and you are pretty much the only non-natives in the restaurant.We don't have much knowledge of Filipino dining so we depended on the recommendations of our server and everything was delicious!

1 Thank slh1078
Cebu City, Philippines
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202 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Great Filipino food that feels like a home cooked meal in America. I had my very first meal in this restaurant when I git to the US.

Thank ThadzEngaling
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Food was good and inexpensive. Unlimited rice too. Will definitely go back if we're in the area again. They're relocating soon to a bigger space down the same street. Hope their prices won't go up. :)

Thank anonymous825
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

We are visiting the Bay Area and a college friend recommended the restaurant in Newark. It did not disappoint us! We had the pork barbecue, adobong puso ng saging (banana hearts) with pusit (squid), and a side order of crispy fish. My wife and I shared an order of halu-halo for dessert. The servers were very helpful and attentive. We... More 

Thank Marcus A
Millbrae, California
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102 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Been coming to Isla for the past two years. At first, I fell in love with it. Food was always good and it became my "to go to" for Pinoy food. Lately, food has been hit or miss. I'm disappointed that it no longer holds a special place in my list. Still, I come here for comfort, satisfaction and for... More 

Thank Rowena L
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84 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

I was on my way to Atlanta and stayed for two nights in San Francisco to meet my in-laws from Los Angeles and Moreno Valley. They drove me around the bay area and for dinner, they took me to Isla restaurant in Newark. Funny, I was in the Philippines the day before and now they taking me to a Filipino... More 

Thank JeanRaltique
Cebu City, Philippines
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202 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

I have always heard Filipino food in the US is not as good as the ones we have in the Philippines. But I am pleasantly surprised at how good it was at Isla Restaurant in San Bruno, CA.

Thank ThadzEngaling
Monterey County, California
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

Although we live only an hour away this is the first time we tried this restaurant... My mother in law saw an advertising about Isla on the Filipino Channel and so we went. ordered different types of dishes and all were excellent. Even ordered to go sisig... Will be returning again..

Thank Andrew M
San Francisco, California
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Filipino cuisine at its best! Good for group dining. 'Kinda crowded and noisy during lunchtime but the food is so good that you will ignore what's goin on around you.

Thank 608jinggoy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Philippine, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 422 San Mateo Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Bruno
  • Phone Number: +1 650-872-5008

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?