Club Isabella
Club Isabella

Club Isabella

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://main.clubisabella.com/
  • Phone: 2162291111x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Satuday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Fabio L. Mota
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Random Road
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Club Isabella
We welcome you to Club Isabella. It is our great pleasure to provide you with French Cousine with an Modern Twist. Join us for great food, cocktails and live music.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
Club Isabella reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (19)neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (15)good for groups (14)special occasion (13)great for lunch (12)romantic (10)notable wine list (8)scenic view (5)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Beee
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were delighted with the food and service. For some reason we have not been here for a while and we were surprised how good it was and regret our absence. We'll be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Jazz!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    What a great venue for listening to great jazz whilst enjoying a delectable meal. Clean, modern ambiance. Very clean restroom (women). Professional and friendly staff. The jazz trio that was playing the night we were there was fantastic!!! I think they were called Cleveland Jazz Trio. They should be a permanent fixture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good taste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I invited a friend to meet me at Club Isabella. It was there first time there and they were very impressed with the location, food and service. Club Isabella is definitely a place to meet for meetings, breaks and just a time to reflect with friends and co-workers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Brought friends from Canada who absolutely loved this restaurant. The meal was perfect but our waitress made the evening. She was friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive without being overbearing. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. We were sorry we missed the jazz group that plays in the evening but that just gives us an excuse to go back - not that we need one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top rate service and style!
    AnnaC
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Each time I've been to Club Isabella I have had great service from different staff. The dining room is beautifully appointed. The outdoor patio is perfect on a beautiful day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dinner
    Emily
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We went to Club Isabella for a Wednesday night birthday dinner, just me and husband. We had a delightful summer cocktail and wine on the patio, and I had the most amazing rib eye. The menu is creative and diverse, the decor and ambiance is delightful (clean, modern), and the waitstaff is incredibly kind, attentive, and knowledgeable. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We Waited
    JimShorts1
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Club Isabella has a beautiful patio that opens to the restaurant and jazz music. The food is okay, I expected better for the prices . The service was poor. We waited for our salads they never arrived, we waited for beverage refills, we were never asked, we waited for our check, we had to ask the manager. The best service was provided by the valet!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outrageous amount for valet parking
    sascha
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I am not going to eat at this restaurant again until they either remove or lower the lunch time fee for valet parking. Five of us were meeting for lunch--$25 for us to park to meet for lunch?! Insane. And offensive, given that they had an empty parking lot. I am in charge of organizing work groups to go out for dinners, etc., and I will argue against using this venue with such outrageous price simply to park to go to their restaurant. I have zero sympathy for the restaurant on this issue, as they chose a location without reasonable parking for other reasons that seem to be paying off. Fine. Pay your valet service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CLEwasp
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Creative menu! Beautiful presentation. The next day, everyone in our party was still talking about how good their meal was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent
    Gail
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    You have to try the calamari, fabulous, best ever! All four of us raved about the food. The food is clearly made with love. The flavors are unique. The menu has many unusual choices. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The ambiance is superb. Pianist is outstanding . Food was excellent. Service was superb. Decor is upscale. Overall excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a Pleasure
    solohbet
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Great spot virtually on CWRU campus. Nice concise menu but eclectic. Knowledgable servers. No hassle. Great place to have a quiet business talk.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 57 reviews are from the Club Isabella reviews archive.
  • Good food, small sizes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    PLEASE increase portion sizes! The food was wonderful, just NOT worth the prices for such a small serving size!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    PleasanteatsVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Nice atmosphere. Food was great. It was a very special night for us and the staff was very cheerful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NewbillyVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great stop for University Circle events. Prompt service by very accomodating staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jbob49
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Took a friend for her birthday lunch. We really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Club Isabella, Univ Circle great
    Larry
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Club Isabella is a great restaurant in University Circle/Little Italy. Creative Dishes and excellent service. Easy to get a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant
    Bobg
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We came for dinner before the Cleveland Orchestra performance on a Saturday evening. The service was very efficient and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening
    jbob49
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were a party of four and all really enjoyed the food, ambience and service. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    No parking spaces (lot or street). Assured by phone, prior to booking, "plenty of parking available"! No one at reception desk when I arrived. Seated self. Not offered ground pepper and no waiter in sight. Used black substance on table, assuming it was pepper; it made soup ultra salty. Found out later that it was Hawaiian sea salt! Water glasses not refilled. Few menu choices for Good Friday. Wanted crab salad without dressing; not available. Other option fish taco's (fried= no good) --- ordered crab salad. Small for price; more like an appetizer than an entrée. Sitting in a cold draft. Group member had asthmatic spell due to draft. Again, No staff around. Saw door open causing draft; I closed the door. Two checks wrong.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Night Dinner
    lovefood
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    They had changed the menu and the website had not been updated. If you are going to have a website, it should be maintained. Dishes were way too complicated with sauces, etc. Keep it simple.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing service
    boom
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I had a beautiful dinner at Club Isabella this week and absolutely loved it. I was especially impressed with our server who was clearly a committed professional. She was one of the best servers I have encountered in Cleveland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pre-Orchestra Choice
    diner
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I'm not a fan of early dining in general, but we had an excellent meal here before Thursday's concert. The wait staff great and mindful of our need to leave in time. Menu recommendations were spot on and the food just right. The restaurant was fairly empty at that hour, and a great experience all around. We have had a similar experience on previous occasions.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too expensive and food is weird
    MariaVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Pretentious is probably the best way to describe it. Looks interesting when you read the menu, but when you taste it, you wonder why the chef decided to combine flavors this way!? I ordered scallops with hazelnut and orange sauce, but the scallops were sitting in the pool of tomato sauce, which totally negated the flavor of hazelnuts and orange and left me thinking that someone got way too creative - tried to create new flavors for the sake of doing something new, but it ended up tasting very odd. The prices are very high as well. But loved the setting/atmosphere. Service was good as well
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Night
    schaefman
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    First time visit for my wife's birthday and concert afterward. Service was excellent, drinks were very good, and food (especially apps) were wonderful. Really enjoyed it and we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Very pleasant experience. Great food. Personable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Cocktails were unbelievably over priced. Bartender made one of two incorrectly, probably from not paying attention to the order. We asked for bread and were each given one small piece. Decided not to stay for dinner. We requested a 7:30 table. We're offered 7:15 or 7:45. The restaurant was EMPTY when we arrived at 7:45. What's the game here!?! We won't be back.
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  • Good Meal
    SpectacularVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had a very good meal there over the weekend. The food was pretty good, I rated it lower because the ambiance was average at best. There was hardly anyone in the restaruant on a Saturday night at 7.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant quiet place for lunch.
    Birthdaylunch
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Pleasant quiet place for lunch. Good food & pleasant service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great duck, good and attractive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Great duck, good and attractive steak,good wine. A little pricy but fine for a Sat pm
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • snowy winter night
    emeryjames
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    After an all day snowstorm, what a lovely way to spend the evening! It was truly a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arrived at 8 PM on MOnday
    sezwhoVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Arrived at 8 PM on MOnday night, and unfortunately, it was almost deserted. The food was very good (including a nice amuse bouche), as was the coffee and the drinks. Service was excellent. We like the ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why no customers?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    The ambiance in this restaurant is so wonderful, one wonders why every time I've been there, there are so few diners. One can only guess that it is the menu. Prices are high for what is offered and the quality of the food. This past visit I had a piece of sole(not Dover sole by any means) for $26.00. There was nothing else included in the entree. The sole was fairly dry and overcooked. the restaurant needs to be a "neighborhood gem" not a special occasion restaurant. But with the prices, that's what it turns out to be. Food choices are also a bit odd. Perhaps the chef really needs to take a look at what is on the menu and what the neighborhood seeks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NYE
    ClevelandCleveland
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Decided to go here with wife for a quiet NYE dinner and it was such a great choice! Great place, great food and great service! Will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out with the in-laws!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    My fiancee and I took my parents and his parents out to dinner here before a show downtown. It was a great experience; knowledgeable wait staff, timely and tasty dishes... I couldn't have asked for more!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice restaurant, clean, and
    shannon
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Nice restaurant, clean, and quiet - good for lunch meetings or out of town visitors of the nearby University or Hospitals. The food was tasty and nicely presented. My only complaint was the crusty bread and a small pad of butter to share with the table. The bread was a rock and there was not enough butter to share between 3 people.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful french restaurant
    msmkVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I had lamb bolognese which was a simplyn delicious entree, my husband ordered a steak. If you are used to steak from Flemings or Morton's - you will not like this one - skip it. Just not the same. Stick with a meal that would be French in nature and you will be fine. Waitress was wonderful, place was not very crowded for a Friday evening - got there around 815 - a little pricey but overall pretty good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Dined her on a Friday night..Pianist playing beautiful music, cocktails flowing...Appetizers, fish sticks were amazing! Their bread they serve is very crispy and fresh (warm rustic french bread)...Wedge Salad w/ fried egg is to die for! As for my dinner, the Braised Pork Shank blew my mind.....Delicious! Also, guests had the Lamb Bolognese and they were amazed at the dish. It was beautifully prepared pasta! The sauce was to die for! Chef Fabio Mota is an extremely talented chef. It was a pleasure meeting him! He checked on our table and made sure everything was perfect! Top Restaurant in Cleveland..a MUST!!!! Looking forward to my return...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner!
    GreatChoice
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I took my wife to Club Isabella for our anniversary...1st time at this restaurant. We lived in France for 3 years, so we're always "curious" how good local French restaurants are. This was a pleasant surprise. The atmosphere was romantic but chic, with a really cool bar that spanned the restaurant. Our server was great and very friendly. The food was excellent...we met Chef Fabio who studied in Paris (he's American), who is the owner and head chef. We thought it would be fun to have him create our dinner, so we decided on a price range and "5 course meal" that would allow us to taste several things on the menu, so the rest was up to him. The food and experience was fantastic and it will be an anniversary that we'll remember for a long time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing service
    Disappointedx2VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We had not dined at Isabella for several months, but tried it again, remembering unique food choices. Though the food was very good, our service was unacceptable. After taking drink orders, the server returned minutes later to ask us to remind him of the drink order. After describing the specials, he again disappeared. We finally motioned for him and he took our order acknowledging one appetizer and 2 entrees. After waiting more than 35 minutes, he finally arrived with the entrees. When we mentioned the missing appetizer, he told us we had not ordered it, taking no responsibility for his error. There are so many excellent dining choices in the area, there is no need to return to this one where service is an afterthought.
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    • Noise LevelModerate