Isabella Restaurant and Bar
Isabella Restaurant and Bar

Isabella Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://isabellarestaurantandbar.com/
  • Phone: 5702709292x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Griffiths
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jumper Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of Parking, well lit and in front of the restaurant
A word from Isabella Restaurant and Bar
Since opening its doors in July of 2003, the Tambur family has built one of Northeastern Pennsylvania"s most successful restaurants based on a winning combination of delicious food, friendly and knowledgeable staffing, and the owners' attention to detail and ambiance. All this is offered to our patrons in a relaxed atmosphere located not in New York City, but right in your backyard. Whether you're comfortable in jeans-and-t-shirt or your style is designer label, you'll be able to kick back and enjoy the unique experience Isabella has to offer.


We offer an eclectic dining experience, sure to please any palette. Our seasonally changing menu encompasses many styles of cuisine with offerings from comfort food to cosmopolitan fare. Come in for a light bite and a fantastic cocktail, a famous Isabella burger and a glass of red, or for a multi-course culinary adventure.
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Isabella Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (7)romantic (7)special occasion (7)neighborhood gem (5)good for groups (4)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Exquisite til the last
    DramaticFlair
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our second visit. We started with Apple & Asian Pear Martinis- both lovely and so large that we really didn't need to then order wine. Diver Scallop with watermelon was creative blend of tastes/textures & cheese and meat plate-perfect. Salads were the freshest ever had. Main courses were extraordinary- the crab cavatelli-pasta perfection and the Alaskan Halibut and fritter out of this world. The only disappointment came with dessert. The creme brûlée-unremarkable and lacking in the crisp topping and the chocolate/peanut butter trifle so salty as to render it almost inedible. Too much peanut butter taste/no discernible chocolate. If not for the dessert downfall, this would have been one of our top 5 meals ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amateur service
    Serviceguru
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Dined on a Monday night. We arrived at 5pm and by 6pm there were 6 tables ALL being waited on 1 server with some what of a back waiter. The female server was completely robotic, impersonable and lacked genuine care. Clear lack of management presence. We arrived to find a male back waiter sitting and texting. Completely unmemorable experience for our special occasion (noted in Open Table reservation notes). When selling an 8oz filet for $49, you fully expected amazing, knowledgeable servers (more than 1 that was overwhelmed) and some sort of management presence. This is our 3rd visit to Isabella and it will be our last. Lack of care is unacceptable. Next time we will visit Pazzo or Cafe Olivia or AV or another restaurant that cares.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night
    ontheoutlook
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had our anniversary dinner here; food & service were very good; wine was excellent. 1st time my wife was therer although I have dined here many times as business. She wants to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Keith
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food and service were both excellent.... Creative and and unique entrees. Filet was outsanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Fine Dining!
    happy2eat
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    My boyfriend and I decided to go out for dinner to a nice place, and we were tired of the commercial food restaurants in this area that serve almost the same foods. So, we decided to check out Isabella and I am glad we did. The website made it easy to make reservations, and since the website looked upscale, we dressed for the occasion. This is definitely NOT the place for jeans and a t-shirt. The ambiance was very clean, classy, and romantic. They had a good size bar with premium spirits. The wine list was excellent, and normally I choose a red, but I went with a white. My man had a Chivas on the rocks as well as a bottled beer served in a chilled glass. Our meal: The cheese platter, the flat iron steak, the crab cavatelli, and cheesecake.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ignored
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I was so disappointed the service was just terrible. We were ignored right from the beginning - never told the specials of the day (like all the other tables around us), never asked how our meals were after they came out, had to go to the bar just to get someone to come over and fill our water glasses and get us a drink after putting both glasses at the end of our table. We were almost finished with our dinner before we got another drink. I will never go here again and I will never tell any of my friends to go here.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    very gourmet not a big menu variety salad was excellent but not much choice in dressing entree very tasty. portions were very adequate. food could have been a little warmer staff frfiendly and attentive. would definatley go back. this was our first time there
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yankfan1213
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Food was very well prepared and tasty. I would certainly go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 47 reviews are from the Isabella Restaurant and Bar reviews archive.
  • a nice time
    bestdishfoward
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Isabella was a nice clean energetic atmosphere with good service. The menu had many options from bar grub to gourmet. The prices felt to be a lil on the high side for the smaller plate items. Over all the experience was well. Would go back but not a must go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • farewell dinner
    WilkesBarreVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I took my mom and nephews there before they left for California. The food and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was exceptional.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    The service was exceptional. Our waitress was very efficient and knowledgable without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • probably one of the only non-chain
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    probably one of the only non-chain restaurants in the area - immediately sets it apart. good food with attention to healthy options that still taste good, locally sourced produce & a very polite staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice place
    Mb0088
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    So we show at for our reservation at 6pm. Hostess opens the door and takes our jackets . She then seats us and immediately our waitress comes over and asks us what type if water we would like (ice,sparkling,mineral). After we order water a second waiter came and sliced fresh bread for us. Our waitress then came back and took our drink order and told us the daily specials . I proceeded to order the market fish special which was a Japanese sea bass . My girlfriend ordered the crab cavitelli and a crab tostada for an appetizer . Our salads came out immediately which were not your basic garden salad. This was a spring mix with blue cheese crumbles and a vinaigrette mixed in. Appetizer was so-so but our meals were delicious! Great place!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greatest Restaurant in NEPA
    jane
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Excellent food, Excellent service - our server - Cheryl - was awesome - she remembered us from months ago and gave it her personal touch. Great night - just a perfect place to 'get away from the hectic pace of life".
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow - What a treat!
    Rich
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Thanks so much Isabella for yet another wonderful dining experience. Classic, subtle service, and wonderfully restrained, elegant food. The ingredients shine in the inventive cuisine - no hiding behind salt or the fryer here. For those who have missed out, the ambiance is beautiful and calming, and the staff is first rate. What an oasis from the noisy spots and processed food choices that abound. We can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • daughter and fiance visit
    RichVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Went for dinner on 2/15. Only menu available was fix price. However, dinner was great. Only minor complaint was that onion soup although tasty could have bee hotter. The decor is beautiful. and service was top notch. Have had dinner many times and look forward to going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentines Night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Went to Isabella with another couple who like us couldn't get out on the 14th. We were favorably impressed with the service and the food. While the layout stops short of being "Romantic"......I'd still recommend Isabella for a "Special Occasion"
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice, but
    Daddy12
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    A lot to like, the food is very good and the portions just right, was not very private though for a dinner for 2, kind of noisy and we were not far from the door so you could feel the draft. Recommend it for a group of 3 or more to get better seating, not for romantic but very sophisticated. Had a nice time, don't go on a Saturday night if you like personalized service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Excellent restaurant, our local favorite, great food and wine list; with outstanding personalized service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    IsabellaFan
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We've been to Isabella's many times over the past few years. The food is always great -- not your standard fare, but always something interesting and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Isabella's is a Desirable Lady
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Delicious food, tasty libations, comfortable ambiance, great wine list and house champagne, courteous, efficient and friendly staff and true, outstanding value, what more could a man ask of this Lady, Isabella?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Night was a Hit!
    URmyFavorite
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Thank you for a mid week night that seemed like a weekend night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Valdes22
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    My family was in Wilkes Barre for a concert and chose Isabella's based on Open Table reviews. We were pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was lively, the food excellent, the service terrific. We couldn't have been more pleased. We would definitely go back on a subsequent trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ???
    Duff
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Atmosphere good.....The service was outstanding Bailey and Brian we better than professional. The food was wonderful.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AGEM
    JH96
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    the minute myself and family walked in we felt very confortable, and was greeted in a very nice way and escorted to our table, and the service was excellent the whole dining experience was excellent and the food was great .I definitely would go back .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    My wife and I had an enjoyable evening at Isabella's, and will certainly return. The bartender, Ryan, was excellent. We had a poor waitress; seemed like she didn't want to be there, and was not attentive to needs of the customer. The male waiter was professional, polite, and attentive. I would request him with my future reservations. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our first time at Isabella's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Our first time at Isabella's was fantastic. Wonderful, eclectic menu perfect for foodies or those looking for something different. Compares to big city restaurants. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leave ordinary food for the rest...
    ellabella
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Leave ordinary food for the rest and dine instead at the best! Sounds silly, but it's true. We were entertaining a business associate from New York City on a Monday night and chose to have dinner at Isabella. Our group enjoyed our perfectly prepared salads, entrées, deserts and specialty coffees. The atmosphere was most pleasant especially for our guest having driven from NYC. We exited feeling refreshed and pleased with our most enjoyable dining experience at Isabella.menu. Thanks to the staff at Isabella for making our evening so satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Foodiegirl
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The food was delicious and the proportions generous. The service was very attentive, but a little loud. Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience. If it had been a bit quieter, it would have been romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat dissatisfied after
    Shelley
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Somewhat dissatisfied after friends recommended restaurant. Special was very salty and was supposed to have shrimp, scallops and a fish in the red sauce. Only two tiny shrimp and one scallop. Red sauce tasted bitter and very salty. Very disappointing. Small portions for the expensive prices. Tuna Tartar was excellent. Very interesting cocktails and very nice bartender. Beautiful dining room. The veal portion of the veal dinner was also tiny. I never mind paying for good food, but this dinner was not what was expected.
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  • Best in the area
    Jeff
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    As a transplant from the New York Metro area, I was thrilled to find Isabella a couple of years back. High-end food, service and ambiance with zero pretension. The food would be considered very good anyplace. In NEPA, it's a revelation. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and we especially had fun chatting with Ryan behind the bar while having our pre-dinner drinks. I've been here a number of times and everything I've has ranged from quite good to absolutely wonderful. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant in Wilke Barre!
    webmaxceo
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Great atmosphere and food. Services was professional but not fussy. Excellent choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu
    DrRick
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Consistently has the most imaginative menu prepared by the most creative chef in the area
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediterranean night at isabella
    debolah
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    if you like greek food, you'll love Isabella. we've been there many times before and the food was always good. it's a great place for special occasions. we would have preferred better acoustics, so that it wasn't quite so loud, but overall our experience was a very good one. the service is great, a very attentive and pleasant staff. the drinks are good and we would recommend Isabella to anyone who likes a good meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recent diners back from not
    recent
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Recent diners back from not so great experience. Totally different glad to report. Excellent experience; very good food ; varied menu; great bar
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just a Very Good Restaurant
    Lunchfor2
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    Excellent choices and specials. Seafood particularly good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place to dine!
    baylordudes
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Delicious, quiet, elegant, great service, etc. Highly recommend! And oh, they have a banquet room in case you want to have a classy shindig :)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Kathiede
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Refreshing, pristine, elegant atmosphere, Dining choices added uniqueness to normal fare. The food was fresh, light and tasty and not heavily laden with sauces and excessive calories.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time here
    italy5
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    We went here for my mom's birthday dinner. My brother goes to college in the area, so we came up to visit him for the day and grab a bite to eat. He has always ranted and raved about this place. Im so glad we finally had the opportunity to go. All the food was incredible. I had the crab cavatelli which was delicious, a little on the spicy side though. My dad had the veal; he enjoyed it, just wished it came with a sauce. My brothers had the salmon and the burger which they both loved. My mom has the pescatore. She must had just gotten a bad piece of fish, The red snapper was just a little too fishy. She enjoyed the rest of her meal. Overall we had a great experience. Definitely will go there again next time we go up to visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prix Fixe menu was great and
    Josie
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    Prix Fixe menu was great and the food was delicious and portions were just enough. Service was excellent and the courses were timed perfectly. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.