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Isabella's - Frederick
Isabella's - Frederick

Isabella's - Frederick Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.isabellas-tavern.com
  • Phone: (301) 698-8922
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Tuesday - Friday 7:00am - 10:00am, Saturday 7:00am - 11:00am, Sunday 8:00am to 11:00am Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am – 3:30pm Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: James Johns
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Let Isabella’s do your next event with our exclusive Paella Parties or our a la carte drop-off catering. Drop off catering is available within 48 hours notice and delivered straight to your party destination.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Providing a small slice of Spain in Downtown Frederick, Isabella’s offers the perfect spot for special events with a private room adjoining our back bar. Please contact the restaurant for more information on pricing, and menu items.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: With a Municipal Parking Garage one block from Isabella's, we have ample and accessible parking for you and your guests.
A word from Isabella's - Frederick
We welcome you to visit and enjoy our restaurant in downtown historic Frederick located in the Hendrickson Building. We have selected the finest Spanish cuisine complemented with an exclusive wine list. In the heart of historic Frederick, Maryland, Isabella"s has become a favorite destination for local residents and worldwide travelers alike in search of a truly Mediterranean dining experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Tapas are my favorite kind of food because you get to try lots of items from the menu. Isabella's has the best variety and innovative tapas I have ever had and in my opinion are better than Jaleo's tapas. Try the filet mignon and the bacon wrapped dates - you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This is a great lunch spot. Or a nice dinner with friends!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I've walked past Isabellas on a few occasions but never stopped in. After reading a few reviews and looking at the menu I decided to have my birthday dinner there with my family. WOW! What a wonderful surprise! My new favorite restaurant for sure. We had a great meal, tapas and paella and a pitcher of red sangria. Our waiter was attentive, friendly, iinformative and just plain nice. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We went on Wed night for the paella special - great deal! The ceviche was excellent as always."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I took my niece to Isabella's for her first experience with Spanish food. We loved it! Our waitress was great, manager was friendly and the food was incredible! A great experience!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Asparagus fries were a little too salty. The flat iron shrimp was served with the shrimp's heads on the dish. I thought that was odd. I have been to Isabellas a handful of times but I was not impressed on this visit."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Isabella's is always excellent. From asparagus fries and sangria to goat cheese fritters and cocoa dusted filet mignon, the wide variety of tapas are wonderfully delicious."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I have eaten at Isabella's several times over the past few years. I travel quite some distance to do so, as well as to enjoy downtown Frederick. The food is very tasty, with a nice variety. I love the brick and wood--it is a warm and inviting atmosphere. The servers have always geen great."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Though we don't live in Frederick, we always make it a point to find an occasion to go to Isabella's. My son (13) LOVES the "Chocolate Steak" as he calls it. It is a petite filet that has coco powder in the sauce. Great fun. Love it when they have live entertainment too. Definitely worth the trip up 270 : )"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Food was excellent. We just returned from Barcelona. Isabella's holds its own with Texas size portions. I was disappointed that nothing was done to recognize my guest's special occasion - birthday. I made note of it beforehand and also mentioned it to our waitress. Didn't expect a song and dance, but maybe a candle in the lava cake."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "First time we have been here. There were so many wonderful choices of tapas as well as entrees, it was hard to decide. Everything was very good. Especially liked their signature tapas, the asparagus coated with panko as well as artichoke bottoms and crabmeat. Will eat here again!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We returned again from Pennsylvania for the tapas, paella and sangria! Another delicious dining experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Waiter was excellent. Very knowledgeable. The Paella was fantastic! Would highly recommend to anyone that likes small plates and likes to try a variety of foods. Everything was tasty!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Wonderful menu and concept. Food and service first rate. Would not recommend menu for children, perhaps. Vibrant, energetic atmosphere. A favorite!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to spend the 4th of July afternoon exploring Frederick and chanced upon Isbella's after doing a little 'research' on restaurants. Our afternoon turned out to be perfect !!! The food at Isabella's was scrumptious and service perfect...Jessica was simply lovely and wonderful in every way. We dine out on a very frequent basis and couldn't have asked for more from a restaurant in terms of quality of food, attentiveness and level of service. All in all, a very pleasant and memorable dining experience and 4th of July afternoon. We'll be back and will request for Jessica again for sure :) !"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Arrived in Frederick for a weekend getaway and booked this reservation as we pulled into town. Had never been here before and booked on the basis of other reviews. They did not let us down. My husband and I shared 4 small plates including ceviche, calamari, hummas and babaganoush which were all very good. For dessert we had the ice cream sampler, a small serving of 6 different kinds of ice cream. Were kind of surprised when the waitress couldn't tell us what the flavors were, but she checked with the kitchen and came back and told us. This was a nice, light dinner since we didn't want a full meal that late at night."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had a table of 9 for Brunch and we had a wonderful experience! The menu was both traditional and adventurous and the food came out hot, quickly and it was delicious. Never had to ask for water or coffee to be filled, the service was friendly and prompt. We'll be back just as soon as we can get everyone's schedule to coordinate."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We ordered the fried asparagus their signature dish.It came out tasteless w/a gummy crust. We sent it back & altho the waiter offered to get us a new one, we told him not to bother. The other tapas ordered were just so-so. We also ordered a steak entree & asked that it be medium; it came out well done. Again, we complained & again, he offered to get us a new order. We told him not to bother, at this point, we just wanted to leave. The manager apologized for the steak but didn't know about the asparagus.They took those two off our bill but charged us for everything else. It wasn't the money it was that they didn't offer a credit for a future meal or even offer to comp us anything;they knew at that point that we wouldn't be back and we won't."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his 21st birthday. I made a reservation for 6 but we arrived at 5:30, they sat us right away. Even though the bar scene is pretty big, we were secluded from that in a separate room towards the back. It was perfect for date night. Our server was very personable and available. We got the Early Bird Special which was a great deal! Our meal ended up being less expensive than I expected. The food was amazing of course!!! Always go for the Asparagus Straws!!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Asparagus fries are not the only thing on the menu, but they are, without a doubt, one of the best food items we have ever eaten. We have been to ISABELLA'S at least 20 times in the last five years, and have left our table, each time, with the great memory of a finely prepared meal."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We ordered 2 items each and each got half what we ordered. Then the waitress argued with us about what we ordered. Finally brought what we originally ordered. My wife ordered Gaspacho and paella which she said was terrific when she finally got it! I ordered Gaspacho which was great when I finally got it, and callamares frito, also outstanding! Later I ordered shrimp with black beans, fantastic flavor! We will definitely return, but not with that waitress! Our bill was reduced by the cost of one Gaspacho, our dining experience was severally hampered by the waitress, only the great food saved my wife's birthday dinner!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "excellent, every time we go there. Looking forward to returning again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food is outstanding! A wide variety of small plates, each one perfectly prepared. If you have the money for a more expensive date and a distinguishing palate, this is a wonderful place to really have an experience. The nature of the dining experience lends itself to conversation and interaction."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our waitress, Ashley, was wonderful; she was accommodating, knowledgeable, sweet and funny. We had the asparagus fries, which I thought were "ok", but my partner thought were wonderful. The aioli was very good, though! I had the Paella Valenciana, and found it to be wonderful. The flavors were deep and rich and the dish included a large serving of seafood. There were only two problems: 1) chicken breast is the most worthless cut of meat and was dry and flavorless when added to such a good paella (you people know you're supposed to use thigh meat). 2) there was no "socarrat" or crust on the bottom of the rice. Just 3 more minutes in the fire and it would have been there!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Friendly service, large tapas menu with outstanding tasting food, and live music which was subdued to keep the noise level down. A great experience and we would go back."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Three of us enjoyed a long lunch on the patio on a Saturday afternoon. This was definitely one of the best meals I have ever had (and this includes meals in restaurants all over the world). The tapas was delicious, and the presentation was gorgeous. I especially recommend the avocado stuffed with crab salad -- every bite was absolutely heavenly. The interior looked welcoming, too, and I will definitely give it a try in the cooler months. I live nearly two hours away from Frederick, but I would actually make a day trip just to dine at Isabella's. There are so many nice restaurants in town, but I don't feel the need even to try any of the others because Isabella's is so amazing. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I love Isabellas. They have a huge wine list as well as Tapas menu. They also offer entrees and great Paella. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was my first time at Isabella's after hearing from a friend how great it was. It lived up to all expectations! Had the artichoke bottoms stuffed w/crabmeat. Altho' the menu stated they were stuffed w/lump crab meat and it was filled with crab salad, they were still delicious. Decided to have the shrimp/mussel paella - even though the menu stated that we would have to wait 25 minutes, it was served to us within 10! had the red wine sangria - delicious! Overall it was a wonderful dinner."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Isabella's is my favorite restaurant. The food is ALWAYS wonderful, the service fantastic, and the sangria the best. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had reservations at Isabella's after the Beerfest in Frederick, MD. We arrived a bit early, and the hostess was still happy to seat us! Bailey, our server, made plenty of outstanding recommendations -- truly there was no bad dish that came to our table. The chef was amazing, and we had a memorable and fun meal here. Loved the serrano ham, scallops, bacon-wrapped salmon, house-made potato chips... in fact, we ordered several small plates a second time! Plus, most small plates were $10 or less -- for food of this quality, that was a really amazing value! We've been to Barcelona and have eaten at a number of tapas restaurants -- Isabella's is by far the best executed and most authentic tapas we have found in MD. We'll be back soon! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I was a well traveled Brit before settling in the US for the past 25 years and Spanish restaurants are hard to come by and i was looking forward to my first authentic paella for a long time and although the flavor was good nearly everything in the dish was overdone, the prawns and mussels were especially rubbery,i would point out that this was a busy Saturday night and the volume of patrons probably contributed to this, but for the price and the hype on the website I expected better."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Always a fun evening at Isabella's. Good food and service. I love the asparagus fries!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This is one of our favorites. Don't get to visit enough."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "This was my third visit to Isabella's and I was very pleased. The tapas are very good and great for sharing on a romantic date. I recently went to a tapas restaurant in a Las Vegas and found Isabella's to be far superior and 1/2 The cost. I can't wait to go back. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our party of 6 thoroughly enjoyed eating a variety of tapas. Some had quite the gourmet touch and others not some much, but overall we enjoyed it all. We loved their Gazpacho! Its a must try! You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I really enjoyed our Sunday brunch this past weekend. The menu had a lot of options and everyone in our group appreciated the choices. The bloody mary's were also really good! "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • " Great place for relaxing weekend brunch. Good food, great bloody marys"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Went to Isabella's for my birthday, and was very pleased with the service, and food. This was not my first time visiting Isabella's and was hoping the food was as good as I had remembered. The food was great, and the tapas were served hot, and with perfect timing. Our server was knowledgeable, and friendly. Very pleased with Isabella's and would highly recommend it. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We were sat right away and the waiter was more than happy to explain how the place works to my girlfriend because she had never been there. Food came out very quick and was great. Girlfriend loved the food and we tried different things. It was alittle loud because it looked like there was a happy hour party there."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Regular diner for years, but disappointed when were there last week for my wife's birthday (noted on OT reservation)-felt rushed by waiter, did not acknowledge birthday, and food not up to previous visits (even their specialty- fried asparagus -old asparagus and "woody")."
    Dined on 4/24/2014