Isabella's - Frederick
Isabella's - Frederick

Isabella's - Frederick

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.isabellas-tavern.com/
  • Phone: 3016988922
  • 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: Spanish, Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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: 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.
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Isabella's - Frederick reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (37)neighborhood gem (30)special occasion (24)good for groups (21)great for lunch (21)romantic (14)great for brunch (13)great for outdoor dining (12)hot spot (10)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great restaurant
    AverageJaneVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch spot
    Juls
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is a great lunch spot. Or a nice dinner with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    rescuemama
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Isabella's is a wonderful place to eat at in Downtown Frederick. I used to live in Europe and its great to find a Tapas place that is very authentic and reminds me of Spain. The tapas were delicious and so was the ceviche and the Sangria. I would definitely recommend this place for lunch, dinner or even dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Lktdiner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We went on Wed night for the paella special - great deal! The ceviche was excellent as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Isabella's Frederick
    pmafromtowson
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joejen
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    ChrisV
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy Isabella's!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lisa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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 : )
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharon
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Choices
    SallyAnnVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great paella!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We returned again from Pennsylvania for the tapas, paella and sangria! Another delicious dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was absolutely wonderul!
    Sdboyer
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Isabella's Tapas
    Ranson
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Wonderful menu and concept. Food and service first rate. Would not recommend menu for children, perhaps. Vibrant, energetic atmosphere. A favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & outstanding service !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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 :) !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved this place!
    ccarson
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointed and underwhelmed
    JRZGRLVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Birthday Date
    jesslynn44
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ASPARAGUS FRIES
    Vegseller
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad waitress
    Redhillb
    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!
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  • WONDERFULL
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    excellent, every time we go there. Looking forward to returning again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful tapas
    frederickfoodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent restaurant!
    TerryJ
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas
    John
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top 5 meal of my life
    PaProf
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    libragrl75
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I love Isabellas. They have a huge wine list as well as Tapas menu. They also offer entrees and great Paella.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first time
    Birdy
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful
    4pawz
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Isabella's is my favorite restaurant. The food is ALWAYS wonderful, the service fantastic, and the sangria the best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 578 reviews are from the Isabella's - Frederick reviews archive.
  • Amazing food, amazing value!
    kathryn
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overcooked
    irishexpat
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Tapas
    mjp1
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Always a fun evening at Isabella's. Good food and service. I love the asparagus fries!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Doug34
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This is one of our favorites. Don't get to visit enough.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Joejen
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vivalavidaVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday brunch success!
    SJCFVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Great place for relaxing weekend brunch. Good food, great bloody marys
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    Digitalxs
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    Chris
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic