Isabella's Italian Trattoria
Isabella's Italian Trattoria

Isabella's Italian Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.isabellasitalian.com/
  • Phone: (434) 385-1660 x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Brunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Crews
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer full service catering to residents throughout Virginia. From small, intimate dinners to large tented events, we can assist with a personalized menu, beverage and bar services, service staff, as well as rental and linen needs. Please see our website for contact information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Old Boonsboro Road
  • Public Transit: The Boonsboro Shopping Center has a Lynchburg City Bus stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking available in the well lit shopping center parking lot. Handicap parking spaces adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Isabella's Italian Trattoria
Isabella's Italian Trattoria is a family-owned neighborhood restaurant serving contemporary northern Italian cuisine in a sophisticated, yet casual setting. Isabella's has formed strong relationships with local farmers to highlight the best ingredients of central Virginia. Isabella's is the perfect choice for a night out with friends, a special date, or a business event. The restaurant offers a variety of dining choices - casual bar dining, patio dining, private dining from groups of 15 to 25, and semi-private dining for groups from 30-40. Isabella's also has a retail wine market on premises offering hand-selected wines from around the globe at very competitive prices.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Isabella's Italian Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (33)special occasion (33)neighborhood gem (32)notable wine list (20)great for brunch (15)good for groups (15)fit for foodies (15)great for outdoor dining (11)great for lunch (10)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)Show More
  • Excellent Trattoria
    cleaner3
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Isabella's is a great find. We celebrated my birthday, my wife received a recommendation for this trattoria. We love italian food and this restaurant was wonderful. We've been to many italian trattorias including many in italy and this was very similar to those restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinner
    Neal
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    this was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. It was the beef medallion.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot!
    Jade
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My mother, sister, and 9 month old nephew all met here for brunch on Sunday. Food was great and the waitress/hostess/everyone was very accommodating and sweet! Our table had the shrimp and grits, the sausage gravy biscuits, and eggs benedict, and there was absolutely no complaints! Food was great! Beautiful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian Food
    DasBeast
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Best Italian in Lynchburg. The calamari appetizer pleased even my toughest critic...my Italian wife! Fresh pasta, great menu choices. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    lisa
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My meal was divine! I enjoyed the walnut-crusted salmon with sauteed spinach and nutella gelato for dessert. I really like the new layout of the dining room as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Special Dinner
    rachcc4
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I decided to try the scallops special with squash risotto and it was so wonderful. My husband remarked that I never eat all my meal but I did that night. Just delicious. The wine was perfect and the service very good. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Reliable
    TravelDiner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Isabella's is an oasis in a city without a lot of fine dine options. The service is always friendly and laid back, never stuffy. The food is always good, from the soups and salads, to the pastas, to the daily specials. The simple house salad with balsamic vinaigrette is one of my favorites, along with the daily soups. I am also particularly fond of the simple angel hair pasta with tomato basil marinara. No matter where you live in the city, this restaurant is always worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    acato6570VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Everything was great...a really pretty restaurant set away from downtown and college chaos. Prices are fantastic for quality of meal. The menu has many great options. Service was a total win - we were a party of 6 and everything was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Isabella's is the Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Another great lunch at Isabella's! The food & service were excellent, as always!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Brunch
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I had made reservation for one. So we got there 15 minutes early. Was told we had to wait 15 minutes. The place wasn't even busy. But did make reservation for one and I was seated at one. Far as service they are real slow. Food was ok but nothing I would go back for. Sunday brunch is just not my thing. I will try dinner one time before I rule out this place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a bad experience
    prdva
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in Lynchburg. Excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food good drinks
    Live2Eat
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Ordered the Risotto balls which is my favorite thing on the menu! Also their peach bellinis are soooo good!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place!
    KevMang
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Took my wife here for our 1st year anniversary. I'm originally from NYC and my wife is from San Diego, so we like to consider ourselves foodies. When you enter this place, you'd think you were in a fine restaurant in a major city. Great staff and Amazing food! The Bruschetta appetizer was incredible! They also gave us a complimentary dessert of our choice since it was our anniversary! This is our new favorite place in town!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went there to celebrate a friend's birthday. Great service and great food, as always at Isabella's! We had a wonderful time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could be better
    Scott
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Isabella's has a great atmosphere BUT the table we were located at was terrible, lighting was hot, bright, we asked to have it toned down several times to no avail. The menu is great and most that we ordered was super but my Lasagna was pretty watery, not a true bolognese in my view. Nevertheless this is a very nice restaurant across all categories if you don't get the table we got.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for dinner
    Twigdog
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent menu and wine list. Great place to meet up with friends
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treasure
    Luvfood
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    What a wonderful experience at Isabella's. Near perfect dishes, quiet, excellent staff! LOVED it!! Highly recommended!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I LOVE Isabella's!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband & I want to Isabella's Saturday night to celebrate our anniversary. As usual, everything was delicious! The Calamari was superb. The beef tenderloin medallions melted in my mouth, my husbands steak was done just right. The service was fabulous. All in all, a truly wonderful night!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food and service was excellent. The gluten free pasta was great and so happy they have that option available. The fig salad was amazing, the appetizer meatballs were great. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Isabella's never disappoints
    Rick
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We found this restaurant last year when we attended the Lazy Days wine festival, and really enjoyed our first experience. It was just as good for our second time around, and we plan on making this a yearly tradition. Great food, excellent service, and a romantic ambience make this a favorite for us..
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We enjoy Isabella's for a romantic night out. Also nice for Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our dinner was very good, our waitress helpful and efficient. We were seated near the bar, but did not find the chatter from those folks to be upsetting. As we were leaving a table next to us tried to make a scene over where they were seated and the loudness of the background music. We felt that the music was just right and did not mind being seated close to the bar. We eat at Isabella's only for special occasions so find it a very good restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So,so
    Nescio
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Had brunch there,on the pricey side, but nothing special as far as the cuisine was concerned.Bread was sub-par and fries limp. Pleasant surroundings.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Isabella's Italian Trattoria was the perfect spot in Lynchburg for a dinner that focused on business. The ambiance, seating, service, and food all lent themselves to an evening of easy, flowing, and somewhat-private conversation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meal and space
    groupcaptain
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I was with a group of 11 ladies celebrating 2 birthdays at lunch. We were given a private room which was very nice. Most of us had the soup and salad or sandwich and salad. I myself enjoyed the fig salad I had but thought the lobster bisque had been watered down some - too thin. Overall I enjoyed the privacy we had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Isabella's
    Notlikeitused2b
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Have not eaten here in about a year. Food was good; not exceptional like i remembered & was very disappointed with waitress. Had the personality of a door.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food
    Makdaddy
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Steak undercooked. Bread good Salmon cooked nicely. Potatoes too stiff not creamy
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Our food was mediocre; it wasn't spectacular. I felt like I could make the food we were served. The restaurant is not kid friendly. I felt like everyone was offended that we had our kids with us. Overall, it just wasn't a great experience and I'm glad most of our meal was covered by a gift card.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 267 reviews are from the Isabella's Italian Trattoria reviews archive.
  • Always great!
    Luvfood
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Food, atmosphere, service-all excellent! I've always had a great meal here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food and wine
    LCfoodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The eggplant parm stack was incredible and the choices in wine were overwhelming. Definitely cannot wait to be back in town to dine here again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lynchburg's Finest
    rladkfma
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Lynchburg's finest restaurant! Servers are attentive, fast, and professional! Food was good. The ribeye was a bit fatty, but the pasta dishes are exquisite.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    VirginiaBoundVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    One of the best meals I have had at Isabella's! Try the Carbonara! You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I would go here at least once a week if I lived in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dependably Excellent
    John
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    If I want a nice restaurant for a significant occasion with quality food, Isabella's is at the top of list. And, on top of that, at a reasonable cost. Setting, service, food preparation and style are all great. Dependably so, you cannot go wrong.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • AandD
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have been to Isabellas many times and it is always wonderful...and it's in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had a group of 8 and the restaurant was very accommodating. Excellent food and service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We reserved this restaurant for dinner after my daughter's college graduation and we were very pleased. The service was great and the menu had a nice variety.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fun for special celebrations
    Beth
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Isabella's is always a welcome treat. The food is imaginative and flavorful. Servings portions are just right--not overwhelming nor skimpy. Our server Whitney was terrific. Owner/manager Cheri is welcoming and knowledgeable about the wine and aperitifs.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great lunch at Isabella's
    Sara
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Another enjoyable family luncheon. The service was wonderful. The lunch was grand, as always. Isabella's is our favorite place to have a tasty meal and catch up with our family.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Choice for a Special Occasion
    Sri0328
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Good Choice for a Special Occasion. Good Food. Excellent Service.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet