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
  • 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
66 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (40)neighborhood gem (38)romantic (36)fit for foodies (30)notable wine list (25)good for groups (24)great for brunch (13)great for lunch (13)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (8)great for outdoor dining (8)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The atmosphere was very nice. The service was excellent. The food was a let-down. It had very little flavor and was surprisingly bland for Italian food. For the price, it wasn't worth it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thomas
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My wife and I love Isabellas. We go there on dates when we can get a babysitter. The servers are never obnoxious. They seem to adapt to your energy and time. The food is wonderful. Lobster bisque is a favorite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We were in Lynchburg for a gathering of friends and wanted to have dinner together. I chose Isabella's from looking a reviews of different restaurants in Lynchburg. It was a perfect choice. Everyone in our group had delicious food and great service. Definitely a do-over!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great restaurant. Food was amazing. One of the best Italian restaurants we have been to. We will definitely go back - often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were so disappointed in your lobster bisque. No lobster all stringy particles. The risotto, served with the scallops,was not cooked enough. The menu lacked our favorite parmesan crusted cod. The devils backbone beer in a bottle was awful. The ice cream was very hard and inferior. You have made some negative changes to our favorite restaurant's menu. Will have to rethink our choice of restaurants on our next special occasion. We were with good friends on Sat. night and did not want to make a scene about the food but wanted to let you know in writing how unhappy we were with our visit to our once favorite restaurant. We thought you might have been training a new chief and he had a huge learning curve to overcome!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    IllBeBach
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Isabella's is a great restaurant! The atmosphere was very relaxing and calm, the food was superb, and the service was great. I would highly recommend it for going on a romantic date, having a meeting for business, or even going out with a group of people. It will be my first choice in Lynchburg restaurants in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem in Lynchburg
    YodaOfCanton
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The menu has a variety of Italian choices with excellent daily specials. The wine list is extensive. There were four diners at my table. We each ordered a different meal (seafood, chicken, pasta) and all were excellent. Isabella's buys from local farms. The food tasted fresh--especially the salads. The service was excellent with a perfect pace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding, as always
    prdva
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Don't know which was better, the food or service. We always love both. Best place in Lynchburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous dining!
    Alice
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A large group of us went during a College Reunion weekend- and it was fabulous! The food was excellent, service was wonderful and wine list was super. I am so glad we 'discovered' Isabellas! It will be our reunion tradition! Thank you for an excellent evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy this restaurant.
    LilBro
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Always enjoy this restaurant. Bring out of town guests with confidence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall Good Date Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I had been to Isabella's a couple of years ago, but only because my family wanted to go there, so I didn't really care about my experience. I just remembered how good the food was. My boyfriend and I had decided to try it for a date-day out for lunch. We are both foodies and were really excited about it. The atmosphere was perfect, the staff was polite and professional, and his food was amazing. However, mine was messed up the first time. Once fixed, I still wasn't impressed. I ended up with the Chicken Parm pasta. It wasn't anything special, but it wasn't necessarily bad. Overall, everything was good. We'll be back for sure. I'll just be ordering something different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above average Italian Restaurant
    JohnT
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This restaurant is spacious, with defining features that give every seat an uncrowded feeling. The service was efficient and frequent enough to keep all of us satisfied and the food was equally good. Overall, an above average Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice birthday treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My family and I dined for my birthday. The food was very good. I really like that the oil/vinegar combo is on the table so we don't have to flag down the server every time we want a refill. I think the noisiest people in the restaurant were the people at our table. :) The only suggestion I'd love to see taken seriously is your kid's menu. The choices aren't bad, but not every kid eats pasta or pizza. Can you add a simple dish like grilled chicken with one side? Or steak tips + a side? Thanks for the overall good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I made reservations by email and was only given the option of selecting one to two guest in my party when in fact I had five. We were accommodated (appreciated), but this caused one person in my party to have to sit cramped at the end of the table. When I called the restaurant and mentioned this to the employee, his comment was that they had had this same complaint before and then he proceeded to tell me about the additional drop down menu on their website which I should have used (but could not find). My question is, if this has been an issue before, why not fix it so it is no longer an issue for customers. All in all, our experience was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Urban vibe, amazing food & service!
    BettyWhiteSox
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had the perfect dinner, the food was amazing! I decided to try the new item on the menu, the catfish and was not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HOT DATE SPOT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Took my smoking hot girlfriend there for dinner and it was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Isabellas!
    PeyJack
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is our second time dining at Isabellas - we are from out of town, and found this gem a year ago when we were in town for Les Mis at Liberty. Came back this year for our dinner before seeing the Little Mermaid. It's off the beaten path but well worth the short drive out of Lynchburg for a fabulous dinner. Service was excellent, food was excellent - will go back next time we're in town! Enjoyed Chicken Picatta, Chicken Parmesan & the Spicy Chicken & Sausage Orecchiette followed up by pecan pie and a sea salt caramel gelato - everything was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a great find
    Jdporter3
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    As good Italian food as we have had anywhere, including NYC and San Francisco. Bread is awesome too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 283 reviews are from the Isabella's Italian Trattoria reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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