Isabella's
Isabella's

Isabella's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.isabellas.com/
  • Phone: (212) 724-2100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Tuesday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
    Wednesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
    Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: For large groups, semi-private dining and restaurant buyouts, contact Special Events at 212-331-0328 or email events@brguestinc.com.

    Or request event information online here: http://www.brguesthospitality.com/event-venues/book-event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 77th Street
  • Public Transit: A, B, C & D trains to 80th Street/Central Park West, and 1 train to 79th Street. M10 bus on Columbus Ave and 77th Street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking and public lots available. Closest public lot is between Amsterdam and Broadway on 77th Street.
A word from Isabella's
A faithful neighborhood favorite, Isabella’s has been an Upper West Side institution for over two decades, a hit with locals and celebrities alike. Isabella’s defines Upper West Side dining with reliable market-fresh offerings for the Mediterranean palate. From birthdays to celebratory brunches, many a memories have been made at Isabella’s and continue unfolding at this “oasis for an unrushed, delicious meal,” according to Zagat. When the weather’s pleasant, grab a sidewalk seat in the café for a classic New York Brunch filled with people-watching, benedicts and Bloody Marys. Indulge your sweet tooth in a Chocolate Bag, a dessert staple that’s been on the menu since opening day!
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Isabella's reviews from OpenTable diners
217 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (134)great for outdoor dining (110)fit for foodies (74)great for lunch (69)great for brunch (67)special occasion (56)good for groups (48)romantic (41)kid-friendly (33)hot spot (32)late-night find (18)notable wine list (13)scenic view (12)vibrant bar scene (7)Show More
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our brunch!
    Dolores
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Brunch with a long time friend was awesome. Great atmosphere, great friend and a competent and delightful waiter, Henry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    Luvtheater
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Husband and I each had the butternut squash bisque. The best we've ever slurped! It's a must, so hurry there as I'm sure it's seasonal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Isabella's Is Charming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Four of us went to Isabella's before a show at the Beacon, we had to push our reservation back by an hour at the last minute due to horrible traffic. The staff was so nice about it, didn't make a fuss and our table was ready right when we arrived. We all ordered different things, the salmon, a filet mignon, two different pasta dishes, one was a special pumpkin ravioli and they were all very good. We had a taste of the filet and it was outstanding! The hummus spread that came with the bread was very tasty and Mario our waiter did a wonderful job of keeping us in drinks and water. I would go back to Isabella's in a heartbeat and will the next time we go to the Beacon or the Museum of Natural HIstory which is right across the street.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We all had different salads and loved them - cobb, seafood. Good homemade dressings and everything was fresh. But the thing that knocked us out was the chocolate bag - dark chocolate hard shell with raspberry mousse, whipped cream and some fresh berries. The combo was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Isabella's is a great neighborhood restaurant. Very relaxed atmosphere with good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Serving Fine Food
    Nikki10023VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I have enjoyed eaing at Isabella's for countless years. It is a lovely room - spacious , airy and one feels happy just being there. The Maitre D' was most understanding when I kept advancing the hour of our arrival as my friend's train was delayed. We chose really well - our dinners were excellent from beginning to end. . We shared a wonderful Proscuitto on flatbread - ample for 2 persons. Then I had the finely prepared Hazelnut encrusted Cod and my companion had the perfect (he said) Filet Mignon. They gladly substituted a vegtable for his potatoes. I had their divine Choclate bag. It is a dark choclate box filled with a marvelous strawberry mousse & topped with whipped cream. Those calories were completely worth it. The meal could not have pleased us more. Service as always was most attentative. As it was quite late when we arrived the earlier crowd had left and happily it was quieter than we expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were five people on a Wednesday
    gshuby
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    night. The restaurant was not as crowded as usual, so the service was very good. Everyone in my party felt that the food was also very good. I would definenately recommend this restaurant to almost anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Always
    datenight
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We love Isabella's, the food is always great. Our server was very nice and attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and fine food
    bearle
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This is a "treat" restaurant although the prices, while not inexpensive, are also reasonable. My husband's cod and my roast chicken both beautifully presented and the portions were ample. The service was attentive but not obtrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • nice place, nice food, nice view
    MJewell
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    this place was excellent. It has a spot overlooking the natural history museum but not right near the entrance and therefore not in proximity of street vendors and crowds of tourists. the food selection is great and the dishes we tried fantastic. Drinks were also good and service top notch. Only downside, no beer on tap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amora
    Amora
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I took my boyfriend to Isabella's for his birthday after visit to the Hayden Planetarium. He is highly allergic to dairy. I was impressed with the waitress who patiently explained the menu and everything she brought to the table. The food she recommended was excellent, the service was very prompt and friendly. They even made a dairy free desert and brought it out with a candle and two glasses of champagne. It was a great experience, with good food and atmosphere. He was truly touched and appreciative.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little tired
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Over the years I have loved Isabella's and have gone there often. I was disappointed at my recent visit. The room is looking very tired and needs to be redone. The same can be said of the food. The waiter was curt and not very friendly. I would not return soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I may have ordered the wrong dish. The pasta was so over cooked that I sent it back. The restaurant provided us with a dessert after the check came. Since we hadn't ordered dessert and didn't want it, it was wasted on us. I saw other peoples's food which looked great. The service was a little slow. The staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • large group party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a group of 10. The restaurant was perfect for this. Mark was especially helpful in securing the right table upstairs for us. Everyone loved the table upstairs and the food and service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service star
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My chicken was dried out. Tried, manfully, to plough through it, but finally gave up. Server took it off the bill and got me a complimentary dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just average
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food presentation was okay, and fish was fresh, but not a lot of food for the money
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food, service & atmosphere
    sammicatVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I come here often, & never had a bad meal. Lately I've been having the chicken skewers and they're always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Gem
    EpicureanRendezvous
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    it was lovely for our group of eight people, it wsd moderately priced points and decent food, not foodie quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A real disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    What a disappointment. We haven't been here in a long time and it used to be excellent. This was a slow night for the restaurant, yet service was horrible, had to ask for plates to be removed , branzino very dry and bland. Refills on drinks painfully slow with our party of 6. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    WeezieVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    A pleasant adult dining experience. Good food and service with the plus of being able to hear your dinner companions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Isabella's hit the spot!
    ValDineDevine
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    After a day at the museum, we (party of 5) walked across the street and were immediately seated. The restaurant was busy and service was slow to start, but picked up quickly. Our server was a new employee; bright, attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. The regular menu had a perfect selection of starters and entrees, it was hard to pick only one. Specials added to the list and we opted for several appetizers and entrees. All were excellent. The specialty drinks were very good. The encrusted cod came with small, perfectly roasted potatoes and fresh steamed string beans in a light lemon cream sauce. All of us were very pleased with our dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really good and cozy
    LovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    first time at Isabellas. It is a very cozy restaurant with excellent service and very friendly. The food was very tasty and innovative. Had the beet salad with goat cheese had a beet puree that was very tasty and great showing. The caesar salad was very good. For dinner had the roasted chicken which was superb. The chicken ajus sauce was very tasty. the other meal was the cavetelli with spicy sausage. just the right amount of sausage and it was so good. will surely go back here again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience.....
    Train
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Wonderful way for my wife and I to spend her milestone birthday!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner option
    mattie1
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    great food, slow service.Will return . Nice location
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Isabella's is Perfect!
    diniVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The Upper West Side cafe could convince you that you are in Europe. When weather permits, there is no better place to enjoy a glass of wine and a fabulous salad than this! Service is always friendly, and when the weather turns cooler, the indoor space is warm and inviting. It is the perfect place for lunch or a light dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oknyc
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    food on this visit was not up to their usual standards and the deserts were just bad! Service was also quite mediocre even though the restaurant was not even half full. I have had much better experiences in the past.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodlover
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Service was good, food was was even better restaurant traffic was pretty active for a Sunday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite spot
    Chris
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I've never been disappointed by Isabella's and I've been there quite a few times. Food is great, pricing is decent, and the service is pretty good too. The specials that they usually have are fantastic, so definitely check those out. The noise level varies by day but you don't have to scream trying to talk to the person next to you. Very cozy and sometimes, the space feels a bit snug but you can easily forget about that. Check out the review for Isabella's and other restaurants here: http://wondersforthesoul.blogspot.com/2014/10/isabellas-restaurant.html
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb
    PinettoVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Isabella's never disappionts ; on that night Jake was our server and he was particularyl attentive and helpful. Pinetto
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TMV
    Goodeats
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Excellent as always-- one of my favorite all time restaurants in NYC-- Everything is excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pumpkin Creme Brulee
    GO2Dinner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    After a romantic walk through Central Park it was a short jaunt to the Upper West Side to the restaurant. We were seated right away at a very small corner window table. The table wobbled the entire meal and it felt like it might turn into a bad evening. The waiter was great and the food more than made up for the uncomfortable table. We would go there again some day but next time we will ask for a different table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sue1diner
    sue1diner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We so enjoy this restaurant since as usual, it has very good food, wine, etc. And their service is always very good. Plus their staff are very helpful even telling people what they like best; we even chose what our server suggested and so agreed it was great to chose!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time, good time
    jeunefille
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Had a very nice experience here, and the host staff was very welcoming. When I arrived, Isabella's was just starting to get busy; later, when my friend arrived, it was quite busy. Food, which is Mediterranean-inspired, was excellent. Only difficulty was in getting the server's attention once the restaurant became very busy. Wonderful place for a relaxed and unhurried meal. I plan to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food but Too Noisy
    JanDVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I stopped coming here for several years because of the noise level. This time we came b because of convenience and its still too noisy. A shame because the food is good. I prefer Gazala across the street and up 1 block. The food is good and the ambience better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New York Staple
    akka27VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had a fun time with our waiter who guided us throughout the night...thank you Isabella's and Henry for delicious food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Bowtie
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food was delicious especially the chopped salad and the special Hake dish with butternut squash, spatzle, and other vegetables. Service was perfect. They asked if we were seeing a show and were very mindful of our timing to make it to the show.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great neighborhood spot
    UWS123
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Nice atmosphere, good food, and friendly and welcoming service. When we mentioned that we had to make a concert at a certain time, they were accommodating in every way and made sure the meal progressed in a timely but not rushed way. Dinner was great, and I would definitely go try it for brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite People Watching Spot
    NativeNewYorkerVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I have enjoyed coming here since it opened. Sitting under the heat lamps outside, while having a great wine , is the perfect night. A quintessential New York evening!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Polished, Friendly Service
    NewspaperReader
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I walked out of Isabella's commenting that it was a very well-run restaurant. Food was very good. Restaurant was clean. Staff liked their jobs and were very well-trained.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for friends to meet
    Marcus
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My friends and I have been coming here for years in pairs and large groups. The food is good (for example, the hay & straw pasta, the filet mignon; but I don't think we've ever had a bad dish); the ambiance is nice, and the noise level is reasonable and conducive to conversation; and on warm days you can sit in the sidewalk cafe if you like. But what we most value about Isabella's is that when we have a large group of friends -- sometimes as many as 11 -- coming together, the staff is always flexible and friendly if the number of people is changing, and always tries to work with us. Together with the food and the space, for us it's a keeper.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate