Isabella's
Isabella's

Isabella's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.isabellas.com/
  • Phone: 2127242100x
  • 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
226 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (141)neighborhood gem (132)great for brunch (83)great for lunch (77)special occasion (66)fit for foodies (56)romantic (47)good for groups (45)kid-friendly (40)hot spot (24)late-night find (20)scenic view (16)notable wine list (12)vibrant bar scene (7)Show More
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A very nice evening for our anniversary. Delicious food, attentive staff, nice atmosphere. Easily made reservation through OT, arrived a bit early and was seated right away. Sat near the open doors but not outside and felt like we were on the street without the noise of the traffic. 1 App, 2 Entrees, 3 drinks and desert and coffee was 130 plus tip. Would recommend and will return. Found this as part of same group as Blue Water Grill downtown. Listed itself as Mediterranean although menu has recently changed and I would describe menu as more American.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food & Service
    KyleC
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My girlfriend and I enjoyed dining here for the first time after spending the afternoon strolling Central Park. The menu and drinks had just been updated, we were told, and our waiter was very knowledgeable about the flavors to help recommend items. Great that this restaurant ensures employees have sampled the menu before offering it to guests. We enjoyed a window seat just inside near sliding doors which were open to the outdoor seating. A heater made the spot very comfortable as the evening air cooled. The linguine with chicken and vegetables was full of flavor in a warm mushroom sauce, and the presentation was equally delicious. We recommend the crème brulee made with an orange liquor. So satisfying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So, so good
    NewyorkerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I returned again for the hay and straw pasta - always so, so good. I was seated T the same table and had the same dish as a week earlier. My husband had the Cavatelli with vegetables that was so, so good too! Isabelle's is one of the best outdoor dining venues in New York. A perfect place to unwind on a Friday evening and enjoy great food and good wine.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would definitely go back
    jgx4
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My husband and I dined with another couple at Isabella's a few nights ago. The colleague who recommended it said "it's a solid restaurant with great outdoor space." I agree completely. Most of our party ordered fish dishes and everyone enjoyed their meals. I had a perfectly cooked branzino (a bit on the small side) which was moist and well seasoned. I particularly liked that we did not feel rushed. Our waitress gave us plenty of time to enjoy our drinks and then later, were able to enjoy dining outside without being made to feel like we had to wrap up the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upbeat and still terrific
    uegdswVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The sunset menu is great fun, especially if you found that you didn't get out of the house early enough for late brunch. The last chance to sit outdoors before the fall chill comes was terrific. The Gazpacho was wonderful as are the chicken skewers. I also love the chopped salad. We liked the wine and the martini. And just a comment on the restaurant design which is part of its charm: the interior is so well configured, and the outside café is especially comfortable and delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Group of six. Good, friendly service, average prices for New York and very good food. I would say this is a reliable restaurant. Not a huge menu but something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistantly Good
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have back to this restaurant multiple times and have always found the food and service to be excellant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining
    FoodieNYC7
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is the perfect spot in the UWS for al fresco dining and a lovely ambience. For the appetizer, I had the gazpacho which was delicious but there was a distinct lack of croutons. There were just four tiny croutons which got a bit lost in the large bowl of soup. My guest had the melon salad as an appetizer and similarly there was hardly any feta. For the entrees, I had the salmon with summer corn risotto which was cooked perfectly and really tasty. My guest had the blackened swordfish which he said was okay, but a bit overcooked and dry. For dessert we shared the peach cobbler. Overall, I would say you come here for the outdoor dining and ambience. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The worst service in New York
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    That restaurant was great when just opened. Now, the service is the worst in New York. The wine, we ordered at the beginning came after an hour, the waitress who was finally bringing the wine, knowing that we were waiting for an hour or more, just stopped at the table and talked for another 15 minutes with her friends. They brought soup, then forgot the spoons, then came bread. The manager did not know how to explain the service. We got 2 glasses of wine on the house, instead of a bottle of wine we were waiting, but was the aggravation worst it? They spoiled the perfect summer lunch. I never had this experience in this kind of restaurant.
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  • Lovely Isabella's
    Fran212
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Although noisy at times, Isabella's is always a port of call when we're in city. Been coming here since they opened and never had a bad meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An old stand-by
    WeezieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food is still good though portions are a bit on the small side. Wait staff is friendly and accommodating. Definitely worth the visit; reasonably priced and you can actually have a conversation without screaming.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch for two
    HappyLoneDiner
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Hostess was lovely. Server forgot bread request, brought wrong drink order. Food was adequate for the price. Absolutely no attention to plate presentation. Great location and it seems to be popular. I would not recommend it.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Vibe
    Frequentdiners
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great ambiance, casual and comfortable and great street scene. Excellent food, great wine selection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    They have grilled Branzino on the menu. I ordered it - it was cooked to death - no moisture. Someone at the table next to me ordered it as well, same result. I will say, however, that Management handled it very well - took it off my bill, brought me another glass of wine on them, and were very apologetic. Very well run - usually their food is very good - this was disappointing.
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  • Isabella's
    BobLVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have been there many times & the food is always excellent. They have a great wine list which my wife & friends enjoy. Friday nites can be quite busy & the staff is somewhat scattered, they probably could use more waiters.
    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.
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I'm never disappointed at Isabella's but the cod Friday night was especially delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious
    noonisVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, good service, and an accommodating kitchen—when asked for no cheese in a dish, the waiter asked if it was allergy-related or just a personal preference. I've never experienced that before and it was greatly appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A pleasant evening
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The wait staff was attentive, the food adequate, and the ambience charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    D3good
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Isabella's has been around in the same location for a lot longer than about any other restaurant on the UWS. And it hasn't lost it's charm or it's attention to quality food and service. You can't go wrong choosing this place to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not that memorable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Hadn't lived in NYC since 1991 and this was recommended by two different people. Personally I found food good but nothing stood out to me except for the fries. The kale salad not very flavorful to me but others liked it. Blackened mahi mahi with sweet potatoes-just OK. Others had the chicken which they said was wonderful. Rice pudding was very good with a sorbet that I didn't like at all. Brownie was good also. The Columbus Ave location is very nice with outdoor seating. Since we wanted to catch up with our friends we hadn't seen in ages, the table in the far back (by the restrooms) was perfect although probably the least desirable in the place. Service great-attentive but unobtrusive. Fine but I thought it would be outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite!
    NativeNewYorkerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have been eating at Isabella's since it opened. We love the atmosphere,and always enjoy new additions to the menu!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Excellent
    DebJoy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have been coming to Isabella's for I don't know how long. The food is always excellent, the service is top-notch, so it is no surprise that Isabella's is a neighborhood institution.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sistah2 Does Isabella's
    sistah2
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Ladies Who Lunch Spot...on the UWS. Some gems on menu, like their crab cake and gooey chocolate brownie dessert...Had the sundae this trip, crab cake another time. Friend and I asked for quiet spot, forgoing outdoors and were seated in upstairs area...large group with kids left midway. Seafood Cobb salad had plenty of seafood and greens. It was o.k....seafood a little watery tasting newly thawed. If you closed your eyes, couldn't really tell what was what by taste. iced tea ditto... Dessert was indulgent. Next time, back to the crab cake ...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NEAR THE PARK
    JamieVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    perfect for dinner before 3 1/2 hrs of King Lear! Hit the spot
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    Dominique
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Very good experience for our first dîner as tourists in NY. Excellent service, good food even if relatively simple, diversified wine list, and nice location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and food!
    Nycmo4
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We had food allergies and sensitivities - 1 gluten free, 1 dairy free, and 1 both. They were incredibly accommodating and pleasant about it and all the food was delicious. We mixed both the restaurant week menu and regular menu. All in all a success!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Claire
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The ambience was great but the food was nothing special. Just your average.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food, Teriffic Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The occasion was my girlfriends birthday. From the moment we entered to the moment we left, we encountered one person after another who made us feel like valued patrons and at home, even though this was our first time at Isabella's. The special requests I had made to make the celebration a truly special one were taken care of without a single word from me. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. Isabella's is a great destination for that special occasion.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better brunch than dinner
    IgtoutoccVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We've been here a number of times. Although dinner is ok, brunch is much better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat to eat here!
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We've been to Isabella's on numerous occasions and we've always been pleased. The menu is varied and interesting and the food is consistently excellent. On this visit, our drinks (cocktails) were very generous, and we were also presented with a complimentary amuse bouche from the chef along with the bread basket. We'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    Malka
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have eaten at Isabella's many times and have always been happy with my meal. I particularly enjoy eating outside.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be wary
    RepastVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I had been a customer of Isabella's since its opening but stopped going about a year ago after two dreadful dinners. This lunch was a test. The seafood cob was pretty and generous. Unfortunately, its scallops were raw and the shrimp close to raw (not cooked and cold, raw.) Dressing was gelatinous and tasteless (one of those 800 calorie too-many-ingredient blends) The bread basket contained three limp slices of bread for two of us.
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  • Consistent and "go to" place
    EvyNYVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Welove going to Isabella's and it has been our "go to place" for years. I reserved and asked, if possible, to be accommodated outside. We were very graciously greeted by the host and given the table outside with the nicest smile and warmth I have witnessed in a while. Food was consistent although too much cream in the fish dishes. Will continue coming back for sure
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    hgteevee
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    i have been dining here since it first opened and it has never once disappointed! Everyone i bring loves it! The food is delicious, presented well and service very friendly. And they will get you out in time for the theater. Prices are still gentle- rare now on the UWS. Very happy that they are still doing well and are still packed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Isabella's
    ililiVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Meet friends for lunch. We all had omelets which were delicious. Great place for lunch. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sunshineVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    While we had another excellent meal here as we have had since the restaurant first opened, we were very uncomfortable due to so many doors being open (there used to be just one) and so the air conditioning couldn't work properly and it was a very warm night. Even many of the staff looked uncomfortable. What a waste of energy and what a shame to spoil a good meal. Looks like we can't come back in the summertime unless things change. So be forewarned if this could be a concern of yours!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT!!
    LEPM72
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Isabella's is always consistently good, I have never been let down. Food and service is always top notch!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Location:crowded and noisy
    Conan
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is a good location but when it is busy the layout is cramped. Food is reasonable... and the price is in line with the location. But you are not going to hear much with all those tables in confined space... .previously had been seated outside and is better but those places go fast. Think there are better options in the area at this price point.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy, crowded
    jerseygirl
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Food was good, but service was slow. The restaurant was frantically busy on a Wednesday at 6pm. Don't go without a reservation!
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish service was better
    consumingVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I like the ambience and some of the food here, but lately it's been disappointing. Last time, it took forever to be seated and served. This time the waitress was busy with other tables, while the bus boys kept reaching over my group to serve dishes and hit my girlfriend's head with a plate. The artichoke appetizer was great; the hay & straw pasta was good; but my branzino was dry and dull. One good thing is they accommodated my friend's vegan requested.
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