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Isabella's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.isabellas.com/
  • Email: ISAmanagers@brguestinc.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 & Promotions: 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!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were a group of 10 and had 2 servers attending to our table. Unfortunately the service was very slow and the servers were inattentive. We received one bread basket containing 3 pieces of bread. When the main course finally arrived the general opinion of the table was the food was fair and uneventful. The desserts were tasty. I'm sorry to say I would not recommend this establishment to friends."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The service staff are friendly, but the food was extremely disappointing. I had been to Isabella's many times over the years, and my last visit was in 2010. The breaded and deep fried artichoke was like a Costco or Sam's Club frozen item that was finished off with nice garnishes but tasted like it came from a warehouse store. We asked for more baguette, and they sent multi-grain sandwich slices that had been toasted and cut in half. The Hay Straw Linguine would have been better if it were actually hay and straw with chicken. Everyone else's entrees were also disappointing, but at least the desserts were good. I should have checked out the other reviews before dining there and spending over $200."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had a group of 5; three of us were very early due to a change in schedule, so hung out in the little bar area. People in the bar were friendly and the time zipped by. The general manager is a delightful young lady, interested in her guests, doing handstands to accommodate needs. All the staff were helpful, cheerful, pleasant. There were several wedding groups which added to the happy, neighborhood feel. Menu has something for everyone, excellent wine choices; food was well prepared and beautifully presented. We had a table toward the back which allowed us enough quiet to visit, but not be too removed from the energy of the restaurant. Our group ranged from young adults to 60s, one almost 90. Everyone enjoyed the evening.."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had the salmon which was cooked well, but I wish they kept it more simple. It was served over a green purée which didn't have much flavor and cooked peppers which are way too dominating to be served and these large beans as well which were also too heavy against the salmon. Would have preferred it to be next to some lighter veggies. I really liked the Tuscan Kale salad, but you really have to like Kale because it was the heavier type Kale and not the baby Kale version. My hubby had the Mahi Mahi which was also cooked well but was surrounded by tiny cubes of sweet potatoes or yams. Too heavy to be around the fish. Needed a veggie that was more complimentary to the fish. If they Keep the entrees simpler, we will come more often."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I've been a regular guest for longer than twenty years and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Food was amazing and the service was great as always."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "RECEPTION: Warm, welcoming & friendly. TABLE: Exactly as requested when booking online. SERVICE: Efficient without being effusive or officious. Pleasant and attentive. Smiles and caring. AMBIENCE: Extremely pleasant, European feel. Loved large number of round tables. Quiet and comfortable. FOOD: Delicious, creative menu, excellent variety/choices, beautifully presented, generous servings. VALUE: Unquestionably excellent value for money. GENERAL: Have dined at Isabella's a number of times, and have never been disappointed. It's really very nice to know what to expect. This well run, high standards/top quality restaurant is consistently excellent. We'll be back and we urge readers of this review to experience Isabella's for themselves."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Excellent prepared fish. Cooked beautifully and not overwhelming."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite Manhattan restaurants. Great food and drinks, nice ambience, and in a convenient location (both in terms of transportation and the Museum of Natural History, NY Historical Society, and Central Park). It can be a little noisy, but it's still possible to talk to (and hear) everyone at a table for 6. The prices are reasonable for the quality of the meal and servers are always friendly and helpful"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "have been coming here since the very beginning and each time I have been delighted by the food, drink, service, pricing and portions; they are truly consistent over the years."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Five "ladies" "lunched" to celebrate a birthday and our continuing friendship. We asked for, and got, a "quiet" table--a good thing, as it sometimes gets noisy. The food was good, as always, and the "chocolate bag" dessert was terrific."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The food was amazing. We got the chicken and Salmon. It was delicious."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have been frequenting Isabella's for over 20 years and am so pleased with the consistent quality of the food and service. The specials were creative and priced at equivalent levels to the menu which we much appreciate. The menu items are as fresh and delicious as the specials. The service was very friendly and attentive. Overall, we had an excellent experience and will e back soon."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Love this Upper West Side gem...fabulous salads, great omelets, wonderful charm and friendly warm service!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I took my out-of-state parents here after a day at the museum and a walk in Central Park. They were very impressed. service is quick and efficient. There was no big lag between courses.The waiter was knowledgable and helpful. The food was very good and there was a wide enough selection to please everyone especially my strict vegetarian daughter. My mother and I are small eaters and shared the seafood cappillini. It was excellant! My father loved the sauce on his butternut squash ravioli and my daughter thouroughly enjoyed her flatbread as an entree. Those dishes plus some creative salads were exaclty enough food to satisfy completly with no leftovers to haul home."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had fantastic service! The Manager/host rearranged tables for us so we could sit in a quiet corner for my almost deaf Uncle. And our server was so patient and pleasant to us, and the food was very good! This is our favorite NYC restuarant when we come to town."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Had a great meal here before an Allman Brothers concert. Good food, drink and service. Been here before, and will be back."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "absolutely loved the brussel sprouts/salad.....ordered it twice!! Fish and flatbread was also terrific. Waitstaff was responsive - enjoyed the evening."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The quality of the food was only surpassed by the quality of the service. It is a rare occasion that as parents of 2 young children we get a night out for dinner & a show. After one cancelled train and a second 30 min delay I thought for sure we would have to give up on dinner. The entire staff did an outstanding job of communicating our situation. We never once felt rushed and had an incredible meal from appetizer to dessert all in 45 minutes. I look forward to returning in warmer weather to sit outside and enjoy the views of the museum grounds."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Found this gem thanks to Restaurant Week 2014...service was great...food was amazing...prices on the regular menu were reasonable for NYC....as were the wine prices! Would definitely recommend if you are near the Upper West Side!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We took the NYC Restaurant Week menu. It was very good. Three course menu and a special price for the wine. Goid deal. The restaurant is very cosy, delicate atmosphere. Love it."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The chicken sandwich was dry and had a bone in it. I told the waiter it wasn't good and I was ofered the pork. The pork had a poor presentation and no taste. The dessert was frozen. The waiter never returned to our table to receive the payment, we had to go to the cashier ourselves. The decor is poor and old. Isabella's? Never more."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I try and take my parents to Isabellas every time I come to NYC, and as usual it doesn't disappoint. Quality of the food is excellent; short but decent wine list, attentive waitstaff. The space is open to the sidewalk during the summer which allows them to seat more and reduces the noise level, but in wintertime the noise can be energetic at times. That said, a great place for family, friends, date night, even business meals. Young and attentive staff yet knowledgable about the menu."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Very friendly atmosphere,, good food, competent staff"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Food portions and quality excellent, wait staff very high level."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "My husband and I visited Isabella's on our recent trip to NYC. It was a lovely little spot for a romantic dinner on the town. The food was wonderful and the service was exceptional."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We live part time on the UWS and truly enjoy this restaurant. Service is excellent, food is always good and a perfect setting. What we really appreciate is how well run it is. We look forward to going back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We made a reservation for about 10 o'clock at 9:30. They took the reservation but we felt kind of rushed the whole time. Everyone was cleaning up around us. I had a linguine dish it was good the other person in my party had chicken and it was kind of okay. We are glad to get a table and think that if we had come earlier in the evening we would've had five-star experience. I would try this restaurant again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "It was just OK. Considering it is on the UWS, it's fine, but definitely not an outstanding restaurant."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I made a reservation for a quiet table and I got one. The service was friendly and upbeat. The food was great. But I had asked in advance to order from the special Pris Fixe restaurant menu, and upon reflection, that was not the menu I was given. I realize now I should have asked for the Restaurant Week menu, and feel myself a victim of bait and switch.,"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Can't say enough about this place. I've been several times for dinner and brunch and have always loved it. Good, reasonably priced and high-quality food, with a menu that is wide enough to appease foodies and folks with basic taste. Service has always been awesome; everyone is extremely friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Decor is quite elegant for a restaurant at this price point; nice tablecloths, marble floors, etc. I've gone here with friends, parents, and on dates, and it's been great for all of them. Would recommend it for just about any occasion."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "I've been there many times and the food is unbelievably good each time. The service is outstanding, staff is very helpful and smiley :)"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Since I was away for work over the weekend, I missed Valentine's Day. My fiancee surprised me with taking me out to Isabella's during Restaurant Week. We had a delicious meal from the price fixe menu, the service was fantastic, and the wine was fantastic. I would absolutely recommend Isabella's to anyone!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "As always the menu left me in a quandary as to what to order. Each entree was as appealing as the next. Ordered a pasta with chicken sausage and broccoli raab and a light sauce. It was terrific. My date had a steak that was to die for, over the best scalloped potatoes ever. Can't go wrong wit the food, the service and the setting. Just wonderful."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Food and service were outstanding. One of the best restaurants on the upper west side."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "A friend & I had lunch at Isabella's & ended up staying 2 1/2 hours talking & catching up. They were so nice to let us sit there that long. My salad was great & the dessert, chocolate bag with fruit in it is to die for!!! I WILL be back!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Unfortunately I think Isabella's has declined over the years. It is still good, but I think overpriced for what you get."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Isabella's is a popular UWS restaurant with good food you can count on. It's located near the American Museum of History and the New York Historical Society so it's very convenient for museum-goers. The service is very friendly and helpful. In good weather, diners can sit outside and enjoy the passing scene."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend out for Valentine's day. The food was pricy, however, you pay for great service, great food, and just a nice quiet environment. Dessert was a great price for the amount you get. It is worth going to show someone how much you love them."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Consistently great food served by friendly staff. Very fresh salads and fish. Excellent attention to special diets in our case gluten free."
    Dined on 2/8/2014