Very Good Portugese Place
I met a friend there for dinner. It's certainly not a 4 star restaurant and it's not a place to go for a quiet romantic dinner. But I wasn't looking for that and was very pleased. I'm from out of town and I like to go to unique local places instead of chains. This fit the bill. They have tapas and paella as well as other entrees. The food was very good and reasonably priced. It's in a great small town setting. I'd definitely recommend it for a casual dinner with good food at a good price.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The happy hour assortment
The happy hour assortment was great as was the service...will be going back soon.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, great service
We went to Isabella's for our anniversary. The food was amazing and the staff was attentive and quick. The prices were very reasonable.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not our first time at Isabella's - great for date nights, but we brought our mother's here for Mother's Day to show them how great the restaurants in Frederick can be - they loved it and it made for a great day!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had wonderful food, everything was delicious and attractive. The food comes out very fast, so if you want to slow it down, you have to simply stop ordering and wait till you're ready. (it's tapas, so that's easy) The ONLY thing we didn't like was the lighting. We had to use the flashlights on our phones to see the menu. We wanted for nothing. Water was constantly being filled, new silver, fresh tapas plates. We had a great experience!
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great as Always
Isabella's is the perfect location for a night out, romantic dinner or just to try new foods. We like experimenting with foods we wouldn't typically order for an entire meal and the prices are moderate enough to take a risk on a dish or two. The crabcakes were out of this world and the asparagus is always a hit, first thing we order every time!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't wait to go back
This was my first time at Isabella's even though I had heard great things about the restaurant for years. It was everything I expected and more. Our server was very knowledgeable and went over the specials in great detail. The service was great and the food was off the charts. I enjoyed the tapas style of small plates. We had the almond encrusted goat cheese balls, calamari and a mushroom flatbread. The calamari was the best that I've ever had so we ordered a second one. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates good food.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and lots of fun
Wide variety of tapas to choose from and everything is great! Make sure you save room for the homemade desserts, and if you like Sangria you won't want to miss it.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Did not disappoint
We chose Isabella's for the tapas having had a great experience at a tapas restaurant in Aruba. Isabella's did not disappoint. The selection and food were great. We chose the 3 for $10..99 tapas. Service and atmosphere were very good. Value was very good.
I would definitely recommend and will return.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and great service.
Excellent food and great service. We celebrated our 40thanniversary and were not disappointed with the food or service. I would recommend Isabella's to anyone and have recommended it in the past.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
always a great choice!
We've been to Isabella's quite a few times. The food is always delicious and the menu accommodates the many differences in my family's eatibg preferences--from vegetarian to meat-lovers. Staff is friendly,courteous, and timely. Definitely returning!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love tapas restaurants and this place tops them all. I was very pleasantly surprised by the many seafood tapas dishes that were on the menu. The service was fast, and our waitress very friendly. The dessert (ice cream medley) was a great ending to a fine dinner! Although we came with our two small children, my husband and I are planning on returning by ourselves soon!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Isabella's for Fathers' Day and my sister's birthday. We had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the service was great. We look forward to going back soon.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
An unusual experience
The small portion, try many different foods concept is a good one. Most menu items are priced around $6 to $9. The concept is great, but be careful not to over order. We selected one dish at a time (2 of us) and discovered after 5 dishes we were both stuffed. It took a bit longer for dinner, which made it an enjoyable evening out! Initially we would have ordered far more after we looked at menu. So be careful about over ordering!
Food was delicious...every selection! Service was attentive, but a bit slow. Perhaps that was because of the way we ordered, but had to wait for waiter several times before ordering next dish. The specialty drink (mojita) was excellent. Un unusual experience, but certainly a good one!
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
A solid constant
I reserved a table for 9 for an executive off-site meeting dinner during the week. It was also the 35th corporate anniversary for one of the execs. From start to finish the service was accomodating, professional, cheerful, an unhurried. Food quality excellent and the ambiance perfect after being stuffed in a conference room all day. I have enjoyed several evenings at Isabella's and will happily do so many more times. Thank you to all the staff!
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a hit with us....
Perhaps my favorite restaurant in Frederick. If I don't get there with some frequency, I miss it and feel a need to return. I love the whole "tapas experience" of trying small amounts of different food and sharing with others. The only thing I would change at Isabella's is their wine list- I'm a red wine fan and have not found a red by the glass that I'm thrilled with...but that won't keep me away.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A smashing good time !
One of our favorite restaurant/bars. Isabellas is a Tapas bar. So nearly all of the food is hors 'devours- size. It's great when you have 4 or more people - you order a half a dozen different tapas and share with everyone. It makes for an exciting and talkative experience. We have yet to have one tapas we did not like. You MUST try the fried asparagus sticks. The sauce they use puts these in the top snack category, trust me !
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great time with friends.
Great food. great drink, great service. We had a fantastic time as always. Our favorite restaurant.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I live this place the food is always spectacular, and the service has always been great. It can be a little pricy, but it is well worth the cost for the quality of the food. I definitely recommend the asparagus fries to start, but everything else is just as good.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great destination for day trippers
Some of us came in from Baltimore and others from Gettysburg . It was perfect!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Isabella's!
My husband and I love this place. The food, the atmosphere and the experience all contribute to a meal you will enjoy and won't soon forget.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great meal at Isabella's. We love the selection, the small plates, the atmosphere, the sangria..... I could go on and on. A real Frederick favorite for us!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A taste of everything
Ending in a 3 lb. lobster right out of their tank.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun, exciting and energetic!
Fun, exciting and energetic! Lots of tapas to choose from; that it makes it hard not to go over board! Wish they would give a bigger blank plate to start with, so that the foods do not overlap and mix in flavor.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy our experience and food. We have taken guests here many times and they always enjoy this restaurant as well. Isabellas is also very accommodating for a gluten-free menu. Staff is friendly and service is excellent.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
All 15 tapas plates and three
All 15 tapas plates and three desserts were widely varied outstanding. atmosphere does not lend itself to intimate conversation but you can go somewhwere else for that.
Too dim after dark to read the busy menu well. Keep it dark, but hand out disposable lights to the table. Keepsake and reminder of the place.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this restaurant! I live in New Orleans where we KNOW food, and Isabellas ranks high on my lisf. The asparagus is over the top. Dont miss this dining experience.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
My date spent several years living in Spain. Upon hearing of this place, she wondered if the food would be authentic. Just halfway through the first course she commented that the food was just like what she had at one of the best places in Spain. Each of the following dishes we ordered received the same praise.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food but portions are tiny!
My 18 yr old son is the foodie of the family, and this is one of his restaurants. Of course, he doesn't have to pay the bill. His favorites are the iberico de bellotas (pork) and bacon wrapped dates. The pork is market price--there were 5 small slices for $16, but if it's that special, I'm good with that. What floored me, though was the 2 medium-sized scallops on a bed of arugula for $11, and a single duck leg for $12. My paella was just ok--I have never had shrimp so soggy before, I didn't even know they could get to that texture. On the other hand, we had the special ice cream sampler for dessert--6 single scoops of gourmet flavored ice cream for only $6.25. Absolutely delicious! I guess you win some, you lose some.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as advertised
My wife and I went because of Isabella's reputation for good gluten-free food. Many items were clearly marked "gluten-free", and many other dishes could be made gluten free upon request. Good ambience, great downtown location, knowledgable staff, and excellent food. We'll be back!!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service
We have been there many times, and have enjoyed our food and service.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious tapas & well-priced
Delicious tapas & well-priced - our 4th visit to Isabella's over several years. Very tasty & good service.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
There is always something
There is always something interesting on the Isabella's menu. Make sure and read the menu at each visit because it does change with new dishes. This is a great restaurant for those who love great eating experiences.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasant experience..on
Always a pleasant experience..on a very busy Saturday night the waiter made sure to suggest that we continuously placed our next Tapas order so that the wait between servings was just right. We appreciated the helpful suggestions.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great experience
Isabella's did not disappoint. Our server gave an excellent menu review, got us started quickly on drinks and decision making. With four adults, we all picked a tapas and shared. As tapas were ready they were served. As we came to the end of first round we ordered again. Best wait to eat....a little at a time and an assortment of food. Will definitely return!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Atmosphere is perfect to accommodate two friends to sit and chat about life. Jess was an excellent facilitator with our "lounging" time.
We will be back
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy for an out of towner
We were in town for a family member's wedding and gave Isabella's a try and we are glad we dld. The staff and service was superb and the food was very tasty. I had the pear salad as well as pan con tomate and both were delicious. We were also able to order soon after being seated for our toddler who has little patience and her food came out early so she was very content. :) Overall, great experience and if we are ever in the neighborhood, we will certainly return!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the mojitos!
Good food and good drinks! Really fun for a first date!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Justin made the night.
Our server Justin made our night. He was very good and made our experience enjoyable. He played along with our jokes and made GREAT suggestions. He was patient as we were in NO hurry. I really enjoyed the food. But loved Justin. I will ask for him next time I am in.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & service
As a group of 8, 4 adults 4 kids (7,5,3,3) we made a reservation a few days ahead of time for our Saturday dinner. We showed up a little early & the planned table was still occupied from lunch, so we waited while they put some tables together for us. In a way, I wished we waited, they had us in the side room, right under an A/C outlet & we FROZE and it was dark. Also, we were almost right up against the service door, employees were coming/going the entire time & hitting the chair of one of the adults. We ordered all types of tapas, from vegetarian, to different meats, seafood, and they were all very very good and the kids loved the pizza and chicken fingers. Ice cream sampler and choco cake were very good. Service was VERY good.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
When my family and I were on Market St. searching for a place for dinner a passing stranger recommended Isabella's. We tried it and loved it. It has delicious tapas and friendly service and atmosphere. A few weeks later we drove from almost a hour away to eat there again when one of us chose it for her birthday dinner. For tapas we like Isabella's as much as or maybe more than Jaleo. The food is just as great and the atmosphere is more down to earth. Our grade and high school age kids love Isabella's. They are adventurous eaters but I noticed there is a children's menu for those who prefer the familiar. The regular menu is broad enough to please the ommivores and the vegetarian in our group.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem in downtown Frederick!
My husband & I went to Isabella's for the first time last Sunday to celebrate our anniversary. What a gem! Justin our server was excellent! His recommendations were superb. We ate from the tapas menu and all of our plates were wonderful. The highlights were the flat iron grilled shrimp and the filet. I highly recommend the house sangria. They have both red & white. The white was only slightly sweet - not overly so at all. If you plan on eating tapas be prepared to spend a few hours as this is a leisurely way of dinning. All of the plates are cooked to order so they come out at different times. We will be returning very soon!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent tapas, sangria &
Excellent tapas, sangria & atmosphere. Worth a trip!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good service, but the staff
Good service, but the staff didn't notice there was water spilled right next to my table, I had to let them know and it was obvious because they were walking over it
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Adding to our list of favorites
Took my fiancé' here for her birthday. Requested a "quiet table", staff was very accommodating, seated us in spot where we could talk without yelling and still feel like we were a part of the whole vibe of the place. Our waiter walked us through the entire menu, pointing out some of his favs along the way. If for nothing else, you need to visit and sample the asparagus fries...AMAZING! The rest of our selections were equally as good and delivery was spaced out perfectly. Local beer is a good choice. At the end of all this, we were treated with an ice cream sampler for desert...WOW! All the ice cream is made in-house by the "ice cream lady" daily. This was our first visit to Isabella's but I can assure you, it will not be our last!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Value for Lunch
3 Tapas for $11.95 at lunch is a bargin!! The selection was excellent and the food was well prepared. The regular menu also has a good selection of tapas and main dishes was reasonablely priced, and so is the wine list. A good selection of cheese also. The place is a little loud at dinner, especially during happy hour because the bar is in the middle of he dining room.
Like all of Fountain Rock restaurants, a fine place to dine.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fab food with friends
Isabella's provides and relaxed and delicious dining experience. Sharing tapas with friends is fun and a great way to try new dishes.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
All around fun place
Great dining experience. If you have never tried Tapas, here is the place to do so. Moderately priced, vast variety, and prepared flawlessly. I will be back. A little noisy, but kind of adds to the energy of the restaurant.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great spot to go to if in Frederick. Outstanding food and drinks. Loved it
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I love trying different foods together at Isabella's. The small portions allow us to taste without filling up on just one dish. Wonderful flavors and great service.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM