One of our favorites. We keep
One of our favorites. We keep coming back here again and again.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Enjoyable spot to dine. Food
Enjoyable spot to dine. Food was good. Not overpriced.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Warm and welcoming a visit
Warm and welcoming a visit to Trattoria isabella is a visit home...that is if home is in Italy ! Their saussage is exceptional and from the moment one enters you can relax. they have captured a nicely balanced middle ground with their menu. Veal is tender and pasta perfect. In warm weather the outside patio is a real treat.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I happened upon Trattoria
I happened upon Trattoria Isabella on OpenTable while looking for a place close to my West Loop condo for a dinner with a friend. We both enjoyed it a great deal; the food is excellent, and the service is equally as good. I've eaten there three times since with two other friends who were similarly impressed.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Michael and his staff make
Michael and his staff make you feel right at home. It is a great place to congregate before heading to the Bulls, the Blackhawks or any other sporting event downtown. It's so good, I hate to tell anybody else about this gem. Dave
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Trattoria Isabella is our
Trattoria Isabella is our go-to Italian restaurant. I know I will get flavorful dishes with great service every time. It's comfort food in a comfortable atmosphere.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Truly an outstanding experience. My wife and I happened upon Isabella by browsing Open Table for a somewhat last minute date. We were immediately and energetically greeted by the host who couldn't have been more affable. We found the wait staff to be extremely attentive and knowledgeable -- steering us to an outstanding appetizer (the grilled calamari was the best I'd ever eaten). The entree's were fantastic and the wine list was filled with some terrific Italian vintages. This place is a gem. We'll be back -- with others!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
A fantastic Italian dining
A fantastic Italian dining experience, could not have been more pleased with the entire meal and service. A wonderful place to go with friends!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Staff was very accommodating
Staff was very accommodating for a last minute group of eight lunch reservation. We had waiters undivided attention. Great food and service. Dessert choices were limited but tasty.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was wonderful
The service was wonderful and the food was superb. This place is a gem. If you love Italian food you will love it here.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I had the spicy bolognese and the pesto gnocchi- both were amazing. Antipasti of sausage and peppers was great, too!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
A very nice dinner
We took my elderly parents here for an early dinner on Saturday and it was very nice. I had emailed to ask for a quiet spot, and we were in the front corner by the window. They even turned down the music when it was apparent they couldn't hear the server tell us the specials (the music was too loud anyway). We split a couple salads, which weren't our favorites. The caesar was very heavily dressed and the wedge wasn't as expected -- not dressed well. Our entrees were all good and the service was good. We like the free attached parking as parking in the city (as well as valets) is like taking an extra person to dinner with you!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We visited prior to our Lyric show. We were celebrating my husband's birthday. We started with the salmon crostini which was wonderful! We each had the green bean salad which was fresh and tasty. Our entrees of pork chop and the Mahi Mahi with limone and capers were deliciously prepared along with fresh spring vegetables. As a surprise, the waiter brought a piece of tirimasu with a single lit birthday candle, that was excellent. Our waiter Ryan was knowlegeable and attentive was was the rest of the staff. We will be back. The outdoor seating area opens next week and with the tables and lighted umbrellas, it looks like a fun place to spend an evening!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, good service, outdoor
Good food, good service, outdoor and indoor seating are very nice. I have eaten her several times and have never been disappointed.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding Outdoor Dining
We were looking for an outdoor venue to celebrate a birthday on a warm May evening and this was the perfect spot. Good food and excellent service.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely West Loop Gem
Trattoria Isabella has a lovely outdoor patio and bar with gas heaters if the weather turns a bit cool. We opted to dine indoors. Floor to ceiling windows in the lovely dining room give a stunning streetscape that includes nearby EL trains. The indoor bar features a wood burning oven, so you may watch your Pizza (we chose Margherita) as it bakes. Waitstaff was attentive without hovering. Waitress Victoria was very knowledgeable and helpful with wine selection as well as entrees. We selected daily specials, and were not disappointed with the seafood's freshness and flavor. Try capping your meal with the Limoncello flute-light and refreshing! All in all, a satisfying dining experience. We will be back for summer alfresco dining!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful experience
We were seated immediately on the patio at 9:30p Saturday evening. Our server Ryan recommended a good wine, put our antipasti orders in quickly, recommended the linguini with clams in a white sauce which was divine. Highly recommended. We split that dish, along with the fresh bruschetta, antipasti italiano platter, and a delicious pizza with sausage, red peppers, and I think it was capicolla? Then had some dessert after.. Chocolate gelato and the profiteroles (it wasn't our favorite). We had such a great evening. The food is to die for. Everything was cooked perfectly, seasoned well, and was so fresh. We indulged on excellent food that night, why not have a fantastic cheat day?
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We came as part of an employees 20th Anniversary at work. The restaurant accomodated our request to have tables switched around so we could al face each other. They were very attentive, and didn't mind us getting just a bit louder than is customary.
Had a very nice evening, with good food and wine.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Super food and service
Went here for lunch with coworkers and had the seafood salad, which was top notch! It was chocked full of seafood and had a really great light lemon dressing. Everyone said their dish was great, except one coworker commented that the pasta she had was a bit bland... can't recall what she had but it was bowtie pasta. The server was very consciencous and attentive. Highly recommend!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
There were four of us dining there, and all of us had delicious meals.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice spot for outdoor dining
Dined here on a Saturday night. Sat on the outdoor patio which is nice. Although we were only two, we were sat at a table for 4. We were greeted the moment we stepped out of the cab and the waitstaff was extremely attentive but not overly friendly. The food was a mixed lot. Calamari appetizer was about a 6/10 with some of it chewy and over -battered. Our entrees were better, creative pasta dishes prepared with care and served in ample portions. For the price, the food could have been a bit better, but overall we had a positive experience.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
easy parking just west of the Loop
the restaurant is easy to park near, and has a lovely outdoor area in summer. The menu had many marvelous choices and it was difficult to choose. The waiter was knowledgeable about the wines and menu. I will go back.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and awesome atmosphere
We went there on a Sunday; very lovely outdoors and great food. You can tell it's homemade with lots of fresh ingredients. Will be back!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our 2nd visit in two weeks.
We had two elderly people with us, and the wait staff was particularly solicitous of them. We love the outdoor space, and the food was delicious. We would certainly return, particularly on a nice night. Also the parking is very convenient and free.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Great Value
Food is great, the servers can use a little bit more knowledge about the wine recommendations. The Music is a little too loud in the dinning area and does not go well with the ambiance of that part of the restaurant, should be less "in your face".
Sometime you can hear the servers and chefs "yelling" at each other (not in a bad way but, way too loud for my taste) and that is not good. The food is always great, food is at right temperature and at the right time.
Servers like to explain the different dishes and the specialties and they do a good job highlighting what is spicy, fishy, etc.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
beautiful romantic patio
The patio was beautiful and romantic on a summer night. The pasta was delicious, and the tiramisu was too. Service was not great but solid.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Enjoyable Evening with Family
We arrived at the restaurant at our reservation time of 7:45pm. We were immediately seated at an outside table. Our waitress, who was exceptionally patient with us, allowed us plenty of time to converse and peruse the wine list. The Chianti Classico Reserva that we chose was very good. Each of our food dishes was delicious. Our son and his girlfriend truly enjoyed the dining experience. We look forward to returning again!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great gem!
I had never been to this restaurant and I am a lifelong Chicagoian! What a wonderful surprise! This is a great outdoor space, most delicious food( I just returned from Italy , and the food made me feel like I was still in Italy) and the service was outstanding: attentive, cheerful , yet respectful to our chattinesss in our group!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
inconsistent food mars a nice place
Beautiful outdoor garden and attentive service, but the food is too inconsistent. While some dishes are delicious, others fall below the mark.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to eat ... food is awesome and staff is very accomodating. Very nice for a business lunch or dinner.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious, real Italian
I absolutely love this place. My husband and I have driven by for a few years and always say "we should try that place" then a few weeks ago on a gorgeous summer night finally did. We sat outside on their huge patio and had a wonderful meal with a great bottle of Brunello. My mom and sister were coming to town a few weeks later so I made a reservation to come with them- I told them how great the patio is. Of course it ended up too cool that night so we sat inside but I loved that too not was cozy and welcoming and smelled like Italian cooking. The food was once again fantastic and I'm so excited to come back for cold winter nights and cozy up with a hearty bowl if pasta.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a place that has never
This is a place that has never disappointed me. Always excellent food and outstanding service and what I think is Chicago's best outdoor dining. And plenty of parking!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
An unexpected Gem
This was our first time to dine at Isabella"s. We were please when we arrived. Lovely neighborhood restaurant with great food at a very reasonable price.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great evening
Our food was delicious. Great wine selection. The outdoor patio is adorable! So glad I found this place. I will definitely be back!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thurs. Oct. 3/Party of 5
Great service; nice ambiance, delicious food. Only comment is wine serve could be a couple ounces more generous. Will visit again.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian off the beaten track
Great veal Parmesan, large serving with very flavorful gravy. The owner was evident throughout but the service didn't need any overseeing they were knowledgeable attentive. Good wine list.
Will return again when in Chicago.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Found it online. Went there
Found it online. Went there before the Hawks game, so it was early. Very good food and moderately priced. Would go there again...
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Eggplant parm is excellent!
Eggplant parm is excellent! Service is attentive but not overbearing. This is an excellent location for lunch meetings.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Trattoria Isabella - Very good!
Our evening at TI was very good. It was relatively quiet as it was early in the evening (6ish) so plenty of room, but the ambiance was nice and the service was excellent. Everyone was very polite and accommodating. The tricolor salad was awesome and my rigatoni with vodka was hard to stop eating. Their gnocchi was also delicious and we were quite content with our meal. Unfortunately, no room for dessert! I would certainly recommend this restaurant and a good place to go after a day of Christmas shopping!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM