Isabella Restaurant and Bar

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270 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Since opening its doors in July of 2003, the Tambur family has built one of Northeastern Pennsylvania"s most successful restaurants based on a winning combination of delicious food, friendly and knowledgeable staffing, and the owners' attention to detail and ambiance. All this is offered to our patrons in a relaxed atmosphere located not in New York City, but right in your backyard. Whether you're comfortable in jeans-and-t-shirt or your style is designer label, you'll be able to kick back and enjoy the unique experience Isabella has to offer.


We offer an eclectic dining experience, sure to please any palette. Our seasonally changing menu encompasses many styles of cuisine with offerings from comfort food to cosmopolitan fare. Come in for a light bite and a fantastic cocktail, a famous Isabella burger and a glass of red, or for a multi-course culinary adventure.
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OT
Poconos
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fall salad and pumpkin ravioli were outstanding

LM
Poconos
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Drinks salads atmosphere wait staff were wonderful. I had pumpkin ravioli my nephew had a steak both delicious. The others ordered fish of various types all said taste was good but all were over cooked a bit. Other than that we had a wonderful time. Dessert was excellent!

BT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for our Anniversary and both of our meals looks awesome and tasted delicious. Would definitely go again!

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Isabella's was wonderful from the service to the food to the atmosphere. The menu was varied with some twists in the cuisines on the menu. Great selection of appetizers. We had the charcuterie and carpaccio and would highly recommend . Loved the bolognese and Korean BBQ flatbread. Highly recommend!

KF
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travel through the area each August. We certainly plan on returning each year to visit. The food, service and ambiance are always the sort of memory we are looking to make in our travels throughout the area. I would highly recommend Isabella to those looking for a hidden gem.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday our party of 4, the birthday person picks the restaurant and the other couple pays. This was one we’ll come back to again. We pick between here and Philadelphia.

SW
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here. Delicious food and worth every bit. Service is impeccable. Atmosphere is very inviting and relaxing. Can't wait to dine again.

b
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our second time at Isabella’s. They have a nice variety on the menu (especially being vegetarian)_we enjoyed everything we ordered. The manager was lovely and the service was great.

JO
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant, excellent menu, pleasant staff. Will go there again.

AG
Atlantic City
58 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LET ME START OUT BY HOW HAPPY I AM TO SEE OUR FAVORITE HOST IS BACK, FRAN DOLAN, WHAT A PLEASANT FEELING KNOWING THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING TO GO REAL SMOOTH, AS IT DID, I WAS DINING THERE SATURDAY NIGHT WITH MY DAUGHTER AND HER FRIEND GABBY WHO ABSOLUTLY LOVED THE RESTAURANT, IT WAS EXCEPTIONLY BUSY AND I'M GOING TO BET IT WAS BECAUSE OF FRAN, OK, THE FOOD WAS FANTASTIC, WE STARTED OUT WITH THE CHARCUTARY BOARD OF 5 CHEESES AND 5 MEATS FROM AROUND THE WORLD SERVED WITH GRAPES, OLIVES , TOAST POINTS & HONEY, WHAT A TREAT !!! OUR DINNERS WERE ABSOLUTLY OUT OF THIS WORLD, OUR BAR PERSON KRISTA WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND KNOLEGABLE WHEN MAKING OUR SPECIALTY DRINKS, SOOOO GOOD !!! WE HOPE TO VISIT ISABELLA AGAIN VERY SOON, 5 STARS IN MY BOOK, SEE YOU ALL SOON, Angelo G.

TR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite places to go for seasonal menu, service is fantastic & food is consistently delicious!

BD
Poconos
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The appetizer suggested was wonderful as well as my entree of sea bass. The staff is very accommodating and friendly. As a solo diner that can make or break the experience. Good drinks, good food and great staff. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

LE
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Isabella has a bright, inviting interior. The Chef Salad was very fresh, however the hardboiled eggs had the green lining in them. I suggest that they not be served that way. Otherwise the salad was great. The menu had several gluten free options. The service was very attentive. Creme brûlée and coffee were a great finish.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Went to celebrate 10th anniversary as Isabella was where we had our first date. I had filet. It was very tough with no flavor. My wife had scallops and shrimp with cavatelli . She said it was just ok. We were thankful we had a cheese plate . That was the best part. Quite disappointed.

RS
Cincinnati
47 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable meal and service. Generous portions and excellent preparations. I ordered the crab cake salad special which was wonderful. For my main course, I went with the bolognese which was meaty and seasoned expertly. The pasta had been finished in the sauce and was al dente. Annie, my server, was attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. I recommend Isabella; I’ll be back!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our whole experience with Isabella’s was outstanding. The great service began when I called & spoke to Annie about changing the time for the reservation-she was very personable & accommodating. My entire family was impressed with the purple napkins & beads on the table-the school colors for my daughters college which she had just graduated from. The waitresses were excellent-assisting us in deciding which appetizers & entrees to order. And we had a good selection to choose from on the menu. The food was really delicious!! We enjoyed the tuna, salmon, shrimp & scallop cavatelli. All in all we were all impressed with Isabella!!

SL
Poconos
56 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came out for dinner with some friends. And it was great
Will definitely return

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in town a day early for a wedding. Isabella was close to our hotel and we had no expectations. Dinner here was a highlight of our trip. Our meal was exceptional. Salads were a generous size. Dressing on the house salad was light and refreshing. The Caesar was very good. The bronzino was cooked to perfection. Service was attentive and friendly. Our only regret is that we live a 100 miles away.

DG
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service. Nice atmosphere. Would recommend for business or personal.

ST
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was top notch. Highly recommended...the bolognese was the best I have had. Service was excellent too.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & Waitstaff was beyond excellent, would definitely go back

FF
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The cocktails we had were very delicious! Unfortunately that is about it. Ordered a meat and cheese board and our waitress just dropped it off and did not notify us of which cheese was what, plus I asked for fruit along with it and was not on the board. The fact they charged extra for honey and fruit I thought was a bit much since most places it is free as the chef pairs the meats and cheeses. Calamari was average and luke warm. I ordered the Tuna dish and asked for medium rare, it was over cooked. We decided to try dessert and got the salted caramel brownie a la mode. The brownie was not warm (not that it was described as such but usually served warmed) and tasted burnt like they used a cooking torch to brown the top. The ice cream was good. Overall the food was average for fine dining prices.

C
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe. Food was great I had the arugula salad with chicken. Perfect for lunch. Topped it off with the cappuccino cheesecake...not sure how many points that cost me...but worth every bite!

JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As someone who’s been an expatriate of the area for twenty years, it’s always both an adventure and a trial finding a restaurant in NEPA that is neither a goofy chain nor an overly fussy white-linen funeral parlor with veal marsala. Isabella’s is a quiet, casual environment with simple dishes done extremely well. Everything is thoughtfully sourced and exceptionally delicious. The steaks are amazing, the seafood is perfect, and the pastas are the best I’ve found in the area. At this point, I’ve found no other place that is as good as this for what it does. If you’re looking for the sweet spot of casual atmosphere with exceptional food in the area...look no further.

JL
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Isabella's has amazing food and no matter what you get you'll be sure to enjoy it. You're instantly greeted when you walk in and everyone is so friendly.

TC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for the Valentine Day special and were very pleased. The Winter Salad was surprisingly different and tasty. The service was very timely as you had a chance to enjoy your appetizer without having your entrée rushed out. We will be back.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dinner. Attentive service and great food/drinks!

T
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

We arrived on a Friday evening at 910 for dinner. The restaurant closed at 10 and they informed us kitchen was getting ready to close. We were the only customers in the restaurant at that time and in hindsight we should have taken the clue and left. Ordered meatballs for appetizer and while the taste was delicious, they were obviously reheated because they were lukewarm upon serving. We ordered the market fish which was a blackened blue snapper and an order of carbonara pasta . The fish was excellent but the pasta was soupy in consistency and did not have a very good flavor. We were not offered dessert after our meal because it was obvious we were holding them up in closing. We felt rushed and very uncomfortable. Perhaps this restaurant is better and more accommodating during other hours, but we will not be returning to find out.

PA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection tonight: menu, food, service. Will definitely go back.

SL
Poconos
56 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff here is great. The service and food were over the top

N
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The steak my wife ordered had a strange flavor. My pork chop was dry and my friend's filet was almosy all connective tissue. The smoked salmon and risottto were excellent.

M
Edinburgh
34 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious!

CC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant comes highly recommended by Wilkes-Barre PA locals! Everything was very enjoyable, and Annie was a wonderful, personable server. My companion's Beet Carpaccio appetizer and my Butternut Squash Soup appetizer were amazingly delicious! For our main course, we both decided on the Shrimp & Scallop Cavatelli with homemade pasta. From the description, we thought the seafood would arrive in a garlic/white wine sauce with confit tomatoes. The dish was actually in a tomato sauce. Although very tasty, it was not what we expected. I would still recommend Isabella's for a lovely dining experience.

S
Savannah
22 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were looking for a place where we could get together and enjoy a good meal.Isabella did the trick. We were greeted warmly and our drink order was taken promptly. The menu tilts toward Italian entrees but there were other options as well including vegetarian choices. I felt we got a lot for our money. Isabella is not far from the local casino, VA hospital and a major medical center in Wilkes-Barre.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience and amazing flavors. Life is about flavors.

KE
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Will not recommend

K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was a bit chaotic. Some of party given wrong specials menu. Server could not explain 2 of the dishes on specials. We had not been there in several years but expected a bit more pizzazz in the dishes. They were good but nothing really special...at a high price. We will try again because we used to love this place

MW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice place. The food was outstanding with great service the hostess is warm and welcoming. We are coming back. Thank you

TR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic & food delicious, first visit and we will be back again and again!!

f
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally a tablecloth restaurant where the noise didnt ruin the ambiance !!!

Warm and friendly service. Beautiful menu snd flexible choices.

Service was perfectly paced and staff checked on our needs yet not over kill.

It was great!!!!

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