About Isabella Restaurant and Bar

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.

1140 Route 315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm , Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm-10:00pm

Happy Hour: Wed, Thurs, Fri: 4-6 pm

Cross Street:
Jumper Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(570) 270-9292

Website:
http://isabellarestaurantandbar.com/

Parking Details:
Plenty of Parking, well lit and in front of the restaurant

Executive Chef:
Danny Matechak

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Isabella Restaurant and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (9)
Special Occasion (9)
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Good for a Date (8)
Romantic (8)
Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Business Meals (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Authentic (2)
Casual (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined 3 days ago

For was excellent and well cooked. Service lol vice was fantastic.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined 4 days ago

WE WERE THERE ON VALENTINE DAY, WE ARRIVED AT 7:30 AND WAS QUICKLY SEATED WITHOUT DELAY, WE HAD TRIED SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS TIME, I HAD ORDERED THE OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER, THEY WERE SO DELICIOUS I HAD ASKED FOR ANOTHER ORDER DURING DINNER, MY WIFE HAD ORDERED THE BEET SALAD WITH AVOCADO, THEY COULD HAVE CALLED IT THE ARUGULA SALAD WITH HINTS OF BEET AND AVOCADO, WE ALSO HAD ORDERED THE LOBSTER CAPPUCCINO APPETIZER, IT WAS GOOD, BEING THE LOBSTER WAS THE MAIN INGREDIENT THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD MORE IN IT, I HAD THE LAMB RACK WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO BE BACKED UP WITH SOME TERIYAKI FLAVOR BUT WAS SHY AND DRY, AND A TOUCH TOO GENEROUS ON THE LIME SAUCE ON MY POTATOES, MY WIFE HAD ORDERED THE LOBSTER TAIL, IT WAS DONE EXACTLY HOW SHE LIKED IT, NO COMPLAINTS, THE BAND WAS GREAT, VERY ROMANTIC, THEY STARTED TO PLAY AT 8:00 AND TOOK A BREAK AT 8:30 TO EAT THERE DINNER AND THEN THEY STARTED TO PLAY AGAIN AS WE WERE LEAVING AT 8:50 I FEEL BAD GIVING THIS REVIEW BUT I FEEL THAT I AM QUALIFIED AFTER EATING IN ALL THE BEST RESTAURANTS FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS, MAYBE I'M TOO SENSITIVE OR JUST TOO OBSERVANT, BUT TRUTHFUL, WOULD I DINE THERE AGAIN, ABSOLUTELY,!!! IF THEY DON'T THROW ME OUT.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 8, 2018

THE FOOD IS EXCELLENT, ALTHOUGH MY DINNER WAS NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE LAST TWO TIMES I HAD EATEN THERE, THE SHORT RIB DINNER WAS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST WHEN I HAD IT THE FIRST TIME, SO I HAD MY WIFE ORDER IT THE 2ND TIME AND IT WAS CUT UP AND DIFFERENT. THEN I ORDERED IT THE 3RD TIME AND IT HAD DIFFERENT FLAT CHINESE NODDLES, DIFFERENT CARROTS AND NO PEARL ONIONS, NOT AS TASTY , CHARCUTERIE BOARD USUALLY IS ACCOMPANIED WITH TOAST POINTS OR SOME KIND OF CRISPY BREAD, NOT THIS TIME, WOULD I DINE THERE AGAIN ? YES !! ABSOLUTELY,

LOVE IT

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My fiancé and I had a wonderful, relaxing dinner. I loved the atmosphere. It was refined yet casual. We even shared a dessert, which is something we often skip at restaurants. The cheesecake was delicious!

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 (Poconos)·Dined on January 20, 2018

A great place to have dinner before seeing a show at FM Kirby!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (Poconos)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We received an email advertising German Night. As there are not many authentic German restaurants in the area, the chance to have good German food sounded appealing. We were not disappointed. Can't wait to return for a regular menu night!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Food, ambiance, and service were all exceptional!

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 (Poconos)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was superb and the service excellentmi thought the total Bill was somewhat pricey compared to other fine restaurants in the area. Did not like the small glass in which a vodka drink was served. The excellent cuisine was appreciated. And considering it was New Years Eve perhaps the prices were somewhat inflated

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The atmosphere was amazing and so were the cocktails. We had some trouble with a few lobster dinners being undercooked but they took them back and fixed them quickly and offered a round of drinks or desserts on the House. Great place!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Friendly staff and great food nice ambiance would definitely come back

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner and the staff couldn't have been nicer. Some of the entrees were on the pricey side but for a special occasion it's a great place to go!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Really enjoyed the food great place for lunch and dinner staff very friendly highly recommend this place

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Isabella is a little understated but have very good menu and cooking. Specialize in Italian and seafood among other good choices. The restaurant was surprisingly quiet for Friday night but I’m told the lunch service is robust. We enjoyed our meal here especially the seafood and will return soon!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My brother and I went here for Thanksgiving dinner. It is a nice atmosphere and the food was very tasty. Also I had a pumpkin pie martini which was very good and a great addition to the Thanksgiving meal.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 22, 2017

THE FOOD IS EXCELLENT !!! MY NEW FAVORITE RESTAURANT, MY 3rd TIME THERE IN THE LAST 6 WEEKS, CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK,

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent menu, attentive service from Tracy, very high quality cuisine.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Poconos)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I had dinner with my parents and, as always, the food was excellent and so was the service. I ALWAYS enjoy my experience there and cannot wait to eat there again.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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 (Poconos)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Overrated and overpriced.
There were loud screaming children there at dinner time but we were told they were the owners kids so not much they could do. Hostess was considerate enough to seat us away from the noise but it’s not s huge restaurant so ...
Fig piadina appetizer was inedible. Toppings were drowning in balsamic (I’m guessing it was balsamic) and you couldn’t taste anything but vinegar. And eating vinegar soaked anything is irritating to your throat.
We didn’t complain, we simply ordered a second appetizer, the beef short rib ravioli. The flavor was delicious, however the beef was dry and chewy and the ravioli dough was thick and somewhat hard.
My fiancé had the grouper special. The fish was very good and the lemon sauce was also but the caponata that was on the plate was not. He had never had it so I simply thought he was being finicky. I make caponata so I know it well and the stuff on his plate had a weird unpleasant flavor and tasted nothing like any caponata I’ve ever had before.
My entree from the Autumn menu was salmon with butternut squash risotto, pancetta brussel sprouts, maple brown butter. Salmon was ok flavor wise but the top was browned so much that it was like a crust on top that you couldn’t even get your fork through. Risotto was fine except the brown butter was lost under it. Brussel sprouts ... ummm ... brussel SPROUT. It was the equivalent of 1 brussel sprout sliced super thin and lost in the risotto.
Our waitress was friendly and mostly attentive... although she got lost a couple times.
Might I add that this was our second time there. Our first experience was lunch a few months back and that was a disaster as well. Needless to say we won’t be back. And I’m surprised by all the fabulous reviews. We did get the feeling that a lot of the people there knew each other somehow... mostly everyone that walked in was called upon or gestured by other patrons. Maybe these friends/family are the ones writing the great reviews.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Restaurant was quaint, waitress was great and food was excellent!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food. Service was friendly and accommodating. Ambiance was cozy and very clean.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Disappointing. Dining room is too bright for fine dining. Food was just good and not worth the price. I had the Weinershitzle and it was very dry. Wife had beef filet and although it was tender, it had no taste. Too bad. This used to be a better place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Enjoyeded an excellent dinner wth friends . The food was amazing! Will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Lovely food and service!

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 (Poconos)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Nice atmosphere. Menu not huge, but entrées all good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Everything about this dining experience was fantastic. The tuna carpaccio was outstanding and the flat steak was well prepared and delicious. We enjoyed our waitress and the pace of food delivery was well timed. We would definitely come back. Highly recommended !!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Good variety of items on the menu and all that we tried were good (party of 11 with all different items). The cheese and ham plates were excellent and they did not skimp on the quantity. They easily accommodated finicky children requests and had a good selection of wine and beer. The staff was extremely nice and attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The food was absolutely outstanding. Lamb chops tender and spiced just right. Pork chop could be cut with a fork cooked perfectly. Great appetizer of delicately fried artichoke hearts that melt in your mouth served atop a lemon vinaigrette salad. Staff friendly and attentive

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

My husband, 21 year old son, and I were staying in Wilkes-Barre after a day of hiking in the area. We found Isabella's through Open Table. While we were not originally planning on an "expensive" dinner that night, the menu looked like it had something for each of us. The food was delicious, and the wait staff was lovely. It was a wonderful meal, and I would recommend it to locals and those passing through town!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Poconos)·Dined on July 12, 2017

We were greeted by a friendly hostess who escorted us quickly to our table. Service was excellent. The kitchen made an error with the accompaniments to one entree but it was quickly corrected. Salads were fresh. Desserts were tasty and had a lovely presentation. There was a small child at a nearby table who was frequently screeching but the restaurant had no control over that. This restaurant will be reserved for very special occasions as it is a bit pricey for my budget but I would recommend it.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Poconos)·Dined on June 3, 2017

One of the best meals I have had in the area. Very friendly staff. This may be my new go-to.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Poconos)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Nice atmosphere
Service was great

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 (Poconos)·Dined on June 1, 2017

We enjoy Isabella Restaurant when we're in the area. Service is great, atmosphere is peaceful, the bar area is inviting, food is very good. I love the fact that you can get small plates, as we don't often want a big meal. Thanks for the nice meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Very impressed

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Great spot. Food and service were excellent. Great break from the craziness of the casino, but very close by!

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 (Poconos)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Came here for a nice dinner with an old friend. The food was out of this world. Service was top notch. Prices were not bad considering the quality of the food. Very quiet, even though it was a busy saturday night. Will go back many more times. :)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Poconos)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Met for lunch with some high school friends. Great service, good food and very special service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Great place, highly recommend Isabella Restaurant and Bar. Drinks, meat and cheese plate with wonderful bread started us out. The salads were fresh, healthy and different. My husband had the ribeye with a side of delightful creamed spinach and truffle fries. I had the Dover Sole cooked perfectly over a bed of freshly made gnocchi that was so tender it melted in my mouth. The chef certainly pays attention to detail. If we return to this area we will definitely make it a point to return.

Tags: Business Meals, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The food was great. Servers were very attentive. Enjoyed the visit. Will return in the future.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Poconos)·Dined on April 27, 2017

From the wonderful cocktail menu to dessert everything was prepared perfectly. The cocktail menu provided varied choices as did the wine list with not only prices for bottles but a pour by the glass. Along with small plates there was a varied list of soups and salads offered which included pricing for a house salad served with an entrée. There was a large selection of fish dishes but my steak was prepared to perfection. The addition of raspberries to the crème brule was an added treat. It is also nice to know that a solo female diner is going to be treated by the wait staff as attentively as couples or larger groups. From the hostess to the bread person to Anna the server, everyone added to the experience. Although it could be considered casual it made for a relaxed dining treat as opposed to the run-of-the-mill restaurant visit.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Poconos)·Dined on April 26, 2017

An excellent, well-managed restaurant. Always outstanding food and service

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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