About Isabella's - Frederick

We welcome you to visit and enjoy our restaurant in downtown historic Frederick located in the Hendrickson Building. We have selected the finest Spanish cuisine complemented with an exclusive wine list. In the heart of historic Frederick, Maryland, Isabella"s has become a favorite destination for local residents and worldwide travelers alike in search of a truly Mediterranean dining experience.

44 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:30am-10pm
Wednesday: 11:30am-10pm
Thursday: 11:30am-10pm
Friday: 11:30am-11pm
Saturday: Brunch 8am-3pm, Tapas 11:00am-11:pm
Sunday: Brunch 8am-3pm, Tapas 11:00am-8:00pm

Cross Street:
East Church Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(301) 698-8922

Website:
http://www.isabellas-tavern.com/

Catering:
Let Isabella’s do your next event with our exclusive Paella Parties or our a la carte drop-off catering. Drop off catering is available within 48 hours notice and delivered straight to your party destination.

Parking Details:
With a Municipal Parking Garage one block from Isabella's, we have ample and accessible parking for you and your guests.

Executive Chef:
Mario Sanchez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Providing a small slice of Spain in Downtown Frederick, Isabella’s offers the perfect spot for special events with a private room adjoining our back bar. Please contact the restaurant for more information on pricing, and menu items.

Isabella's - Frederick Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (44)
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Good for a Date (23)
Fun (21)
Authentic (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Casual (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Happy Hour (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Romantic (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
People Watching (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Healthy (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Cozy (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Scenic View (4)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Spicy (3)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Organic (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Every Tapas dish was very good...some were simply outstanding. Our server Brent was spot-on with recommendations, attentive service without being intrusive. We'll be back soon!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Love that they serve breakfast/brunch starting at 8am, for those who don't want to eat so late. The specials are usually better than the regular menu for brunch. The breakfast burrito and monchego grits we're awesome.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Love the tapas at Isabella’s! Delicious variety beautifully prepared. Very nice atmosphere to spend an evening with friends.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very nice tapas dinner. We were a party of 4, and we were able to get an extra piece for the plates that were coming in 3 pieces. Waitress, Cassidy, was outstanding as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Amazing variety of tapas and each one we tried was a delight. The accompanied wine was also very good and well chilled. Service was professional and pleasant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Loved everything about this place! Had double date tapas here before a concert. Eat here!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A wonderful Sunday brunch with an extensive menu that makes choosing difficult. One of our party is vegetarian and asked that they chef leave out the Canadian bacon on her eggs Benedict. The waiter immediately offered to substitute spinach or Portabello mushrooms...how accommodating!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Authentic, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Fun
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Me: Hi, my name is ___. I have a reservation (thru open table) for 8pm, but I know i'm 15 minutes early.
Host: (does not check book or even glance at the open tables) Your table isn't ready .
Me: Ok then, I guess i'll come back a little later. By 8pm
Host: Yea, come back a little after 8pm.

8pm I arrive and stand by the host desk. Host comes and goes, grabs menus, writes things down, etc. Never acknowledges me even though I'm the only person there. She talks to another male host. He motions for me to follow him as he throws 2 menus down at a table. No hello, no greeting or any kind of verbal acknowledgment.


The rest of the food and service was phenomenal. I would love to come back and try everything on the menu, even though that would cost a lot!! But the whole time, I was uncomfortable because of the unfriendly greeting I got. It also made my date uncomfortable and upset. I kept asking myself why. Was I not dressed appropriately? Does it make the hosts job harder to get reservations through open table? I'm sure they were busy, but it's a small place and didn't seem overwhelming.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wonderful Paella and tapas of asparagus and short ribs sliders. Ceviche was not imaginative and not that exciting.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I've been to Isabella's many times. I return over and over because it's delicious. However yesterday at lunch, I ordered 3 hot tapas. Two out of three were cold. Not that it was sitting on a counter waiting to be served, but undercooked! Cold asparagus. Cold fried goat cheese. Luckily the shrimp was sizzling. Wouldn't have eaten it otherwise.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

If you are there for brunch - regardless of what you have ordered - get a side of grits.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Isabella's had such high ratings on Trip Advisor that I was sure I had picked a winner.
But, alas, there were many things that made our meal less than perfect. The waitress
was overly attentive at times, and then, would disappear for a long time. At one point,
she delivered some drinks, and before we could get the words out to tell her something, she was gone again. Then, there was the gnats. All throughout the meal, there were tiny bugs that looked like gnats or fruit flies around us. I know this isn't something the restaurant can do
much about, but it was not very appetizing. Our starters were excellent, but the portion was tiny. Each only came with 3 tiny bite size items. We got them to share, and needless to say, it was difficult with 4 people. The brunch items were o.k., but not fantastic. The meal wasn't cheap, and upon leaving, we noticed several cute places near by. Not sure it was the best choice for our day trip to Frederick....

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Was a little nervous about selections but the food was very tasty The bacon wrapped dates were very tasty! The food was a wonderful the drinks very over priced!

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food and service as usual. We had an excellent meal with a great and affordable bottle of wine.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Fun, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This is our go to for every birthday celebration. We love their food, prices are affordable, and the staff is amazing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Tapas, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner. Terrific service, food choices amazing and everything we ordered was very delicious.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Tapas, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We had a very pleasant and relaxed dinner at Isabella's. Service was friendly and the food was great. Standouts were the goat cheese and almond fritters with shallot vinaigrette and the vegetable paélla.

The room was very quiet, but it was a Tuesday and not very crowded.

We'll definitely return.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Authentic
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

I like the small plate concept, but the prices here are a bit high. I have been to many tapas places where there are far more selections at a lower price point so you can afford to get several plates each and really experiment. Many of the non-vegetarian plates were $15+ dollars. The food was fine, but it wasn't much bang for the buck. We were also crammed in between two other tables at an angle next to the fireplace screen - which was touching our table. The noise level was tolerable, but not pleasant. I heard virtually every word from the fellow behind me who was entertaining his grandson with stories of his exploits.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We found the tapas to be creative. The chorizo was especially delicious and delicate.
Shrimp was tasty. Dessert was also very good (the Catalan flan) and service cheerful.
Would go back anytime.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We are regulars and brought some friends.
After we showed the how to order and got through round 2 of the tapas they commented they were coming back soon to try another set of interesting bites. The liners the Hamberquesos chorizo and the baked Brie the best

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Tapas
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Outstanding. Thanks.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Nice ambiance, excellent food and good service! The manager was very visible and made his rounds to make sure everything was ok and even made a dessert recommendation - which was spot on! Overall we had a really good time!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We have visited Isabellas many times and have always enjoyed dining here. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly, the food is very good. Will definitely return again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Tapas
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great tapas place with a ton of options. They have a date, bacon, goat cheese thing that is phenomenal. Their crab/avocado was amazing as well. The fried asparagus is a staple and highly recommended. I'll be back.

If you enjoy La Tasca you'll love this place--it is much tastier.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Fun
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

My bookclub met at Isabella's on Saturday and we had a wonderful lunch gathering. The food was excellent and perfect for our group with different tapas coming periodically. We have a member from Spain and she was impressed with the quality and variety! The service was superb and very patient with our group! We were a bit on the noisy side but our table closer to the window was helpful in letting us not bother the rest of the clients too much. We all ranked our meeting very high based on ambiance, quality of food and service and everyone agreed it would be a lovely place to meet again. Thank you Isabella's!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Always good. Love the variety of tapas so we can try new things every time. The peach sangria is great and had fresh peaches. My favorite new item tonight was the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with monchego grits.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Sunday at 5 PM for dinner for 6 including 2 kids, no crowd at all and the kitchen wasn't swamped which I have experienced on previous visits. I felt like the tapas menu was a lot smaller than when I last visited but they had added more entrees. One guest was gluten free and they had lots of items marked with a star that were GF. All tapas came out timely and hot, nice portions to share. We got 2 desserts, a GF chocolate cake and a pot de creme chocolate mousse that were both delicious. Our server Anna could not have been more fun and pleasant, she made our experience even better than if it had just ben all good!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

I love Isabella's! We had a party of 6 plus a baby for lunch on a Sunday. I arrived at reservation time, but the rest of the party was stuck in traffic. They sat me anyway. The waiter was awesome! Very friendly and polite. We were there for a few hours and didn't ever feel rushed to leave. When we did leave, the waiter even brought me my phone which I'd left on my chair. I've been here several times now and the food, ambiance, and staff have always been excellent!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Best Bloody Mary menu, great brunch, awesome staff!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food was delicious. Tapas gives you an opportunity to try many things. Red sangria hit the spot. Will return soon! Highly recommend.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The best and most extensive tapas in the area! Must get asparagus fries and spicy garlic shrimp with onions! Too many other equally good dishes to mention!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 5, 2017

A perfectly ok restaurant, but not what you might expect from the Isabella Group in terms of food quality, execution, and attention to detail. Paella Valencia was far too heavily salted, while the sausage and chicken in it were overcooked, the former falling apart and the latter a tad tough and leathery. Manchego croquettes were deep fried, but hit the table just lukewarm. It all was edible, but perhaps not worth the cost. The tempranillo by the glass was generous pour, fwiw. And, our waitress could not have been nicer. Would not drive from DC to Frederick for it, as we did, but might give it another try if I was in the area.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

We loved our tapas and paella. The service was excellent but not hovering. Watch out for the first Saturday of the month when there is a street festival downtown and parking is near non-existent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

hadn't tried the brunch and its was surprisingly good

Tags: Tapas, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We were a party of five who ordered off the brunch menu. There was something for everyone. The price was reasonable, the service friendly, the ambiance very nice.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food is always delicious and the wait staff friendly. I have never been to Isabella's and had a bad meal. The food is seasoned to perfection and even though the restaurant is full of customers I never have to wait very long for our first course. Isabella's seems to be a staple in downtown Frederick as it should.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

One of the best dining experiences in downtown Frederick. Great food and ambience.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, People Watching, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

DELISH food and wine. The servers were very knowledgable. We liked everything they recommended.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Scenic View, Quick Bite, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Tapas, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Great food as always. Love the peach sangria. Service was very slow tonight, which is not normal. The shortrib panini is my new favorite.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Overall very satisfied with my dining yet again! Frequent flyer within the establishment and will continue to be! I love the selection and ever changing menu of tapas. There are obviously staples of my dining experience, but there is also something new each visit. Overall very satisfied yet again, and will continue to recommend the restaurant. Perhaps a corporate function will be the next venture?

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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