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Date
Fri, 5/25
Time
10:30 PM
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Isabella's - Frederick

4.6
1174 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
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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
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Phone number
(301) 698-8922
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mario Sanchez
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East Church Street
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Parking details
With a Municipal Parking Garage one block from Isabella's, we have ample and accessible parking for you and your guests.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1174 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent brunch, as always. Love those Napoleon Mimosas!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Once you get out of certain areas in the northeast like the Ironbound section of Newark NJ where there are many Spanish/Portuguese restaurants, it’s mice to find a gem like Isabella’s that can deliver that type of cuisine!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Tapas is always fun. The flavors were varied and interesting. We enjoyed ourselves and would go back.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The 3 of us had my favorite tapas on Isabella's menu: fried asparagus, dates in bacon, short ribs & goat cheese, hot sausage, and deep fried calamari, all of which were tasty enough that even my finicky teen enjoyed every bite. We also had a perfectly flavored lobster bisque soup (although it was scant on actual lobster), and shared a very nice entree-size seafood paella with scallops and shrimp and calamari on loads of saffron rice. I usually steer away from restaurant paella since it often seems to be overcooked and watery elsewhere, but Isabel's paella doesn't dissapoint. We shared lemon creme bruelee and flourless deep chocolate cake for dessert. Our waiter Joe was attentive, and the food came out a few plates at a time (as it should) with the help of many other hands. Food was fresh & flavorful and hot. We like the casual atmosphere, sharing real food, and enjoying refreshing drinks at Isabellas. We're big eaters, so you may not need as much food -- but even with cocktails and those desserts the bill was under two hundred. Really was a wonderful meal.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Paella with sangria - can't go wrong!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The service was outstanding !
We enjoyed four different appetizers , all very good.

The short rib sliders were outrageously good !

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were celebrating Mother’s Day. I had asked in advance for a booth or table near a window, instead we were seated in a small, dark room. The waitress took awhile to take our order and brought the appetizer with the main meal.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our server, Joseph, was just delightful! 3 generations of our family agree, the experience was worthy of a "Mothers Day" salute.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Server Joey was humorous and attentive.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We love the food here and understand that it is tapas, but I really wish the portions were bigger and matched the price being charged.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We very much enjoyed the small plates and were so happy they offered so many gluten-free options. We had a delightful time celebrating my son's graduation!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants in frederick to take out of town visitors to. Love the variety, everyone always seems to find something to enjoy.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I heard about Isabella for years but this is our first visit. We were a party of five for Mother's Day dinner. Our host accommodated us at a round bay table overseeing the vibrant Frederick downtown main street. It was a quiet spot to talk but seeing plenty of actions. Our waiter (Kevin) is friendly and knowledgeable on the menu items. We followed his recommendations and were very glad about it. The food service was quick and everything was delicious to the taste and the eyes. We walked around downtown after dinner and had a lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The whole experience was wonderful. Will go again.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants - got their early enough 5:15 but was stuffed into a small table in the back room. Food was great, can’t wait to go back.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We made reservations for dinner after reading such great reviews. Once there we realized that it wasn’t the ambiance we were looking for, so just ordered a starter and cocktail. The Rockfish ceviche was very good, Negronis okay. We were seated in a booth right across from the bar and it was very loud- overall more of a tavern ambiance. The food looks good and the service was good, just be forewarned if you’re looking for a more relaxing evening.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Tried several tapas. All excellent. Great death by chocolate martini!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I became enamored of Valencian paella while in Spain and theirs is very good.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Isabella's is definitely my restaurant of choice for any special occasions or when wanting to impress out-of-town guests with dining at a unique local restaurant. The Tres Leches is a must for desert. Isabella's also has a terrific Brunch on the weekends.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We were a party of six and late for our reservation; the host held our table and when we arrived was extremely gracious. I was extremely grateful for this as we were dining with my 80 year old father and his grandchildren whom he doesn't have the opportunity to see very often. Our server was excellent as well.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Killer Gazpacho Bloody Marys! A great start. It's clear that the staff are a happy bunch, very attentive, and accommodating (my spouse is in a wheelchair). The menus, on the other hand, are a bit overwhelming. It's not clear what's tapas and what's not.

But, the food is good and varied. Our duck w/risotto dish was a bit salty, but quite flavorful. The paella, on the other hand, was bland and skimpy (to boot, it was $32). But, the waiter did bring out a dish with artichoke hearts stuffed with crab (on the house) that was great. So, all in all, it's a good place to return to.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food, ordered the calamari twice. The place to go for a nice non rushed dinner. I had heard good things about Isabella's from my foodie friends, now I know why.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Good. Loud though

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great Tapas restaurant. Incredible menu.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Wonderful food & drinks in a relaxing atmosphere. Great place to linger with friends.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Went for brunch on Sunday and everything was great including the variety or brunch foods. Looking forward to going back to try the Tapas.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Isabella’s is a top ten restaurant for my wife and I...we drive 30 miles to eat there. Why? The food has been exceptional for the last 15 years!

We have our usual Tapa choices, asparagus fries that are incredible, bacon wrapped dates, baked Brie, a terrific gazpacho, and so much more.

Tonight our waiter, Sam, added so much to our dining experience. Ask for him, you will be glad you did!

Thanks, Isabella’s, for another great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

All the food is great but really miss the old calamari. It is what we looked forward to ordering. The new recipe is nothing special.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The service and food were both excellent. Everything we ordered was delicious and we'll definitely be back next time we are in Frederick.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food and service was excellent. Really enjoyed the tapas style of dining si we could try many options.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

We have been to Isabella's numerous times and have never left disappointed! The food always comes out quickly and the service is always good! We definitely will be back and we don't hesitate to recommend the spot to our friends when they are looking for something a little different!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Ana was by far the best hostess. Thank you, Ana. And That Lobster and
Chicken paella I'm going to do again just to see if it really was that GOOD. One of the best I have ever eaten. See my posting on Facebook.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This is by far the best tapas restaurant I've ever been to. Great food, wonderful staff, and a friendly atmosphere made this the perfect place to propose to my fiancée. I asked one of the waitresses to bring out the ring along with the check for dinner. Alex, bless her, did one better and brought it out with dessert. She placed my fiancée's actual dessert on the table, then said she made a mistake, moving aside the dessert to place a plate with the box that held the ring. It was perfectly executed and I couldn't have asked for a better waitress. We were treated to a round of applause from the other patrons and excellent complimentary champagne (that we are going to have at the wedding) from the Isabella's staff. Thank you for making this such a wonderful night. We are definitely coming back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Booked this restaurant thinking it was part of Mike Isabella's restaurant group (Top Chef finalist). It wasn't but it was great anyway! Spanish entrees like bacon-wrapped scallops were delicious! Lots of wonderful tapas/small plates to choose from. Our server, Sedat, was wonderful. The desserts were delicious! There are alot of nice restaurants in Frederick but I'd return then next time in that town.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was very good. I felt rushed by the waiter. The restaurant was busy so maybe they wanted us to hurry up and eat and get out. Waiter never offered dessert or coffee. I’ll go back because the food is great but hopefully won’t have such a pushy waiter.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Went there for our 29th anniversary. Wonderful food and great service.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Most of the dishes we ordered were excelkent. The only exception was the black-footed pig. It didnt taste anyrhing like what we have had both at Isabellas and other places. Tasted lime plain old pork. Very disappointing. Everything else was very good though.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The waiter was great, very attentive and kept the water glass filled, I got my wine right away and got my gazpacho and asparagus fries very soon. He was ready with the bill as soon as he knew I was ready.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Another fabulous experience at Isabellas. Great service and our favorite place to eat!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My parents and I went for brunch on Easter. The food, as always, was delicious! I ordered the empanada with chorizo and crab, and loved it! The crust was flaky, the chorizo was very flavorful and mixed really well with the crab. Dad ordered from the Easter brunch menu and got the short ribs eggs benedict--very, very tasty. Mom ordered the huevos rancheros and loved them, and we ordered the stuffed French toast from the Easter menu for the table. Without a doubt, that was the best dish we had--the stuffing was a lemon cream cheese, and it was topped with berries that made a delicious contrast.

The staff was extremely attentive and friendly, and while we were seated at the back of the dining room near the fireplace, it wasn't claustrophobic.

12/10 will go again for any reason!

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