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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (36)
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Good for a Date (24)
Casual (20)
Authentic (19)
Fun (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Tasting Menu (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Good for Groups (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Cozy (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
People Watching (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Healthy (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Romantic (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Business Meals (4)
Scenic View (4)
Spicy (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful Sunday lunch with friends in a Frederick gem! Tapas were excellent. Service was pleasant and professional. We sat by the fireplace which was perfect for a cold winter's day.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We went to Isabella's for my birthday. It was bitterly cold so we arrived early and sat at the bar until close to our reservation time. The bartenders were friendly and attentive and they had a nice selection of specialty cocktails to choose from. We had very tasty dinner of tapas and entrees. The waiter Brian was young but served us well and he could take some kidding around. When Isabella's found out it was my birthday the chef put together a beautiful assortment of Isabella desserts' small bites on a platter for the table. Delightful! We would happily return there.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Tapas
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Phenomenal restaurant, excellent service, not to mention the excellent quality of food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We go here for every special occasion. We love the food and atmosphere. The customer service is top notch. If I had to find anything wrong I would say their mixed drinks are too strong. If you go plan on spending a pretty penny but worth every cent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Came for an early NYE dinner with out of town guests. Other than being seated unnecessarily just inside the door, the experience was very good. We were not rushed, and the food was delicious. I will say, I ordered a bottle of wine which on the menu was a 2013, but when it arrived it was a 2014. Wine was still good, but worth noting the discrepancy.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent variety of tapas. Desserts were to die for.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We sat near the fireplace. Great food choices. Friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Gluten free options. Food is delicious and comes out fast. We highly recommend Isabellas.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Tapas, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We went to Isabella’s for a late lunch. They have a great special on Tapas. We shared tapas as paella. The Tapas were very different, interesting, tasty, and presented well. Everything was delicious and the service was great.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very good tapas menu overall. Comfortable and cozy. Service is fine. This is an older, historic building in downtown Frederick. However, the wood floors sound like they're going to give in. The service personnel walk up and down the wood floor aisle but no matter how light and thin they are they sound like dinosaurs thredging back and forth and the food and drinks on your table in the booth jump and shake with each booming footstep. That's the drawback to dining here. Try sitting in a booth closer to the front entrance or better at the window side tables.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Tapas, Authentic, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Good brunch options - the eggs benedict was very good as were the pancakes. The Manchego(?) grits were awesome. But I wish more of the brunch items came with traditional sides - several in our party had to order a la carte. Not a big deal though...

We found the "special" which was waffles with a strawberry compote to be, unfortunately, overwhelmingly sweet.

Nice ambiance - there are three(?) seating areas in the restaurant and we were in one of the smaller ones which made conversation easy. Our area also seemed to be child free (there were plenty of young children in the main room). We wondered if they did this on purpose. If so, we are a fan.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent tapas restaurant with good ambience and service. Food was generally tasty and interesting. Only quibble: the paella needs a bit more flavor and spice. Also, good sangria, and the pot de creme dessert was fabulous.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Little noisy but food was excellent

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Isabella’s is considered our go to restaurant hands down. My wife and I live the food, the service, and the atmosphere. It has to be one of our favorite restaurants! Go! You will not be disappointed!!! It is truly a GEM!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Casual dining. Paella Valenciana was disappointing but many of the tapas dishes were wonderful.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We used to live in Frederick and Isabella's was a favorite. We now live 180 miles away, but make the trip at least twice a year, either for lunch or dinner with an overnight stay. The food is superb and the staff is usually terrific (our server this past visit could have had more knowledge regarding the wine list).

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Love Isabella's. Always delicious food and wonderful service and atomosphere

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Delicious tapas and Paella! Always a favorite stop before shopping downtown or going to the Wienberg.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great table by window in downtown Frederick which is especially beautiful in December. Everything we ordered was fabulous! Highly recommend!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The short ribs were amazing and the side dishes were great! We sat near the front window - great little seat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food is always amazing. Service was great. And the drinks were just yummy.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Isabella's has superb food! It's my "go to" restaurant whenever I'm in Frederick!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

As always the food and service at Isabella’s was superb. It is one of my go to restaurants in Frederick. I am never disappointed!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Brunch was excellent as always! Love coming here on Sunday mornings with the kids.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was excellent. Gluten free options are plentiful and the staff was very helpful.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great to enjoy food with friends and family. We enjoyed all of the entrees and the wine and beers available were also good.

Tags: Authentic, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Another stellar brunch at Isabella's...and the Bloody Mary's are outstanding!

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quick Bite
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 25, 2017

It feels like the owners group has moved on and isn't too interested in Isabella's any more. Service is slipping, there's no bottle water, the coffee machine is gone so no espresso, etc. Portions are smaller - still tasty - but overall Isabella's isn't what it was 5 years ago.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Extremely professional service, even though our party grew from original reservation. great food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food and good service. We had a wonderful time.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Ashley and Brian are TOPS!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience at Isabella's. It was the first time that I dined at this restaurant, and I was very pleased with the outcome, the food, and the beverages. The seating manager got us a table for seven after we deviously entered two reservations for three and four people, so I also rank this restaurant highly in terms of accommodating their clientele.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was a perfect spot for my friend and I to meet up! Our server was very tentative and took very good care of us!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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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