Isabella's - Frederick

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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.
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DO
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricy, but most restaurants in downtown are. We ordered a good selection of food and drinks; the bill was approximately $100, before tip. The food selection and quality was excellent.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed everything about this place!

JR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful atmosphere, service, variety, originality, and food! Loved everything about the experience. Will happily go back!

KK
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had a good time there. The waiter made the suggestion that if we were going to order Paella that it would take 35 min and to order other tapas first. This was a great suggestion and what we did; however, one of the tapas that we ordered came out after we finished eating the paella (so almost a full hour after we ordered). Other than this mis-step it was a great evening.

SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three years in Andalucia; and when I miss it, Isabella’s takes me back every time. We had asparagus, Brussels sprouts, fried Manchego on baguette toast, paella of the day. All outstanding, flavorful perfection.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Meeting with a friend and having a great meal.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food.

CZ
London
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious! The roasted brussel sprouts are always my favorite veggie tapas!
Service was great! One of my favorite restaurants in Frederick!

MR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the food. Felt a little rushed with the service.

B
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a nice table in the main section of the restaurant. The fresh scallops on the daily special menu were excellent. The yucca fries were ok, and I’d say the asparagus spears were a bit overdone but still good. The figs and goat cheese made a nice closer for our meal. Service was good, attentive.

e
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time visit. Had an awesome time. Food and service were really good. Great variety and ambience. To many choices. Look forward to coming back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Great setting with regards to both interior decoration and low noise level!

JG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was decent, but horrible, disgusting service. One of the most disinterested and condescending waiters we have encountered in a long, long time. On being seated, we were asked “if we are sure we know what tapas are” and told that “many people who come here do not really know”. Give me a break! What kind of garbage is that? Will never, ever go back. Our experience was trash.

J
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was good, but a bit disappointing. I had heard about this place from a couple of friends, so I guess I had high expectations.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food!

CS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tapas at Isabella’s are fantastic - I always love their sizzling garlic shrimp and their mini short ribs and goat cheese on brioche, and they didn’t disappoint! For any vegans reading this - one of the four of us in our group on Saturday was (is!) vegan, and they were very accommodating about turning dishes into vegan-friendly options where possible. I must say their always terrific Brussels sprouts were yummy even without the meat and cheese!

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

FD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

There were 7 of us celebrating a birthday. Some of us were familiar with the tapas format, others were not - but they figured it out quickly!
Everything we ordered was tasty and delivered quickly. I especially liked the figs with slivered ham and dry cheese dish and the mussels entrée. I was lucky enough to get the last bottle of stout so I have no complaints.
The friends who had never been to Isabella's were appropriately impressed also.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family & I love Isabella’s. We almost always choose it for special occasions & sometimes just because.

JR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. This was the first time I had Spanish tapas. It was a fun experience.

AV
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! We had a great dinner and the food was amazing. And the way they timed out coming to the table was really well done.

w
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Shrimp and Scallop paella at $25 seemed a bit expensive for the amount you receive, but all othertapas were great
Sangria was good but not great
Bill

KS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice place. A little pricey for small plates but a nice change of pace

CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food.
We had lunch with friends and we all enjoyed it.

OT
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

really a unique dining experience with great choices - yummy!!!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Been there before but haven’t gone back for some time. A beautiful evening in Frederick, outdoor sitting, great service, and a great vibe in town made our dining experience wonderful.

KL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dinner. There was four of us and I think we shared 7 tapas total. Everything was delicious. Can't wait to go again.

SM
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food is good but overpriced.. The tapas specials are very expensive. Bronzino was $17 for a small piece of fish that three os us barely had a taste of. We have been to many tapas places here and in Spain. Just not impressed with the portions. Our waitress was good but we felt she was rushing us. We had to aak for spoons to serve the tapas and bread. When we ordered our 2nd round of food, we asked for clean plates. The server looked at us as if we were a burden. She brought the plates but did. Ot remove the dirty ones, we had to ask her! For their price point, we shouldn’t have to ask for bread and clean plates.

RC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isabella's never disappoints. Wonderful food, drink and atmosphere!

M
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere! I enjoyed the fried asparagus sticks and red wine sangria.

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food. We enjoyed exploring all the different choices. Don't pass up desert, especially the apple turnover!

WF
Baltimore
59 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A lively HH at the bar with a nice perk to receive 2 nicely prepared wings with every discounted drink order. Then we moved to the table for early dinner where things were just average, and did not create the urge to be repeated any time soon. The sauce for the fried asparagus was a particular highlight, and the rib sandwich was above average. Eh.!

PK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding. We've eaten at Isabella's about five times and introduced our friends to it last Saturday; they were blown away by the quality of the food and service and very pleased by the cost.

BC
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual. Only issue was we requested outdoor seating on our reservation and it wasn’t available.

DS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place. Tapas right portion sizes so can try many dishes.

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Isabella’s! Great place to get together with the girls! Great timing sharing delicious food and wonderful conversation. Always a great experience here!

RS
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, great service. I would go more often but it is a bit pricey.

OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a gal pal join me - her first time there_ and she loved it! Said she'd next bring her boyfriend.

AD
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fried asparagus french fries were delicious! So much that we got a second order. Love the portion sizes and the different flavors. Service was wonderful. The host waitress and another waiter were very helpful in recommending their favorite foods for us to order. It was nice being able to order different foods at reasonable prices and try several different things. We sat outside so it was a bit noisy along with smokers Out front that can make your stomach turn if you don’t like to be around them. I would definitely go back but next time eat inside.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always great!!

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