Isabella's - Frederick

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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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J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food!

CS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

BD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

M
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

WF
Baltimore
57 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
29 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always great!!

I
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

My wife and I have been loyal Isabella customers for over a decade. The food is wonderfully prepared and the menu selections are quite extensive. Our date began with the quirky waiter’s greeting, then he left us for 10 minutes. Back again, he asked us if we were ready, and we were...for a cocktail. I asked him if we could get bread (my wife can’t drink on an empty stomach) and he answered that they do have bread but he can’t serve any bread until we order food because “we have had a lot of problems with people who order just bread and no food.” Really?

A weird start for sure, but regardless of the aloof waiter, the food was great. Asparagus fries were sweet and crunchy, the Brie, another favorite. After sharing several other plates, we finished with a short rib plate that was a home run. When we ordered it the waiter said that it was his favorite. Short Rib with onion marmalade on toasted brioche. Amazing!

Go and enjoy great and uniquely prepared food and make sure you have the Short Ribs!

f
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely our favorite spot. Every thing on the menu is freshly made. They are conscious of allergies and can leave out ingredients on most dishes. Unlike other restaurants, almost all sauces are freshly made. Service is impeccable.

SM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and service. Great way to try new/different foods. Relaxing pacing.

m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat! Love the asparagus fries! Service is great and friendly.

k
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great but they refused to take the opentable rewards!

OT
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good meal and great service. The theme of Tapas is great because you can taste many different foods.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

the short ribs were the only dish I would go back for. The paella and salmon were very bland

JT
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience. The staff was courteous. The food was delicious. Overall a great time. Highly recommend Isabella’s.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always delicious!! staff is awesome!! not too big or small.. just perfect! one of our favorite downtown spots!

AB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Isabella’s was great! The food was delicious and the server was very attentive. We celebrated our anniversary and it was the perfect choice.

JU
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and well presented. Exquisite tastes came through. Out of all the dishes we ordered, there was not a single 'meh'. Orders came out quickly. Wait staff was attentive - a real team effort. Loved dining al fresco. Look forward tour next visit. We plan to bring other family members - they would love Isabella's too!

LW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tapas were delicious. Our server was very friendly and accommodating. Enjoyed catching up with an old friend. We were not rushed.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Servings are too small and /or overpriced and even though I mentioned on my reservation that this was for a special birthday, they couldn’t be bothered to stick a candle in anything. We had to stop for ice cream afterward since we were still hungry after spending $100+.

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