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

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food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Happy Hour (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Cozy (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Romantic (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
People Watching (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Seasonal (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 9 hours ago

Great evening. Enjoyed the food. Service was prompt and friendly. Good value.

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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Very impressed. Our server was friendly and very helpful. The food was delicious. They were great about modifying dishes to make them vegetarian. I look forward to my next visit.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the tapas and the restaurant was relaxed and enjoyable for my husband and I to have a great dinner date!!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

We enjoyed everything. Food, beverage, dessert, ambience, and service were great. Everything that open table told us it would be. We plan on going back in the spring pr summer so we can stroll around downtown after dinner.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

We had so much fun eating at Isabella’s. Our server was delightful. The food was wonderful, and the ambiance was great. Isabella’s is one of my favorite places to go to for lunch, dinner or happy hour. I am always happy when I chose to go to Isabella’s for any occasion!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

We thought that the paella was the best we had had in this country, which is saying a lot! The service was quite good, and the whole evening was fun. We will go back, for sure!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Tapas
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Relaxed atmosphere, great tapas and excellent service!

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Went to Isabella's to celebrate our engagement. Food was incredibly delicious, wait staff were fantastic. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough, everything was amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Comfort Food
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food in a friendly environment. We will definitely visit again!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

We came for my wife’s birthday and had her family visiting from Puerto Rico waiting in surprise in the back of the restaurant. The host staff did an amazing job of keeping the surprise as well as filming with one of our cameras. Overall, this was above and beyond what we could’ve expected and it set the stage for a great dining experience.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 8, 2018

As usual, food was top notch, if a little pricey. Service was very poor - we were essentially ignored, and it wasn’t because they were understaffed. We also weren’t the only ones, and at least one couple walked out. I recommend sitting at the bar instead of a table - service was great the last time we did that.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Love Isabella’s! The food is excellent, the choices are varied and the service was excellent! We were there on a very busy Saturday. We were seated immediately despite being early for our reservation. Over 2 hours later we were still there. Never did we feel rushed or hurried. We ate and drank at our own pace, the food was delivered at perfect intervals. A must if you’re in Frederick!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Trip from Baltimore to enjoy First Saturday and a great dinner with friends. It’s fun to try lots of different dishes, sip some homemade sangria and laugh, a lot!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Love to come back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Love the atmosphere and variety of great food.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

We went to Isabellas for our 11 year dating anniversary. The hostess seated us at a small cramped table against the wall. I requested a booth, she said they were all taken. several booths appeared empty the whole time. I have been to this restaurant several times. Both visits they served the tapas after the entree. The service lacks. The food is great. I just wish the service was more organized. I was also told my omlet came with an english muffin or toast, then I was charged separately for the english muffin. I was very disappointed that
I informed them when the reservation was made that this was my anniversary, but nothing was complimentary no discounts were applied to the check, AND I WAS OVER CHARGED!!!! I was embarassed that Id choosen so poorly for an anniversary meal. I might dine here again, but I will not recommend this place for a special occasion or an anniversary. Choose a different restaurant!!!!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great brunch at Isabella's...as always. The specialty Mimosa with blood orange liqueur was superb and staff there so professional, yet friendly!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This was our second visit to Isabellas. We have found our new favorite place! We were there for brunch on Sunday and totally enjoyed the great service and food.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent Tapas and Server. Delicious, creative cuisine

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had the spinach, mushroom, and mahi mahi tapas and the Dorado special. All were very good, especially the Dorado.
It was a bit loud were we sat and there was a bit of a draft but the other side of the same table was fine. We were seated in the outer corner of the room behind the bar area.
The service was good and the dishes came out hit and fairly quickly.
Overall, we enjoyed the experience and the options for healthy and tasty food.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Haven't been there in a few years & wondered why since the food is fabulous. Will be back much sooner now.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

For this particular visit, our Waiter was quite surly. Hovered and seemed annoyed in general. Quite noisy inside — hard to converse at regular volume level. Food was good, though fried asparagus was over cooked and batter very dark. Went on a Sunday for brunch and everything was great

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 25, 2018

There is something for everyone at this tapas restaurant. Paella is always a hit but note there is about a 25 minute lead time for this. Must try the asparagus spears at a minimum. There is enough variation to order multiple small plates to share with the table. Small plates are large enough to share with one or two. One surprise with desert when ordering ice cream - this came out as 6 almost 'normal' sized scoops of different (wonderful) flavored ice creams. It was a lot to finish after having a few small plates for entrees. High class problem to have...the three of us managed to finish most of it :-D

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food great atmosphere

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Another lovely meal! We took out of town guests to Isabella's and we all really enjoyed the variety of food selections available. Even though the building is older, wheelchair access was easy and the staff had prepared a table that was easily reachable.

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Disabled Access
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food!! Service was awesome as well. We were a group of 12 and Joe treated us great!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Tapas
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great. Seated immediately when there would have been a 90 minute wait without a reservation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Our waitress recommended wonderful tapas and we loved everything we ordered! The service was top notch. The paella is good. We were seated a little close to the tables next to us, but otherwise it was awesome. We’ll be going to Isabella’s again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Always enjoy my experience. One of my top picks for date night!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Isabella's is our go-to dinner spot prior to the Community Theater a block or so away. The tapas selection is varied, but not so large as to make it too hard to choose. We like to share around the table and split the check. The staff are very helpful with recommendations and explanations, and very attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 2, 2018

It is always delightful eating at Isabella’s. The food, service and atmosphere of the restaurant is perfect. There is a wide variety of dishes to choose on the menu and you can’t go wrong with any of your choices. I highly recommend Isabella’s for lunch, dinner or in between snack. The food is superb!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·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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vip
 (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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