We always have a great time and a great meal at Isabella's. Every small plates dish we've ever had has been delicious. The service is always very good. Last Sunday, we went for brunch with friends. They did tapas and we did eggs/omlette from their special Brunch menu. Everyone loved their food. Unique Bloody Marys were also wonderful. And, though the place was packed and our waiter said he was handling 12 tables, he was truly masterful in the service he provided to us and the kitchen's efficiency had all our food promptly delivered, nice and hot. Double thumbs up!!
Really great food. The tapas were out of this world.
Isabella's offers both a friendly bar, a medium dinning area and a smaller room called the flower room for small tables. Much quieter in there and a great place for a date over tapas. Wine list is great and matches the Spanish influenced menu
Amazing food. Better than expected. Service great.
Food was excellent, enjoyed everything we tried! Asparagus, spinach and Brussels sprouts were terrific. Artichoke w crab was great, salmon very tasty, weakest meat was the filet. Would go back again, but get way less food than suggested by the waiter.
We went to Sunday brunch for the restaurant week menu. The value of the menu was fantastic and varied, offering many options. The fried asparagus is amazing and I love the sauce that goes with it. A+ for presentation, too. The Paella was NOT GOOD at all. Very buttery, oily, and fatty. It was so greasy that it was shiny. I couldn't eat it at all and the waiter didn't seem to notice at all, offering me a take home box, which I didn't accept. I've had many versions of Paella, including many in Spain, and have never had something this greasy or heavy. The flourless chocolate cake was delightful and yummy! The atmosphere is very nice and service is good.
Wonderful dining experience! Love the tappas menu- especially the zucchini fries! We were lucky to get the front window seating! The bartender and cocktails were also great!
Went for Frederick restaurant week and food was awesome!
Had reservations for 7 PM, but didn’t get seated until 7:40. Another couple had reservations for 7:15 PM was seated before us. Didn’t have some items on the menu. Waiter was good, but the food was just okay. I was looking forward to going here, but was disappointed in the end.
Even though the restaurant was packed we had quick and professional service. The food was absolutely perfect. We will definitely be coming back!
We had a great experience! We sampled various tapas and each were delicious....Spanish blue cheese, fried asparagus, artichokes with crab, brussel sprouts with balsamic, short rib toasts, tres leches cake for dessert. Service was great! We were able to sit and chat for hours and we were not rushed to leave. Would definitely go back!
Bustling place, right on the main strip. Good variety of offerings and authentic flavor profiles, but customizable to various tastes or special diets. We tried the individual paella and it was quite a huge portion. Very tasty and satisfying. We also split some appetizers, including their signature fried asparagus with creamy dip served in a champagne flute and the crave-worthy shrimp with onion and garlic. Dessert was flan and flourless chocolate cake. The stand-out was their sangria flight that included three varieties in good size glasses. The wait staff was also very friendly. One friend ordered a dish that was different than she expected and it was replaced immediately without any fuss.
Great food and excellent service - love the small plates!
We visited Isabella's for lunch during Frederick Restaurant Week. We had a great time, the food was tasty, and the server was attentive. We were allowed to have two appetizers/tapas if we did not want to have dessert. The Paella de Pollo y Champinones was super delish but it was a lot of food. All of us had to take leftovers home. It was a fun group outing for us.
Restaurant week menu was great! Loved the lamb shank. Service was slow-second time I was there this week and both times it felt like the wait staff forgot us- otherwise it was great! Thanks
Another first time visit thanks to restaurant week. $15 three course lunch was an excellent value, and the normal pricing seemed decent too.
First courses were sizzling shrimp in a garlic olive oil and carmelized onion base, and a chorizo with mashed potatoes. Not huge portions, but both were good.
Our main courses were a huge rice chicken and mushroom paella, and the pasta of the day was chicken bow tie pasta with mushrooms and feta. Paella was ok, but nothing we’d order again.
Desserts were a good flan and a fantastic tres leches.
We’d eat here again.
I stopped by for Restaurant Week and will come back again. The lunch special looks great (choice of tapas for a set $10.99). The restaurant week menu included 1 tapas, 1 entree and a dessert. I got Gambas al Pil Pil, which was perfectly spiced, with shrimp garlic and carmelized onions. My entree was the pasta of the day. Forget Italian pasta. this was hearty, spicy and perfect. My dessert was the flourless chocolate cake, which completed the meal with an exclamation point. Next time, I'm bringing friends and we are going to do all tapas. So worth going!
Isabella's never disappoints. We had a variety of 6 or 7 tapas and desert and each one was delightful. The lamb meatballs (a special one of the tapas on Saturday 3/3/18) were particularly good. The house red wine was very good and we really enjoyed the caramel brownie desert. All in all, it was a most enjoyable mea.
We live in DC so have very good tapas restaurants (thanks Jose Andres) and have many other good options. This place was decent, but not great comparatively. Food was overly salty and my wife's tuna was very fishy. Prices were decent.
We each got the lunch special — 3 tapas for $10.99 — and shared them all. Everything was delicious — almost more than we could eat.
Went for a birthday lunch. So delicious and loved trying so many things!
Service was a little slower than usual, but great waiter made up for it. Got our usual Eggs Benedict. Eggs were perfect. Food was well worth the wait. One of our "Go to's".
Great food. Great service. Did not disappoint. Thank you.
We really enjoyed all the tapas at Isabella’s. This was our first visit, and our server Joey made it great. He was attentive and engaging while getting the job done. The table bussers were also omnipresent - vital for the dirty plate flow in a tapas bar. Spanish wines were top drawer. Hallmark fried asparagus spears are a must order item, and we double-tapped the chipotle angus beef mini-sliders, too. One glitch: we arrived ten minutes early and even though we used our Open Table reservation details, the restaurant called us a “no show”. That led to the passive-aggressive, somewhat-pedantic emails from Open Table about how diners should behave. After I corrected that and Open Table backed off a bit, we could better enjoy the show we were in Frederick to see. That whole no-show shaming process has got to go.
Great evening. Enjoyed the food. Service was prompt and friendly. Good value.
Delicious food. They were able to make us salmon paella even though it wasn’t on the menu. My date was impressed.
Took my wife out for date night. The place was amazing. It’s now in our top 3 places to go. Food and drinks were yummy and reasonably priced. Had our waiter who has been there 19 years order for us, was the best idea as we were not disappointed.
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.
The service and food were amazing. We arrived shortly before our reservation time and were seated promptly. I'm a big fan of the tapas/small plate concept because you can try a bunch of different items if you wish. Nothing we ordered disappointed. Everything was delicious. They have a variety of meat, seafood and vegetable options so there seemed to be choices for most people.
If you are a fan of chorizo then be sure to try all the chorizo dishes (I had 3 different ones). You won't regret it.
Thoroughly enjoyed the tapas and the restaurant was relaxed and enjoyable for my husband and I to have a great dinner date!!
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.
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!
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!
Relaxed atmosphere, great tapas and excellent service!
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.
Great food in a friendly environment. We will definitely visit again!!
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.
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.
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!
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!