Isabella's Italian Trattoria

4.6
666 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries

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About

Isabella's Italian Trattoria is a family-owned neighborhood restaurant serving contemporary northern Italian cuisine in a sophisticated, yet casual setting. Isabella's has formed strong relationships with local farmers to highlight the best ingredients of central Virginia. Isabella's is the perfect choice for a night out with friends, a special date, or a business event. The restaurant offers a variety of dining choices - casual bar dining, patio dining, private dining from groups of 15 to 25, and semi-private dining for groups from 30-40. Isabella's also has a retail wine market on premises offering hand-selected wines from around the globe at very competitive prices.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Phone number
(434) 385-1660
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kevin Crews
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Catering
We offer full service catering to residents throughout Virginia. From small, intimate dinners to large tented events, we can assist with a personalized menu, beverage and bar services, service staff, as well as rental and linen needs. Please see our website for contact information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Old Boonsboro Road
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Parking details
Ample parking available in the well lit shopping center parking lot. Handicap parking spaces adjacent to the restaurant.
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Public transit
The Boonsboro Shopping Center has a Lynchburg City Bus stop.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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AM
Washington DC
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Isabella’s is our “go-to” restaurant. It is our neighborhood place and a place to celebrate special occasions. It also is suitable for business lunches and for children. They manage to do it all. Great bar and bartenders.

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DH
Richmond
4 reviews
4.0Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent food! This is one of our go to spots in Lynchburg. Highly recommend it!

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P
Richmond
1 review
4.0Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 3

Skimpy with the Italian sausage in the pasta and The prosciutto on the pizza. Not a good value.

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f
1 review
5.0Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service, atmosphere, and food were great! Definitely would recommend it to others.

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JC
Richmond
35 reviews
5.0Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place to have lunch. The food is perfect every time .

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S
Atlanta
7 reviews
4.0Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were in town to drop off our daughter at school and wanted a special dinner to celebrate the start of her college life. The food, service, and ambiance were great. Will definitely return whenever we are in town.

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s
Richmond
194 reviews
4.0Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and outs5anding service. Varied and original menu. Popular restaurant for locals.

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LC
Nashville
10 reviews
4.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Isabellas numerous times. Always rest food and service! dinner.

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JC
Richmond
34 reviews
5.0Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Everything was very good

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S
1 review
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was Skyler. He was kind, friendly and very helpful. He respected our space and at the same time interacted with my husband and I in a professional and courteous way. We walked away feeling as though he was happy to serve us. He deserves a big pat on the back! My husband and I are in the customer service industry as well, and it really thrills us to experience "a" players in other industries. The restaurant as a whole offered a wonderful menu. The food was delicious and the portions were exactly what we like. We live close by and have visited in the past, although it has been a long time. Our first experience was so so, as our server, at that time was stand offish and distracted. This was not the case on Saturday and we are excited to return!

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P
New York Area
1 review
3.0Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Though we have given restaurant's food and service a good review, we give the restaurant's overall review a lower score and credit for that goes to the hostess team. For reasons that we can only guess, our weekend primetime reservation, booked a week prior through OpenTable, was treated with less respect than others, including customers who were local drop-ins. Our birthday party of four arrived ten minutes early for our reservation, dressed very nicely (collared shirts for the men, and dresses for the ladies), full of smiles and good humor, and ready to celebrate a big milestone birthday. Much to our surprise, instead of putting us in one of the dining rooms, they tried to seat us at a bar table where none of the other patrons were seated. When we said that we would prefer to wait until our reservation time arrived so that we could sit in one of the dining rooms, they reacted with annoyance, couldn't promise us that this would happen, and reluctantly allowed us to wait in the bar at a counter that "you will have to vacate as soon as the party that has reserved it arrives." Of course, within five minutes of our taking a seat, the party who had reserved a space at the bar arrived, and we were asked to move. We played it cool and laughed it off for the sake of not ruining the mood of our birthday celebration, but there was no question in our minds that the hostesses had disrespected our party, and for what purpose? Of course, it goes without saying that we could see at least three tables for a group our size available in the two dining rooms, but apparently those were reserved for people who didn't have reservations or who were late for theirs. Eventually, they seated us in a dining room, but not without a last zinger in which the hostess encouraged me to "make any special requests at the time of reservation." Thankfully, though the hostess team did their best to show us what Lynchburg hospitality is not, the food and service team made up for it.

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c
New England
92 reviews
3.0Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall we enjoyed this restaurant the salads were fresh seafood Trio sampler was massive and we could not finish it.
entrées were good but nothing spectacular
wine selection was nice
service was very good
would return but not make a special trip for it

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T
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've always enjoyed Isabella's; it's obvious that it's one of the places where there is a REAL chef in the kitchen paying attention to how flavors, textures, etc are combined to create something unique.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to take family out for a special dinner and Isabella's did not disappoint! We had wonderful cocktails and a great beer selection. We shared a massive plate of calamari, which was too much for four people, but was quite good. Our group had steaks, scallops and pasta. The potatoes with cheese and bacon served with the ribeye was honestly one of the best things I've ever eaten! The tomato basil pasta (that's not exact, but it was the first pasta dish, I believe) was the least impressive, which surprised me for an Italian-y restaurant. It was fine, but a little dry -- not much sauce for a lot of pasta. And no cheese. Everything else was amazing. The very best part was our service -- Ruthie is a great ambassador for Isabella's. She's friendly, helpful and attentive without hovering. She made great suggestions! We'll definitely be back.

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KK
1 review
5.0Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great night out! Service was wonderful and the food was delicious!

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OT
Wilmington
1 review
5.0Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Was very good

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JC
Richmond
33 reviews
5.0Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
5.0Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex was our server and he was very personable and engaging!

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n
Richmond
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere. Love dining here

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JC
Richmond
32 reviews
5.0Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is and has been great every time that we have been there. Everything.

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EE
Western NC
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place for Girls night! The atmosphere, food and service never disappoint.

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SG
1 review
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there for Sunday brunch and it was excellent. Food was well prepared, excellent presentation, and the service was friendly and efficient. Would return for brunch and also to check out the dinner experience.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I dined here for our wedding anniversary.
The food was fresh and delicious. The server was friendly and efficient. The restaurant was quite and had good ambience. It was easy to get a reservation.
We highly recommend this place.
Thanks for the good service.

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m
Washington DC
11 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Isabella's is our top celebration outing, because the food never disappoints and the restaurant has the best bartender in the city. The mussels are the best we have had anywhere, and Josh is always able to satisfy a finicky drinker's taste buds. Beyond those points, every dish is great, so there's no fear in taking others there or venturing beyond our normal favorites.

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BI
1 review
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the quietness and great food. The tiramisu was wonderful!

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RM
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bread was served warm with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
The drinks were very refreshing.
Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. We really enjoyed our meal from start to finish.

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GC
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a nice meal at Isabella's, but the crab and roasted red pepper soup was to DIE for! Really exquisite. I can't speak to much else--I only had a salad with a small bit of salmon on the side, but my guests seemed to enjoy everything. It was restaurant week with a special 3-course menu. Good times!

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OT
1 review
3.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The carpeting is worn and was clearly not vacuumed. Our server was very nice, but did get our order wrong (it happens!). Our meals were just okay, but the pasta carbonara was absolutely disgusting. It tasted like old, over cooked canned peas.

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m
Richmond
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Quality consistent excellent meal as always. Believe we were breaking in a new waitress who was not having her “A” game but everything else about the food and environment allows for some accommodation for a waitress learning curve. She forgot two items we specifically asked for (both of which were customary - not exotic). We still always look forward to eating there and routinely recommend it.

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TP
1 review
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome! Service is great, food was prepared perfectly, bread was yummy and fresh,lovely evening with friends.

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MW
1 review
3.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the ambiance was lovely. My drink was good, the bread was delish,the scallops were perfect, but my chicken piccatta was bland, my Dad's spaghetti sauce sugar sweet. It was a disappointment. I might go back, but not for Italian food.

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d
Richmond
1 review
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

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JC
Richmond
26 reviews
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal at this Trattoria.

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FR
Richmond
6 reviews
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I ate at Isabella's Italian Trattoria after looking up the top 10 restaurants in Lynchburg. Isabella was #2! Location is in a little shopping center and easy to find. We arrived for an early dinner to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were seated immediately and promptly our server arrived to take our drink orders and request for an antipasti or "appetizers". My wife ordered her favorite Gray Goose Martini straight UP with 2 olives. She raved it was the best she had ever tasted in 50-years! I ordered a Pale Fire Arrant IPA brewed locally in Harrisonburg, VA. It's one of the best IPA I've had the pleasure to drink!! We order their Fritto Di Calamari, lightly fried calamari with basil aioli and their signature tomato basil sauce. Oh my gosh, it was the best tasting calamari we've ever eaten. Their presentation was eye catching, the fresh scent of basil wonderful, and the taste delightful. Highly recommend!

Next, my wife ordered the Lobster Bisque Zuppe "Soup" consisting of creamy bisque beans with succulent lobster, fresh tarragon, and caramelized fennel. Soup was steaming hot when served and again the taste superb! I ordered the Isabella's House Salad with fresh mesclun greens, shaved reggiano parmesan, and toasted pine nuts with balsamic vinaigrette. Salad came chilled, crisp and refreshingly tasteful without being too filling!

For the Piatti Della Casa - "Plates of the House", I ordered the Pan Seared Scallops which came with house made basil pesto risotto with crispy pancetta bits, and diced tomato garnish. This main entree was served hot, scallops perfectly grilled and the entire taste was overwhelmingly pleasing! Strongly recommend this entree as well!

My wife ordered the Chicken Piccata consisting of flour dusted and pan seared thin medallions of chicken topped with sauteed artichokes and capers; creamy polenta. Presentation and taste mouth watering!

For desert, Pecan Pie to go! Portion and taste excitingly mouth-watering!!

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal but entree could have been warmer. I like my lasagna piping hot but maybe be was warm only.

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N
Richmond
11 reviews
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

very good service. It's just a nice place to eat. We have been many times and sometimes the service is marginal.

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D
1 review
3.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

My husband and I don’t go out a lot but when we do it’s always a special treat. We were seated at our table which was a cozy little nook but it took 15 minutes to have our drink order taken. And only after my husband went to the hostess. Isabella’s wasn’t especially busy this particular Saturday night. Our lovely waitress wasn’t informed we had arrived or our table was her responsibility. It was a great meal but communication between wait staff and hostess could be better.
Hopefully, next time we visit Isabella’s they will be a bit more on their toes.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation Celebration!

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GH
1 review
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and comfortable atmosphere. The chicken picatta is a favorite!

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BB
1 review
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bread they brought to the table was remarkable! Delicious. My steak was melt in your mouth. Those were the best garlic mashed potatoes I ever had. My friends enjoyed the pizza and mushrooms as well. Good wine.

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