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Isabella's - Permanently Closed

4.1
4.1
1908 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Permanently Closed - A faithful neighborhood favorite, Isabella’s has been an Upper West Side institution for over two decades, a hit with locals and celebrities alike. Isabella’s defines Upper West Side dining with reliable market-fresh offerings for the Mediterranean palate. From birthdays to celebratory brunches, many a memories have been made at Isabella’s and continue unfolding at this “oasis for an unrushed, delicious meal,” according to Zagat. When the weather’s pleasant, grab a sidewalk seat in the café for a classic New York Brunch filled with people-watching, benedicts and Bloody Marys. Indulge your sweet tooth in a Chocolate Bag, a dessert staple that’s been on the menu since opening day!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Monday: 11:30am – 9:30pm Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10:00pm Friday: 11:30am – 10:30pm Saturday: 10:00am – 10:30pm Sunday: 10:00am – 9:30pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 724-2100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Vignola

  • Catering

    Catering available. Call 212-724-2100 today.

  • Private party facilities

    For large groups, private dining or restaurant buyouts, contact Special Events, or request event information online here: http://www.newyorkeventvenues.com/contact-a-planner/

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Cross street

    77th Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking and public lots available. Closest public lot is between Amsterdam and Broadway on 77th Street.

  • Public transit

    A, B, C & D trains to 80th Street/Central Park West, and 1 train to 79th Street. M10 bus on Columbus Ave and 77th Street.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,908 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. w

    wolfdaddy

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2017

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our dinner at Isabella's, a friendly place with good food and excellent service. After we celebrated Mother's Day 2017 there, however, we were dismayed to discover that the restaurant closed permanently -- with no warning to any customers -- the very next day.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cod was amazing. Waiter was great with our 3 yr old. Great spot after a day at the AMNH
  3. J

    Joeysdad

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing service and food. Love the ambience as well.
  4. a

    alwayseatingout

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2017

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The restaurant was not crowded yet they had the 2 tops set all right next to each other in a perfectly straight line down the middle of the restaurant and seated people right next to us even though there were numerous empty 2 tops available. The straight line seating makes the space look very sterile.
  5. SD

    SkateDiva

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Isabella's for brunch, lunch, and dinner. It can get crowded on weekends but I think it's worth the wait.
  6. C

    Charming1

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2017

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    Over all a great time. The only down side was the amount of salt used in the food....extremely salty!
  7. FF

    FlatbushFaithful

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought a party of ten people to Isabella's, and the restaurant could not have been more accommodating. Servers were attentive without being overbearing; the food was wonderful; the volume level in the restaurant was refreshingly low (our guest of honor was hard of hearing); and we were never rushed. The restaurant is beautiful and prices, while not cheap, are not high for the Upper West Side. Highly recommended for both dates and celebrations!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A lovely spot for al fresco dining for a late lunch/early dinner when the sun shines on the patio (there's an awning for shade). The backdrop of the natural history museum is great, UWS people watching fun, though the boom box from the playground across the street detracted. When it got chilly after sunset, We went inside for coffee and dessert at the bar. The staff was very accommodating and seemlessly relocated us. The food we ordered was delicious and nicely presented, especially the fig turnovers with prosciutto and Gorgonzola and a Grouper special cooked to perfection. One critique is that the menu is a bit limited and all over the place gastronomically from middle eastern to Italian to American. Our server was very well informed about the menu and mostly attentive. Our entrees arrived when we were still enjoying our appetizers, so the timing could have been better. Overall, I would come back to this iconic UWS restaurant for the combination of ambiance, location and food.
  9. B

    Bobby

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We usually find the food very good, but not this time. It was just fair. A disappointment since we took friends who had never been to Isabella's. Although the service was friendly it was unimpressive.
  10. JW

    JohnW

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The Black Mission Fig Turnover was extraordinary and very innovative
  11. g

    globalreporter

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reliable neighborhood restaurant with a touch of elegance. Lovely dining room with tablecloths and flowers accenting the room. It just feels special. It's my go-to spot with a friend who loves their grilled octopus. Yummy, fresh, well prepared. That and a glass of wine and beet/goat cheese salad hit the spot.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Isabella's is my favorite "go to" when I'm on the upper west side. The food is dependably good and fresh with healthy choices and lots of veggies. Prices are reasonable and the service is above average. We unfortunately had a loud group next to us this time but that's not the restaurant's fault.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2017

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Service was inconsistent. Food came out at all different times. No coordination between servers and runners. Had to ask several times for a wedge of lemon. The special fish was so awful. It was overcooked and fishy. All 7 diners thought the food was "meh" at best. Good location, but stick to a lousy egg brunch. Dinner service and food on a weekend is not worth the price tag.
  14. VJ

    VeronicaJ

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2017

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Isabellas is a very pretty restaurant right around the corner from the Museum of Natural History. The menu is short but the dishes are well prepared. Standouts were the fig appetizer, the seafood linguine and the lasagna. Do not miss the Chocolate Bag dessert.
  15. R

    Remitatur

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2017

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Classic NYC in spot. Great for people watching good light fare. Service great.
  16. L

    Letty

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2017

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    We have loved Isabella's for the family friendly atmosphere. We were making it a tradition to take our kids there for their birthdays. However, we just went to have dinner for our twins' 1st birthday and we noticed changes for the kids. The menu no longer has activities on it and the bendy sticks they use to give the kids are no longer provided. I specifically asked about these and they said they no longer have them. I got one set of crayons for three kids. I hope they bring them back. It was the only place in the city where I felt like kids were really welcomed.
  17. I

    Icon

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2017

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Situated directly across the street from the iconic Museum of Natural History, great ambience and Location. Wine or cocktails at the bar and then outdoor dining along Columbus Ave in the heart of premier Upper West Side, recommended. The entrees we ordered were good enough and reasonably priced, the service staff exceptionally friendly.
  18. LW

    LocalWriter

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent, as always. Our go-to place on the UWS when friends come from out of town.
  19. MB

    MonicaB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I eat here a lot because it is very convenient to the American Museum of Natural History where I work. It's nice to take visiting colleagues here for lunch. Everyone likes it. The menu does get a little monotonous, though, after a while. It's becoming a little pricey. Service is uneven.
  20. D

    Delightful

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Across the open spaces and wide street from the Natural History Museum at 77th street and Columbus Avenue, the subdued atmosphere and excellent menu get your attention right away. The tables are a little close, but there is enough room for staff to maneuver around you without contact. The wine list is fairly long and varied and the prices not exorbitant - for New York City! From homey lasagna to encrusted fish, the food was properly prepared, nicely plated and tasty. No one seemed pushy or even upset at our enjoying dinner and having great - and somewhat prolonged - conversation. A delightful venue for small groups of friends or an intimate date.
  21. s

    shrecchi

    New York Area

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Pretty place but bathroom needs to be updated.
  22. JG

    JackieG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our anniversary and they pulled out all the stops. Perfect seating and a free dessert and champagne. It was amazing!
  23. R

    R123

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Tables are too close together. Food so-so. Not a great selection.
  24. L

    Lorraine

    Toronto

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I have travelled to NYC 15-20 times since 1985, and each trip have made a point to dine at Isabella's. I've also recommended it to many people over the years. I was disappointed to say that it's really lost its "wow" factor. The service was good, the food was mediocre, and it's dated. I had asked the hostess and then the server for a birthday dessert for my husband as we sat down. We then changed tables due to our first table being squished against a wall in a throughway. The message wasn't communicated to our new server, despite me having mentioned it to both the hostess and our first server. The food presentation wasn't creative, and something has definitely been lost in the sale of Isabella's from the old chain to the Landry group.
  25. LA

    LeAynE

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I really want to give Isabella's a great review. We've been there twice for dinner and the food is great, but there was an issue with timing of the food both evenings. First time our entrees came before we were even half done with appetizers, and the second time our side of broccoli came when we were done with our meals. Also, we had 7:00 dinner reservations, and the waiter told us they were out of bread. It was obvious that he was embarrassed to even have to say it. Eventually he did bring a basket of warm pita bread. The food is always good, but they need to figure out the timing issue.
  26. C

    Carol

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was excellent
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely loved it!!! Great food! Great drinks! Just perfect...
  28. S

    Shlang181

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2017

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    My review is based on sitting in their outdoor area. Inside, while very lovely, has a higher noise level. The food was very good- my friend and I both had the salmon on the lunch menu and it was prepared to perfection. The service was excellent as far as bringing out the food however our table was a little rickety and the waiter never came back to address that issue even though he said he would. Overall, Isabella's has a lovely decor inside and a very nice outdoor area and their food is quite good.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2017

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Food was Good. Atmosphere was Good. The wait staff rushed us, clearing some of ours plates, while others were Still Eating.
  30. JE

    JayEmme

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2017

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Terrible service. They strike me as the type of restaurant that is only good to the regulars.
  31. M

    Maria

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This a go-to neighborhood restaurant for birthdays, out-of-town guests, and other occasions. Their bar area is small but lovely. The drinks are good. The food is always fresh, clean, and interesting. Lots of fish but something for everyone. Fun desserts (the Bag!). Excellent service. We keep returning and will continue to do so.
  32. TG

    ToniG

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2017

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Very disappointed. Food fine but service awful! Such a shame as it is a nice location. Will think twice before going again.
  33. KN

    KennethN

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2017

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    While the food and service are good, there are FAR too many tables jammed into FAR too small a place, making it a noisy, claustrophobic, uncomfortable environment. I could only recommend it to a friend who intended to dine out at an odd hour rather than during prime lunch or dinner hours.
  34. B

    Betsy18

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been to Isabella's three times in the last few months and every time it has been great. Food is consistent, service is excellent and they do not rush you. Would highly recommend.
  35. BM

    BeMa

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I ordered a $17. Salad and asked to substitute the grilled chicken for shrimp. I was not told of any additional charges and was charged $12.00 extra. For 4 small shrimps. Ridiculous. I have eaten there many times and its just mediocre.
  36. n

    nycglamazon

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently very good food. Gracious servers and pleasant ambiance. My client from Monaco loved it!
  37. E

    Exceptional

    Miami

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a lovely time. Our waitress was so welcoming. The chicken was outstanding, the in house made mozzarella with arugula pesto was out of this world. Loved their chocolate "bag" dessert. We will be back!
  38. v

    vivian

    New York Area

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal after visiting the museum of natural history my friend had food issues no milk, gluten free and the waitress insured she was delivered only the safe ingredients. we were very impressed and meal was delicious.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2017

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. Food was good but not excellent. The soups were not hot.
  40. B

    Birdlegs27

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at Isabella's and suggested by a friend. Fabulous place and delicious food. Our server Drew is a gem and she was attentive and lovely. Will definitely go back and my new favorite spot on the UWS!!

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Isabella's - Permanently Closed is rated 4.1 stars by 1908 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    77th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Hours of operation

    Monday: 11:30am – 9:30pm Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10:00pm Friday: 11:30am – 10:30pm Saturday: 10:00am – 10:30pm Sunday: 10:00am – 9:30pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking and public lots available. Closest public lot is between Amsterdam and Broadway on 77th Street.

  • Public transit

    A, B, C & D trains to 80th Street/Central Park West, and 1 train to 79th Street. M10 bus on Columbus Ave and 77th Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Vignola

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 724-2100

  • Catering

    Catering available. Call 212-724-2100 today.

  • Private party facilities

    For large groups, private dining or restaurant buyouts, contact Special Events, or request event information online here: http://www.newyorkeventvenues.com/contact-a-planner/

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