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About Permanently Closed - Isabella's

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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!

359 Columbus Ave at 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
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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

Cross Street:
77th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 724-2100

Website:
http://www.isabellas.com/

Catering:
Catering available. Call 212-724-2100 today.

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.

Executive Chef:
Michael Vignola

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/

Private Party Contact:
Special Events - events@brguestinc.com: (877) 655-1266

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

Special Events & Promotions:
For large groups, semi-private dining and restaurant buyouts, contact Special Events at 212-331-0328 or email events@brguestinc.com.

Or request event information online here: http://www.brguesthospitality.com/event-venues/book-event.

Isabella's - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (2800)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1896)
Great for Lunch (1392)
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Fit for Foodies (1347)
Great for Brunch (1330)
Special Occasion (1084)
Good for Groups (920)
Romantic (755)
Kid-friendly (661)
Hot Spot (406)
Notable Wine List (290)
Late-night Find (181)
Scenic View (175)
Vibrant Bar Scene (114)
Casual (71)
Good for a Date (61)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Good for Birthdays (42)
Quiet Conversation (39)
Cozy (37)
Pre/post Theatre (35)
People Watching (32)
Sunday Lunch (31)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Comfort Food (27)
Business Meals (25)
Healthy (24)
Fun (20)
Seasonal (19)
Authentic (15)
Bar Seating (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Local Ingredients (11)
Afternoon Coffee (10)
Outstanding Value (10)
Afternoon Tea (9)
Quick Bite (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Tapas (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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.

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food3
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service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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food5
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Always amazing service and food. Love the ambience as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Romantic
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food5
ambience5
service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

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.

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food4
ambience2
service4
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 10, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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food1
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food4
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service5
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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food3
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service2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

The Black Mission Fig Turnover was extraordinary and very innovative

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Miami)·Dined on May 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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food5
ambience4
service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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food2
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service3
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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food4
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service4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food3
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service4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

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.

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food4
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service4
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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food3
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 25, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Business Meals, Fun, Casual
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2017

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

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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

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

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food2
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service4
value2

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

The service was excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

I absolutely loved it!!! Great food! Great drinks! Just perfect...

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

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.

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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

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

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food3
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2017

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

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on March 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2017

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.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot
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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 20, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 17, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 16, 2017

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!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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