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Permanently Closed - Isabella's

4.1
1908 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem (2800)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (1896)
  • Great for Lunch (1392)

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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Mediterranean
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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
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Phone number
(212) 724-2100
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4.1
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4.0
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipwolfdaddy (New York Area)
4.0
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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on May 14, 2017

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

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Joeysdad (Dallas)
5.0
Dined on May 12, 2017

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

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alwayseatingout (New York Area)
3.0
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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SkateDiva (New York Area)
5.0
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.

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Charming1 (San Francisco)
4.0
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!

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FlatbushFaithful (Washington DC)
5.0
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!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0
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.

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Bobby (New York Area)
3.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0
Dined on May 3, 2017

The Black Mission Fig Turnover was extraordinary and very innovative

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Mediterranean
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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
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Cross street
77th Street
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(212) 724-2100
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Catering
Catering available. Call 212-724-2100 today.
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Parking details
Street parking and public lots available. Closest public lot is between Amsterdam and Broadway on 77th Street.
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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.
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Executive chef
Michael Vignola
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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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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
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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.