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Permanently Closed - Isabella's

1908 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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:
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Private party contact
Special Events - (877) 655-1266
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Catering available. Call 212-724-2100 today.
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Cross street
77th Street
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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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Special events & promotions
For large groups, semi-private dining and restaurant buyouts, contact Special Events at 212-331-0328 or email

Or request event information online here:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1908 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.1  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipshrecchi (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!

vipR123 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on April 15, 2017

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

vipLorraine (Toronto)
3.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  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.

vipCarol (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

The service was excellent

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

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

Shlang181 (New York Area)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

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

vipJayEmme (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on March 30, 2017

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

vipMaria (New Mexico)
5.0  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.

ToniG (New York Area)
3.0  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.

vipKennethN (Chicago)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  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.

BeMa (Atlanta)
3.0  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.

nycglamazon (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 20, 2017

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

vipExceptional (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

vipvivian (New York Area)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 17, 2017

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

vipBirdlegs27 (New York Area)
5.0  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!!