Permanently Closed - Isola on Columbus

4.2
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63 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Isola on Columbus serves pizzas, pastas, and classic Italian entrees.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 665-2970
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Off-site catering is available
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
109th
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Place is cozy and the service was friendly. The Food was very good, Pasta was Fresh and tasty, my son loved it! i have to come back for the Pizza, i saw one at the next table, it looked so delicious!!!!! Lo recomiendo 😉

e
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit will not be my last. Greeted at the door and welcomed to our table with warm smiles and friendly manner. Timing was excellent between courses and food was delicious. Thanks for the start to a wonderful evening!

RF
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff and food were great. My partner is on a low carb diet, and despite being an Italian/pizza focused restaurant they accommodated with a wonderful steak and broccoli option (while I still got my past fix). I had the house made pappardelle with porcini mushrooms and truffle cream sauce. Also, the wine is very reasonably price. Great place to go for a nice meal out that won't break the bank.

m
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Found this on open table and so glad my family made the trek from UES to UWS. Lovely ambiance, wonderful and friendly staff, delicious food! Homemade desserts were icing on the cake for a great meal. Can’t wait to go back.

NY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating with my large party at the last minute and food was delicious.
Will definitely go back.

AL
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food and wine list were Pedestrian and lackluster. There are a lot better places on the Upper West Side.

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A delicious dinner with my daughter and her roommate. All 4 of us had different pastas for our entrees, and all 4 completely enjoyed ours meals.

T
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I chose it because of location and price, wanting to try out something new. We had two appetisers, the asparagus one was not very good but the salad special was. When listing the specials, the waiter didn't tell us prices, so unfortunately we picked one that was expensive (spinach noodles with shrimp) and which wasn't very flavorful as well. No bread was brought to the table also. We were not impressed.

AF
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Isola was great for the kids; no TVs and they sat us right by the chef making the pizzas at the pizza oven, and they loved that. The pizza w pepperoni and the fettuccine w bolognese sauce were both amazing.

CI
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Italian food and amazing pizza. The fried artichokes taste just like my grandmother's in Calabria.

JE
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent salad, bread and spaghetti. Would recommend!

D
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Late night pizza - was good!

JT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the third time that I've eaten there. The food is great as is the service. Will definitely go again.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got there at 7:45 for our 8 o’clock reservation, and there weren’t many other guests. We were seated and taken care of all night, service was prompt. Food was good, nothing out of the ordinary, but worth a return trip.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food so so. Service lackluster. Only reason to go here is for a 1000 pt table.

E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always happy with this place. Friendly service, house wine, outdoor seating, which is great for our kids when we go for early dinner with them. All of the food is good, but definitely get at least one pizza. My favorite is prosciutto.

RH
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Pleasant surprise we ate outside on a Friday. Great value and the mushroom noodle dish was outstanding. Great Value very good service I will be back

M
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Isola is reliable, reliable, reliable.
We have ordered most of the items on the menu over the years and have never been disappointed. We are careful, however, to ask that any pizza is left a little extra time in the brick oven for a crispy crust. On a recent evening, we ordered all three specials: wonderfully smoky grilled calamari followed by pepper-crusted tuna over abundant spinach in red wine reduction and fettuccine with shrimp and vegetables. All winners. The service was friendly and attentive, as it always has been.

MT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We came on a Monday evening so there were very few people there, and the wait staff was very nice and attentive. Food was good, we liked the ambiance. A pretty good value for the money.

PK
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isola is a great find. The food was delicious and the menu offers a lot of variety. The servers were courteous and friendly. We loved our meal and will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was impressed by the quality of food. The service was on the other hand, underwhelming.

CI
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Finally a place that makes pizza just like what you would get in Northern Italy!
I can't wait to go back and taste the rest of the menu!

c
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If I lived in this neighborhood, I'd be here all the time. It would become my "I-don't-want-to-cook-let's-go-to-Isola-and-share-some-pasta" home away from home. The food was better than some we had in Italy last year, which either means we hit some duds on our trip or Isola is just really good. My only, tiny complaint is about the tomato in the caprese salad: kind of a common American tomato instead of the lovely tomato the rest of the meal deserved. Otherwise, super!

JT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good as was the service. We'll come again.

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great pizza and brunch options. The host and our server were extremely friendly and helpful. This is the perfect neighborhood gem.

E
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always had an amazing evening at this place. Good for celebrations, dates or a quick bite. Pizza is one of the best in the area by far and owners are very kind and accommodating

D
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - our second visit in a month and it Did Not Disappoint. Wonderful food + service. Elegant and tasty Italy on the upper west side. Go see for yourself!

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I typically order in from Isola. This was my first time dining in at the restaurant. We went for a last minute birthday celebration. The food is delicious whether dining in or out. The staff was very accommodating during our meal at the restaurant. There are no major frills about the restaurant or its ambiance. This is simply a great place if you want a great meal and an easy dining experience.

NG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This authentic Italian restaurant is a hidden neighborhood gem. I wish more people knew about it and would give it a try. Good pizzas, fish, and pasta. Excellent wine.

m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great Italian cuisine at affordable prices. I had linguine wtih clam sauce for lunch and it was only $12.

RT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful date night spot! Would definitely come back when visiting NYC.

OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

food was good but, not exceptional. pleasant environment and service. no real complaints, just a little above average dining experience.

SJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A very special place with friendly staff, great food and a relaxed atmosphere. I have brought out of town guest here the two times I have eaten there and they all have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Great local place to call your own.

S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special find. The food was fabulous, the ambiance perfect for a nice relaxing dinner with friends. It was so nice to be treated well by the staff and the owner. I would recommend this spot in this great up and coming neighborhood. I will absolutely visit it again.

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The freshly made ribbon pasta was delicious and risotto special was amazing. Next time we'll have to try the pizza from the wood oven. This was our second time at Isola and it never disappoints.

RJ
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New Years Eve early meal. Used to go to the place all the time when it was further downtown. Menu was good, lots of choices. We will definitely go back again.

EM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our meals were delicious, the service was great, and the price was outstanding. I plan to return.

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Really great for a local spot. Price and taste are low and high for the hood. We were treated well.

t
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I've eaten at Isola several times over the last few years. The food has been reliably inconsistent. Specials are sometimes fabulous, others just OK. Regular dishes are sometimes fabulous, others so-so. Cooks come and go, I think, is the problem. But this time the special octopus appetizer ($18) was almost inedibly tough and the special risotto with spicy salsiccia was blah. On top of that, when I brought a bottle of wine from home I was charged a $15 corkage fee.

a
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dined for the first time at isola and was pleased with everything my husband and I ordered from the homemade mozzarella in the caprese and fried artichoke to the entrees we shared - gnocchi and spinach and cheese ravioli in sage butter sauce. Also recommend the Nutella crepe for dessert. Only disappointment was the focaccia and chickpea hummus spread served as the bread. The bread was too dense and would have preferred good evoo instead of the chickpea hummus. But overall enjoyed my meal there and plan to return.