Bar Isabel

4.8
345 reviews
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Enjoy an intimate dining experience at Bar Isabel -- a cozy restaurant where creative Spanish-inspired small plate dishes are combined with craft beers, cocktails and an extensive wine list. The restaurant's elegant interior boasts an intriguing blend of soft lighting, curved walls and a beautiful mosaic tile floor.

Managed under the guidance of Chef Grant Van Gameren, Bar Isabel's menu includes a diverse mix of tapas, cheese, seafood dishes and entrees. Diners rave about the grilled octopus, the cheese platter and the oysters. Treat yourself to some Andalusian cured tuna, with almonds and citrus. For dessert, the Basque cake and sherry cream is a must-try. Bar Isabel is open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and extends its closing time to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, making it a good pick for late night dining.
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat at the bar, had a very knowledgeable server, both in the wine list and menu. Great coordination with all of the staff. Would recommend. Lives up to the hype.

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JH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Bar Isabel every year for our anniversary and we love it! Great food, great cocktails and amazing service. Love the fois gras, croquettes and of course the basque cake!

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambience. Inventive food. Personal and charming.

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JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly brilliant - from food to service to memories.

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MA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing is that the staff thought it was our anniversary which leads me to believe that there is an issue with the booking software through open table.

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DF
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant really is outstanding. It is some of the best food you can eat!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food but very limited menu. Pretty pricey for the quality and quantity. Restaurant vibe was dimly lit but energized and upbeat. Lots of packed tables having fun dinners.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely fantastic! We had the bone marrow, sweetbreads, grilled octopus and a special of gooseneck barnacles. I’m a bone marrow fanatic so definitely had high expectations and was not disappointed. It was flavourful, rich and came with toasted slices of home made bread. The grilled octopus was perfectly done - soft and crispy at the same time. Gooseneck barnacles was new to me but I’m so glad we decided to try it! Simply cooked and served with olive oil and a chimichurri-like pesto. We rounded off the whole epic meal with the basque cake paired with a delicious port recommended by the bartender. I could go on and on but bottom line is this...you can’t go wrong ordering pretty much anything on the menu. Some of the items are on the pricier side considering the size but it’s well worth it!

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f
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, we were very pleased with our evening there. We were lucky to come on a day that barnacles were served! Amazing! Cocktails, octopus, patates, Tempranillo, and basque cake were stunning! Always great service and vibe! Will be back for sure!

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RH
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, quality and service are always excellent. No complaints!

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DD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and delicious food. Very attentive service. Will definitely go back.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, drinks, and exceptional octopus and foie gras

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OA
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and good food. Bone marrow was delicious as was the shrimp al ajillo. Service was really good and thoughtful.

I’ll go back.

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R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal and the service was impeccable. An amazing experience all around!

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a
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

great selection of drinks and ambiance. definitely a place where you'll need to order multiple plates and share to get the full experience.

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A
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We came for our anniversary dinner. It was so dark and noisy we had to use our phone flash lights to see the menus (I am 25 for reference and have pretty good eyesight) and text each other what we wanted to order. We ordered some sort of gin cocktail that tasted like celery and pickles - was pretty gross. Our food cake and was severely underwhelming. Four anchovies with some veg that was hardly worth the extravagant price tag. Left before the rest of our food came and went to another restaurant with way better ambiance and food. Go here only if you want a pretentious space and crowd with subpar food.

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MD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bread is on another level, gorgeous fish with fragrant ingredients. Very savory!

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DE
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Such a great dining experience.... I haven’t been in a while and Notice the attentiveness to service from the host to the wait staff.
Offering to take my coat to explaining the menu suggesting the wine pairing was exceptional. And I also notice the folding on my napkin when I came back to my table ... attention to details is what made my dining experience so enjoyable. It’s these little details is what has been lost in most dining establishments.

Keep this up

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l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great experiance - one of my favourite restaurants.

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G
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Isabel never disappoints! The food is well-prepared and flavourful. The service was outstanding. Not overbearing and made great wine and food recommendations. Signatures dishes were amazing: bone marrow, OCTOPUS, and basque cake. We were celebrating our anniversary (I put a note on my OT reservation) and at least 4 staff members wished us a happy anniversary on our way out. Then right when we were headed out the door, a staff member gifted us with a sour dough loaf for an “anniversary toast!”. Such a kind gesture and very much appreciated. Thank you Bar Isabel!

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c
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Atmosphere, the dim lighting and energetic vibe are great. Our server was amazing, she was very knowledgable and friendly. We would definitely return. On the food side the dishes are great, they were a little lemony for our tastes but were still great. The foie gras was a standout for me, it simply melts in your mouth and is very delicious.

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O
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome - always amazing quality and taste experience

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GN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend this restaurant! The food and service is always 10/10 and they have a great tasting menu.

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W
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We came for my birthday (a couple) and I was surprised to be put in the back next to a large group of loud people when there were other tables for two available. The waiter was very nice but possibly new, as he seemed nervous and spilled wine on the table a few times (nothing major! But noticeable). The food was great! Everything we had was delicious. The restaurant itself is lovely with romantic lightening, it’s a shame I could barely hear my partner over the noise of the group next to us.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dads
birthday

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j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to experience great Spanish cuisine, wines, cava and sherries from the Sherry Triangle! Service is excellent & knowledge !

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. We did chef tasting menu. So much food and the flavors just amazing. Recommend this restaurant for anyone in Toronto and visiting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bar Isabel allows you to kind of customize a tasting menu, our waiter asked us if there was any dishes we had to have, any we didn’t care for, and what our price point was, and then he came up with 6 dishes and a couple snack sized bites for us to try. It ended up being a fairly expensive meal, but considering we had an incredible tasting menu and a bottle of wine it was an amazing deal in the end.

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JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience overall! The staff know the menu and are great at recommending dishes. The food was outstanding.

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AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service was great! We will definitely be back.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a perfect experience. Probably my favourite spot for dinner or snacks and beverages in the city. Food to service to drinks are always top notch and made with love.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food

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KT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

A little on the expensive side. But food was very good. I didn't like the ambiance there too much, as it was way too dark. But overall, great experience.

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every staff member is thoroughly trained. All answered questions about the food with ease. Kudos to the wait staff who helped us choose our wine. We were looking for a blanc de noirs and he led us to a beautiful Portuguese sparkling wine that we thoroughly enjoyed.

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JS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place to eat. We will definitely go back.

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BL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must restaurant. The service was excellent and the uniqueness of the menu is incomparable. Try the Razor clams!

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t
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic. The food was on the expensive side but it's well served and presented. If the food comes to the table that the waiter deemed not presentable enough, he brought it back to the kitchen to have it fixed.

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MY
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal. The best octopus we had to date. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It was a good way to celebrate our 41st anniversary.

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F
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding. I did find the service before we ordered food to be a bit slow but the restaurant was packed. We also received some of our food before our wine arrived. But overall the experience was good. The server was very knowledgeable and food came out quick. I will definitely be back.

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B
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This is our first time trying this place. Our server was helpful and friendly - definitely a 5-star. The food is generally good, given the price they charge. The grilled beef tongue, mushroom, eggplant, and bone marrow are delicious—each had its unique flavour and I would recommend them to my friends. The octopus is a bit under cooked. The texture and seasoning was a bit blow par. It could be just our dish or that night though. I’m not sure if I will order this dish again.

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