Bar Isabel

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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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NP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

As always, yummy food and lovely staff! Always a treat!

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QZ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Haven’t been back for a couple of years and exactly how I remember it to be. Tight seating, low lighting and filled with energy. The food was good and overall very consistent. For tapas, the portions were quite good. Our server was great.

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

100% Amazing experience! The wait staff was top notch and the host was amazing. Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived, but even though it was not worries for us, we were treated to complimentary Champagne. The meal was out of this world and we couldn’t recommend enough!

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CN
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to dine! Highly recommended!
Octopus is sensational, appetizers just yo make you come back! Desert wonderful!

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DT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Incredible service. Food was great especially the grilled Octopus which was the best I ever had. Only complaint was the noise level was a bit high.

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KJ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my favourite place in the city. The food and drinks are wonderful and they have fantastic staff!

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KD
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was my first time dining. It was nice but felt we were rushed through our meal.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and delicious food. Our server was very knowledgeable, water glasses were always full, and drinks were tended to promptly. We ordered the mixed cheese and meat plate, the shishito peppers, patatas bravas, asparagus, and spot prawns. All delicious. Must return.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

My husband and I had dinner for our anniversary. Overall the experience was ok. Some of the dishes we ordered were mediocre and not worth the prices. It was also extremely noisy and at times we could not even hear each other talking across the table. We did have excellent service and would consider going back and trying new dishes

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SB
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unusual but interesting interiors, the best customer service that we had received for the whole of our trip to Toronto. Tables nicely spaced apart or you can choose to sit at the bar.

The dishes came out separately and each was excellent. My favourite was the razor clams in a buttery garlic sauce , my partners was the seared bison. Generous portions for tapas. We chose cava which was nice and chilled. The perfect finish was the special cake with warm sherry cream which was absolutely delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. A bit too loud, and a bit of complementary bread to soak up all the yummy sauces would be nice.

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SD
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome restaurant, amazing food, on the loud side.

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FJ
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Parking is virtually non-existent... It can get loud ... but the food and drink is worth it. Really spectacular tapas. Would have gone back the next day. I must visit in Toronto.

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. It was really really lovely from beginning to end.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food selection and cocktail menu! We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and will be back.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing first time at Bar Isabel! The service and food was incredible. The space is well decorated, I really liked the vibe. Will definitely be back!

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S
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. First wine we tried by the glass was not that great. Server immediately addressed the situation. Fantastic experience overall.

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OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Toronto by far.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
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 on May 18, 2019
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 on May 18, 2019
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
4 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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