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 Maitre d'Hotel Alessandro Pietropaolo, Bar Isabel's menu includes a diverse mix of tapas, cheese, seafood and meat dishes. Diners rave about the grilled octopus, the bone marrow and the ceviche. For dessert, the Basque cake and sherry cream is a must-try. Bar Isabel is open 5-11pm Tuesday through Friday, and 12-11pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
Whole Sea Bream Ceviche
Quarter Grilled Octopus
Roast Bone Marrow
I had a fantastic time dining at Bar Isabel. As a returning customer, I knew exactly what to expect and the restaurant team certainly did not disappoint.
My girlfriend and I are vegan and have been marvelling over the grilled mushrooms for quite some time and booked our reservation for the sole purpose of trying them. We were able to order the mushrooms and also had our dietary restrictions accommodated, as they would have otherwise been served with a cured egg yolk.
Our server walked us through the rest of the menu, politely suggesting some additional vegan-friendly options. We opted to try the runner beans with romesco sauce which were available on special.
Both the mushrooms and beans were delicious. We of course had some tasty sourdough & EVOO on the side, which I assume was made in-house. All of this was topped off with the Barragana and Spanish Fizz cocktails, which went down too easily! If it wasn't a Tuesday we definitely would have stayed for more drinks.
Highly recommended. Professional staff. Great service. Fantastic food and drinks.
Always a pleasure and an experience.
Excellent food, warm and professional service. No one does it better in Toronto.
Steak and octopus super over cooked
Always a great experience. Food and drinks were on point.
I absolutely love this restaurants, hands down one of the best restaurants in the city, the food is outstanding and the service is fabulous!
My absolute FAVORITE restaurant in Toronto. They're food is extremely delicious. The ambiance is amazing. 5 star all the way
Excellent food, service and ambience. Great for small and big groups. If I was forced to give some constructive criticism, I would suggest widening their non-wine offerings. Fairly small cocktail and beer, cider list.
Amazing experience, one of the best restaurants I have been to in Toronto.
We always love dining here. It was different bc of covid (the hustle and bustle wasn’t there). Yet the service and food quality remains the same. We will always come back.
The Grilled Octopus was cooked perfectly. They used to give two portions with the Roast Bone Marrow.
Absolutely delicious food and great service! All the waiters knew exactly what they were talking about.
Amazing experience. Food was still the same quality especially after being closed during COVID lockdown. Service was great.
Very good food and service. However we were asked to leave at the 3 hour mark as we exceeded our time limit. We were very disappointed as the restaurant controlled the pace of food and we only received our last dish a few minutes before.
Everything was great, all things considered but service was sub par. I was a bit more upset about the poor service because they automatically include 20% gratuity and my service did not meet the expectations I had for including that tip. I’ve been going to bar Isabel for quite a few years and always have had great service. I was a bit let down but the food and drinks were still amazing.
Severely overpriced for the lunch
highly recommend! We enjoyed our meal, drinks, wine and service! Their sourdough bread, octupus, ceviche, snow pea leaves and basque cake were particular hits!
The food was mediocre at best - definitely not as good as it used to be. The service wasn’t great. Overall not worth the very high prices.
Food was great, service was excellent. Faultless. Special night
Great staff, wonderful food, excellent ambiance. My ONLY complaint would be that due to staff always being on point about cleaning out empty dishes, my party's conversation was interrupted a little too frequently than I would consider average.
Hands down the best food I've ever had! The sommelier recommended an outstanding wine and the biance brought me back to Spain.
Just a spectacular dining experience from start to finish.
Bar Isabel is extremely overrated. We went their expecting value for the prices but we were extremely disappointed. We ordered the shishito peppers, veal bone marrow, steak and the octopus. The shishito peppers were really salty and we could not really enjoy the flavor of the peppers. They just tasted like salty peppers. The bone marrow came with a sauce that did not complement it at all and it was not flavored. It did come with coarse salt though. The steak too was extremely salty and we had to send it back. I am starting to think that their main flavor is salt and nothing else. For the prices, we really had high expectations. The octopus was really nothing special. It was tender but not flavored. The service was subpar. The servers were not friendly or welcoming. They seemed to be rushing and came off rude. We will not be returning to this restaurant and quite honestly, I am shocked that the meals at this restaurant is so mediocre.
The food was amazing!! Every tapas dish we ordered was delicious and the server was great. The inside was very cool and had great ambience. I would recommend eating inside.
Bar Isabel was not what we expected. Either the AC wasn't working at all or it wasn't on as much as it should have been. The inside of the restaurant was so uncomfortable and had to have been warmer than it was outside (30+degrees). As a result of this, our experience was not enjoyable at all.
I was completely blown away by their caring, personal service. Every staff member we interacted with was attentive and kind. The wine list was expansive, and when our server realized we wanted to geek out, he immediately grabbed a senior staff member to walk us through our options. The food was phenomenal. Fresh, punchy flavours, well seasoned, exactly was I like to eat. Add in the glowing red room and stellar decor and it was essentially a perfect evening. Drink sherry, eat octopus, have fun. I'd go back here in heartbeat.
Bar Isabel has been an unavoidable table each time i visit Toronto, probably my favorite restaurant there.
Fantastic meal as always. The Basque cake is to die for.
Good food with a good service. fresh products and well-cooked products
I gave 5 stars for food quality because they offer a perfect tapas meal. Some items were so simple, 1-2 ingreient dishes, while others were flush with crazy flavour vibes. So good! Great service (despite COVID), we loved our G & T's and they're including tip in price so their servers get something that might resemble a living wage!!! I'll say it again...so good!
Service was great, especially from the bartender who helped us with wine.
The picanha and bravas were outstanding.
Can't wait to return!
One of my favourite restaurants in the city. Best service.
Always a pleasure to eat at Bar Isabel. The food is on point, service impeccable and they make you feel so welcomed. It's a Toronto staple and one that you can recommend to just about anyone and they will enjoy.
Good ambience, superb service, nice wine selection
❤️👏🏽 lovely lunch on the patio ! Food was amazing!
Phenomenal food. Everything we had was outstanding and the service was great!
Amazing! Felt like a return to happier times. My favourite restaurant in Toronto.
The best restaurant in Toronto hasn’t missed a beat.
You can order delivery directly from Bar Isabel using the Order Online button. Bar Isabel also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 532-2222.
Bar Isabel is rated 4.7 stars by 622 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.