Bar Isabel

4.7
697 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Spanish
Bar Isabel is open and accepts reservations for indoor dining only for parties of up to 6 guests. Takeout & Delivery available is through their website.

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

Experiences

  • New Years Eve at Bar Isabel

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Ring in the New Year with us (Thank Goodness!). On the 31st, we will be offering our regular a la carte menu, our tasting menu, as well as a few festive additions to celebrate in style. If you are hoping to stay for the countdown, please book a time slot 10pm or later, as all of our seatings are 2 hour time slots, and we will not be able to accommodate longer seating times. Happy New Year!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 697 people are saying
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FoodLovers
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, quality service and noisy.

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Erin
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my partner's 41st birthday - had an amazing time! Delicious food, amazing service and the vibe was awesome!

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LindaH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. Service, food and location. We were attending a concert at the Rival Bar just a few doors down from Bar Isabel. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipFoodie25
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit, was amazing… tried a tasting with cocktails and winter, and far exceeded our expectations!

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Georgina
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Food, atmosphere, staff all fantastic. Would be back more often but its just hard to get a reservation..its that good.

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Great
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

For one of my first ventures back to restaurants following the lockdowns, I was a bit overwhelmed by how packed the restaurant was. So happy for you guys, but it was tight. It was my first experience at Bar Isabela. Really enjoyed the food….. my absolute faves were the shrimp, grilled mushrooms and steak. We had lots of other dishes too, so had the full experience of what Isabela offers. Oh….. we had the incredible basque cake for dessert. Oh yum! My only suggestion is to remove the hand sanitizers from the tables.
Thank you for a fun evening!
Great buzz

JD
JustineD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt like we were back on our trip to Spain. We will certainly come back again

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I proposed right out front. She said yes!

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TamarC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Bar Isabel and I was blown away. We sat at the corner of the bar and had the olives, ceviche, patatas fritas, bone marrow, grilled octopus, and one of the specials. Oh, and desert. Really outstanding service - the bartender on shift was really nice and personable, gave great explanations of the dishes, mixed some amazing drinks, and overall really great hospitality skills. I usually don't go for the bar seats, especially when they have no backings to support you once you're starting to feel full, but I would definitely return to sit at this bar just for the amazing service that elevated the whole experience! Thank you :)

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JasonO
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Outstanding service. Most dishes were solid. Steak cooked perfect but with caramelized onion purée...disappointing. Skin contact Portuguese wine was served cold but should have been slightly chilled to room temp.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I were celebrating our birthdays. We had the best night, we had the tasting menu which was amazing! Loved the octopus and scallop feature! Our server Sarah was the best! She made our night so enjoyable! Can’t wait to come back! Thank you

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MaryanneS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get! The! Ceviche!

It was amazing and I would eat it everyday if I could. The bone marrow was amazing as always. Octopus was good, but I felt the other dishes really out shown it. Tomato bread was a bit soggy, maybe it sat out for a bit before hitting the table? Our expectations were lowered because of this especially as it was the first thing we ate. Everything that followed was really good though.
Attentive service as always, we had a great time and made a pact to come back more often. 9/10

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BeaF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Did the tasting menu for 74$pp with my boyfriend. The chef chooses what to give us. Brought out great quality appetizers but too much of “simple, single type of food” dishes - nuts, olives, cheese etc that took up the majority of our menu. Then we got two different salads and the octopus as “mains”.

Not worth the bill, felt like all I ate were greens. If you go, better to do a la carte. The ceviche and bone marrow looked good from the other table that also ordered the tasting. I guess because there were only two of us and the other table had a bigger budget with 4 people.

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Paolo
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post Pandemic Bar Isabel hasn't lost a beat.
I haven't been in at least 2 1/2 years and the food, service and atmosphere hasn't changed.
Kudos to everyone working on Saturday night for an incredible service.

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Luciana
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious! But it a very noisy place and sometimes it is diffulcut to listen other people.

LG
LauraG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu is the way to go! Have been 4 times and each time try something new and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the chef menu and it was delicious! You get to try many of the apps and 3 main courses and a dessert. Left satisfied. Would highly recommend.

SM
SergioM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, the staff is very friendly and attentive, and most importantly the food is all very delicious!

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Martin
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still a perfect restaurant. Fantastic wine list, excellent food, phenomenal service, great vibes

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Jordan
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the octopus! Server had great intuition for wine choice that suited us.

SL
SweeneyL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I am thrilled that the food quality after reopening can remain unchanged. As some of the restaurants I have tried in the past few weeks downtown were a bit disappointing.

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Ricardo
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Delicious chorizo, mountain oak cheese and patatas bravas. Boquerones, described as white anchovies, will taste like it. Not like the ones you'd find at Basque country (more delicate). 20% tip when seated, clearly noted on the menu, is OK. But HST should be charged over total, before tipping. A minor caveat that can be easily fixed by management.

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TruthTeller
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Experience at Bar Isabel was very pleasant. Food quality was good not great.

Perhaps my expectations were high given how busy this restaurant is, it’s pricing and the positive reviews online.

However, my wife really enjoyed the food and overall experience.

JJ
JungleJane
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Had dinner with you last evening. I was disappointed. The scallops were the smallest I have seen. ( Bay scallop) and were very expensive considering what they were. The food was generally well prepared and the service was excellent. The portions of protein dishes were very small and very expensive. Also my wine pour was very small, perhaps 3 oz. I will not go again.

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CarlyR
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible! We were a group of 6 and felt very taken care of. The dessert and bill felt a little rushed, but it was fair since we had already been seated for 2 hours. Definitely try the basque cake!

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THr32sww
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service, food was great and the ambience was as well. Woukd recommend for some good Spanish food!

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MatthewS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food staff and vibes were incredible, will definitely be coming back!

RG
RicardoG
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places to dine in the city. Casual and fantastic food

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Marie
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food is good but not exceptional. Food is too expensive for the quality! And the ambiance is too noisy for having a discussion. Definitely not the best address in Toronto.

JB
JimsonB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i love this place

food & service & value consistently best in class

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Jose
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal, and our server Adrian made sure we understood exactly what to expect in terms of portion, pairings and flavour. We also appreciated his ability to read the table's appetite; advising us against ordering a dish that we would not have been able to fully enjoy after everything else that we ordered. Wonderful food and staff, we look forward to exploring the rest of the menu on the next visit!

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johnz
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a single miss on any dish. Great job. Thank you.

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Johnvg
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef's plate was to die for. So many flavours. Never fails to deliver.

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vipDaze
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Not what it used to be, overpriced and the food gave stomach issues

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SarahE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experience here! Food was delicious and the service was also great! It’s a bit pricier, but the quality of the food makes it worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Dined here to celebrate a birthday. Drinks were great, food was delicious. Highlights of the meal were the bone marrow and octopus. Service was okay. We had to wait a while before our server took our food order even though he checked in with the tables beside us twice, it felt like he was avoiding us. We weren't asked about allergies -- I did note my partner's allergy when making the reservation but I also noted his birthday. The table next to us received a candle with their dessert for their birthday and we did not. Overall, not a big deal but a little more attention would have improved our experience especially after seeing the tables around us receiving a higher level of service from the same server.

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JonathanL
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An awesome experience ! The place to be for sure !

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QUIAM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food, great for a special occasion. i have no complaints

JS
JuliaS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I found the portions to be a bit small, otherwise delicious food.

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foodmaestro
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and cocktails! Very loud, hard to hear across the table! Superb, if pricey, wines. Still a huge fan of the basque cake, anchovies, bread, olives, octopus and salads.
Well worth the drive from London!

FAQs

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 697 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.