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Bar Isabel, Toronto, ON

Bar Isabel

4.7
4.7
907 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

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Booked 70 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Basque, Catalan

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 532-2222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Grant van Gameren

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy / College St.

  • Cross street

    Ossington or Shaw

  • Parking details

    Parking is extremely limited at the moment due to the CafeTO patios.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 907 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect date spot, great food, great wine list and the service is amazing!

  2. M

    Mart

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great. Would recommend. Tasty food and amazing atmosphere.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My partner and I went to Bar Isabel to celebrate our engagement. We loved the food, the staff, the ambiance, and the drinks. It was a great experience and we will definitely be back soon!

  4. MS

    MS13

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Staff were super friendly. Found the food quality vs value wasn't really there.

  5. JC

    JonathanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We really enjoyed our night at Bar Isabel. We where offered a drink at seating which I had requested and the food, service and drinks where all excellent. Really enjoyed the quality of the drinks as well.

  6. AT

    AustinT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A true joy - it was a very zen and balanced experience

  7. KP

    KatieP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such as awesome dinner, I loved everything about it. We did the tasting menu for $100pp, and ended up taking food home

  8. Y

    Yyzgirl

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service, food and cocktails at Bar Isabel have actually gotten BETTER since the pandemic! Our group of 4 was well cared for from the moment we arrived. Stand out dishes include the sea bream ceviche, grilled mushrooms and cured egg yolk, pork secreto and picanha steak. The basque cake retains its place as the best dessert in the city. The drinkable chocolate pairs well with it, by the way…

  9. JM

    JodyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, you can hear everyone talking when you walk in. Very lively. The service was amazing and I felt very welcomed. The food was prepared very well, with very good portions

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food & incredible service, as always - thanks so much, Bar Isabel 🥂

  11. SS

    SuzySpice007

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    LOVED the food! It was my first time here but having lived in Spain I can say the pan con tomate is worth it. We tried most of the seafood and I think the ceviche was outstanding, so was the basque cake. However, everything we ordered was really good. We were 2 and the waitress recommended 4-5 dishes which I think was a good amount. I perhaps wouldn't recommend it to people who tend to love large portions and heavy dishes.

  12. G

    Greatfoods

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Some winners and losers in menu. I would forego the tasting menu which is really just the staff selecting for you off the menu and choose your own.

  13. S

    Sarmistharoy12

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience4

    Let me start by saying we love Bar Isabel. But this time the food and service was disappointing. Prices are up, which is normal now. It is tapas, so small plates are expected, but tiny plates are not. The most diminutive were the 6 minuscule scallops for $26. They mixed up our order, waited 40 mins in between courses. But no one had the sense to talk to us about it or offer something else. One dish was so salty it was inedible. Anyway, they graciously took 2 items off the bill. We are really hoping this was a one off and next time will be different.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Emma was a awesome server and we had a wonderful time

  15. G

    bennyG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food (quality and presentation). Staff are amazing. Highly recommend.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My second time visiting. The first time we did the tasting menu so this time we wanted to do à la cart. Everything was incredible no pricey but I knew that going in. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the city and although I can’t go there as much as I would like I will definitely be coming back again before the end of the summer

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience1

    Food was super subpar

  18. E

    Elav

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Food was mediocre, but our server was 10/10. Would only go back for the scallops, food was underwhelming.

  19. L

    Leah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely spot, delicious food, wonderful service! The vegetarian options were really wonderful, too.

  20. VL

    VolkerL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    This place is cute but does not hit the mark being Spanish. The menu is very limited for a Tapas bar, essentials like Tortilla are not on the menu. The food tastes fine but only Spanish-ish - I grew up in Spain so I know what things are supposed to taste like. Close but not quite. Value for money was terrible, 4 persons, no alcohol except 1 single glass of wine, no meat or fish main course ended up being $280.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved everything about the experience! The staff was amazing and the service was excellent!The food was perfect! We look forward to coming back for another magical evening! Thank you for a wonderful evening!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Foods alright, bar raval is much better imo

  23. MC

    MichelleC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food. Great service. Try the octopus! Ten out of ten.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was fantastic. Food was excellent. Think this will become a regular!

  25. RA

    ReidA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and atmosphere. Staff were great at helping with ordering wine and good. Ordered mushrooms, scallops, bone marrow, meat and cheese plate and more. Highly recommend.

  26. M

    Margauxelle

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    I've never been to a restaurant that was so overwhelmingly loud. All voices just bounced off the hard surfaces. Definitely don't go there if you plan to have a conversation. The food choices were not extensive and we found some of the plates to be interesting and unusual and others to be average. Our waitress wore a mask, was a 'fast-talker' and with the noise it was almost impossible for everyone at the table of 4 people to hear what she was saying. I probably wouldn't recommend it to a friend because I'm in a demographic that prefers to converse in a restaurant whereas younger people don't seem to mind the noise since they're on their phones anyway.

  27. LB

    LaurenB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, our server was amazing and the seared foie gras with pear was INCREDIBLE ! so were the drinks and the feature jambon croquettes.

  28. LC

    LucyC

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place. Good amazing

  29. TO

    TODiner

    Toronto

    307 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    307 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful tapas style meal. All that was ordered was delicious. Octopus especially.

  30. HA

    HARR

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Good food. Good service. Food was expensive and the mandatory 20% was unfavourable considering the service.

  31. IS

    ItsSaj

    Toronto

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Knowledgeable staff, they do a great job explaining the dishes and the food was delicious

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed the food. Server was excellent . Overall great experience

  33. TB

    TaraB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    AmaIng staff, great drinks and incredible food in a fun setting

  34. JH

    JorgeH

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Limited food selection of many dishes one can easily make at home.

  35. r

    ranam

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bar Isabel is simply amazing. Love everything on the menu.

  36. B

    Barbara

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing spot: great food and not pretentious decoration, yet charming. Had the picanha steak cut, and it was great! Besides everything else

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Second time trying dinner here and really wanted to enjoy it, but… service was not impressive, menu isn’t descriptive, plates are overpriced and cocktails were sub-par. After paying a pricey bill, we were immediately asked to leave for another reservation even though it was 1045pm and the restaurant was at about 70% capacity

  38. O

    Okisky

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always Isabel delivers on food and service. Every time we are in Toronto we visit Bar Isabel. One of our favorites in Toronto.

  39. AH

    AlannaH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My moth is watering thinking about our meal and drinks.

  40. L

    Lariay

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1

    Too loud and expensive for what the portions were. Octopus was charred and left a bitter taste. Service was good but overall it's not worth the price.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bar Isabel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 532-2222.

Bar Isabel is rated 4.7 stars by 907 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 70 times today
Google Map for Bar Isabel

797 College St Toronto, ON M6G 1C7

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ossington or Shaw

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy / College St.

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Basque, Catalan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is extremely limited at the moment due to the CafeTO patios.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Grant van Gameren

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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