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Bar Isabel, Toronto, ON

Bar Isabel

4.7
4.7
1070 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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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 81 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Basque, Catalan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 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

What 1,070 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. PR

    PRiMeiLL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I don't think there is a better place for a first date in Toronto. Food, drinks and service are world class. You can expeience a little bit of Spain right on College. The bar can get crowded at times but the atmosphere is super chill.
  2. CG

    ChristyneG

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always consistent great food and service. Most enjoyable night out!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delicious food and very cool atmosphere.
  4. F

    Frankieparpy

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service4ambience1
    a total scam. very expensive and very low amount of food. on top of that they charge you 20% for service. more than the best tip i gave ever
  5. SD

    SamuelD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar Isabel is one of the most incredible restaurants I’ve eaten at in Toronto! Highly recommend.
  6. SZ

    SunshineZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Tasting menu was worth it. Cozy ambience.
  7. AH

    AlysonH

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is always great, food is delicious and great cocktails. Had a lovely anniversary dinner!
  8. PL

    PaulaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, very goo service, will return to try more on the menu!
  9. MO

    MattyO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food. Great service. Nice atmosphere. Get the octopus
  10. A

    Argentino

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent spanish food, especially the grilled octopus
  11. SS

    ScottS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I chose Bar Isabel to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We well welcomed and looked after by all staff with special mention to George and Lauren. Thanks very much.
  12. MH

    MichaelH

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Birthday celebration
  13. S

    Sylc

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    There was a hair on our potatoes, under the spicy cream, so they should have caught it before adding the 'sauce' on top and when you order ceviche, you hope it's ceviche and not a cucumber dish. We at least should have been told it was not typical ceviche and then we could have decided whether or not to skip it and order something else. I'm a regular but was really disappointed this time around.
  14. P

    Polly

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    I did ask for my Patatas Bravas to be taken to go. I had half of my portion left. I was a bit disappointed this morning, seeing that I wasn’t given mine. My friend recieved all of hers, the boxes were unmarked. So I hope next time, the that is noted. Amazing food, and fun ambiance! I will be back.
  15. N

    Nina

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was yummy! Wish they had more seats available, we sat at the bar. The bone marrow seemed a bit oily and the potatoes we got weren’t very good. Everything else: the steak, octopus and salad were great!!
  16. CM

    CMac

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience!! Service was next level good.
  17. A

    Alex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding. Both the waitress and the sommelier were awesome. The food was mid level. The steak was ok. Not delicious. The octopus was over cooked. Bread and olive oil were tasty and the peppers as well.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, as always! So consistent here - we love it.
  19. TL

    TrishaLynn

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I've ever had! Ambiance and service was perfect! Can't wait to return to Toronto from Los Angeles to have the Bar Isabel experience again! deliciosa!!!
  20. SV

    SigneV

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simple and delicious and great wine/drinks too. Very cool interior and atmosphere
  21. A

    Arianne

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    J’ai adoré ma soirée au Bar Isabel!! J’ai eu un excellent service du barman qui a choisi les plats pour moi avec des formats minis pour que je puisse goûter à plusieurs choses! J’ai adoré la nourriture et le choix des vins. Mon serveur était à l’écoute et m’a proposé beaucoup de belles choses!! J’y retournerai certainement et je vais en parler à mes amis/famille.
  22. C

    Carmelanna

    Toronto

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar Isabel always delivers!! Even after all these years , I never leave disappointed with the excellent food , wine selection and service!
  23. NK

    NickK

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, as always. Service was without fault, food is amazing.
  24. NR

    NinaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place to celebrate :) I would come back again.
  25. W

    W11111

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and excellent service. We had the tasting menu and the food was very good
  26. SG

    SonyaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Super cool vibe, really enjoyed all the food and cocktails!
  27. CB

    CandaceB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It has been my favourite restaurant in the city for years. I can't wait to come back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Good food and wine..
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great vibes with great service .. drink and food was delicious (small menu)
  30. MF

    MarkF

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a greaty evening here, great food, fantastic service, lovely ambience. Highly recommended
  31. M

    dawnM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding - the entire staff was helpful, friendly, and engaging. The sommelier recommended a perfect bottle of wine that suited my husband and me. The food was delicious - we love Barcelona and rarely have the opportunity to have true Spanish tapas - these were the best! If I’m ever back in Toronto, I’ll be there for sure.
  32. S

    Scott

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Phenomenal service from Tessa, excellent food and a lovely time. A little loud, but everything else was top notch.
  33. RR

    ReneeR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend Bar Isabel to anyone who loves amazing food, service, drinks and ambiance.
  34. MH

    MarkH

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner out with our youngest before returning to university.
  35. R

    Rebexxxxx

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very attentive service. The pork and octopus were amazing. Would come here again!
  36. EC

    EduardoC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place for dating! I love the atmosphere and the ambience but most importan the food with a unique grilled octopus and the patatas bravas were astonished. Excellent service and good wine.
  37. CR

    ChefRichardTO

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had long wished to try this spot and we were well rewarded. We reserved for the Bar and Joe, the bartender, also handled our food orders and was singularly knowledgeable about food and wine and the sherries we ordered to accompany the parade of delicious dishes. Everything was great: tomato salad, almonds, scallops in a beautiful salsa verde, sourdough bread, patatas bravos with whole anchovy on top was outstanding, as was the runner beans, one quarter extremely tender octopus and melt in your mouth Iberian, thin-sliced ham. Completing our adventure was a Spanish goat cheese inoculated with blue cheese spores, which was out of this world. We can't wait to go back.
  38. C

    Cobi

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just amazing food - incredibly tasty and well-presented
  39. IG

    IslandGirl

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It was all great. It was just incredibly noisy.
  40. LQ

    LucyQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Customized multi-course meal was INCREDIBLE. They accommodated my partner (gluten and dairy intolerant) and I (fish)'s dietary restrictions without hesitation or advance notice; the food was amazing; the prices were reasonable/within the range of what we'd expected; service was friendly and timely. Would definitely recommend! Only dish we thought was just "fine" was the marrow dish; the 2 "x on regular and gluten-free crostini" dishes (x = frozen foie gras + tomato), octopus, pork, salad, potatoes, barragana (cocktail) and lord of leisure (non-alc cocktail) were all top notch.

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 1070 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 81 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

    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 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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