Bar Isabel

4.7
623 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

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 623 people are saying
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ShelbyV
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food here is amazing. Fave restaurant in the city.

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Benjamin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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Rose
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended. Professional staff. Great service. Fantastic food and drinks.

Always a pleasure and an experience.

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AmyJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, warm and professional service. No one does it better in Toronto.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Steak and octopus super over cooked

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PumpkinEater
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Food and drinks were on point.

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vipMaria
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this restaurants, hands down one of the best restaurants in the city, the food is outstanding and the service is fabulous!

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Bray
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute FAVORITE restaurant in Toronto. They're food is extremely delicious. The ambiance is amazing. 5 star all the way

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vipGavinW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Gloria
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, one of the best restaurants I have been to in Toronto.

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JanS
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ChristianY
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Grilled Octopus was cooked perfectly. They used to give two portions with the Roast Bone Marrow.

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BrianneT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and great service! All the waiters knew exactly what they were talking about.

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vipAlex
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Food was still the same quality especially after being closed during COVID lockdown. Service was great.

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lorig
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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.

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OliviaK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Severely overpriced for the lunch

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ntb13
Montreal
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

highly recommend! We enjoyed our meal, drinks, wine and service! Their sourdough bread, octupus, ceviche, snow pea leaves and basque cake were particular hits!

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roosterson
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was excellent. Faultless. Special night

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tamster
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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BrianneS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best food I've ever had! The sommelier recommended an outstanding wine and the biance brought me back to Spain.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a spectacular dining experience from start to finish.

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Sabrina
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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SanjanaB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Overpriced

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vipMGBasir
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

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.

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erikm
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Isabel has been an unavoidable table each time i visit Toronto, probably my favorite restaurant there.

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rprprp
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal as always. The Basque cake is to die for.

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Sara
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food with a good service. fresh products and well-cooked products

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RosalindH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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DavidO
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great, especially from the bartender who helped us with wine.
The picanha and bravas were outstanding.
Can't wait to return!

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Atlas525
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in the city. Best service.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday

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LauraM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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PatriciaW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good ambience, superb service, nice wine selection

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

❤️👏🏽 lovely lunch on the patio ! Food was amazing!

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food. Everything we had was outstanding and the service was great!

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vipSophieS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Felt like a return to happier times. My favourite restaurant in Toronto.

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 623 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.