Bar Isabel

4.7
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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 Chef Grant Van Gameren, Bar Isabel's menu includes a diverse mix of tapas, cheese, seafood dishes and entrees. Diners rave about the grilled octopus, the cheese platter and the oysters. Treat yourself to some Andalusian cured tuna, with almonds and citrus. For dessert, the Basque cake and sherry cream is a must-try. Bar Isabel is open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and extends its closing time to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, making it a good pick for late night dining.
What 486 People Are Saying
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LC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service excellent as always. Noise level too high!

MY
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very unique food. Good to mix it up with different dishes.

PD
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service is excellent. It is costly to eat here.

f
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A great experience....except for the 100 decibels! We keep returning for the food and service, but I think a large carpet on the floor would help mute the cacophony. Also, a little flashlight on each table would allow me to read the menus better. (I don’t have an iPhone).

AK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Always love visiting. Have visited this located and Raval many times.

One of my favourite spots in the city.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food as always. We felt a little bit rushed out of the restaurant. As soon as we finished our food, we had to pay right away and the waitress brought our coats for us to leave.

MK
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared quite a few plates between the 2 of us, and each were complex and well balanced. Good portions too. Sharing between 3 or 4 people would be most ideal! Thanks for a great night! Service was excellent.

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have gone there many times from the time it first opened. It was wonderful the first time and we find it gets better each time and continually exceeds our expectations. We also hear the same from patrons sitting next to us, each time we go. Certainly a special place.

CV
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have nothing bad to say. I wish I remembered our server’s name, she was so so great. The entire front of house team worked so fluidly together. The food was amazing and delicious and unique, foie grad was the favourite. Thank you for a lovely evening.

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

While the food was good, it was not worth the price.

LJ
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Bar Isabel was a wonderful experience and we would certainly return next time we are in Toronto. Service was delightful, food excellent and the vibe in the bar was electric. The only criticism is that drinks (wine list) was very expensive and not indicative of the Spanish experience. A few lower cost items would be appreciated.

I
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good experience overall.
There is a great selection of food and especially wine.
The gem of the night was how well the server explained the dishes to us. Her knowledge and passion as she spoke was intoxicating.
The prices were fair for what we received.
The food was pretty good - but not amazing.
We would return to try other dishes.
Out favorite was the octopus! Obviously!
The ceviche was tasty - my personal preference is when ceviche is finely cut into small pieces.
The ambiance is nice - the lights are dimmed low, and not too much decoration on the walls.

AD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was delicious; service was impeccable (friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, fast); ambiance is first-date great. Slight crimp in the evening: noise level went from fun-loud to yelling across the dinner table loud and still not being able to hear my dinner partner.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Our server, Lou, explained everything on the menu. His suggestions were on point, and he makes the best drinks!😊

NF
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Bartender was very slow and not very friendly. . We knew in advance that we would have to vacate our seats at the bar at 9 pm. Although we were about to order another bottle of wine and more food, no attempt was made to accommodate us in a different part of the restaurant. Disappointing as previous visits overall service and hospitality was much better.

WC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jake was an amazing waiter, great suggestions and excellent service!

P
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good food but service was spotty. The place itself had a very cool speak-easy vibe but everybody working seemed to act “too cool”. My friend and I came for the first time having had good experiences at their sister spot, Bar Raval, and were met with somewhat condescending help with the menu. Menu is not entirely intuitive so I suggest knowing what you want, and I mean literally googling every single dish if you’re not familiar with Spanish food, prior to going.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Can’t find this food anywhere else!

SB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the very best places for an evening in Toronto.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doesn't matter how basic it is, the candle for my wife at the end of our stellar service and amazing food was perfect. Your bone marrow is now my current-standing death row meal. We'll be back the moment you've got razor clams in.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Thoroughly enjoying, had to sit at the bar,
because late booking, that’s a down side.

Following that everything else was perfect. Food was fabulous, cocktails, we ordered something not on the
List, they were produced to the highest standards.

The Food, you just have to go there. Wine list ..? We picked one we favored, albeit expensive, my son was treating me.

Constructive criticism, wine list, more variety of less expensive imports.

Overall. I will return

SN
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best octopus I've ever had, amazing service and hospitality

MR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far one of the best restaurants in Toronto. Cozy atmosphere, exceptional service and unforgettable food. Bar Isabel has a special place in my heart.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were both incredible! We loved every plate that was brought out. The waiters/waitresses here are the best, they always checked up on our food and came back many times to refill our water. 10/10 experience, the only downside is the noise level, it can get loud and difficult to hear the person across from your table, but that’s not a deterrent from returning. Can’t wait to go back.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Sommelier and hostess was rushing us to kick us out when we were thinking to ask for another espresso martini.
So, I left and went to another another bar.
Very disappointing as Bar Isabel is my number #1 to go to

MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect place for a special occasion! The octopus was amazing and staff was very welcoming.

s
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The waitress spilled a water glass in my salad that I hadn’t touch yet and didn’t replace it until I ask for another one. Very noisy and small portions.

d
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Waiter seemed uninterested in tending to us. If I’m spending over $250 for dinner, I expect them to at least be friendly. Food is always great as is the atmosphere but this strikes a cord.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food. Good service. Would recommend to others. We will return.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food was fantastic as always. But WAY too loud.

M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Birthday celebration we all loved the good and had a great experience. Many were new and were Happy about the choice!

SC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was fabulous, service was very attentive, the noise level was deafening. Had to shout to talk to my table mates. The noise level really detracted from our enjoyment of the fantastic food.

SR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Some of the good was delicious and some was not anything special. We would try it again though.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was splendid. Love this place so much. But the noise is ... Well, depends where you sit; it can be a real factor. Otherwise awesome!

DE
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tapas style place with exotic offerings (gooseneck barnacles!), attentive service, and romantic, welcoming decor.

JP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always. A true gem....

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On par with previous experiences.

JH
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful meal at Bar Isabela. I've had similar dishes at other restaurants and this was wayyyy better. The staff was also wonderful. I will be back!

1
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Terrible experience!!
Over rated to begin with. Better tapas bars in the city.
Asked for a specific full body wine and apparently the only one they had in their book of wines to meet my choice was $220 .
Wine was nothing great for that price!
They Rushed our dinner. We had asked to have a few drinks after dinner and they said no. Called management over and he said those were they rules we had to give our table up which no one sat there for the next 20min. Asked if we could grab drinks at the bar and waitress said no only for dinner reservations. WTH is wrong with this restaurant and management. In a city like Toronto there are so many other restaurants that would appreciate people spending over $800 for four! I will make sure to tell people how rude they are and all they care about is pushing you to order quickly and expensive dishes and wine just to rush you out of there.

MD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasure as always! The staff are as welcoming as anyone could be, the food is out of this world and the cocktails are on point. Recommend to anyone who wants a taste of Europe.