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Isabel

3.9
133 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Neighborhood Gem (223)
  • Fit for Foodies (107)
  • Good for Groups (96)

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About

Isabel BYOB is a Mexi-Cali BYO restaurant located just one-and-half blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the 2601 Parkway condo building. Opened in 2011 by Michael Poole and Van Chau (also owners of Trio one block north of Isabel)
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Californian
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 1:30pm;

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

Friday, Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Please note our kitchen closes 30 minutes early

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Phone number
(215) 475-8088
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Poole
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
26th St
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Parking details
Please allow extra time for parking on Fridays and Saturdays
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32
Additional
BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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3.9  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
3.5
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

Extremely slow service, waited 30 minutes to receive appetizer and then almost another hour to receive food that was not good. Nice people but severely understaffed.

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Kaya (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on March 18, 2016

The staff was pleasant. The food is good. I didn't love their empanadas but the fish tacos, I came back for with a friend the next night. They have a tasty salad with pancho crusted goat cheese. I think is worth a try!

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vipJrsygrl1gone2philly (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

Quaint space in the art museum area. Great food. Byo will be going back

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vipKanellaGrillFiasco (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 22, 2016

Isabel was the perfect place for a snowy night. Great view of the park with the snow coming down. Food was fine as always. Miss the complimentary chips and salsa at the beginning but understand why it was eliminated. Tortilla Soup was perfect on a cold evening.

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Jan1 (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 9, 2016

Garlic on the shrimps was burned. Enchiladas so so. Tequila mixture was excellent

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

I love this place. Small neighborhood gem. The food is consistently good. The service is great.

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vipAnnaH (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

We had a party greater than ten so they knew they could charge 20% with bad service. Took an hour for them to take our order though we asked multiple times. Took advantage of us.

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vipKanellaGrillFiasco (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on November 6, 2015

We had another good meal at Isabel's. The food is always good and the atmosphere is pleasant. Nice view out to the park. Had an excellent salad with goat cheese to start. Greens were fresh, dressing was tasty and the goat cheese was wonderful. Pork and chicken tacos were good. We will be back. It is priced fairly and the BYOB makes it very reasonable.

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Eric (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2015

We had a party of 8 for Sunday brunch, and everyone enjoyed their food and experience. The only dish that didn't really work was the breakfast guac, which quite salty and admittedly an odd choice for a brunch entree. Everything else was wonderfully presented and nicely spiced.

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vipjwjw (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 18, 2015

A friend recommended Isabel's for dinner, so my partner and I went there with a bottle of wine in hand, hoping for the best. And that is exactly what we got -- the best! A superb meal (I had the carne asada tacos, and my partner had the carne asada burrito) was had by all, and we left contentedly filled to the gills. What a lovely find. We will definitely be going back to try some more great food.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on August 14, 2015

Service was very bad, but food was really good. I was not greeted upon arrival and actually had to walk behind the counter to get someone's attention so that I could inquire about parking. Server was extremely nervous, she made us feel a bit uncomfortable with her energy. Other than that, the food was amazing, hot, fresh, and even better reheated the next day.

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vipSunshine (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2015

Incredible service & delicious food. The guacamole is to die for and the Mango margarita mix is perfection. Do it!

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Pat1 (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on June 19, 2015

I went to Isabel on a Friday night and the place was pretty full. They only had one waiter for all the tables inside and outside so needless to say we didn't get any attention. We weren't in much of a rush but waited for the check for a half hour before I walked up to the front to make sure he didn't forget. The food was average at best. If you ask me it's a bit of a rip off to pay $12 for a pitcher of margarita and still bring the tequila yourself. I would never go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

Nice little place in a great location across Kelly de from Art Museum. My chicken tinga was very good and the fish tacos were uniquely interesting. Carne asada burrito were good but not like those at El Limon and the beef tips had a flavor more Asian than Mexican. Guacamole had too much onion, but the salsa was tasty. Very pleasant int the corner window table, but my wife's Mother's Day meal she found to be nothing special. Cool Mexican soft drinks for the kids.

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vip4Mom (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 25, 2015

It was delightful as usual. Crab cakes were excellent. Service is warm and friendly. Almost every seat was taken but wasn't too noisy. Great neighborhood restaurant.

4Mom

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