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Isabella's - Frederick

4.4
4.4
1384 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
We welcome you to visit and enjoy our restaurant in downtown historic Frederick located in the Hendrickson Building. We have selected the finest Spanish cuisine complemented with an exclusive wine list. In the heart of historic Frederick, Maryland, Isabella"s has become a favorite destination for local residents and worldwide travelers alike in search of a truly Mediterranean dining experience.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Monday: Closed Tuesday: 11:30am-10pm Wednesday: 11:30am-10pm Thursday: 11:30am-10pm Friday: 11:30am-11pm Saturday: Brunch 8am-3pm, Tapas 11:00am-11:pm Sunday: Brunch 8am-3pm, Tapas 11:00am-8:00pm

  • Phone number

    (301) 698-8922

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mario Sanchez

  • Catering

    Let Isabella’s do your next event with our exclusive Paella Parties or our a la carte drop-off catering. Drop off catering is available within 48 hours notice and delivered straight to your party destination.

  • Neighborhood

    Frederick

  • Cross street

    East Church Street

  • Parking details

    With a Municipal Parking Garage one block from Isabella's, we have ample and accessible parking for you and your guests.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,384 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. L

    Lola

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We went for our 1 Year Anniversary weekend. Wanted to try something different...a new restaurant away from home. Found this restaurant using the OpenTable app. We loved the numerous available selections of tapas. We ordered a few and really enjoyed them! Will definitely return!
  2. JB

    JasonB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is excellent but pricey. Has quite a variety of interesting dishes you wouldn't find elsewhere.
  3. KL

    KathleenL

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Isabellas about 25 plus times over the years. It is one if our favorite downtown Frederick restaurants. The food and service is always amazing.
  4. HU

    HUreview

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Overall we really liked it. Food was very good, portions large. Especially liked the fried asparagus and Brussel Sprouts appetizers. Steak and chicken paella also very good. Service very slow at first - maybe due to restaurant being very crowded on Saturday night of Restaurant Week. It got a little better through the meal. Overall experience - very good. We will go back when we are back in Frederick.
  5. S

    Skiscout

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good vibe, flavorful food, good service, reasonable prices.
  6. AM

    AMS2020

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We went during restaurant week and were not disappointed. We will definitely be back!
  7. JJ

    JustJo

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It never disappoints. But yesterday everything seemed to be especially delicious. We did try some new menu items. The price…it was Restaurant Week…need I say more?
  8. J

    Jackie

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal, service and value. We wouldn't hesitate to go back.
  9. BC

    BarbaraC

    Washington DC

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Flavorful, healthy and generous sized entrees for restaurant week, included unforgettable Grilled Bronzini Fillets, and a mainstay Jumbo Scallops with Crab meat wrapped in Bacon.
  10. ML

    MamaLola

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband and I were visiting Frederick and we went to Isabella's for tapas on a Sunday night. We didn't expect it to be very busy at 6:30, but there were a lot of customers! Couples, families, singles - you can tell that this is a favorite of locals. It's all small plates (no big entrees) and we ordered mostly (but not entirely) from the specials menu. We shared a carafe of white pear and cranberry sangria; piquillo peppers stuffed with crab and cheese with saffron foam; roasted Gulf shrimp with saffron cream, fresh peas, and black rice; eggplant stuffed with beef and tomato; chicken skewers with spicy apricot honey and roasted potatoes; spinach sautéed with golden raisins and pine nuts; and a chilled chocolate pot de creme topped with warm Spanish hot chocolate and a fresh raspberry. Everything was swoon worthy, we were stuffed, and our bill was only $75. Service was excellent too, attentive and friendly without being obtrusive. Our waters stayed filled and the bread and oil kept coming. We will be back!
  11. ST

    SeaToy

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent wait staff, excellent brunch, super excellent value!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I have long come to Isabella’s. The food is always exceptional, and the staff friendly and capable. It’s become a traditional treat for us to enjoy the delicious and incredibly priced brunch offered on weekends. We hadn’t been able to stop in for awhile, but we made sure to mark six months together nowhere else than Isabella’s. Of course, our experience was fantastic as always and we had a delightful time.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always outstanding. My wife and I love the food, the service, and the ambiance at Isabella's. This is where we bring out of town friends as the first dining establishment in Frederick. I always have the gazpacho and spinach and then try 1 or 2 new dishes. Have never been disappointed in any choice.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Amazing place. Terrible server and service
  15. PO

    PeterO

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Good food, but nothing special about food or service
  16. G

    Gussy

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food, accommodating staff, lively atmosphere. Try the blood orange margarita!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Birthday - was great
  18. KE

    KEP21048

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    We knew going in that this was a tapas restaurant. However, we weren’t prepared for the small size of each dish. My sizzling shrimp dish had 4 small/medium shrimp and some greasy onions. Too expensive for four minuscule shrimp. The grilled octopus was expensive and arrived COLD with ice cold hummus and cold tomatoes. We had the asparagus which was good for only 4 pieces. No bread to help fill us up. My wine arrived and for a $9 glass the pour was too small. The wine glass was huge and the pour was 1/10 of the glass. We had a $79 bill and left hungry. The place was busy but, the noise level made conversation hard. We won’t be back. The food was okay I just prefer leaving a restaurant feeling like I’ve gotten a good value and a full stomach. We went to Chick-Fil-A afterwards.
  19. NF

    NilsaF

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice beer selection with the brewery right next door. The seasonal sangria was delish. Nice selection of tapas. A bit pricey. Our serve started out great but that quickly changed. His attention to us diminished and we had to chase him down and remind him of our order. Despite the server, I would still recommend the establishment.
  20. PW

    PatW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    This is our favorite restaurant. We ordered some favorite tapas off the regular menu and a few from their special menu. For those missing the amazing brussel sprouts at Ayse Meze, they have made an appearance at Isabella's.
  21. D

    Delighted

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tonight was
  22. JD

    JeanneD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Plain and simple, the food at Isabella's is some of the very best I've experienced in Frederick! Will keep coming back.
  23. m

    mmmmmm

    Philadelphia

    89 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Came for Sunday brunch with a party of 6. Everyone’s order was correct and all of the food was fine. Service, however, was sub-par. We had a reservation for 6, and were brought to a table with only 5 chairs. The waiter spilled water on the table and after asking twice we just got napkins ourselves from the bar. We had to ask multiple times for straws. One of our meals came out more than 5 minutes after the others, with no acknowledgement one entree was missing. And it took almost 20 minutes to pay. Be sure to bring your patience if you choose to dine here.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious dinner at Isabella’s! The short rib sliders were our fav!!
  25. MG

    MichaelG

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend Isabella's. Great ambience, food and service everytime I go.
  26. m

    mactina

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was great. Service was very good. We were seated in a booth in the bar area so it was a little loud and the booth was a hard wood seat. Overall a great time with very good food and drink.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome, awesome , awesome. Amazingly executed tapas restaurant. Everything was on point from the drinks to the orzo, and everything in between. Highly recommended.
  28. EG

    ErinG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The concept and execution of tapas at Isabella's is executed perfectly. The food is absolutely amazing and it comes out incredibly quickly. Our server was bar none - even on Valentines Day, she was very attentive, upbeat, and was not phased in the slightest by how busy it was. My only complaint is some of the main dishes were on the pricer side for their portion size. The chicken paella was overpriced at $40 and some of the specials were priced at least $10-$20 too high as well. I would still highly recommend this restaurant - especially their tapas menu. This was my 4th time at Isabella's and I will absolutely be returning!
  29. SP

    SalP

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a great place to try many small plates. It is a great place for a date or group dining. All will find something to enjoy. Drink menu is good. Vegetarians will find items. Go enjoy
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I had an early reservation on Valentine's Day (and a Friday night). We were seated promptly, server took time to explain the predominantly tapas menu and the few entrees also on menu. We shared 6 different tapas plates and everything was really delicious. We then had desserts, which were both also delicious. We definitely recommend Isabella's and will be back.
  31. SM

    StephenM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service.. quality..the "chips" with the tapas were a bit soggy on the bottom layer
  32. B

    Bass51

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of our favorite restaurants! The food was delicious and so full of flavor. The service was delightful, too. Can't wait to go back!
  33. a

    ajohnmercado

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! A taste of Spain in Frederick MD!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Lobster Risotto you will ever have!!
  35. BT

    BillTop

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food needed to wait long time for table. owner treated us to coffee and desert. nice job
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Too expensive for the mediocre quality of the food, the size of the plates was the only thing Spanish about the tapas (dined with a Barcelona native), too much breading in the tapas but service was good.
  37. G

    Glennarm

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    exceptionally interesting dishes, totally out of this world cuisine even though it's not stuffy or formal. Just great service, and really great food.
  38. BH

    BillH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The only negative was the high level of noise, which made it difficult to carry on a conversation.
  39. JD

    JaneD

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious and service is fantastic! One of my favorite restaurants in Frederick.
  40. KH

    KathrynH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing! Great service too. We were there for 1st Saturday - Fire in Ice and I'm definitely glad we made a reservation. It was packed, but the food was still coming out in a reasonable amount of time and delicious as ever!

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Isabella's - Frederick is rated 4.4 stars by 1384 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    East Church Street

  • Neighborhood

    Frederick

  • Hours of operation

    Monday: Closed Tuesday: 11:30am-10pm Wednesday: 11:30am-10pm Thursday: 11:30am-10pm Friday: 11:30am-11pm Saturday: Brunch 8am-3pm, Tapas 11:00am-11:pm Sunday: Brunch 8am-3pm, Tapas 11:00am-8:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    With a Municipal Parking Garage one block from Isabella's, we have ample and accessible parking for you and your guests.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mario Sanchez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (301) 698-8922

  • Catering

    Let Isabella’s do your next event with our exclusive Paella Parties or our a la carte drop-off catering. Drop off catering is available within 48 hours notice and delivered straight to your party destination.

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