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45-46 Red Lion Street, London WC1R 4PF, England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)
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Ranked #649 of 17,006 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $92
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Bloomsbury / Holborn
Description: With authentic Italian cuisine and a modern interior, Isola Bella Restaurant is a vibrant and popular restaurant, just a 5-minute walk from Holborn Tube Station. The IsolaBella menu features delicious Italian dishes, with a key focus on fresh fish, shellfish, meat and pasta. There is a well picked Italian wine list and large wine displays in the modern dining room.
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86% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Seen this restaurant online and wanted to try somewhere new, wow was I surprised! The food was amazing!!! The staff at the restaurant were very accommodating and the food was amazing, the best Italian food I have had in London, the menu catered for all palettes and the portions were a good size. I would recommend the restaurant and I... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The food is fabulous, staff friendly and welcoming - would recommend the prawns in garlic and tomato sauce and roasted salmon with garlic spinach. If you want to impress and have value for money food with wonderful atmosphere l would recommend Isolabella time and time again :)

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near London, UK
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

So enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere—and food—first time, we picked it for a return visit when in the Holborn area. Italian, but modern stylish interior with plenty of space. Very nice service—especially as they chased us 200m down the street after we left with a forgotten bag! Great evening deal made this excellent value as well. We will return once more,... More

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

My first experience as an 'Open Table' customer and have only praise from the food being lovely to the staff being attentive and very polite. The booking of this restaurant was easy and upon arrival they had remembered it was my birthday and treated us very well. 50% discount on the food made this a very affordable evening out in... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

What a hidden gem, lovely food (the bruschetta was one of the best I've had) great wine and brilliant friendly family run service. Can only assume the few bad reviews are from people angling for a free meal! Thank you for a lovely night x

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Last minute booking for this restaurant and we were very pleasantly surprised, we had a starter and main with a couple of glasses of (excellent) wine and found the bill very reasonable. The restaurant was quite when we dined but the service was fantastic, it's clean, delicious and we would go again!

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North Yorkshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Not sure about some of the poor reviews but our experience was great - would never have found this restaurant but used our Tastecard and saved £29 on the food bill as they discounted 50% on food even on a Saturday - food was lovely and piping hot - don't do a kids meals but they will do a smaller... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I went here with my boyfriend to try a new restaurant. I found it on a restaurant finder phone app. I'm completely baffled by the good reviews. We considered leaving when we entered as there was no atmosphere whatsoever. It has bland white walls with very little pictures or anything to set a mood. The huge number of downlights meant... More

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Chichester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This is what TripAdviser is all about. What chance would we have had of discovering this by chance? By taking the recommendations of fellow contributors we had a delightful dinner. The food was excellent (Italian food is so easy to make 'OK/ordinary'; this place made everything taste fresh and interesting) and the atmosphere was quiet but pleasant and relaxed. Very... More

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New York City, New York
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172 reviews 172 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We eat here on our visit to London. Meal thru toptable gives a nice discount. Service is always friendly and non-intrusive. My DH always gets the veal milinese. I had seabass. Both were excellent. This is a great family restaurant with great food

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