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45-46 Red Lion Street, London WC1R 4PF, England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)
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Ranked #681 of 17,143 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $89
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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85% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

After a massively frustrating time trying to find an Italian restaurant with space in Covent Garden on a Wednesday in the early evening we went back to our hotel (Premier Inn on Red Lion Street) and were delighted to find this restaurant literally across the road. It wasn't just convenient. The food was lovely, the restaurant was clean and well-decorated... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Out and about looking for an Italian meal in Holborn. We chose Isolabella based on reviews. The food and service were excellent. Nice bottle of reasonably priced Pinot Grigio. Very good value for money. Highly recommended.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Our second visit to Isolabella - an Italian Restaurant, run by VERY friendly Madeirans. Remarks about the ton of chili used in one of the dishes we had on our first visit, was taken on board and much less was used for the dishes chosen on our 2nd visit. Great pasta - very good linguine with crab, excellent Carbonara -... More

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Portrush, United Kingdom
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99 reviews 99 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We visit this restaurant anytime we are in London. Staff are friendly and food is excellent. Good choice of wine. Alfredo,the owner, ensures the restaurant is well run. Will plan to return next time we are in London.

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249 reviews 249 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Disappointing from a food point of view but the service is really good and helpful staff. Fried calamare was not good, rawish fish inside and heavy batter, soup was bland. Main of liver was ok but not great, as same for the chicken, heavy sauces generally and also quite small portions. Desserts were also very small but ok.. Its just... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We found this restaurant using the tastecard website . It's a lovely restaurant bright and clean the staff were efficient and friendly ,My husband had Mussels followed by Seafood Risotto, I had Bruschetta and a dish called Kalzo strips of Beef with green peppercorns in a brandy sauce served with a penne pasta and a delicious lemon-cello ice cream ,the... More

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2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Well, my experience doesn't match the reviews for this place. The bright lights and miserable waiter (seriously, he shouldn't be at work if his family have just been killed) did nothing for the atmosphere. We ordered the seafood Fritto Misto, which was cheap, previously frozen and limper than Grandad. It came with some red stuff that had no taste, so... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We were staying nearby at the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn and wanted a good italian restaurant nearby. I reserved it on OpenTable a few hours before. The food was amazing. The dinner was great and so was the cheesecake for dessert. Service was very good too. Highly recommend.

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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