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Isabella's

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Upper West Side
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359 Columbus Ave, at 77th Street, New York City, NY 10024-5103 (77th Street)
A, B, C & D trains to 80th Street/Central Park West, and 1 train to 79th Street. M10 bus on Columbus Ave and 77th Street.
212.724.2100
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Tue 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: A faithful neighborhood favorite, Isabella’s has been an Upper West Side...
A faithful neighborhood favorite, Isabella’s has been an Upper West Side institution for over two decades, a hit with locals and celebrities alike. Isabella’s defines Upper West Side dining with reliable market-fresh offerings for the Mediterranean palate. From birthdays to celebratory brunches, many a memories have been made at Isabella’s and continue unfolding at this “oasis for an unrushed, delicious meal,” according to Zagat. When the weather’s pleasant, grab a sidewalk seat in the café for a classic New York Brunch filled with people-watching, benedicts and Bloody Marys. Indulge your sweet tooth in a Chocolate Bag, a dessert staple that’s been on the menu since opening day!
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    Very good
  • 55
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  • 14
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Service!

Dined here with 2 other adults and 5 kids. Service was excellent - the waitstaff was very patient with the kids. Food was very good. Atmosphere was energetic and casual.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Babylon, New York
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Dined here with 2 other adults and 5 kids. Service was excellent - the waitstaff was very patient with the kids. Food was very good. Atmosphere was energetic and casual.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had dinner last week while in town, service is attentive and friendly in a relaxing atmosphere, there's a large area to dine out. The menu is varied, you can find both american and international dishes, a special note for excellent the spaghetti and meatballs and the mussels.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Isabella's, a staple on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is a good choice for lunch, brunch or dinner. A varied menu, the food and service are consistently good. My friend and I recently treated another friend to lunch here for her birthday. In addition to the main menu there were also a few specials. One friend had a salad... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Great food but the awnings were not up and we were getting splatter by air conditioner water dripping down so we had to move where we sat. Eventually the awnings were put out.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

it was very tight quarters.our server was trying hard but very unsure of his menu.,the food was fine. The complaints I had were the bread basket had fresh bread but a dirty napkin the bread was wrapped in. The food was ok not much flavor to the eggplant lasagne which was over cooked.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Could not be better to have good lunch in Isabella's after interesting visit in Natural History museum. Great great great !!!

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New Hyde Park, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We mentioned that we had theater tickets and the waitress kept us on track to be finished on time, without rushing and still enjoying a delicious meal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Great food! Quality and worth while the price you pay! We had Isabella's steak and fries! Perfect! You don'n need more. No overdone portions! Categorie: luxe dining

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Melville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Can't say enough about this wonderful restaurant on the upper West Side of Manhattan, NY. The food, service and ambience were lovely. I had the Prix Fixe menu which included nachos for appetizer, salmon for dinner and chocolate cake for dessert. French food with a flair. My husband had chicken and my son-in-law had gespacho for appetizer, pork for dinner... More 

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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The restaurant was busy (lunchtime) but the waiter service was shambolic with different waiters 'looking after our table for two'. As tourists we felt that the 'ladies who lunch' regulars were of more interest to the waiting staff than us. Waiters spent too much time chatting to the regulars than ensuring we had our drinks before our main meal arrived... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 359 Columbus Ave, at 77th Street, New York City, NY 10024-5103
    (77th Street)
  • Public Transportation: A, B, C & D trains to 80th Street/Central Park West, and 1 train to 79th Street. M10 bus on Columbus Ave and 77th Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: 212.724.2100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, Large groups

Description

A faithful neighborhood favorite, Isabella’s has been an Upper West Side institution for over two decades, a hit with locals and celebrities alike. Isabella’s defines Upper West Side dining with reliable market-fresh offerings for the Mediterranean palate. From birthdays to celebratory brunches, many a memories have been made at Isabella’s and continue unfolding at this “oasis for an unrushed, delicious meal,” according to Zagat. When the weather’s pleasant, grab a sidewalk seat in the café for a classic New York Brunch filled with people-watching, benedicts and Bloody Marys. Indulge your sweet tooth in a Chocolate Bag, a dessert staple that’s been on the menu since opening day!
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theater performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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