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Isabella's

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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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Today
11:30 am - 11:00 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 185
    Excellent
  • 181
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Wonderful

We met the manager, Hannah, last week during our tea at the Plaza and she invited us to come eat at Isabella's the next day during our visit to the natural history museum. Great food and wine, good kid's menu, fantastic prices and service. Thanks Hannah!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Labmom_12
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Vancouver, Washington
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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426 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Vancouver, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We met the manager, Hannah, last week during our tea at the Plaza and she invited us to come eat at Isabella's the next day during our visit to the natural history museum. Great food and wine, good kid's menu, fantastic prices and service. Thanks Hannah!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is my cousins local so he took us there due to its good reputation. Great service-lovely beer on tap. Free cocktails or champagne with brunch on Sunday. In the UK this would be a gastropub. Burger was very tasty.

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Miami, Florida
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Was unsure, new restaurant for me - we had a party of 7. They were very accommodating throughout our excellent meal!

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Irving, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Nice stop after Museum or Central Park. Full of locals, varied menu that includes "best burger ever" (so my son said). Apparently known for their brunch. Full bar.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I had not been to Isabella’s before but friends wanted brunch there on a rainy Sat, though we had not tried to get reservations. It’s on the corner of Columbus Ave and W. 77th across from the Nat. History Museum so we weren’t hopeful of getting a table right away. Though busy it wasn’t completely packed so luckily we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

I visited this restaurant on many occasions. The food is good although a litlle change in the menu would not hurt. I love it anyhow. It is always busy and the atmosphere is great.

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Went back to Isabella's after a year. I don't know why we don't go more often. We should. It was another cold Winter day, this time February. My husband and I met friends and had another great dinner. Good steak, loved my fish. The Hay and Straw Linguine with chicken is a good dish to share, because it's quite large.... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Next to American Museum of Natural History and to the Central Park, this restaurant is an excellent option! The food is very tasty (specially, the salmon omelet) and the price is excellent.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

It was very crowded because its New York City and they really jam the tables in there, it was also Valentine's Day so I think that had something to do with it. But t he service was good, we don't like wait service is that is all over you all night and this was perfect. The waitress checked in on... More 

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Gyor, Hungary
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Isabella's website calls for casual but elegant dress. Too bad the service was too casual and not elegant at all. One server insisted on reaching across my friend to plunk plates down in front of me. There was plenty of room to walk around to serve me properly, so there was no excuse for this rude service. The Hay and... 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: American, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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