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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 - 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

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Visitor rating
  • 187
    Excellent
  • 185
    Very good
  • 48
    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
Great location if visiting the Museum of Natural History

We wanted a nearby place to grab a bit to eat without the crowds. We had a brief wait and then sat down to a nice meal. Service was prompt and friendly, the cappuccino was hot and both our lunches were delicious.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
BettiCBellevue_WA
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Bellevue, WA
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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New York City, New York
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88 reviews 88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Isabella's is an institution on the Upper West Side but, sadly, it's coasting more on reputation than providing real quality and value. It's not terrible, just average, but considering it's pretensions and prices, average isn't good enough. The night we ate there my soup was served barely warm, service was friendly but erratic, my wife's entrée was bland and under... More 

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Bellevue, WA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We wanted a nearby place to grab a bit to eat without the crowds. We had a brief wait and then sat down to a nice meal. Service was prompt and friendly, the cappuccino was hot and both our lunches were delicious.

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Madrid
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We go there for a quick brunch. Service is correct, food is normal in quantity and quality. The place is very crowded and without space, that makes the experience avarage instead of good. A non very tourist place to enjoy a brunch in a acceptable price (about 50$ for two)

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new orleans
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I never leave Manhattan without stopping at Isabella's~~~~ in the same location for over 20 years and this speaks many languages, clear and perfect. We were introduced to the new baby in the menu: open face raviolli and surprisingly, all three of us ordered it~ words can't explain how absolutely tasty and delicious this choice turned out to be. The... More 

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Monroe, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

My wife and I ate here for our 10th anniversary dinner. It was exceptional. The service was excellent. From calling to make a reservation to being seated and served, everyone was very friendly. They even gave us a complimentary glass of champagne to help celebrate our anniversary. The food was excellent also. Will definitely return when we visit NYC again.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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4 helpful votes 4 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
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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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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