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Isabella's

359 Columbus Ave, at 77th Street, New York City, NY 10024-5103 (Manhattan)
212.724.2100
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Ranked #458 of 11,610 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: 77th Street
Transit: 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.
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!
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New York City, New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is the greatest place in all of NY!!! My family has been coming here for years and it just keeps getting better and better! Food and service both were excellent.

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your visit to Isabella's! We are thrilled that you are such a loyal patron of ours and appreciate your great feedback. We hope to have you join us again and wish you all the best! Gabby Barikian Community Relations Specialist BR... More

Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This was my fourth visit to Isabella's and it has been consistently pleasurable. The atmosphere is light airy and clean with white tablecloths and friendly service. My server was Ann sage and she was extremely helpful. When I asked that the side of spinach be served to me hot it was served hot. The prices are in line with a... More

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your visit to Isabella's! It truly means a lot to us to hear from you and we appreciate your feedback. We hope to have you join us again and wish you all the best! Gabby Barikian Community Relations Specialist BR Guest... More

New York City, New York
Top Contributor
197 reviews 197 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Isabella's has been in the neighborhood a long time. It's dependable but never too good or too bad. The room and the service are terrific. The food is average. My fish was very good but the risotto was very chalky and tasteless. The salad was less than ordinary. It's a nice restaurant, but it's not great food. I will continue... More

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Rochester, New York
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1,166 reviews 1,166 reviews
777 restaurant reviews
322 helpful votes 322 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We selected this restaurant because we happened by it at dinner hour, and also because our daughter had dined here once before and recommend it highly. We were quite pleased because we were offered a nice table out on the sidewalk at dinner hour, which was surprising over dinner hour. But the place looked quite nice, so we decided to... More

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your experience at Isabella's! We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again very soon! We wish you all the best. Gabby Barikian Community Relations Specialist BR Guest Hospitality More

Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Stopped in just for drinks with friends, however the staff was so lovely, and the extensive menu, drinks turned into dinner. Relaxing good time

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your visit to Isabella's! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your dinner and drinks and we appreciate your feedback. We hope to have you join us again and wish you all the best! Gabby Barikian Community Relations Specialist BR Guest Hospitality More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Sitting on the terrace at Isabella's is the genuine Upper West Side experience. Even if the food wasn't amazingly good, it would be worth going on a warm summer evening just to people watch and soak up the ambiance. But the food is so good (and good value) that you could go in the depths of a blizzard and still... More

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your visit to Isabella's! It truly means a lot to us to hear from you and we appreciate your feedback. We hope to have you join us again and wish you all the best! Gabby Barikian Community Relations Specialist BR Guest... More

Windham, New Hampshire
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stopped by Isabella's for lunch (and sangria) after a morning at the Natural History Museum. It was my husband's favorite meal of our trip. The atmosphere, food and service was great!! Our server was so friendly and even brought us some complimentary champagne for our anniversary. We had such a great experience and the kids enjoyed the extensive kids... More

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your visit to Isabella's! It truly means a lot to us to hear from you and we appreciate your wonderful feedback about your lunch. We hope to have you join us again and wish you all the best! Gabby Barikian Community... More

Vancouver, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My wife and i ate at Isabella's before attending the Stand-up New York comedy show, and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and service. We started with a watermelon based gazpacho soup which was amazing, and then were delighted by the seafood capellini loaded with lobster, scallops, and prawns - delicious! We chose a Muscadet wine, which was light and reasonably priced.

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your visit to Isabella's! We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to have you back soon. We wish you all the best! Gabby Barikian Community Relations Specialist BR Guest Hospitality More

Bangkok, Thailand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

I like the atmosphere and the staffs are well trained. Tried the breakfast burrito and love that they used well selected chorizo that give the right amount of spicy to the dish.

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Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your visit to Isabella's! We are delighted that you enjoyed your breakfast burrito and appreciate your great feedback. We hope to have you join us again and wish you all the best! Gabby Barikian Community Relations Specialist BR Guest Hospitality More

Dublin, Ireland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Super location near Central Park - worth booking in advance... can eat inside or outside but the best service we had in NYC with wonderful food and a great buzz

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BRGuestHospitality, Guest Relations Manager at Isabella's, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time on Trip Advisor to let us know about your visit to Isabella's! It truly means a lot to us to hear from you and we appreciate your wonderful feedback! We hope to have you dine with us again and wish you all the best. Gabby Barikian Community Relations Specialist... More

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