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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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11:30 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: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, 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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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
Good food just small portions for the price

It's not the most expensive New York restaurant but for the money I definitely was expecting more food. What we had was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect for our honeymoon. Overall a good experience

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Isabella's was amazing!! Sunday brunch has complimentary drink for everyone at the table. The not only tastes amazing, but the presentation is pretty enough for a picture! Tables are small and close together, but it was packed the whole time. A good sign of a good restaurant. Patio seating available.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

It's not the most expensive New York restaurant but for the money I definitely was expecting more food. What we had was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect for our honeymoon. Overall a good experience

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New York City, New York
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68 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our dinner here! Brad M was an awesome waiter! He was on pointe & made our dining experience a pleasant one! Definitely come and enjoy a delicious meal here! I highly recommend starting off with the margareita bread! It was delicious! I enjoyed a different dish called hay & straw linguine which had chicken, mushrooms & a delicious... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Went there recently for dinner and were lucky to find seats on the "patio" outside. That's a great spot for lingering and people watching. Service was friendly, albeit on the slow side. The menu is typical American-Italian and very satisfying. Highly recommended.

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We enjoyed a delicious meal out on the patio. The server was one of the best we had while visiting NYC. The crab cake sandwich was perfect and unique. The onion rings were hands down the best we have ever had!!! The chicken skewers were amazing and the fries and Greek salad made it a perfect meal. The signature chocolate... More 

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Yonkers
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Prior to going to a performance in Central Park we had dinner at Isabella's which I hadn't been to in many years. I was delighted to see why they have remained in business for such a long time. Everything was just right.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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178 reviews 178 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
394 helpful votes 394 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We came here for lunch with a few friends. Luckily, we had a very patient waitress, because she had to come back twice to get our orders, since we were so busy talking away to glory. That sort of happens when you see friends after a very long time.. We were served some bread in a basket which was not... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Within a short walk from the Natural History Museum, which made us chose this place after a long day of walking and exploring. Also located by the park. We had the Isabella's Chopped Salad (appetizer salad, pretty good portion), some special sandwich which wasn't listed in the menu and the amazing Truffle Parmesan Fries. They have a nice selection of... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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47 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The place sounded really good and cozy. We went there for lunch on a Sunday right after a museum visit. There was a long wait for outside tables but they quickly accommodated us in a tiny table close to the waiters' computer in the upper level. We were not able to start there as all servers were al the time... More 

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Leawood, Kansas
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We were two couples. We were well dressed. We toured some museums on a Monday. We came out of the Museum of American Natural History and there was a light rain. It was about 4;20 PM. We decided to drop into Isabella's, because its right across the street. We were going to get some glasses of wine and something light... More 

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Additional Information about Isabella's

Address: 359 Columbus Ave, at 77th Street, New York City, NY 10024-5103
Phone Number: 212.724.2100
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
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
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: Italian, American, Mediterranean

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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: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, 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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