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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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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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  • 229
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  • 233
    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 17
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  • 5
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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 for brunch

We love Isabellas for brunch. The food is awesome - especially the french toast and the smoked salmon scrambled eggs. It can get crowded and bit noisy but its still a warm fun way to start the day. Service is generally pretty good and friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Elizabeth H
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Toronto, Canada
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Columbus, Ohio
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193 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I noticed how the restaurant Isabella's was always packed so it must be good. I ordered the steak with watercress and frittes. The manager came over to ask if everything was good and I explained that I wanted the watercress without dressing and no problem. It's the customer service and the delicious food that warrants 5 stars.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love Isabellas for brunch. The food is awesome - especially the french toast and the smoked salmon scrambled eggs. It can get crowded and bit noisy but its still a warm fun way to start the day. Service is generally pretty good and friendly.

Helpful?
Thank Elizabeth H
Brooklyn
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went to Isabella's for lunch-first time there-great location across from the Museum of Natural History so it is a very busy place for lunch-enjoyed it very much- food was good, service fine

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Thank rakppw
BRGuestHospitality, Quality Assurance Associate at Isabella's, responded to this review

Hi Rakppw, Thank you so much for taking the time out to let us know about your dining experience with us at Isabella's restaurant. We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your visit with us! Cheers and all the best! Yasmin Silvera BR Guest Hospitality Quality Assurance Associate More 

New York City, New York
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago credit card Amex Card Member Review

A good place for lunch or a casual dinner close to the museum, Central Park, and shopping on the upper west side. The service is friendly. We made a reservation and were seated immediately. The food is good and comes prepared as you ask for it to be. It's a good neighborhood restaurant. Better than most of the restaurants on... More 

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Thank diane k
BRGuestHospitality, Quality Assurance Associate at Isabella's, responded to this review

Hi Diane K., Thank you for taking the time out to let us know about your dining experience with us at Isabella's restaurant. It truly means so much to us to hear how we are meeting and exceeding our guests' expectations. Cheers and all the best!! Yasmin Silvera BR Guest Hospitality Quality Assurance Associate More 

Ireland
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the best meal we had our trip. Very nice place, great food, and the service, by Sam, was right on the mark. They were presenting a special for "restaurant Week" that had several good choices to pick from.

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Thank BASLAD
New York City, New York
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131 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on Martin Luther King day, so it could have been busier than normal. When we arrived it felt like a crowded pub, but with parents and their crying babies in carriers. Anyway, we took that as a good sign (a lot of people=good food usually). Unfortunately, the waitress kept forgetting about us and left our empty beer bottles... More 

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Thank Daje2
BRGuestHospitality, Quality Assurance Associate at Isabella's, responded to this review

Dear Daje2, We are terribly sorry for the experience you described as having while visiting us at Isabella's restaurant. Do you still have your receipt? If so, could you please tell me who your server was as well as the check number? If you do not have it, could you possibly tell me the bill amount and around what time... More 

New York City, New York
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have not been to Isabella's in a few years. No reason. Just too many NYC options. We went for a pre museum visit - day off lunch. The food was as I remembered. Very good with a large selection of lunch options. Our waitress was very thoughtful. My friend clearly was down with a cold. Our waitress brought him... More 

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Thank nyc2424
BRGuestHospitality, Quality Assurance Associate at Isabella's, responded to this review

Hi nyc2424, Thank you for taking the time out to tell us about your dining experience with us at Isabella's restaurant. Cheers and all the best! Yasmin Silvera BR Guest Hospitality Quality Assurance Associate More 

Gilbert, Arizona
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

My family of 4 dined last week at Isabella's, a must stop each time we visit NYC. We all had different dinners and we all thoroughly enjoyed our dinners. The highlight of the meal is the chocolate bag for dessert, it is delicious. For those of you who don't know, a chocolate bag is dark chocolate in the shape of... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

After we went there(22/12), my aunt vomited - lucky her. I didn't, so I got gastroentheritis and spent my Christmas in a hospital. Don't go there.

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Thank Raissanbr
BRGuestHospitality, Manager at Isabella's, responded to this review

Dear Raissanbr, We would like to apologize for the experience that you and your Aunt had at Isabella's. We hope that you both are feeling better. If possible could you please email me us at communityrelations@brguestinc.com? We would like to have the opportunity to speak with you more and investigate this issue that you have brought to our attention. Could... More 

Potomac, Maryland
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Very good food - excellent variety; very good service, Easy to find on West side. Sophisticated atmosphere. Good idea to make a reservation

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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: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine

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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