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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, 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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    Very good
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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
Solid Mediterranean/Italian food on Upper West Side

A local institution and very good food in a nice atmosphere. The food is more mediterranean than Italian, and was good, but not exceptional. We particularly enjoyed the Salmon. The spaghetti was good but the meatballs seemed salty too us. Overall, the food was good but there may be better... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Rockdog33
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Boston, MA
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We live in NYC and I took my kids to the Museum for the day. I wanted a nicer restaurant instead of the cafeteria food in the museum. Our food was delicious! But more importantly, is how seriously they took my son's allergy. I have NEVER been to a restaurant ANYWHERE that was so concerned and careful about his allergy.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A local institution and very good food in a nice atmosphere. The food is more mediterranean than Italian, and was good, but not exceptional. We particularly enjoyed the Salmon. The spaghetti was good but the meatballs seemed salty too us. Overall, the food was good but there may be better choices in the neighborhood.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

As usual Isabella's was excellent. We avoided the 'restaurant week' specials and ordered off the regular menu and had delicious fish and chicken, salads and dessert. The waiter provided an 'extra' dessert because we were celebrating a birthday. Very nice!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is the go to restaurant when you can't decide where to go and want to eat in the neighborhood. Service is spotty.

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Toms River, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Good food, nice atmosphere. We were looking for somewhere we could sit outside and enjoy the great weather. Our waitress was very good and attentive. My meal was not as good as my husband's but I would definitely go back!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Our first evening in New York and the hotel helped us with a reservation at this restaurant. It was very crowded with a good atmosphere. The waitress was very nice but kept forgetting things we ordered and specially ordered Ceasar sallad for our milk allergic daughter turned out to be just lettuce with nothing else to it. The rest of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a splendid place for a late Sunday lunch after a visit to the natural history museum which is very close by.The deal on a sunday offered free Bellini's and coffee. The menu has an excellent dish of flavoursome scallop,crab and shrimp with salad. Omelettes and poached eggs appear frequently. The ice cream desert was good too. Service was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Feels like the heartbeat of the UWS to me. Terrific menu. Solid service. Reasonably priced (for the neighborhood). Eating outside is v pleasant, but be prepared for it to be noisy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Recommended to us by a regular customer. Food very good with an excellent salmon entree and interesting starters. Chocolate "bag" dessert needs more work as it was extremely difficult to eat, so it was left. In this case less is better. Pleasant service in a room that was something different.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This would've been 5 stars, but I'm afraid my meal came out missing a main ingredient which was the kitchens mistake. The wait staff were very apologetic and I could see that it was being dealt with with great concern. My meal was remade and taken off the bill. The food itself is perfectly balanced and finished, same goes for... 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: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, 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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