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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 - 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, Lunch, Brunch, 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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  • 190
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    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A nice lunch spot

We stopped here for lunch before heading over to the park. They have an outdoor seating area but the wait would have been a little longer than we wanted to wait. We got a table “inside” but is was right next to the open air entry way to the patio – so it was pretty close to sitting outside. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
lm55417
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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New York City, New York
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689 reviews 689 reviews
454 restaurant reviews
1,870 helpful votes 1,870 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Having been to Isabellas before, even though the food is nothing to write home about, we happened to be walking by and saw their outdoor seating area was more than half empty, it being a warm evening I thought we would give it another try and have an early dinner as it was just before five when they start serving... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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44 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We stopped here for lunch before heading over to the park. They have an outdoor seating area but the wait would have been a little longer than we wanted to wait. We got a table “inside” but is was right next to the open air entry way to the patio – so it was pretty close to sitting outside. I... More 

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Greater Canberra, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This is a great place to eat, the menu, food, service and location are all top notch. A drink (both alcoholic and non - alcoholic to choose from), is complimentary with a meal after 12pm. Meals are well priced and portions are generous. On weekends I recommend making a reservation or arriving around 1130-1145am for lunch - otherwise you can... More 

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Chappaqua, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Nice ambiance with outdoor seating, good service and good food. Varied menu, nice bar area, near Museum of Natural History.

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Fiskars, Finland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I'd had lunch at Isabella's a couple of years back and had some lovely memories, so I decided to book a table for myself and hubby for a nice dinner. On arrival they tried to seat us in the farthest corner of half empty restaurant but in the end let us change tables. The service was nice enough but the... More 

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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89 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Although the bread was slightly stale and the salad was not particularly good, the chicken entree was perfect. Well done spinach and Brussels sprouts as well. Desserts were disappointing and the coffee was absolutely terrible. Overall, it just squeaked out a 4.

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New York City, New York
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65 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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12 helpful votes 12 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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30 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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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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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, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Large groups, Romantic

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Upper West Side

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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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