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“Best Italian food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Isabella's Italian Trattoria

Isabella's Italian Trattoria
4925 Boonsboro Rd, Unit 2, Lynchburg, VA 24503
+1 434-385-1660
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Ranked #2 of 253 Restaurants in Lynchburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $13 - $26
Cuisines: Italian, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Old Boonsboro Road
Transit: The Boonsboro Shopping Center has a Lynchburg City Bus stop.
Description: Isabella's Italian Trattoria is a family-owned neighborhood restaurant serving contemporary northern Italian cuisine in a sophisticated, yet casual setting. Isabella's has formed strong relationships with local farmers to highlight the best ingredients of central Virginia. Isabella's is the perfect choice for a night out with friends, a special date, or a business event. The restaurant offers a variety of dining choices - casual bar dining, patio dining, private dining from groups of 15 to 25, and semi-private dining for groups from 30-40. Isabella's also has a retail wine market on premises offering hand-selected wines from around the globe at very competitive prices.
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best Italian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

This place is always stellar. I love the coffee and the homemade bread. The salads are amazing, especially the one with the figs.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Lynchburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Lucky Us”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We are fortunate to have Isabella's nearby. Not only is the atmosphere warm and inviting, so are the people and they make an effort to know their guests and their preferences. The food is very consistent, upscale casual gourmet with an Italian flair and dedication to local growers and purveyors. Their pizza is the best around, mostly due to their ridiculously good crust and fresh variety of toppings. If you like mussels, they have wonderful ones in a traditional wine-based garlic broth and often run a special, their curry mussels being my favorite. Their salads are always fresh and most of their desserts are homemade. If you like fish, their salmon is perfectly cooked every single time. Sides and accouterments include risottos, polentas, local cheeses and sausages, fresh greens from local growers and fresh vegetables. They even have a gluten free menu and are very good about accommodating special requests. They have a private room and a semi-private room with a fireplace for intimate gatherings.

Visited March 2013
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Shipman, VA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Very good food and prompt service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

My husband and I dined there on a Friday evening. We had made reservations but arrived early and they were able to accommodate us. We had salads, main dishes and dessert. The wine list is extensive. My husband had a salad that had figs and candied nuts, and it was delicious. The one I ordered had butternut squash, spinach and goat cheese, but unfortunately, the squash was not cooked very much and was quite bland...OK, but not great. Our main dishes were excellent--his was a stuffed chicken breast, and mine was ahi tuna . Desserts were both great as well. Service was very fast; it was not particularly noisy even though we sat near the bar. I think this is a very good restaurant, but I have eaten at a couple of restaurants in downtown Lynchburg that I think are a little better. So, only four stars--but really a 4 1/2.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“The best restaurant in Lynchburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

My husband and I have dined frequently at Isabella's over the past three years--with colleagues, friends, and simply each other-- and we have never been disappointed. We have been fortunate enough to dine all over, including fine restaurants abroad and in American cities like New York, so we are smug about our opinions! From the soups and salads (a great wedge!) through the entrees to the desserts: everything is delicious. Many ingredients are local and fresh, and the menus are seasonally adjusted. Chef Sean Meeks is first rate.


Other pluses are the comfortable, attractive atmosphere and excellent service. And Isabella's is actually less expensive than other area restaurants like Main Street downtown. It's a good value as well as well as being a happy dining experience. Hurrah!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“One of my favorite restaurants in Lynchburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

I dine at Isabella's often. I have never been disappointed! The food is always wonderful; the bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar is the best! I love their house dressing. They feature great wines and desserts.

Visited November 2012
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