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Upper West Side
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359 Columbus Ave, at 77th Street, New York City, NY 10024 (77th Street)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Oshawa, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A snooty host asks if you have reservations before saying hello. Crowds of people block the door outside and very little room to wait inside...unless you want to hang around the bar right by the door. Average Spaghetti & meat balls....over priced considering the portion...was not impressed with the tomato sauce...tangy not spicy as ordered. Good service from wait staff.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food and service are good, but how a restaurant can be out of hamburgers is perplexing. I would not hesitate to go there or recommend this neighborhood staple.

Thank Allan O
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My son and I intended to go to Shake Shack after several hours in the AMNH until we saw the line. Instead, we went to Isabella's across the street. He had an amazing burger and delicious fresh-cut fries, while I had a chopped salad. Both were delicious, with the added bonus of being able to sit outside on a beautiful... More 

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Oxford, Mississippi
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355 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time visit to Isabella's for brunch. We had a Special Omelet [with roasted veggies]. Mushroom Omelet, Salmon Eggs Benedict, and Chicken Fingers. All dishes were accompanied by roasted potatoes. The drinks were coffee, lemonade, and a Bellini. Service was super quick. All dishes were well prepared and attractively presented

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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for lunch, this place has good reviews both here and on yelp. We were pleasantly surprised as their lunch menu was moderately priced and the food and portions were pretty good. I would definitely stop in again.

Thank Mike A
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sunday is a great day for brunches and buns/breads +a cocktail are complimentary. However, this kind attention maybe forgot by the waiter. Prefer the terrace rather than the main room which is really rumorous and nocive for a peaceful moment Main courses are ok and worth their price. Ideally located, close to Central Park. Waiter are very kind and service... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am trying to remember the first time we dined here. It has to be over 15 years ago. I'm sure they have been around longer than 15 years. And to be a staple in New York City for decades should tell you how great it is to eat and dine at Isabella's. Recently we were there on September 16th... More 

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East Meadow, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to go before a concert at the Beacon Theatre. Had the tomato and watermelon appetizer and my husband had the calamari -both excellent. Main dish I had the salmon over risotto and a vegetable purée-delicious. My husband had the strip steak which was soft and very tasty. A delicious dinner!

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Paris, France
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As we were planning our visit to NY, we looked forward to our Brunch at Isabellas, a place we visited regularly since we went to Columbia University on the Upper West side. We were a large party and duly showed up at the opening to secure a large table. As we reach 7 guests on 9, we asked to be... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Disclaimer: I have not eaten brunch here as yet. That being said, my wife and I had dinner or lunch here seven times over our three week stay in New York. Why? Pros: Because everything (with the exception of the bread) was terrific. Let me heartily recommend the charred octopus appetizer, it's excellent. The Caeser salad, while not the best... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$41 - $80
American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 359 Columbus Ave, at 77th Street, New York City, NY 10024
    (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: 12127242100
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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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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