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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 (77th Street)
+1 212-724-2100
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Today
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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176 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I came to Isabella's for brunch and enjoyed it. I had the crab cake sandwich which was tasty, but the crab cake itself was pretty small. Service was friendly.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had just finished at the Museum that is around the corner from this restaurant and just thought we would try it on the off chance. I opted for the chicken burger and my husband had something involving a falafel. I was expecting my chicken burger to be one peice of chicken breast but instead it was made out of... More 

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NYC
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We've lived in the neighborhood for years. And haven't been to Isabela's for years. But decided to give it a try. It was overpacked with tourists from the nearby Museum. Service was so incredibly slow. We walked out after an hour after we ordered. The manager asked us to stay and she'd pay for our meal. But she couldn't tell... More 

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Northport, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I work nearby. This is our "go to" nicer lunch place. Great burgers, salmon salad, fish and chips and lot of others. Figure on $23 all in for lunch with a beverage. Lots of locals, nice surroundings, good service. Sit outside on Columbus on a warm day - but the traffic can be loud.

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Thank Michael G
Boston, Massachusetts
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279 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate here recently with a large family group. There are many choices in this area on the Upper West and certainly many if you venture beyond the area. This place is a good choice for a reasonable meal of good quality. The restaurant did a good job serving our group (eight people) and was able to seat us at... More 

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Key West, Florida
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the ambience. Food delicious. Portions enormous. I highly recommend for brunch and special occasions. The only problem Maitre de inflexible. Would not seat our party until all were present even though there were MANY empty tables at the time we arrived..and when our delayed friends finally came to be seated despite the fact that there was space at our... More 

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Ramsey, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came to Isabella's on a Friday night during restaurant week and we had a reservation. My impression was good upon entering. The space is nice and the hostess was actually excellent. She was professional, friendly and without any “Attitude”. Unfortunately, many restaurants have hosts who tend to act like you are a bother. I have been to restaurants during... More 

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Stamford CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

We looked for a place close to the NY Historic Society, and Isabella's fit the bill perfectly. Five of us all ordered different salads, and everyone enjoyed her choice. Service was friendly and efficient; the food fresh and tasty. Would recommend and return. Minor point: Although it wasn't a problem, this good-sized restaurant seemed to have only one single bathroom.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

Had a very late lunch, as we just arrived to NYC. Made reservations, were running late, called to let them know, and when we arrived we were greeted and seated immediately. The place was packed with locals. The menu is short and sweet- something for everyone... pastas, grilled chicken, fish and chips, fries, fried calamari- everything we had was very... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

A NY friend recommended Isabella's after visit the Museum. What a fantastic place! The atmosphere was lovely. The service was excellent. Outstanding food for a great price.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$41 - $80
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, 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
Romantic, Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
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: +1 212-724-2100
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!

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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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