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“Consistently good for food and atmosphere!”
Review of Isabella's - CLOSED

Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: 77th Street
Transit: 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.
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!
Huntington Beach
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Consistently good for food and atmosphere!”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Excellent quiet location on the upper West Side on Columbus. Always has a great "buzz" with well dressed young singles or older couples. Food has an Italian emphasis, but is creative worldly! Service is outstanding and friendly. Prices are very fair for a restaurant of this quality in New York. Will be back soon!

Visited December 2012
Thank JulianSolo
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Orlando, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Excellent value in the upper west side”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

On our vacation to NYC friends and I were on our way to the museum close by. We stopped at Isabella's for lunch. We enjoyed it so much we decided to forgo our plan and just stay here and chat/drink/relax:) Prices VERY competitive for Manhattan.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank HenryFL01
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Kansas City, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fun place on upper west side”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

If you are on the upper west side and want to experience a really really good Mediterrean style restaurant, then Isabella's is the place for you. The restaurant is spacious and features high ceilings, warm lighting, and cozy little eating nooks. The big arched-windows give you a front row center seat for the parade of folks going up and down Columbus Avenue. A word of caution...the place fills up for brunch so try you best to be there between 11:00-11:30. Any later and you are going to have a substantial wait as it feels like the entire neighborhood is stopping by for brunch. I also suggest reservations, especially for dinner.

I had the Grilled Skewered Chicken which is essentially a Greek Salad with Skewered Chicken and is served with Lemon-Scented Fries and my friend had Isabella's Chopped Salad. The food was really good and the service was prompt and friendly. I try to go to Isabella's whenever I in in NYC. It's a great place to have some tasty food, people watch, go to the park after, or do some shopping in area... can't say enough about this place.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Kacee25
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Leah was great!”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

My daughter and I had a wonderful time at Isabella's! Our waitress, Leah, went out of her way to make sure that our special father-daughter night on the town was even more so. Oh, and the food was very good, too. We're looking forward to many happy returns whenever we visit New York.

Tip: take the local subway to 81st and then walk beside the museum one block east and two blocks south.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Bill B
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New York, New York, United States
Level 6 Contributor
83 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“nice UWS dining experience”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

right around the corner from the Museum of Natural history, The food here is good and does have a creative touch to it, service was really good, (but i did see a couple of waitresses coming across as pretentious when we were lead to be seated; luckily the one(s) waiting on us was really nice.

Makes for a good dinner or a brunch spot, couples, friends, family .. bring em all
outdoor seating in summer is really nice

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Chetan S
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