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Bar Isabel, Toronto, ON

Bar Isabel

4.8
4.8
1256 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Spanish
Bar Isabel is open and accepts reservations for indoor dining only for parties of up to 8 guests. Takeout is available through their website.

Enjoy an intimate dining experience at Bar Isabel -- a cozy restaurant where creative Spanish-inspired small plate dishes are combined with craft beers, cocktails and an extensive wine list. The restaurant's elegant interior boasts an intriguing blend of soft lighting, curved walls and a beautiful mosaic tile floor.

Managed under the guidance of Maitre d'Hotel Alessandro Pietropaolo, Bar Isabel's menu includes a diverse mix of tapas, cheese, seafood and meat dishes. Diners rave about the grilled octopus, the bone marrow and the ceviche. For dessert, the Basque cake and sherry cream is a must-try. Bar Isabel is open 5-11pm Monday through Friday, and 3-11pm Saturday and Sunday.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 77 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Basque, Catalan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 532-2222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Grant van Gameren

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy / College St.

  • Cross street

    Ossington or Shaw

  • Parking details

    Parking is extremely limited at the moment due to the CafeTO patios.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Week with Bar Isabel

    Feb 13 - Feb 16, 2023
    Join us to celebrate the mighty season of sexy love. We will be offering our regular a la carte menu, with some cheeky additions to our cocktail list and some "love themed" menu features. Please note that all tables are allotted a 2 hour time limit, and another set of lovers will be following you afterwards. Eat, drink and be merry! xo Isabel

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What 1,256 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. AS

    AziS

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was amazing!
  2. AN

    AmNL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, yummy cocktails and courteous service. Will be sure to be back for the tasting menu!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the only places and restauranteurs that has been able to capture the experience of living in Spain. It’s the understanding of Spain from the perspective of an outsider and being dead on target. This restaurant is a gift to Toronto.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the greatest dining experience I’ve had in Toronto. We opted for the all you can taste experience and we were taken away! Every dish was incredible, and the waitress did an amazing job at making recommendations/parings. Great date night spot, and worth every penny. Will definitely be back! If I could give them 6 stars, I would!
  5. MD

    MariahD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 One of the best restaurants in toronto.
  6. S

    Shahzad

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was incredible and the service was exceptional. The only negative was that it may have been too loud but highly recommend this place that has been around for 10 years!
  7. B

    Breanna

    Toronto

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive service. Food was amazing. Ambience was romantic and relaxing.
  8. SK

    SukhvinderK

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great restaurant! Enjoyed thoroughly. Drinks and food really good. Pricey but what can you do now, with inflation, everyone needs to survive.
  9. A

    Anonymous

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noisy but we knew that. Food is excellent. Servers knowledgeable and attentive. A bit expensive but very high quality and innovative offerings.
  10. AK

    AmyK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails, appetizers and service at the bar!
  11. PS

    PatrickS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favourite places to eat in Toronto. Always a special treat that’s unforgettable.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Our experience at Bar Isabel was not too bad. I do, however, feel that the 2-hour dining time feels rushed. We did personally feel rushed. We had servers stopping by our table almost every minute to ask if everything was okay: to the point where I feel that we couldn’t even maintain a conversation. The type of the menu is obviously tapas style so there are no main entrées or main courses here so you have go in knowing what to expect. The ambience was a bit dark, crowded and noisy. Again, you have to go to Bar Isabel knowing what to expect. The service was very prompt which I did appreciate. Again it was an overall decent experience.
  13. PM

    PeterM

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful first date spot. I reminded me of my trips to Spain in terms of ambiance.
  14. t

    tams

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The 2 meat 2 cheese platter did not exceed my expectations, but definitely staples (machego, gouda, chorizo, and I believe saucisson). Sourdough bread was also not the best, but the great olive oil made up for it.
  15. D

    Dyegored

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the service was even better. One of the better service experiences I've had, they were just quietly excellent and know how to set a vibe, be available but not overbearing, and anticipate guest needs like experts. I am truly impressed!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday. Food was amazing, service on point and drinks were exceptional!
  17. O

    Oddrey

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive and caring staff who took the time not only to explain the menu but the dishes when they arrived. I really appreciated the care the sommelier took when recommending a second bottle to compliment the first.
  18. S

    Suhail

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty food, cozy ambiance, and energetic vibe. The best place for refreshing anniversary dinner. We'll be back. What a lovely restaurant.
  19. CM

    ClaraM

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. The tasting menu is the way to go.
  20. SD

    SamanthaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely lovely time. Service was outstanding, food was delicious, we'll be back!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar Isabel is an institution for a reason. Always on point. We love you, Bar Isabel!
  22. B

    Barnabas

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the staff were lovely and very helpful, had a great time.
  23. B

    Brandon

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my absolute favourite restaurants in Toronto. The interior is so cool and the food is amazing. Patatas bravas and basque cake are highlights.
  24. DJ

    DamienJ

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    No tortilla. Size of the tapas too small Food is overall good but no difference versus competitors. Price tag somehow not justified Location and restaurants are great and the service was very nice
  25. VM

    VanessaM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always have an amazing time at Bar Isabel. But felt a bit rushed at the end of the meal to make way for next set of guests. If you want to take your time and make a meal of it, then I suggest booking a later reservation
  26. J

    Jobolosolo

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great Spanish pinxos and tapas classics. Excellent wine list. Tasty refreshing cocktails. Staff is great and saved the night - called me minutes after we left to tell me a guest at our table had left their cell phone.
  27. RG

    RobG

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best spot in the city! Food, cocktails, ambiance and service is always incredible, and Adrian is the BEST! We'll be back soon, and will be sure to ask for Adrian, too!!
  28. NH

    NathalieH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an incredible place. All around amazing; the food, the wine, the staff. Perfect.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They wanted to take my plate three times while I was eating.
  30. D

    Dylan

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    friendly service, nice food and cocktail drink. Will definitely visit another time
  31. f

    foodmaestro

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was a stellar experience, from start to finish! Bar Isabel has never disappointed us…and it remains consistently fantastic!
  32. K

    Kelly

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Good food, maining the meats and seafood. Grilled octopus was on point, and you will have to try the pork secreto if you dont mind getting a little weight (It is super good trust me) But the other tapas werent very surprising to me, they were okay! The peppers were too spicy for us, and the mushrooms were just fine. Staffs were nice and helpful with wine and dessert picking, but not so much when the place got too busy.
  33. NS

    NataliyaS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Good quality food comparing to other places in Toronto. But if you ever been in Spain then it is just ok.
  34. KM

    KassandraM

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly, this place is just absolutely fantastic and it never disappoints!
  35. TS

    TomS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we have had all year! Thank you so much!
  36. DA

    DavidA

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Bring back Pretty Ugly
  37. SB

    SarahB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience5
    Our waitress gave us quite bad service. Once she realized we were only going to have drinks she had an attitude towards us for the rest of the night. The bar tender gave us very good service and even made us special drinks.
  38. RS

    RaSp

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always
  39. MH

    MarkH

    Austin

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular as always!
  40. EN

    EmptyNester

    Toronto

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first visit to this iconic restaurant. After reviewing the menu and seeing all the options we went for the simple "let the staff decide" tasting menu. They did a good job checking in for any food allergies and tested how adventurous we were (and we are) for spice, seafood, red meat etc. With no real limitations, the dishes came out with a good pace and nice pairing. I would like to particularly (and in no order) call out the octopus, rib eye, foie gras, white asparagus and the bruschetta with anchovy as the highlights of the night. The seating is tight and the noise level can be on the loud side, but there is a real energy in the place. The wait staff are all very pleasant and knowledgeable as they describe the dishes they are presenting to the table. Bar Isabel is definitely on the repeat list.

FAQs

Bar Isabel is rated 4.8 stars by 1256 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 77 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Bar Isabel

797 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C7

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ossington or Shaw

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy / College St.

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Basque, Catalan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is extremely limited at the moment due to the CafeTO patios.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Grant van Gameren

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

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