Bar Isabel

4.7
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445 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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European
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 Chef Grant Van Gameren, Bar Isabel's menu includes a diverse mix of tapas, cheese, seafood dishes and entrees. Diners rave about the grilled octopus, the cheese platter and the oysters. Treat yourself to some Andalusian cured tuna, with almonds and citrus. For dessert, the Basque cake and sherry cream is a must-try. Bar Isabel is open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and extends its closing time to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, making it a good pick for late night dining.
What 445 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Obsessed with Bar Isabel. Our server was wonderful - the blonde man! We’ll be back.

WM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple, imaginative dishes and careful and timely service...a treat for all senses

KM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. My favourite restaurant in Toronto!

FF
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good meal. I did expect more for the price and hype. The service was very good. Wine steward was committed to delivering quality wines. Was very open to changing our wine as we were not 'thrilled' with our choice. Thus was appreciated.

HJ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very good service and nice ambiance. The food is not bad. It is actually very good but I think it is overhyped. So don't expect an out of this world culinary experience, but just go there and enjoy a very good bar/restaurant; I would..again.

RC
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is good, but if you've ever been to Europe you won't be amazed. Water was room temperature and not provided readily. Lighting too dark and red.

YV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this restaurant, the food and the service always delivers.

R
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

First time at Bar Isabel and it lived up to the several recommendations I had for the place. A pretty loud place if you wanted to have a date night, but great ambience and the food was quite well done.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We live bar Isabel. Food and service are always amazing.

AM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favourite places to some in the city! Always consistently great in every way!

R
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The pros - incredible staff, well rounded cocktails, lighting fast run times from the kitchen (under ten minutes for each dish). Well thought out interior design + seating plan. Intelligent menu layout.

The only con - some of the dishes were over salted, particularly the jowl. The quarter octopus was strong, well displayed and charred perfectly.

Would absolutely return.

OC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff and food were excellent. Bar a little loud but worth it for the overall meal. The waiter and serving staff were attentive and the wine they aided in selecting was spot on. Since this was Tapas we had numerous dishes and each one better then the prior.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My mom and I came in for dinner, ordered a bottle of wine and a decent amount of food. I found the pace of our dinner was really fast for tapas (we had 5 or 6 dishes brought almost all at once). The food was decent but not especially memorable. The service was good but not particularly personable. I think this place would be better for snacking and drinks than dinner.

MA
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Very nice place food was delicious but a bit expensive
too much noise almost impossible to talk

B
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Our meal was excellent and the service was attentive however we were being rushed at first. Unfortunately as well , the noise level is so high that you literally cannot hear the person beside you. We could not hear the servers explain the menu or each dish. This went on for the entire evening. It really is not pleasant and we wouldn’t go back given this dining experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Originally we were sat in between two tables that were both screaming and we were unable to focus. We asked to move and were immediately accommodated. Our preferences transferred from one server to the next. Nice touch!

LS
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A bit cold and too noisy, sound carried too much. It was difficult to have an intimate conversation

PW
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, incredibly knowledgeable and attentive waitstaff.
Minimal wait time.
Tapas portion sizes but 5-7 orders are recommended.

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here several times it has always been consistent and delicious! Never disappoints. Great job!

AR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There isn’t a bad thing I could say about this restaurant. The food, service and atmosphere is impeccable.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommended!

t
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

The food and service were excellent. However, the noise level ruined an otherwise special evening and left my dinner guest and myself with ringing ears and headaches. Too bad.

LM
Portland
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great ambience here - dark and stormy. Very loud, great food & drinks.

JR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tuna mojama had a piece of cheese that overpowered the fish, patatas bravas was pretty small for 14 bucks. Also several dishes were 1-2 dollars cheaper on the menu but when the bill came my cured meat dish was an extra dollar, the pork belly we ordered was 2 bucks more expensive and I'm pretty sure a punch drink we ordered was an extra dollar. Croquettes were ok but not worth 9 bucks for the size, dining room is way too hot and needs either a/c or a fan for airflow. Charging extra for those dishes was my biggest concern, it seemed petty and cheap coming from a restaurant that makes an much money as yours does.

J
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing food. Hands down one of the best meals I’ve had. This was my second time at Bar Isabel and look forward to the next time.

PK
London
25 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great - as always!

JR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the city. Our fourth visit and a continued delight. It's not cheap but you get what you pay for in an incredible meal, patient servers happy to walk you through the menu and ambiance.

AD
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is absolutely to die for! A little pricey but for the quality it's definitely worth it! Would go back again and again and again. Bartender was easy on the eyes and he was super friendly and knowledgeable 😊😊

S
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Poor service all night long. Food wasn't that great. This was my favourite restaurant in Toronto until this last time. I might never go back.

a
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Overpriced food and the portions are tiny. It's impossible to see anything inside, because it's so dark. Server was rushing us to order, and never said sorry when interrupting our conversations.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious - best foie gras ever!!

MM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything single item we ordered was outstanding. Thank you!!

RB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Bar Isabel many times, and it has become a go-to spot for fun, casual meals and for celebrations like birthdays and anniversaries. The food is excellent (any order should include the foie toast, potatas bravas supremo and the basque cake, all of which I constantly think about) and they have great cocktails and wines/ciders/beers. The service is excellent - they make you feel welcome and special, and the servers convey passion for the food. Don’t expect fine dining. Rather, anticipate a packed, dark, loud and convivial space with sharing plates and great flavours. Always a great experience.

k
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, delicious food. Favorite restaurant in Toronto.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Full of character with spectacular service, incredible food and fantastic cocktails. The staff made the experience for us. Attentive and knowledgeable but not overbearing. Loved every minute and every bite.

K
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience! Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. The food was fantastic! The cocktails and the wine superb. Highly recommend.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Every single dish we had was incredible! Unique flavours and rich tasting dishes. This was a fantastic spot for a date. Nice red ambient lighting. Take note that it is extremely loud inside due most likely to the acoustics of the restaurant. If you don’t like loud places this might not be for you but if that doesn’t bother you then absolutely give this a try. Service was perfect... food... perfect!
10/10

DL
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite place to go to celebrate my anniversary.

KG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Believe all the rave reviews, Bar Isabel is phenomenal! We snagged a reservation for a birthday dinner and the service, food and drink were all impeccable. Our server explained the menu thoroughly when we looked a bit confused and every single dish we ordered wowed. The cocktails were both interesting and tasty and they even gave us a small birthday surprise for dessert! All around wonderful first visit to this gem!

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The Shrimp al ajillo was the best we ever had!
Great food and atmosphere! Service was a little slow.

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