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Bar Isabel, Toronto, ON
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Bar Isabel

CAN$51 and over
Spanish

Bar Isabel accepts reservations for parties of up to 8 guests.
Enjoy an intimate dining experience at Bar Isabel - a cozy restaurant nestled between Toronto's little Italy and little Portugal, where creative Spanish-inspired small plate dishes are served alongside cocktails and an extensive Iberian focused 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' and Partner Alessandro Pietropaolo, Bar Isabel's menu includes a diverse mix of pintxos, conservas, 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 Sunday through Friday, and 3-11pm Saturday. Accolades include listings in the Michelin Guide, Canada's top 100, and 2013 awarded the best new restaurant in Canada by Enroute Magazine.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 55 times today

Why we love it

Executive chef: Grant van Gameren

  • Award icon

    MICHELIN Plate

    2022

A decade into its run, Bar Isabel continues to be a sought-after table thanks to its intimate tavern ambiance and spot-on tapas. Easy-to-share snacks, an excellent drinks program emphasizing Spanish wine and sherry, and buzzy vibes encourage diners to linger and order round after round of Spanish hits.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Basque, Catalan
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri, Sun 17:00–23:00 Sat 15:00–23:00
  • Phone number
    (416) 532-2222
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    We do not offer catering.
  • Private party facilities
    We do not have an event space.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Area
    Little Italy / College St.
  • Cross Street
    Ossington or Shaw
  • Parking Details
    Parking is extremely limited at the moment due to the CafeTO patios.
  • Public Transit
    Ossington Bus, College Streetcar.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 1,709 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

1,709 Reviews
  1. JohnL

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the tasting menu curated by the server and it was just the right amount and just the right thing. Always lovely at Bar Isabel and really reasonable for the quality of food and wine. We love it there.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was exceptionally good. Loved the ceviche & the shrimp especially.

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  3. greatplacefordining

    Toronto

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love love love this place!! Everything about this place is a 5star!!

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  4. AlexanderG

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered the tasting menu; they ask you any dishes you want to include and take care of the rest. Great ambience and attentive service, although it got quite noisy as the evening went on. The food was consistently excellent, and the selection of wines and spirits it top notch.

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  5. ScottA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably the best service I've received in my time in Toronto

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bar Isabel is one of the best restaurants in the city! Love their food and their service

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  7. Lance

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Half of the food was amazing, other half was very mediocre. Unfortunately, the service was not very good, I could tell the waiter was having a very bad day and did not want to be there which did effect our experience in a negative way.

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  8. SimonG

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Toronto, whenever we have guests from out of town we have to bring them. The food is consistent, delicious, service impeccable and the restaurant is a slice of Spain right in downtown Toronto. Every special occasion is spent there and we will forever love Bar Isabel!

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  9. MarioD

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, nice atmosphere, good service and very accommodating.

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  10. MitchT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, service, and food! Definitely need to get the steak and octopus when you go!!

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  11. AliS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was very nice. I enjoyed it a lot and my date was impressed.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience. Great service, delish food I could eat the marrow all night long! Sit at the bar, enjoy the ambience :)

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  13. robs

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fantastic experience - professional, knowledgeable, well-integrated staff. had the tasting menu, was full of creative dishes. kudos to simon. 5 stars.

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  14. diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was lovely. Service beyond attentive and helpful. The cocktails were a highlight. Our wine was excellent too. The plates came in a good, well timed procession. Lots of zesty, clean, salty, flavours and textures ranging from slippery to crunchy to unctuous (bone marrow). The cap steak at the end of the meal was a little chewy but very, VERY tasty. Good stuff!

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  15. FayeT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service and food quality! my girlfriend said her steak was cooked to perfection, and my grilled octopus was so lovely!! the drinks were such a nice treat too. and our server recommended us some vegetables since she noticed all of our dishes were just meat and we were very pleased with that suggestion! beautiful environment and friendly staff! we are definitely coming back here <3

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  16. RoninT

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Bar Isabel is a fantastic restaurant specializing in spanish tapas. After a recent trip to Spain, i can confidently say Bar Isabel is on par with some of the best restaurants in Barcelona. Adrian is a fantastic server and recommended wonderful specials and dishes. If you're having a full meal for 2, It definitely is expensive but worth the price in my opinion. The sobrasada and foie gras on toast appetizer is deadly.

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  17. DaniM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Bar Isabel for an early Valentines dinner. I was a bit worried about noise level after reading the reviews, but when we arrived at 6 it was very quiet. Our server was friendly and helpful. We had a good assortment of tapas and wine, all of which were delicious. By the time we were leaving the restaurant was a lot more lively, and we had to speak quite loudly to be heard. I'd recommend an earlier dinner if you want to carry on a conversation. But the ambiance and vibe of the restaurant when it was busier was also lovely. A nice treat for a special occasion.

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  18. SandhyaM

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is the usp of this place! All the tapas we had was amazing specially the charred pear one. Cocktails are not so great except the blanco taquila one, which was fire.

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  19. judys

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    delicious food, outstanding cocktails, very friendly staff

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  20. TaylorJ

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. I recommend the tasting menu if you want a bit of everything. It was wonderfully curated and the dessert was fabulous. I would definitely go back again.

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  21. SimoneC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been there for the second time. I cannot think of one thing that wasn’t perfect, unreal!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great time! Enjoyed the tasting menu. Appreciated how the restaurant could accommodate different price points for the tasting menu.

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  23. Cleo

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tasting menu gives you a wide variety of experiences. The more info you provide the staff of your preferences, the better off you will be. It’s an amazing spot for a special occasion and you are waited on hand and foot. Amazing staff and wonderful atmosphere. Thanks so much!

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  24. Chori

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Bar Isabel never disappoints. Only thing that was a negative was that it was too loud.

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  25. Courts1234

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience and a delicious meal. ❤️

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  26. KhadijaD

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic meal with attentive, thoughtful service. Very happy we decided to celebrate our anniversary at Bar Isabel.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday dinner venue consistently every year since 2013. (Even during Covid, we would do take-out). Never disappoints, always the best time, best service and best food.

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  28. ANNE

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly professional service and great food with traditional Spanish flair

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steve impressed as always! Amazing food and atmosphere

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food, amazing staff 🩷 My favourite restaurant in Toronto

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  31. FrankoD

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very cool and relaxed atmosphere Excellent knowledgeable staff

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  32. SamanthaT

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant never disappoints, I’ve always had a good time, the cocktails are great, great wine list and the food is so delicious. The staff is also amazing they take you on a journey.

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  33. emdiar

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the best. Food, drinks, service were impeccable and a joy - hasn’t lost a beat in 10 years.

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  34. Shelly

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect as always! Sat at the bar with a friend and we were very well taken care of.

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  35. Deriko

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great date spot with lots of delicious and sharable dishes. Great variety of dishes to suit everyone, good drinks and dessert menu. Specials allow to try unique and limited offerings. Will go again.

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  36. Klara

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great and waitress was attentive and friendly. The bartender kept ignoring me and addressing my partner. I paid for the bill and he asked my partner if he wanted the receipt. I’m not saying he was misogynistic, but he might’ve been misogynistic.

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  37. ThomasY

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed the octopus, bravas and brussellsprout salad. My boyfriend, on the other hand, wasn't the biggest fan of the bone marrow and thought the cheese was a little pricy. I'd still say it is we'll worth the price.

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  38. Sean

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tonight marked my first experience at Bar Isabel, and I must say I was thoroughly impressed. Every aspect exceeded my expectations, from the delectable and artfully presented food to the swift service. We indulged in the cheese and meat plate, patatas, shrimp, beet salad, and the pork secreto—each dish a delightful symphony of flavors. In the first 5 minutes, 4 or 5 different servers approached our table to take our drink orders. While this may have been a bit bizarre, it didn't detract from the positive experience. Once we placed all our orders, the service became notably smoother and well-coordinated. The seamless communication among the service staff was evident. Swiftly after finishing a course, our plates were cleared, a new place setting appeared, and the next dish would arrive. It was a well-choreographed service that added to the overall dining pleasure. A resounding applause is due—5 stars for everyone involved!

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  39. AshleyM

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the tasting menu and it was spectacular. Service was impeccable. Vibe unbeatable.

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  40. JackM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bar Isabel is prestigious in downtown Toronto for good reason. The food was fantastic, the server was able to read the degree of attentiveness that we wanted very well, and, while quite loud, the ambiance of the space reflected the enthusiasm of the guests. 5 out of 5 every time.

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FAQs

Bar Isabel is rated 4.8 stars by 1709 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 55 times today
Google Map for Bar Isabel

797 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C7

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross Street
    Ossington or Shaw
  • Area
    Little Italy / College St.
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri, Sun 17:00–23:00 Sat 15:00–23:00
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Basque, Catalan
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Parking is extremely limited at the moment due to the CafeTO patios.
  • Public Transit
    Ossington Bus, College Streetcar.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine
  • Phone number
    (416) 532-2222
  • Catering
    We do not offer catering.
  • Private party facilities
    We do not have an event space.
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