Bar Isabel

4.7
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561 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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BW
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and the service was really good. Would definitely go back.

TH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

food and service were excellent. Just was really loud :)

AM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favourite restaurant in Toronto. Always delicious food and the people there are always great!

ET
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. And the service was on point! I would definitely return. The iberico ham was delicious along with everything else. But what a special treat that ham was! Omg. Delicious. Croquettes, ceviche, potatas bravas, butter leaf salad, bone marrow, were all great.

G
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Service and ambiance was great. Chris our waiter was attentive, and helpful.However food was mediocre , it flew out of the kitchen and space was tight , 3 of us were dining on a small bistro style , along with multiple tapas. I felt a couple of dishes were so very generous with the olive oil... not in a pleasant way. Presentation needs work.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was great and ambience was great. Would definitely come back or recommend anyone to come there.

AA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was great great, but it was not timed out well. The mains arrived while we where still eat our appetizers, so we felt a little rushed.

LR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A culinary experience like no other. Will definitely be back. They also make the perfect martini

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here more times than we can count and it never disappoints!!

g
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first Valentine’s Day dinner with the love of my life. I dropped off a bottle of champagne earlier in the day as the restaurant allows for a corkage few to be applied to outside bottles-their selection is fantastic, but my girlfriend loves her Veuve. Our experience was phenomenal with the service staff being second to none. The food was exceptional and we both can’t wait to return to try more of the menu. Thank you for an amazing experience; we look forward to celebrating many more memories with you.

KL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, excellent wine recommendations and attentive service. As long as you're OK with a noisy night out, I can highly recommend Bar Isabel.

t
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Server would not honour the OpenTable cheque which states that it should be honoured at any OpenTable restaurant. Clarity would be nice.

TO
Toronto
278 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

May be the best tapas place in Toronto.
Food is not cheap but is delicious. Have them order for you and enjoy a tasting menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time here and with my girl friend. No complaints other than maybe the fact that their Portuguese port wines were special editions and therefore very expensive for one ounce. I would have loved to have a sweet shot of port with that amazing dessert. This is a really picky point though so overall not worth giving them less than a five star for my first time there. I usually do not even write reviews, so for me that says a lot as someone who works in hospitality. A friend recommended the place and I have to say it is one of the best dining experiences I have ever had and I love the combined Iberian style menu. Portuguese and Spanish food from Europe often gets over looked in comparison to French or Italian from my experience, and this place is a must go if you want the pricier but unique side of that area of cuisine.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time. Great ambience, great stage, great food. We tried a few different dishes. Potatoes, mushrooms, olives, ceviche all of which were amazing. Wine, Isabel fashioned, barragana and ottos jacket... drinks were all great as well.

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Unfortunately we did not experience any service. It took forever to get served and then they forgot something delivered it later but wrong - in sum a loveless experience....

My friend experienced it differently before she went many times and was very disappointed, too

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. One of my favourite restaurants in toronto. Our server was completely non-judgemental when I told her I wanted to get a lower priced bottle of wine in order to order extra delicious food. The tomato on toast is the most underrated simple thing on the menu. Soooooooooo good. Will 100% go again.

DS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Bustling restaurant with good and sometimes great food. Very loud which makes an intimate experience difficult. Wait staff were good if a bit rushed. We didn't order off the menu instead we identified what we couldn't eat and they brought us a nice mix of plates/tastes.
But...the rate of new dishes was seemingly a new dish or 3 every 6 minutes or so making it all a bit rushed. In addition, there were 3 of us at a table for 2 so if you need 3 seats I would actually book 4 so you get a proper table.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exceptional in every way!

P
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb! Our server is very knowledgeable and took care of us. Cannot say anything bad for this one. Will definitely come back!

F
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails have always been consistent throughout the years we have been there and we are thrilled to always go back. Keep it up!!!
The sobrasada and foie gras is our ultimate fav that we always order.

JS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious and fun experience. The vibe is on point and the fun is here! Everyone is having a blast. Loving the creative wines and cocktails. The food is consistently delicious. Must have Joselito Jamon and their ceviche was awesome.
Thanks all for a fun night.

C
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great wine and appetizers! Loved their ham and bread !

PB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was just ok. Spanish inspired food, nice enough place, decent service.

JL
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambience. Tasting menu is the way to go. This was my second time opting for the tasting menu, what was especially nice was that they mix it up - the offering was different each time.

PK
London
27 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good! Outstanding wine list. Great servers. And quick service. What's not to love!

J
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

I’ve come here a few times and have always enjoyed the restaurant. This time Was different. At the start of the dinner a waiter spilled a drinks tray, shattering glass all over myself and the floor. I was cut on my ankle because glass got into my shoe. The whole experience was terribly handled and I won’t be returning again.

LC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bar Isabel was a very charming experience. The food was very good and the service was attentive. I loved the lighting and ambiance. It felt a little bit like traveling to a difference time and place...

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best experience and amazing service

KK
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - delicious chorizo, homemade bread, everything was great. We had the front table by the window, nice little date night for us. Enjoyed every bite, while sipping a bit of wine. Cool ambiance as well, server was helpful with menu, we enjoyed our first time there.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience1

We have been before and enjoyed the experience however this time is enough to post a review for. Unfortunately, both of us were quite ill with upset stomachs following our meal here.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was magnificent! Food was DELICIOUS!

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food and drinks were impeccable, as usual. Table of young folks got a little boisterous next to us, which seemed to be amplified by the acoustics at the rear of the resto. Otherwise was another awesome Bar Isabel experience!

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service

EC
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Loves the ambience, steak was incredible! Delicious cocktails

MW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything there!
I’m sure I will go again next time with more friends!
Thank you all!

DD
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was amazing! I highly recommend this restaurant and urge people to try at least 3 or 4 different dishes (Octopus is a must along with the foie gras). I will certainly be back!

BD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Your restaurant came highly recommended and we were both disappointed and turned off by the arrogance of the “ sommelier”. Please tell him not to make customers feel cheap and belittled when they opt for a $50.00 or $75.00 bottle of wine. His words sounded like an arrogant lecture and left us feeling as if we were “ unworthy “ of being guests and not welcomed . We will not return .

OT
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been an avid fan since Bar Isabel first opened its doors. Food and drinks aside, the team is what makes this place. Thank you for yet another memorable night!