Bar Isabel

4.7
301 reviews
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Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
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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DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were on point! the room made me feel as I was back visiting in Spain. Well Done !!!

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RM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A little loud. Could use some sound dampening and too be the tiniest bit brighter to read the menus. Great drinks, food, and service. Have the sweetbreads. Easily my favourite dish of the night

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M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tapas and definitely a place to grab a drink. The noise level reflects that people are having a great time, so keep that in mind. Overall, fantastic!

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HS
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals of My life. I always recommend Bar Isabel for fantastic food and drink. The servers are all pleasant and experienced, and the owner always makes you feel at home.

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CK
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was good but nothing special for the price tag.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was mine and my wife’s 7 year anniversary and they didn’t mention it till we were leaving. The food was amazing and the ambiance was great. I would recommend trying this place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a birthday for my boyfriend. The food was amazing, we did the tasting menu and it was everything we wanted it to be!

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MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

The service was great, knowledgeable and attentive. The food was of good quality but extremely small portions for the prices set. Wine and drink options were wonderful. The menu however was difficult and frustrating to read, we understand that you’re celebrating a complete Spanish theme but the headings do not need to be Spanish as well. Might consider editing a more readable menu. Atmosphere was it impressive at all, understandable that it was a Friday night but it was extremely loud. The tables were set so closely that we couldn’t hear ourselves over our neighbours conversations. Overall, great service but the rest was not all that we had expect it to be.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Isabel has top food, top service and great atmosphere. I visited on Friday and I was craving it again on Saturday. Mmm Taxolina.

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ES
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience at Bar Isabel as always. Lovely service, delicious food and a great wine/cocktail list.

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JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service!! Beautiful decor!

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CY
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely fantastic! All of the staff were welcoming and informative and they even treated my partner to a little cake with a candle in it for her birthday! Would recommend this place to anyone!

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

I found the food exceptionally delightful. The service was very helpful and friendly. Great place and great atmosphere.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food dece - steak overdone.

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J
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT! We were two couples celebrating a birthday. It was fantastic, friendly greeting, excellent waiter and a happening vibe. It had been suggested by a friend to order for the table. So we let out waiter sort out all of our food. They do ask if there is anything you absolutely don't want. The whole experience was terrific, including his wine suggestions. Can't wait to go back.

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1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

it's a mediocre toronto resto, that doesn't stand out from the others. the food, though tasty enough, wasn't spectacular and was too expensive for what was offered.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant haunt for those who love service as art, craft of opulent drinks, and a cozy haze they feels like a side street in historic York.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic evening. The food and especially the service were top notch. Bar Isabel is our favourite restaurant in the city and we keep coming back.
Love the birthday surprise/gift we got when we left! Excited to have it for breakfast.

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A
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Amazing food, vibe and service. Would highly recommend and staff are very good at giving recommendations

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible! Food & service never disappoint.

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R
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Good ambience. Crazy loud...such that it’s hard to hear conversations.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Highly recommend to anyone.

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SV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu never disappoints! Another fantastic experience at Bar Isabel.

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AS
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience. Lived up to and surpassed the hype. Great overall

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J
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best place for date night! Service outstanding, food divine and cocktails so so yummy!

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QB
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was incredible. Menu is somewhat inaccessible for those unfamiliar with Spanish cuisine, but the servers are happy to help with suggestions. Drink menu is outstanding.

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Eclectic, fun place for tapas. Mainly meat dishes, not many vegetarian options. Designed for family style eating/sharing so great for friends! Energetic vibe, not quiet. Great food.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

The place was very noisy. The food was okay and not good for the price. Also, the service was below average. I ordered the drink as I got my table. Despite reminding twice, I got my drink after almost an hours wait. Quite disappointed.

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MN
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Isabel is consistently one of my favourite restaurants, not just in Toronto, but in North America! I have literally never had a meal here that I was anything less than ecstatic about. If you're thinking about going to this restaurant, stop thinking - just go! You will not be disappointed. The service is always on point, the beer menu is surprisingly varied and exciting, cocktails are fantastic, but the food...THE FOOD. Order the shishito peppers, sobrasada & foie gras, and especially the veal sweetbreads & raw tuna. It sounds like a weird combination but wow, easily one of the best dishes I've had anywhere. Bring a friend and order a bunch of things, or go solo (sitting at the bar is always great) and still order a bunch of things. They're great about accommodating a solo diner and making some of the things half orders. Don't sleep on the basque cake (with foie gras, because why not?).

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JP
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go out to eat often. Bar Isabel feels unlike most of the good restaurants in Toronto. It has character, both the place and the food. The food is amazing yet is not a fancy place. It has a going out vibe, music is a bit louder. Its the perfect place for a dinner dine out - not a boring quiet restaurant. One of the best restaurants in Toronto thus far

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LP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best! Loved the variety and the eclectic food. Enjoyed having the waiter select for us.

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

Each time we go, the new items on the menu are better than before....how do they do that?

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service! It's our neighbourhood spot!

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BH
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was well done + staff was attentive but restaurant was quite dark and rather loud. FOOD + SERVICE are worth another visit!

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E
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great! The service was good, food came out quickly and was delicious.

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NM
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Spanish cuisine that made me feel like I was in Barcelona all over again!

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MR
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the best dining experience I've had in the city of Toronto. The cuisine was was very eclectic and exciting. This kind of cuisine would be very difficult to attempt at home. The ingredients are very fresh and well sourced. The food is both simple and complex.

I appreciate how there are both very prime cuts of meat, and very common cuts, such as beef tongue, that are remarkably prepared.

The portions are very generous for two people sharing one tapas plate. It is great value for money and there is no pressure from the staff to sell you on higher priced items.

The staff is very attentive and helpful. I can't wait to come back.

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m
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was amazing.. the food was good but not memorable. Highlight was the basque cake.

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LS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow recommended by a friend and glad we decided on Bar Isabel. We don’t go out often but when we do we want to experience great food and service. We definitely got both. Service was top notch! Friendly, helpful and attentive! I wish I remembered her name! All staff were great from the host to our server! The food was also very delicious. Tapas style but menu is very flexible when it come to size...you can always do half orders if u want to try more items. We ordered 6 (1 of the half order) items plus the basque cake. We were very full! Would def go again! Thanks for a great experience!

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RS
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancee and I came in on January 30th to celebrate my birthday and were absolutely blown away by every aspect of our visit! The drinks, food, service, ambiance and full experience was truly amazing. The staff went above and beyond and the way you operate with team service is shown with such success. I am awful with names but a HUGE thank you to Adam in the kitchen, our female server (blonde with glasses) and one of the other staff (tall male with a bit of an accent). We cannot wait to come back again and again :)

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