Bar Isabel

4.7
131 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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European
Top tags:
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 and cocktails. 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 Andalusia cured tuna, tossed with almonds and citrus. For dessert, the Basque cake and sherry cream is a must-try. Bar Isabel is open up until midnight through most of the week. The restaurant extends its closing time to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, making it a good pick for late night dining.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
European, Spanish
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Hours of Operation
Sunday - Thursday 6pm-Midnight
Friday & Saturday 6pm - 2 am
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Phone number
(416) 532-2222
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Grant Van Gameren
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Cross Street
Shaw
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Wine
What 131 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Came for a birthday party and it was amazing. Get the octopus and the ceviche!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food. We went for the tasting menu and everything was really really good. The cocktails were excellent as well especially the Isabel fashioned.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Not only was the food super amazing and a sensory experience with every bite, but the service was above and beyond. Staff worked as a cohesive team ensuring your needs were met before you even asked for something (filled water glasses, plates taken, a candle re-lit before you noticed it blew out, scissors brought to help you remove a TFC bracelet from the game we just came from). Husband and I barely spoke because we were eating amazing food. “Mmm MMMM hmmmm mmmmm”. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great vibe and good as usual!
Thank you for the loaf of bread!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

First time. AMAZING FOOD!!!! The originality and quality were off the charts. While the meal is pricey by the time you get enough dishes to feed everyone, it is so good and so interesting the value is there. I look forward to my next visit.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Food and service amazing, it was a little bit noisy but we had a great date my girlfriend and I.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

We have been to Bar Isabel twice and it has been consistently an excellent visit! The place is quite loud so don't expect to be able to have a quiet conversation. Food is excellent and staff are exceptional!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

My boyfriend and I ate here for his birthday. The service was exceptional; the staff were approachable and made fantastic recommendations for dishes. We would recommend that you share multiple dishes between you and your party. We would definitely come back again.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Food was fantastic. Been to Spain twice and while it’s hard to completely compare, this place is great for people who miss Europe. It’s noisy but that adds to the charm and the typical tapas bar feel. I suggest the scallops and muscles.

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Please invest in some sound dampening products. The back corner has a crazy ability to amplify the sounds from the entire space, sometimes making it unbearable. Was not just out table, saw lots and lots of other folks have the same issues You can still be the same great place, with the same energy. Just use the tech that exists to manage it better

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Great Food! We had an outstanding waiter who recommended what we ordered, and his choices were excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Caught a cheque and went for a lovely meal to celebrate.

Enjoyed a lovely bottle of Spanish red with a full table of tasty bites. From the bone marrow to the ceviche, everything was properly seasoned and perfectly balanced. The selection left us satisfied and full: TRY THE OLIVES.

Service was impeccable. Kept our glasses full and made us feel welcome through your meal.

Definitely going to look for any excuse to come back again!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Best place, will not disappoint.
Recommendations: octopus, chorizo rojo (if you like sweet and spicy), potata bravas, everything

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Best restaurant ever since day one and still going strong. My favourite place in the city. ♡

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food was skillfully made. It was fun to try some different things. Ceviche was really good but $34. The food is good but it was expensive. We got 6 dishes & 2 beers and it came out to around $150 (no rib eye). Maybe I’m not classy enough but the value wasn’t there. A great experience but I wasn’t wowed. Also it was super dark inside.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We have never had anything short of a wonderful experience every time we visit Bar Isabel. Management remembers us, even if we don’t frequent as much as we used to because of our new baby, and always sits us at our favourite spot and sends us off with a loaf of fresh bread. The food, service, and kindness is one of a kind in this city.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We chose Bar Isabel to celebrate my husband's birthday and were not disappointed. The staff is incredibly hospitable and knowledgeable, the cocktail & wine selection was outstanding (as a non-drinker, I was particularly pleased with the non-alcoholic offerings), and the food was second to none. Would recommend giving the server a brief summary of the food you gravitate towards and letting him/her craft your meal with the chef. It's a great way to experience all of the cuisine they have on offer with minimal effort on your part :)
Thank you Bar Isabel for a wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Letting our server choose our service for us was the best decision we made. An unbelievable meal only enhanced by the company. Couldn't recommend this restaurant more.

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Everything was excellent! The only thing that was a wee bit awkward was that they seated us in a near empty restaurant right beside the only other couple in the place. It seemed a strange choice on their part. I was going to ask for another seat, but my wife felt uncomfortable about it so I didn’t. Oddly, the next 3 couples that came in they seated them at tables that weren’t near anyone.
Anyway, despite this one thing, the food was fantastic! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone I know.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The food was fantastic, every dish we had was special. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Value for money was great. I was impressed.
But, the noise level is crazy! Difficult to carry a conversation even at the quietest table. They really should try to do something about this...

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

As good as always and hard to get any better than this.

This was my 7th or 8th visit.

Always very impressed with everything, quality of service, ambiance, quality of food, timing of food, food temperature, drinks & coktails, …

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

I’ve always heard good things, but my experience dining first time for a business dinner was amazing. From the service to the food to the wine selection, everything was phenomenal. And the trout with peas?! Best trout I’ve ever eaten. I can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Amazing food, great lively atmosphere! Aleays love coming back to this place!!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Had an amazing experience Bar Isabel ! We arrived a bit earlier than our reservation so we sat at the bar and were immediately seated at a table shortly after. Absolutely loved our waitress Maura , she gave detailed explanations of the menu and provided amazing recommendations which made for an exceptional dining experience .

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

It was absolutely wonderful

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We went on a Saturday night. The food and service are as excellent as you have heard. What you may not have heard is how loud the restaurant is. It's not a big place but it is extremely noisy. The acoustics seem to amplify the volume of normal conversation. Not ideal for an intimate dinner for two. Better for groups.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Spectacular meal and service! We went there for my husband’s b’day and we absolutely enjoyed our evening. The ambiance was casual, the staff was very friendly, the food was exceptional and the service top notch. We can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Fantastic experience with service way above the bar of excellence compared to to price of the food.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Bar Isabel is one of our favourite places to go, and this time we brought our friends for a double date. They left as impressed as we always do! The food is amazing, our favourites are the shishito peppers, bone marrow, croquettas, the foie gras& sobrasada, and the octopus. Always delicious!
Service is great and personal. Excellent selection of wine.
Will absolutely be back!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Overall atmosphere is great here. Food is absolutely delicious. Higher priced, but worth a good night out to spoil yourself.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Grateful for a wonderful experience at Bar Isabel. The house marguerita is a perfect welcome drink pairing for most of the menu and was much enjoyed. The oysters, green peppers and seabream ceviche were our favourites. The server's affinity for the menu added to our enjoyment of our dining.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was great! I would definitely recommend getting the scallops and shrimp!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Loved it! I have a number of dietary restrictions (e.g. dairy, gluten) and they were very knowledgeable and accommodating. I enjoyed the food immensely.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Truly exceptional. Inspired. Daring. Arguably the best meal I have ever had.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We were over the moon with the amazing food. We would recommend this place to a group of friends looking to share plates. Sea food enthusiasts / foodies fully impressed!

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2.0Dined on July 3, 2018

The food was too overall salty and not that tasty. The server upsold us on a much more expensive meal than we realized by serving two plates of almost everything. If the food had been better then perhaps the price would have been warranted.
I think they are over-rated and for the money, there are many other better tapas places in Toronto.
Service was good.
No reason to return. Too bad as many people speak favorably about Bar Isabel.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Amazing food and great service.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

While we found the food a bit on the salty side, all dishes were delicious. Absolutely will return. Great value for money.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food was decent but small portions and definitely overpriced.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

This was my sixth visit at Bar Isabel, and I must say it keeps on getting better. They understand what celiac disease is and how to feed me safely. Whether or you are sitting at the bar or a cozy table at the back, it's always a meal to remember.

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