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.
Simply excellent, consistent, exceeds food, service and ambience expectations.
Service was a off on this visit - unlike any of my previous visits. We had multiple waiters seemingly trading off responsibility for our table - and two of the dishes we ordered never arrived.
By the time we realized they had been forgotten we were full and decided to call it a night.
The Whole Sea Bream Ceviche was fantastic - highly recommend. We’ve had better Jamon Iberico de Belotta elsewhere though.
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Everything was great. The food was delicious. I just wish the portions were bigger so it was easier to share
Fantastic meal - our server Manuel designed a tasting menu for us and every course we had was fantastic start to finish. Amazing experience!
Food was great. Excellent actually. But from the moment we got there and sat down, we felt like the servers were rushing us to get out. I felt pressured to order quickly, eat and drink quickly and so did my friends. Didn’t appreciate that aspect of it. But the food was quite delicious.
Awesome experience..... one of the best restaurants I've been to in Toronto which is no surprise given the reviews here. Had the tasting menu which allowed us to sample many of the best dishes. Portions were larger than I expected and plated beautifully. Simply superb! Service was impeccable as well. Highly recommend.
The basque cake is a must!!!
I’m obsessed with jamón now! Look what you did to me...
Always a perfect meal. Snow pea leaves could have used slightly more garlic, but let’s be honest, if that’s the feedback after a 3 hour experience and 6 dishes, things are pretty close to perfect.
This was our 2nd time here. This time we got a fairly new server, so service was a little slower. Food was delicious. We ordered Pan Con Tamate, Bone Marrow, Grilled Octopus, Chorizo Verde, And Patatas Brava. It's a beautiful place, with its Barcelona inspired decor and light fixtures.
Great food - good service - lively ambience . We enjoyed our time at bar isabel. Will go back again.
We’ve been wanting to go to Bar a Isabel for a long time: it did not disappoint!
We left the ordering of the food to our hostess. It was bang on!
It was all excellent but the highlights were the Seabream Seviche, the crostini with the ‘foie Gras snow’ and the roasted bone marrow.
We will definitely return to experience the rest of the menu.
I thought the food was well prepared and delicious!
It is however noisy and hard to carry on a conversation.
Amazing food, very loud
Second time here, and just as excellent as I remembered! Hard to find tapas reminiscent of a proper Barcelona joint in this country, but this place is the closest I’ve ever found. Kudos to the staff for making the experience all the more memorable.
Food and service exceptional! Must do in Toronto.
Amazing as always. An excellent restaurant. Food is impeccable, fav restaurant for sure. Wine is pricy but excellent. Overall 5 stars every time I’ve been there 5+
Great place. Service was outstanding. You didn't even had to blink and someone was already taking care of you. Food was good.
Great food, good service, not the best bang for your buck!
Super ambiance ! Super bouffe! Seul bémol : les sièges au bar sont plutôt inconfortable!
Excellent on all fronts. Food was amazing and not your standard fare. Wine list was pages long. A very enjoyable evening.
Amazing food and service as always.
We were visiting from the US and read great reviews of Bar Isabel. We are big fans of tapas style restaurants so we thought we would give it a try. We were late making reservations so we were seated at the bar (reserved seats) at about 9:00 PM. Tip - Make reservations early if you want a table especially on a weekend night. The service at the bar was really good with both a bartender taking care of us and a waiter, too. Both explained various items on the menu to us and helped with our selections. Their descriptions were spot on and we enjoyed each dish. Overall a great dining experience. The wine selection is good but I think that they could add a few more bottles in the lower price range to give diners a better selection.
As usual truly amazing!
Wouldn’t recommend, over rated and over hyped. Wouldn’t visit again.
We ordered the cured meat plate, the whole octopus, and the basque cake. This was, hands downs, the best meal me and my date have ever had. The octopus was so tender, it was almost the texture of a medium-rare steak. Flavourful and not at all overcooked. We also had wonderful service from our server who was very quick, polite, and professional. We can't wait to visit again!
Tout simplement Génial !!!
L'ambiance et la qualité de la nourriture font du Bar Isabel un Incontournable à Toronto.
Went for some snacks and late night drinks and was not disappointed!! Amazing service, food (razor clams especially) and drinks.
So fun. We came for the octopus and stayed for the manchego
Amazing service - nick was great!
Simply amazing on every level.
I've been to Bar Isabel multiple times and it never disappoints. We had an early seating but the place filled up very quickly (packed on a Tuesday by 7!). The wine list is great, asked our waiter for advice and he helped us pick an amazing bottle.
The food, fantastic as always. We had the: Olives, Shishito Peppers, Chips and Boquerones, Jamón Tasting, Grilled Octopus, and a few specials...everything was amazing.
Incredible food. Everything was between a nine and a ten.
Try the basque cake, it is life changing. So simple, yet out of this world.
We absolutely loved Bar Isabel! The food was incredible - especially the ceviche and octopus. We ended up ordering too much food because we had a difficult time deciding but glad we did so we could try everything. The portions were larger than I expected.
Excellent excellent excellent! Everything we ate was outstanding - octopus, pork belly, seafood stew... will go back for sure!
One of the best in town.
The food & drink quality is outstanding, so is the ambiance.
Best meal in the city! If I could give it 6 stars I would!
One of our best dining experiences while in Toronto! Will definitely be back!