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Bar Isabel

4.8
53 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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European
Top tags:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

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 53 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Simply excellent, consistent, exceeds food, service and ambience expectations.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Foodie Friends in town

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Everything was great. The food was delicious. I just wish the portions were bigger so it was easier to share

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Fantastic meal - our server Manuel designed a tasting menu for us and every course we had was fantastic start to finish. Amazing experience!

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The basque cake is a must!!!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

I’m obsessed with jamón now! Look what you did to me...

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great food - good service - lively ambience . We enjoyed our time at bar isabel. Will go back again.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

I thought the food was well prepared and delicious!
It is however noisy and hard to carry on a conversation.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Amazing food, very loud

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Food and service exceptional! Must do in Toronto.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

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+

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great place. Service was outstanding. You didn't even had to blink and someone was already taking care of you. Food was good.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great food, good service, not the best bang for your buck!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Super ambiance ! Super bouffe! Seul bémol : les sièges au bar sont plutôt inconfortable!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent on all fronts. Food was amazing and not your standard fare. Wine list was pages long. A very enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Amazing food and service as always.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

As usual truly amazing!

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Wouldn’t recommend, over rated and over hyped. Wouldn’t visit again.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Tout simplement Génial !!!
L'ambiance et la qualité de la nourriture font du Bar Isabel un Incontournable à Toronto.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Went for some snacks and late night drinks and was not disappointed!! Amazing service, food (razor clams especially) and drinks.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

So fun. We came for the octopus and stayed for the manchego

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Amazing service - nick was great!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Simply amazing on every level.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Incredible food. Everything was between a nine and a ten.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Try the basque cake, it is life changing. So simple, yet out of this world.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent excellent excellent! Everything we ate was outstanding - octopus, pork belly, seafood stew... will go back for sure!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

One of the best in town.

The food & drink quality is outstanding, so is the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Best meal in the city! If I could give it 6 stars I would!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

One of our best dining experiences while in Toronto! Will definitely be back!
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