Bar Isabel

4.7
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506 reviews
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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
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
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E
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service

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ST
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for our 8 year anniversary dinner. We've never been to Bar Isabel before, but we spent 10 days in Barcelona in the summer of 2019. I would say the food is comparable to some of the best tapas bars that we visited while there. Other than the fact that there weren't as many seafood options, which you can expect because we're in Toronto. The wine selection was really great. They have orange skin contact wine from Georgia by the glass for a decent price, plus a bunch of other budget friendly options by the bottle. There are some great looking wines available too, if you want to break the bank!

Our severs were very freindly, even though though they were really busy, they were all very attentive.

KC
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

All the staffs were very friendly, professional. We’ve never had a bad experience because they keep evolving on customer service, foods and ambience.

DP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great Spanish food. Bone marrow dish is not as good and valued since there's only two pieces of bone and 4 slices of breads.

G
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I dragged my husband and adult daughter out to this Spanish restaurant that was outside of their usual repertoire. Their complaints turned to satisfaction early in the evening, especially with my daughter who does not drink in front of her parents. The tapas arrived quickly, and the main servings were interesting and satisfying, especially the greens and the octopus. The service was excellent, and I relished the quasi art nouveau interior. It was a bit too noisy, but we could hear each other with a few repetitions and without straining our voices. My chief complaint is the high price point on the wines. This was a very un-Spanish experience. There should be a very affordable house wine. I ordered the second least expensive item on the list, and sipped my one glass very slowly but it ran out before I had finished the meal. When I returned home, I went to the cupboard, uncorked a good tempranillo from the LCBO, and had the rest of a glass of wine. I am pretty sure I was still under the Ontario driving limit! The whole bottle cost the same as my thimble of wine at Bar Isabel.

m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Good spanish tapas. Very expensive though. I've been to other spanish restaurants and their food was exquisite for half the price. We had a very good and attentive waiter, sitting at the bar.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food along with fast and friendly service made my evening thoroughly enjoyable. A must visit for anyone looking great food and a friendly atmosphere.

MM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

We arrived for our reserved table just in time for our waiter to abandon us for with glasses of water while he sucked up to a table of 8 for the next 15 minutes. After we threatened to leave he apologized but the damage was done. Food wasnt that great either.

JS
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s probably our fav date place in the city

J
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great ambience, as always. We’ve tried this restaurant about 6 years ago and thought it was amazing. Finally had the chance to come back and it the food just as amazing as I have remembered it.

SR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A touch of Spain in Toronto. If you can't book a flight to Barcelona, just get a table at Bar Isabel. You won't be disappointed.

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Identical restaurant from bar marsella in barceloca

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

I have loved Bar Isabel for a long time but this time just did not measure up. The only dish I enjoyed was the foie and sobresata. Overall completely underwhelming and not worth the cost.

R
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Bar Isabel is a lively restaurant with great food. We had the grilled octopus, oysters, snow pea leaves, the jambon tasting plate, sea bream ceviche. Everything was delicious, and the ceviche was probably my favourite - the octopus was likely my least favourite. Definitely go and enjoy the food and the crowd.

CO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best places to eat in Toronto! Love it!

G
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a nice place to eat and spend time with friends.

RA
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was, and continues to be excellent in this place. Such a friendly atmosphere, and one that is cultivated so well by the people who work there.

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Memorable as always!

MS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Food quality: excellent. Noise level: extreme. I was completely hoarse the next day.

KG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely as usual but TOO Loud. We had to shout and went home with a sore throat. Please do something as it is dangerously loud.

LC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food and service excellent as always. Noise level too high!

MY
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and very unique food. Good to mix it up with different dishes.

PD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service is excellent. It is costly to eat here.

f
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

A great experience....except for the 100 decibels! We keep returning for the food and service, but I think a large carpet on the floor would help mute the cacophony. Also, a little flashlight on each table would allow me to read the menus better. (I don’t have an iPhone).

AK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. Always love visiting. Have visited this located and Raval many times.

One of my favourite spots in the city.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food as always. We felt a little bit rushed out of the restaurant. As soon as we finished our food, we had to pay right away and the waitress brought our coats for us to leave.

MK
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We shared quite a few plates between the 2 of us, and each were complex and well balanced. Good portions too. Sharing between 3 or 4 people would be most ideal! Thanks for a great night! Service was excellent.

J
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have gone there many times from the time it first opened. It was wonderful the first time and we find it gets better each time and continually exceeds our expectations. We also hear the same from patrons sitting next to us, each time we go. Certainly a special place.

CV
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have nothing bad to say. I wish I remembered our server’s name, she was so so great. The entire front of house team worked so fluidly together. The food was amazing and delicious and unique, foie grad was the favourite. Thank you for a lovely evening.

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

While the food was good, it was not worth the price.

LJ
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Bar Isabel was a wonderful experience and we would certainly return next time we are in Toronto. Service was delightful, food excellent and the vibe in the bar was electric. The only criticism is that drinks (wine list) was very expensive and not indicative of the Spanish experience. A few lower cost items would be appreciated.

I
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Good experience overall.
There is a great selection of food and especially wine.
The gem of the night was how well the server explained the dishes to us. Her knowledge and passion as she spoke was intoxicating.
The prices were fair for what we received.
The food was pretty good - but not amazing.
We would return to try other dishes.
Out favorite was the octopus! Obviously!
The ceviche was tasty - my personal preference is when ceviche is finely cut into small pieces.
The ambiance is nice - the lights are dimmed low, and not too much decoration on the walls.

AD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was delicious; service was impeccable (friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, fast); ambiance is first-date great. Slight crimp in the evening: noise level went from fun-loud to yelling across the dinner table loud and still not being able to hear my dinner partner.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Our server, Lou, explained everything on the menu. His suggestions were on point, and he makes the best drinks!😊

NF
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Bartender was very slow and not very friendly. . We knew in advance that we would have to vacate our seats at the bar at 9 pm. Although we were about to order another bottle of wine and more food, no attempt was made to accommodate us in a different part of the restaurant. Disappointing as previous visits overall service and hospitality was much better.

WC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jake was an amazing waiter, great suggestions and excellent service!

P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Very good food but service was spotty. The place itself had a very cool speak-easy vibe but everybody working seemed to act “too cool”. My friend and I came for the first time having had good experiences at their sister spot, Bar Raval, and were met with somewhat condescending help with the menu. Menu is not entirely intuitive so I suggest knowing what you want, and I mean literally googling every single dish if you’re not familiar with Spanish food, prior to going.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious! Can’t find this food anywhere else!

SB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Still one of the very best places for an evening in Toronto.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Doesn't matter how basic it is, the candle for my wife at the end of our stellar service and amazing food was perfect. Your bone marrow is now my current-standing death row meal. We'll be back the moment you've got razor clams in.