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Bar Isabel, Toronto, ON
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Bar Isabel

CAN$51 and over
Spanish

Bar Isabel accepts reservations for parties of up to 8 guests.
Enjoy an intimate dining experience at Bar Isabel - a cozy restaurant nestled between Toronto's little Italy and little Portugal, where creative Spanish-inspired small plate dishes are served alongside cocktails and an extensive Iberian focused 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 Maitre d' and Partner Alessandro Pietropaolo, Bar Isabel's menu includes a diverse mix of pintxos, conservas, seafood and meat dishes. Diners rave about the grilled octopus, the bone marrow and the ceviche. For dessert, the Basque cake and sherry cream is a must-try. Bar Isabel is open 5-11pm Sunday through Friday, and 3-11pm Saturday. Accolades include listings in the Michelin Guide, Canada's top 100, and 2013 awarded the best new restaurant in Canada by Enroute Magazine.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 91 times today

Why we love it

Executive chef: Grant van Gameren

  • Award icon

    MICHELIN Plate

    2022

A decade into its run, Bar Isabel continues to be a sought-after table thanks to its intimate tavern ambiance and spot-on tapas. Easy-to-share snacks, an excellent drinks program emphasizing Spanish wine and sherry, and buzzy vibes encourage diners to linger and order round after round of Spanish hits.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Regional Spanish (Basque), Catalan
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 532-2222
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    We do not offer catering.
  • Private party facilities
    We do not have an event space.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighbourhood
    Little Italy / College St.
  • Cross Street
    Ossington or Shaw
  • Parking Details
    Parking is extremely limited at the moment due to the CafeTO patios.
  • Public Transit
    Ossington Bus, College Streetcar.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 1,783 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

1,783 Reviews
  1. ArleneA

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and libation was very good; although I could the octopus a bit tough. The shrimp was outstanding along with the asparagus and romesco sauce. The prices are high though and they include 20% service charge. Our server was amazing so I didn't mind giving the predetermined tip.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got engaged! Celebrated at Bar Isabel.. 11/10! Food, music, service — dynamite! They made us feel special with some complimentary bubbly — can’t wait to go back! Gildas, Steak, and Ceviche — must try!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great little Tapas Restaurant. Everything from food to service was exceptional

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  4. jeffp

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the Saturday Prix Fixe lunch and Gin and Tonics! Food was excellent and as always, great service at a good pace.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    good but pricy for what it was

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  6. Evlad

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food and service! Definitely will be back. Easily the best Spanish in the city.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was great but food was underwhelming especially given the prices.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, atmosphere and food. The white asparagus were the standout dishes

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  9. AnnieV

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant atmosphere, service and food. Would recommend to anyone.

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  10. KatieT

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Everything was great , food, fantastic as always , we love Bar Isabel and go for many occasions but the red lighting is really hard on the eyes and difficult to see . It’s very dark in there. But we will continue to return over and I we again . Great wine list as well! Must tries … the boquerones en vinagre , cured mushrooms with egg yolk and the garlic snow pea leaves .

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, food was great. Our server was attentive and gave suggestions on what to order.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were amazing! I went on a date and we chose the tasting menu along with a wine recommended by the house. All their recommendations and attention given to us made the experience even better. When we got there at 5:30pm, it was not crowded therefore the ambience was perfectly charming and romantic. However, around 7pm many other customers started to arrive, so naturally it became moderately noisy. Despite that, everything was perfect! I would definitely recommend it!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasting menu is a feast! Very good selection of amazing tapas. Awesome experience.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and drinks, the service was outstanding! Best place we ate in Toronto

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazed by the great quality and taste food offered in here! Grilled Octopus and Jambon are our must-haves. And we also explored different dishes each time, all of which I love very much!

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  16. Meli

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a perfect experience at Bar Isabel. Great food, drink, and service 10/10

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  17. Estella

    West Palm Beach

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service. Bartender guided us through menu and suggested great items. Ambiance here is perfect for a night out for food and drinks. Intimate and fun setting.

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  18. Samsoofn

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great! Gilda was so good - just like in San Sebastián. Patatas Bravas was ok, shishito on par with most place. Octopus was the best I’ve ever had! Octopus can be tricky but they did it perfectly. The Basque cheesecake wasn't actually a basque cheesecake but just a really great dessert. Steak takes a while and can feed two but really good too. Would go back just for the octopus!

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  19. Foreall

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fun and delicious and staff were very kind.

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  20. NicO

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic all the way around. I highly recommend Bar Isabel!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiter we had at our table, wasn’t the best one we’ve had. Seemed very upset, distracted or annoyed. I am a strong believer in that staff members can really make or break the experience of a restaurant/bar And I do very much believe in tipping for excellent service from the waiter. However, if I don’t think the waiter did an outstanding job then I won’t tip as generously as I normally would. So having the 20 gratuity on my bill without asking me wasn’t my favourite thing about the experience I had last night

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  22. SandraM

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance and food was amazing. Our waitress was super.

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  23. allegratate

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My partner and I came here for a special date night and it exceeded our expectations. The drinks were unique and delicious and the food (especially the mussels for me!) was incredible, but the service is what truly blew us away. So attentive, so welcoming, and so on top of everything. For how busy it was, we were impressed by how quickly everything came and how helpful every member of the staff we interacted with was. It is definitely a special occasion spot for us but worth the splurge for a wonderful experience. Would highly recommend and attend again!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Since I wear hearing aids, I appreciated the staff moving us to a table in a quieter corner where the background noise was less troublesome and I could talk to my family. Since I considered conversation extremely important in maintaining good relationships, I was very grateful. The meal was excellent and the waitress very helpful guiding our choices

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  25. Maddie

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The waitress’s voice was so loud

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service! Will definitely come back!

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  27. akeno

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic food, accommodating and well timed service. Will be back in a heart beat.

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  28. Preeti

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dined here for my boyfriend’s birthday and opted for the tasting menu. The food was delicious! Service was great as well. Busy restaurant with nice ambiance (Sunday night). The steak and octopus were both executed very well! Loved the croquettes which I added on to our tasting menu. Worth checking out!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing service & food! Get the custom tasting menu.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Octopus and Basque cake were very good. Scallops were perfectly cooked but the sauce was just ok. Noise level is very loud making it difficult to make conversation or even hear the waitress speaking. Overall good ambiance.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing. But we were underwhelmed with the meal, 2 out of our 4 dishes were extremely salty. My husband and I ordered a half order of the mushrooms to share and literally it came in a small size plate with 4 mushrooms with a little bit of greens. Meal was not worth the $200 we spent.

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  32. AsrianO

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was nowhere near the value

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    If we had not been sitting next to each other, we couldn’t have heard each other talk. But otherwise everything was amazing. Basque cake wasn’t as good as normal.

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  34. SarahB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience and restaurant! We chose to order the tasting menu to get a good sense of what they had to offer and we were not disappointed! The service was impeccable, the ambience was great! Our reservation was for a Tuesday night at 8:30 pm and the place was very busy! Noise levels were high but I’m pretty sensitive to that so wouldn’t say it was anything out of the ordinary. Food itself was delicious - every single dish we tried. We had the octopus, potatoes, bone marrow, mushrooms, and several other high quality dishes. Also tried a few cocktails. I would definitely recommend this place and would love to go back soon!

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  35. SueMehra

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed a wonderful anniversary dinner out, great food to great service. Did a tasting menu, everything was so good. To top the night the Basque cake was sooo yummy. 😋

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was amazing, and the service was outstanding. I didn’t catch our servers name but he was so attentive (everyone was, really), full of energy, and super friendly - totally made our time at bar Isabel that much better.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10, Incredible. One of the premier dining experiences in Toronto

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  38. Regino

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, food and staff. I also had a reservation originally set for 6pm at the bar, hoping I’d be able to get something closer to 7pm. They took note of my request and gave me a call a few hours before my reservation, kindly letting my know that they just had a spot open up and would be able to accommodate my request! It was truly amazing service and thankful for their attention to detail in the notes I put in my reservation. 10/10

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great time, everything was incredible and such a fun, friendly vibe.

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  40. IsabelD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fantastic experience at Bar Isabel. Pan con Tomate with Jamon Iberico, Octopus, Patatas Bravas, everything was phenomenal. Would absolutely return.

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FAQs

Bar Isabel is rated 4.8 stars by 1783 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 91 times today
Google Map for Bar Isabel

797 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C7

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross Street
    Ossington or Shaw
  • Neighbourhood
    Little Italy / College St.
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Regional Spanish (Basque), Catalan
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Parking is extremely limited at the moment due to the CafeTO patios.
  • Public Transit
    Ossington Bus, College Streetcar.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine
  • Phone number
    (416) 532-2222
  • Catering
    We do not offer catering.
  • Private party facilities
    We do not have an event space.
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