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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 26 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 1,790 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

1,790 Reviews
  1. LiLi

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Some of the BEST food I have ever had in Toronto! Oddly enough, our favourite dish was the salad, and considering everything else was AMAZING, that says a lot! We had: Patatas Bravas (good, but probably wouldn’t order again - maybe too saucy for us); octopus (cooked to perfection and wonderful char); grilled steak (a little rare for my liking but still insanely delicious); the basque cake (to die for) and the chocolate ganache (rich and delicious - don’t sleep on this one!). Tapas style so we shared everything - I would have enjoyed eating everything together because at one point we just had steak and octopus and felt like we needed something else to cut the taste with. That being said, the food came out quickly and portion sizes were good. It’s less than 24 hours since we dined here and I already want to go back. If I had to offer some criticism, i would really be struggling and it would come to these minor things: * Dining chairs were uncomfortable (petite posterior friendly lol) * Oddly loud - music was low volume, but patrons were screaming when talking - so everyone was yelling in order to compete. Definitely left with a sore throat after two hours ;) * You are seated very close to other guests * delicious cocktails, but minimal menu selections

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was flawless, the food runner was very knowledgeable and everything was delicious!! A great date night spot

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service! Really enjoyed the Dine for 2 menu.

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  4. TravelGal

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was an enjoyable lunch, with very good service and very tasty dishes. However, I do not like the mandatory 20% tips on the bill. I am more than happy to give voluntary 20% tips, but it makes everything bad when it’s mandatory 20% tips.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely outstanding! We had the tasting menu and our waiver nailed it. Food tasted great, looked great and and paired very well with the wines that we chose. The restaurant vibe was perfect. We’ll be back for sure.

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  6. SaraG

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing dinner at Bar Isabel! We were visiting Toronto for the first time and I saw people online recommend this restaurant so I snagged a reservation despite the menu being a little intimidating. Every dish we got was 10/10 and the portions were bigger than we expected understanding that it’s a tapas type restaurant. We got the sourdough/olive oil, the queso azul & mostardo (SO GOOD!), garlic snow pea leaves, Iberian meats/cheese, patatas bravas, the entree we shared was the pork secreto which was incredible. Lastly we got the famous basque cake and it was so unique and delicious. Service was attentive and friendly. Our waitress was happy to recommend items and described them well. I’m still looking at the photos of our food days later so that says something!

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  7. Fernando

    Montreal

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful service and GREAT food! It was an excellent experience and I will definitely be going back!

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  8. ArleneA

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    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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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    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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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    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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FAQs

Bar Isabel is rated 4.8 stars by 1790 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 26 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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