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Bar Isabel, Toronto, ON
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Bar Isabel

CAN$51 and over
Spanish
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. Bar Isabel accepts reservations for parties of up to 8 guests.

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2 people

11:30 p.m.


Booked 69 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 1,839 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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

1,839 Reviews
  1. StaceyS

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always exceptional with added vegetable specials that are creative and flavour forward.

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  2. laurelm

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious but the service we recieved does not reflect the automatic 20% gratuity.

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  3. NathanC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would highly recommend Bar Isabel to anyone, the food is amazing, the service over the top and the atmosphere can be anywhere from quaint and quiet to energetic and lively. Highly recommend.

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  4. Reviewer11

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best staff. Catered to a friend with a slew of food allergies, which I know is no easy task. A fabulous presentation of tapas and classic Spanish fare and drink.. and in the most imaginative of settings.

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  5. 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
    Bar Isabel is the best spot in the city. Hands down. There's no other spot in the city.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and accommodation to dietary needs!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything from the service, to the food, to the drink menu is top notch. I had one of the best meals of 2024 so far. Thanks Bar Isabel team!!

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  8. NickG

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service. Marissa picked out an amazing menu for us- the best prix fixe I’ve had and within the price range I was hoping for. She knew her cocktails too! Really a perfect night.

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  9. Lasolasdweller

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an incredible dinner on the patio. Exceptional service and the food was delish. Just very very expensive for what you get.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed our visit. Dining room was very lively. Immediately felt like you made the right choice. Service was excellent. Very attentive and knowledgeable. Never lacked for anything. Food was really good. Really enjoyed the Pan con Tomate. It's such a simple dish, but also really difficult to do well and they did. Nice selection of beverages. If I'm back in Toronto I would definitely return.

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FAQs

Bar Isabel is rated 4.8 stars by 1839 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 p.m.


Booked 69 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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