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Bar Isabel, Toronto, ON

Bar Isabel

4.7
4.7
891 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Spanish

Bar Isabel is open and accepts reservations for indoor dining only for parties of up to 6 guests. Takeout & Delivery available is through their website.

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 Maitre d'Hotel Alessandro Pietropaolo, Bar Isabel's menu includes a diverse mix of tapas, cheese, 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 Tuesday through Friday, and 12-11pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday

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Booked 66 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Regional Spanish (Basque), Catalan

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 532-2222

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Grant van Gameren

  • Neighbourhood

    Little Italy / College St.

  • Cross Street

    Ossington or Shaw

  • Parking Details

    Parking is extremely limited at the moment due to the CafeTO patios.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 891 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. G

    bennyG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food (quality and presentation). Staff are amazing. Highly recommend.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My second time visiting. The first time we did the tasting menu so this time we wanted to do à la cart. Everything was incredible no pricey but I knew that going in. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the city and although I can’t go there as much as I would like I will definitely be coming back again before the end of the summer

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food1service2ambience1

    Food was super subpar

  4. E

    Elav

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Food was mediocre, but our server was 10/10. Would only go back for the scallops, food was underwhelming.

  5. L

    Leah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely spot, delicious food, wonderful service! The vegetarian options were really wonderful, too.

  6. VL

    VolkerL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    This place is cute but does not hit the mark being Spanish. The menu is very limited for a Tapas bar, essentials like Tortilla are not on the menu. The food tastes fine but only Spanish-ish - I grew up in Spain so I know what things are supposed to taste like. Close but not quite. Value for money was terrible, 4 persons, no alcohol except 1 single glass of wine, no meat or fish main course ended up being $280.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved everything about the experience! The staff was amazing and the service was excellent!The food was perfect! We look forward to coming back for another magical evening! Thank you for a wonderful evening!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Foods alright, bar raval is much better imo

  9. MC

    MichelleC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food. Great service. Try the octopus! Ten out of ten.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was fantastic. Food was excellent. Think this will become a regular!

  11. RA

    ReidA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and atmosphere. Staff were great at helping with ordering wine and good. Ordered mushrooms, scallops, bone marrow, meat and cheese plate and more. Highly recommend.

  12. M

    Margauxelle

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    I've never been to a restaurant that was so overwhelmingly loud. All voices just bounced off the hard surfaces. Definitely don't go there if you plan to have a conversation. The food choices were not extensive and we found some of the plates to be interesting and unusual and others to be average. Our waitress wore a mask, was a 'fast-talker' and with the noise it was almost impossible for everyone at the table of 4 people to hear what she was saying. I probably wouldn't recommend it to a friend because I'm in a demographic that prefers to converse in a restaurant whereas younger people don't seem to mind the noise since they're on their phones anyway.

  13. LB

    LaurenB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, our server was amazing and the seared foie gras with pear was INCREDIBLE ! so were the drinks and the feature jambon croquettes.

  14. LC

    LucyC

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place. Good amazing

  15. HA

    HARR

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Good food. Good service. Food was expensive and the mandatory 20% was unfavourable considering the service.

  16. IS

    ItsSaj

    Toronto

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Knowledgeable staff, they do a great job explaining the dishes and the food was delicious

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed the food. Server was excellent . Overall great experience

  18. TB

    TaraB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    AmaIng staff, great drinks and incredible food in a fun setting

  19. JH

    JorgeH

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Limited food selection of many dishes one can easily make at home.

  20. r

    ranam

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bar Isabel is simply amazing. Love everything on the menu.

  21. B

    Barbara

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing spot: great food and not pretentious decoration, yet charming. Had the picanha steak cut, and it was great! Besides everything else

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Second time trying dinner here and really wanted to enjoy it, but… service was not impressive, menu isn’t descriptive, plates are overpriced and cocktails were sub-par. After paying a pricey bill, we were immediately asked to leave for another reservation even though it was 1045pm and the restaurant was at about 70% capacity

  23. O

    Okisky

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always Isabel delivers on food and service. Every time we are in Toronto we visit Bar Isabel. One of our favorites in Toronto.

  24. AH

    AlannaH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My moth is watering thinking about our meal and drinks.

  25. L

    Lariay

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1

    Too loud and expensive for what the portions were. Octopus was charred and left a bitter taste. Service was good but overall it's not worth the price.

  26. J

    Julia

    Exclusive

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Simple flavours, done well.

  27. s

    saira

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    One of our favourite places in Toronto. Amazing food and great service

  28. AB

    AriBarily

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3

    The menu wasn’t enjoyable.. lack of option regarding protein

  29. s

    simdib

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We tried the tasting menu & they catered it to items on the menu we were interested in. Everything was absolutely delicious. Service was excellent. Ambience was nice with dimmed lighting and music that was not overly loud

  30. AS

    AndrewSangster

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic as per usual. Consistently putting out some of the tastiest bites and quality drinks in the city.

  31. L

    Luca

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience. The food was fantastic and everything on the menu is worth trying. Would recommend!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    A lovely meal

  33. P

    Peter

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Good ambience. Food was decent. Very overpriced for what you got.

  34. SP

    SusanP

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Just a lovely place, great vibe, friendly staff, lots of regulars

  35. PS

    PatrickS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best restaurant in Toronto. Will take my friends here next time.

  36. HF

    HowardF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Outstanding little restaurant, food was superb and the staff could not be more welcoming, attentive and friendly We will certainly be coming back

  37. E

    Emjay

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5

    Food is overpriced for the quality and quantity. Bone marrow had blood on it which was off putting. The scallop lacked in flavour had a fishy taste even with the mojo verde The steak was good , so was the ceviche. The pulpo ( octopus ) was slightly on the rough side and lacking in flavour ..difficult to cut. The highlight was the incredible service and beautiful ambience ‘ They automatically charge a 20% gratuity which they call a “Service fee” and although that’s steep it was well deserved and well earned. Definitely first and last visit

  38. D

    Djongounchained

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best culinary experience and service of all time!!

  39. KM

    KassandraM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was phenomenal, drinks were delicious and the service was excellent. The cake dessert was incredible, highly recommend.

  40. l

    lauras

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice night to celebrate a birthday! The cake came out with a candle very nice of the staff!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bar Isabel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 532-2222.

Bar Isabel is rated 4.7 stars by 891 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

May 2022
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Booked 66 times today
Google Map for Bar Isabel

797 College St Toronto, ON M6G 1C7

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Ossington or Shaw

  • Neighbourhood

    Little Italy / College St.

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Regional Spanish (Basque), Catalan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Parking is extremely limited at the moment due to the CafeTO patios.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Grant van Gameren

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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