Bar Isabel

4.7
724 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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 724 People Are Saying
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4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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SinaK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

The octopus is out of this world.
Ribeye and the ceviche were delicious too

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AlexB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing cocktails, and wonderful ambiance. One of my favorite restaurants in Toronto.

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MathieuB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. Best service in a long time. Amazing Spanish food. Let the staff create your menu and enjoy! Try the basque cake, and the Barcelona Vichy!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

Music is not even close to what a spanish tapas bar is, french jazz ? Really ? The ceiling is discussing dirty and very poor hygiene overall, the food was ok but i doesn’t represents what should be a real spanish food.

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carolyng
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration-we hadcs wonderful experience .

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DanR
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was very good. I wish we caught our servers name but they had a dope haircut and a plaid shirt, they were excellent.

We had a very sweet little corner booth for our anniversary date. The evening was perfect.

The ribeye blew my mind. 10/10 would go again.

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EileenF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food lived up to the hype and the service was excellent. Surprised by how busy and packed it was on a Tuesday at 6. Definitely felt like pre-covid times with close tables.

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RyanW
Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Octopus was supreme!!! (everything was great - empanadas, beef bone marrow, garlic shrimp, patatas bravas) - the highlight was the basque cake with sherry cream. It was incredible!

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KelseyH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love my experience here. The food and service are fantastic and it’s one of the most authentic tapas cuisines in the city. Love the vibe in this place felt great to be back

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NicholasP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You don’t last over 10 years in the food industry by chance

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JulieO
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall1Food4Service3Ambience3

The food is good. Avoid the tasting menu, overcharg for food, it is a scam. They include a service of 20% in the total price when they serve the bill.

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MoeH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Truly appreciate the wine selection, particularly Chateau Musar from my hometown in Lebanon. Excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We were hit with the dessert menu because we told the server that we didn’t enjoy one dish
We asked to take it back and charge us for it not a problem
He doesn’t come back till later and gives us the dessert menu without even us asking for it
While we were waiting for our server to come back take our drink order and we wanted to order more food
But the disrespect putting the dessert menu on the table without us finishing our meal
Like they wanted us out
I’ve been going to this restaurant from 2017 and this is the worst experience ever
And I definitely won’t want to come back ever again

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CaitlinR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

10/10 experience with the tasting menu! Will be returning ASAP!

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Mike
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere. Feels like a little taste of Spain.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Amazing experience. The Seabream Ceviche is one of the best ceviches I’ve ever had in my life! Highly impressed! The octopus was delicious, but the flavours were unexpected. The cheese & meat boards were perfect and the vegetables sides were cooked perfectly too. The bone marrow was absolutely to die for. Our server Adrienne was attentive, friendly and very knowledgeable. The bus boy was very friendly as well. Incredible service and food. Ambiance was great, red light mood and noise level was high - but is expected in such a renowned and beautiful place.

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JudyH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never fails to disappoint. Fantastic waiter last night. Ceviche is so YUM. Would go more often but they are always booked - book well in advance and worth the wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Nicole likes it so much!

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Lizzly
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really lovely dinner with friends. Excellent service from the reservation through to the meal and leaving. Delicious food and wine. Just a bit loud for conversation but that was just everyone taking , not loud music.

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Thomas
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Foods, Wonderful Services, Amazing Atmosphere
Will visit again for sure!

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paulp
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food, excellent service and a good vibe.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bar Isabel never lets down. Food, service and cocktails are always 10/10. Probably my favourite spot in Toronto. Menu items recommended: patatas bravas, mussels and bone marrow.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always incredible!! Octopus was number 1…only reason it beat out the ceviche, is due to new serving style. Much preferred it when it came inside a full sea bream.

Still such a great experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was delicious.
Service was great.
This was our second time visiting, we knew we’d have a great experience and they did not disappoint.

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FoodLovers
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, quality service and noisy.

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LouisF
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This was a great experience. We had the waiter make us a menu. It was great but ended up costly. Overall the experience was super. Just make sure you have a lot of appetite if you decide to go with the waiter's menu. Great fun. highly recommend the place.

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Erin
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here for my partner's 41st birthday - had an amazing time! Delicious food, amazing service and the vibe was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

This restaurant is amazing. The food is very fresh and delicious. The waiter was friendly and the service was excellent. Value for money, five-star praise

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LindaH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this restaurant. Service, food and location. We were attending a concert at the Rival Bar just a few doors down from Bar Isabel. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic date spot. Service and ambiance were great, really good variety in the menu, and the basque cake never fails to impress.

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vipFoodie25
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first visit, was amazing… tried a tasting with cocktails and winter, and far exceeded our expectations!

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Georgina
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always! Food, atmosphere, staff all fantastic. Would be back more often but its just hard to get a reservation..its that good.

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Great
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

For one of my first ventures back to restaurants following the lockdowns, I was a bit overwhelmed by how packed the restaurant was. So happy for you guys, but it was tight. It was my first experience at Bar Isabela. Really enjoyed the food….. my absolute faves were the shrimp, grilled mushrooms and steak. We had lots of other dishes too, so had the full experience of what Isabela offers. Oh….. we had the incredible basque cake for dessert. Oh yum! My only suggestion is to remove the hand sanitizers from the tables.
Thank you for a fun evening!
Great buzz

JD
JustineD
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We felt like we were back on our trip to Spain. We will certainly come back again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I proposed right out front. She said yes!

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TamarC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time at Bar Isabel and I was blown away. We sat at the corner of the bar and had the olives, ceviche, patatas fritas, bone marrow, grilled octopus, and one of the specials. Oh, and desert. Really outstanding service - the bartender on shift was really nice and personable, gave great explanations of the dishes, mixed some amazing drinks, and overall really great hospitality skills. I usually don't go for the bar seats, especially when they have no backings to support you once you're starting to feel full, but I would definitely return to sit at this bar just for the amazing service that elevated the whole experience! Thank you :)

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JasonO
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Outstanding service. Most dishes were solid. Steak cooked perfect but with caramelized onion purée...disappointing. Skin contact Portuguese wine was served cold but should have been slightly chilled to room temp.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I were celebrating our birthdays. We had the best night, we had the tasting menu which was amazing! Loved the octopus and scallop feature! Our server Sarah was the best! She made our night so enjoyable! Can’t wait to come back! Thank you

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MaryanneS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Get! The! Ceviche!

It was amazing and I would eat it everyday if I could. The bone marrow was amazing as always. Octopus was good, but I felt the other dishes really out shown it. Tomato bread was a bit soggy, maybe it sat out for a bit before hitting the table? Our expectations were lowered because of this especially as it was the first thing we ate. Everything that followed was really good though.
Attentive service as always, we had a great time and made a pact to come back more often. 9/10

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BeaF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience5

Did the tasting menu for 74$pp with my boyfriend. The chef chooses what to give us. Brought out great quality appetizers but too much of “simple, single type of food” dishes - nuts, olives, cheese etc that took up the majority of our menu. Then we got two different salads and the octopus as “mains”.

Not worth the bill, felt like all I ate were greens. If you go, better to do a la carte. The ceviche and bone marrow looked good from the other table that also ordered the tasting. I guess because there were only two of us and the other table had a bigger budget with 4 people.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bar Isabel using the Order Online button. Bar Isabel also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 532-2222.

Bar Isabel is rated 4.7 stars by 724 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.