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Bar Isabel, Toronto, ON

Bar Isabel

4.7
4.7
969 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 67 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    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

  • Neighborhood

    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

What 969 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SM

    SMedeiros

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I've had in a long time and love the style of service! Can't wait to come back!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome, would recommend
  3. RS

    RaynaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally worth it. Tomato bread never fails. Delicious food all around. Don't leave without the Basque Cake! Really great service, unpretentious, knowledgeable staff. With dining out being so expensive all across Toronto, Bar Isabel is definitely worth the price.
  4. S

    Shay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Everything we hoped for our dinner experience. Get the Basque cake!!
  5. LM

    LauraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food, excellent service. An authentic Spanish restaurant, charming, casual, outdoor space. Great recommendations from our waiter. Several local restaurant staff recommended it to us.
  6. FK

    FarzanehK

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    I think it was worth it only once. The tapas were good. We ordered the tasting menu. Nothing extraordinary
  7. JJ

    JulianJames

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 start to finish the food was perfect. Great date night for someone you care about.
  8. n

    nomnommer

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great ambiance and incredible food. We will be back.
  9. M

    Maria

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks are fun and tasty - ideal for sharing. But the management and service set the place apart! Every visit is a night to be remembered.
  11. AT

    AnTH

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family was visiting from Ireland and had never been to Toronto before. Dinner was wonderful, service was excellent. Ambient noise was a bit loud but otherwise very lovely experience.
  12. E

    Eden

    Exclusive

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Our server, Adrian, was amazing! Their octopus was super yummy.
  13. KL

    KatieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and equally fantastic service. 10/10 would recommend for a truly special dining experience!
  14. JD

    JDiner

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved sitting at the bar! Lots of activity and great energy. The food and service were excellent. The cocktails were interesting and perfectly balanced.
  15. TG

    TorontoGizmo

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! The servers are super friendly. Great cocktails and wine list. The food was awesome. It's all tapas and perfect for sharing. The quality was amazing. We will definitley return!
  16. w

    wineo

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday hooray!
  17. MS

    MaripierS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best service I experienced in Toronto. The food was a solid 10/10.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food & service. We will definitely return!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect birthday dinner for my girlfriend!
  20. P

    Pamelita

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food is always terrific, I've never had a bad meal. Our servers were fabulous. Only frustration is sitting 3 people at a table for 2, especially when the seat stuck on the side has a visual obstruction and can't see the person on the right without leaning into the center of the table. After much back and forth we were moved. We arrived early in the evening with lots of open tables and were told we couldn't have a table for 4 but then the table for 4 beside us and a few others ended up with only 3 people. Disappointing. 20% gratuity is automatically added to every bill. Another questionable. When dining out, I am generous with tips for good service even if the food isn't terrific but I don't feel forcing gratuity is the right approach.
  21. E

    Evergreen

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Deep fried potatoes doesn’t seem authentic Spanish. Octopus and steak were good but overpriced. Tables too close to each other, like a foot apart. Can hear other table’s conversation clearly. Table behind us had two toddlers that each had a tablet with loud video playing - felt like I was at chucke cheese. Chocolate desert was a two peace chocolate glazed coconut ice cream- size 1”x2”. It was delicious though. 20% tip included in the bill. Service was good but if you’re going to include a 20% tip in the bill, then just increase the price on the menu by 20% and say tip already included in price-same result to the customer. Overall mediocre experience and I would not return.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and drinks were all amazing
  23. LS

    LaurenS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's been too long, still the exquisite experience I remember. Thank you and see you again soon!
  24. RH

    RebeccaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love this place!!! Very consistently outstanding food and service!
  25. DP

    DalilaP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    It was my second time there. The food was good, but the octopus was a bit burnt (which made the taste a bit bitter). Also waited 15 min to be seated even though I had reservations. Other than that, the overall experience was good.
  26. R

    Rachel

    Atlantic Canada

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent but we were in and out too quickly. No time to relax or digest between courses. Services and atmosphere were both very good!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The staff are warm, personable and knowledgeable about the menu. However, the shared meat and cheese plate is below par, nothing special. The ceviche was a disappointment and the scallops were lacking in flavour but cooked correctly. The plates did not match in value for what we paid. We wanted the experience and now know not to go back.
  28. E

    Evan

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came for a joint birthday dinner with my friend and had a great time. We decided to do the tasting menu since it was our first time and everything was incredible. Some standouts were the pan con tomate, grilled octopus, and the Basque cake but everything we ate was amazing. Our server was also very friendly and knowledgeable. I will definitely be back!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Late night dessert and drinks; it was exceptional. The basque cake with some margaritas and espresso martinis made it exquisite.
  30. AC

    AlannaC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Food and Service were lovely! Will be going back!
  31. R

    Richard

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service from all staff and food was delicious!
  32. CS

    ConnorS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was incredible. They had a sopresatta with shaved fois gras and wildflower honey crostini that was amazing. Changed my life ngl
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time back since the pandemic. Alessandro and his FOH team haven’t lost their touch…superbly attentive. Food flavours, textures, visuals……incredibly spot on. Great to be back and can’t wait to go back!
  34. Y

    Yikes

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was very informative and knew the menu very well, told us all about the menu and what he recommended. Each cocktail was very thoughtfully made with respect to each of our specific bartenders choice requests. My group of 4 were mostly first time diners at Bar Isabel, and we were made to feel especially welcome. One of my guests had specific diet restrictions and our server was quick to accommodate with suggestions for him. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and can not wait to return!
  35. SG

    ScaryGary

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    our server was so lovely and generous, the sommelier, too! the room and menu could use some sprucing up— the ‘spanish’ vibes felt forced and incongruous with the dining experience.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was just amazing, felt very comfortable and romantic. Our server was very knowlegeable and helpful with the food and cocktail options. The food and drinks themselves were outstanding!! Would and will come back 💯
  37. Y

    Ytandet

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Great tapas to enjoy with drinks. Definitely coming back.
  38. TH

    TorienH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints amazing food great staff amazing atmosphere everyone should experience bar isabel at least once maybe 4 times you get the point lol
  39. R

    Ryan

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal! The menu has too many great options so we decided to let the chef decide on a set menu for the table. We were not disappointed. Everything was exceptional and we got to try some things we may not have ordered otherwsie. Would highly recommend.
  40. MJ

    MJay

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The food was delicious and the ambiance was romantic. Our main server was OK, she seemed a bit disinterested but the others who brought us out food were wonderful.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized 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 969 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 PM


Booked 67 times today
Google Map for Bar Isabel

797 College St Toronto, ON M6G 1C7

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ossington or Shaw

  • Neighborhood

    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, 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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