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Reviewed 6 April 2024 via mobile

Welcoming restaurant/ wine bar, very appetising menu, superb meze and chicken / lamb main courses, really well cooked. Decent wines to accompany it all. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 25 October 2023 via mobile

My first time at this restaurant, we popped in on the off-chance. Food was served quickly (restaurant wasn’t busy though) and lots of it. Salad had a fantastic sauce, lamb chops were very tasty, wine was surprisingly good. Great food, great service, great evening.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 4 October 2023

We had a fabulous night celebrating my birthday and Ali couldn’t have done more for us!! The hot and cold mezze was delicious and the sigara boreg (feta filo cheese straws) are amazing!! The Turkish wine was divine as well as the expresso cocktail.Kay the...new Bar Manager was lovely too. I highly recommend going to Isabella’s and their new bar/restaurant Bella’s too!!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 27 September 2023 via mobile

We stopped by late (9pm) and the owner very generously offered to make us something - kitchens were closed everywhere else but as we had a baby, he welcomed us in. We were super grateful, otherwise we’d have had to make do with McDonald’s! The...food was delicious and generously portioned, the decor cosy and the price seemed were decent. We had a lovely chat with him too and found him super friendly. We left Hastings the next day, otherwise we would be happy to go back :)More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 3 September 2023 via mobile

Not impressed. Food was all pan fried and nothing special. Service was slow even though we were the only ones. No chef, just a young girl in kitchen. Owner and front of house staff looked like the were fornicating in the kitchen.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 July 2023 via mobile

Slow service and indifferent waiting staff. The food was ok, and I had to chase up everything. My friend is vegetarian and I an gluten free and we were served a mince dish, which is, in fact, bread with mince on, so no good for...either of us. They did take that away with no charge. We got our meal in stages. So my friend was well into her meal when I got mine. I wouldn't hurry back.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 24 June 2023

The first waitress appeared to be stoned. TBH, I don't mind that. But when she brought a plate of olives out and my partner asked whether there were any picks and napkins, she seemed confused. When my partner asked again about napkins, the waitress snapped..."I know what napkins are" and went off. She came back with cutlery and a dish we hadn't we ordered. We pointed this out, and the manager (or just some bloke, not even sure TBH) came out from the kitchen and informed us very condescendingly that the dish was an extra, on the house, and not to panic because our orders would be coming one by one when they were ready. As it turned out, that additional dish, Sigara Boregi, was the best thing we had. It was the only dish that had actually been seasoned, for one thing. Everything else was bland and stale. The humous tasted of nothing,and looked like it had been plated up an hour ago. The Kizartma, a dish of deep fried aubergine, contained no aubergine, and was just a plate of greasy, unseasoned courgettes, peppers and tomatoes. I took it to the bar, politely pointed out the absence of the dish's main ingredient, and got the condescending "Ok, Ok, I'll bring you some auburgine specially". When the auburgine arrived, it was swimming in grease, unseasoned and tasteless. I really like aubergine, but I couldn't get through more than a few mouthfuls. To be fair, the wine we ordered was fine, the grilled halloumi was just right. While we were eating a couple started browsing the menu and discussing whether to sit down. We quietly advised them not to bother. As we finished, a new waitress came on shift and took over our table. As she cleared away the plates, she asked the usual "And how was it for you?". We all looked at her, each other, and back at her. She seemed sweet and efficient. TBH, it didn't feel fair to lay it all on her. One of our party finally broke the silence with: "Best not to ask". We paid the bill, left. Will be returning to Hastings; will not be returning to Isabelle!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 30 May 2023 via mobile

They have just opened a sister wine bar called Bella’s just across the way from the restaurant. We had the Mezze platter for £9.99. It was incredible plenty for two as a light lunch. Lovely host. Try it!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 25 March 2023

The owner asked us to leave right away when I was having meal while my friend is sitting and resting. He says we are affecting his business but the thing is the restaurant is almost empty and no one is passing since it’s raining outside....We just want to rest a bit then keep moving, the male owner is simply careless and mean, very bad experience. No recommend at all.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 13 January 2023 via mobile

Popped in here for lunch. The menu was very small with lots of meze. There was a choice of lunch special which the owner said you get 1-10 of the meze. When it came out it was deep fried veg and chips . My husband...ordered meatballs which were dry and served with no accompaniments. £17 for a plate of fried veg and a piece of hallumi, and two other things. Defo would not recommendMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 8 January 2023 via mobile

If we are in the Old Town, our number one place to eat is Isabella’s. We have taken many visiting friends and family here on multiple trips and never been disappointed. We don’t drink, so our experience is solely of the food. We always have...a mix platter of filo cheese, Turkish sausage and the best tzatziki that I’ve on occasion also taken gone with me as it’s quite addictive 😋 Mains as a mix of grilled chicken & lamb and always leave with our bellies full. Our son was delighted when the owner offered him some baklava with his compliments to sample, and some fresh watermelon for our toddler. Keeping children entertained while dining out is often a challenge, but we are always comfortable taking the children here and never feel a burden like some places.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 12 December 2022

Love these sharing plates - the food was awesome and served quickly. Way too much though, two dishes per person is enough although 3 is what was recommended,

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 24 November 2022

Where shall we start, food, service OWNER, all appalling. The waitresses and the owner were obviously on something. None of the food was fresh and the food was not authentic Turkish. The place is tacky, and the owner is very very rude. I am only...writing me as friends asked me too after they went there by accident and had the same experienceMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 30 October 2022 via mobile

We were recommended this place by a local chap we randomly met in a pub. Lovely warm welcome, huge portions and delicious food. Really glad we chose Isabella's. Proper authentic. Give it a go. It's lovely and yummy

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 29 October 2022 via mobile

We visited this restaurant for lunch, it did not dissapoint! Great food, we had 2 meze dishes and meatballs, a glass of wine and apple juice. The food was great, the service was friendly and it was good value. Will definitely return.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Isabella is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5