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Isabella's

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Upper West Side
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359 Columbus Ave, at 77th Street, New York City, NY 10024 (77th Street)
+1 212-724-2100
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Today
10:00 - 22:30
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All hours
Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 21:30
Mon 11:30 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:30
Sat 10:00 - 22:30
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Perth, Australia
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Isabella's provided a lovely warm escape from a cold night outside. The menu was interesting and fresh and serving sizes were very generous. As nice as the meals were, the highlight was our wonderful waitress, Lauren, who was bubbly and friendly with just the right amount of attention. Because of the large portion sizes, we ran out of room for... More 

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Park Ridge, New Jersey
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177 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lots of friends recommended Isabella's for eating uptown Manhattan. We found both the food and service to be mediocre. We were seated promptly, but the food just wasn't great.

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Thank kib57
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a restaurant that in the past we enjoyed going to. However Yesterday 6pm we called to book a table for 11 people for branch. No booking Hana the manageress said come by 10.30am and you will not have to wait . At 10am my partner called to try to book as we were meeting people who came from... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While icy cold that night, our party of 14 benefitted from some radiant heaters and attentive service. Food was good (not mind blowing) including a nice ahi tuna entree, flavorful kale salads and traditional Italian fare too. Glad we did not eat indoors, mega crowded, mega noisy.

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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132 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped into Isabella's for a drink and got lucky-walked right up to the bar. This was around noon and it soon filled up quickly with the lunch crowd. We only had drinks, but the bar is extensive and my wife loved her French 75 cocktail! We enjoyed people watching and how these New Yorkers know how to dress!

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Melbourne, Australia
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106 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice brunch options for a rather reasonable price given its location, especially when you factor in the bonus cocktail. My screwdriver didn't send me sheets to the wind but was perfectly drinkable, accompanying a fine crab benedict. The clientele are a delight for people watchers... dowagers with dogs. A most enjoyable late Sunday brunch.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't imagine how any place could serve a better Sunday brunch. We visited while a family member was running the marathon and were treated to a free cocktail with our meals.The eggs Benedict were perfectly prepared and served while warm and the fruit plate was excellent and with great variety. The restaurant was busy and bright but not too... More 

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Houston, Texas
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently had dinner at Isabella's near the Museum of Natural History. I was looking for a smaller restaurant with a bistro atmosphere that was away from the rush of the Times Square and mid-town areas. Bottom line is that I loved the place: service was great, food excellent, and the atmosphere relaxed and cozy. We had the hazelnut crusted... More 

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Torquay, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We made a booking at short notice ahead of the NYC marathon. Fantastic welcome and service from the staff. Waiter, Drew, was attentive and made excellent recommendations. Mains hit the spot and gave us a perfect lead in meal to the marathon. Desert - the chocolate box was an absolute stand out. Well done all around. We will be back!

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Orsundsbro, Sweden
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22 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to Isabella with my wife for a random lunch in mid-October, weather still pleasant enough for al fresco eating. Although we could easily see that most outdoors tables were free, we were asked to wait for more than 10 minutes until finally, after having asked again, being seated at one of the many empty tables. To be fair,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:30
Saturday
10:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 359 Columbus Ave, at 77th Street, New York City, NY 10024
    (77th Street)
  • Public Transportation: A, B, C & D trains to 80th Street/Central Park West, and 1 train to 79th Street. M10 bus on Columbus Ave and 77th Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-724-2100
Description
A faithful neighborhood favorite, Isabella’s has been an Upper West Side institution for over two decades, a hit with locals and celebrities alike. Isabella’s defines Upper West Side dining with reliable market-fresh offerings for the Mediterranean palate. From birthdays to celebratory brunches, many a memories have been made at Isabella’s and continue unfolding at this “oasis for an unrushed, delicious meal,” according to Zagat. When the weather’s pleasant, grab a sidewalk seat in the café for a classic New York Brunch filled with people-watching, benedicts and Bloody Marys. Indulge your sweet tooth in a Chocolate Bag, a dessert staple that’s been on the menu since opening day!

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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