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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 10024-5103 (77th Street)
+1 212-724-2100
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Today
11:30 - 22:00
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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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Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
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249 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

We'd had a short walk in Central Park and were planning to attend the Museum of Natural History. Fancied brunch and "stumbled" across Isabella's. We ate outside and people watched. The Eggs Benedict and home fries were fantastic, dig under the bread and find the banana bread, you'll love it. I'd get there at around 11:30am, you'll need to wait... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

We were a party of 6. After a 20 minute wait (reservations not available) we were seated for Sunday Brunch. The atmosphere was nice, the service was excellent and the food and complimentary drinks were excellent. A perfect meal that everybody enjoyed. I highly recommend and a lot of people must agree that the place was very crowded. Even though... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

We never miss Isabella's when visiting NYC. We have always had a very nice meal, whether lunch or dinner. Innovative and well-prepared menu. Friendly and accomplished staff. Good wine list. Nice location on Columbus avenue, near the Natural History Museum. We've never been disappointed at Isabella's.

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Ottawa, Canada
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99 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

Had Sunday brunch with friends and the only thing that redeemed it was the free cocktails deal going on on Sundays. Should I say more? Had some different Benedict's all were standard, not creative with dried out toast and barely chewable hash. Go to shake shack across the street and have the take out in Central Park, cheaper and tastier... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013 via mobile

We went here twice on our week long trip to NYC. We first came for a early dinner which had a fixed menu with your choice of appetizer,entree & dessert for I think $16. It was excellent! Then we came one evening before going out..this time we sat on the patio..it was a beautiful night..the chicken with au jus and... More 

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Manaus, AM
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Good food just across the street to AMNH. Prices a little higher than average, but the food is worth it.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

Perfect location and clearly a great place for ladies who lunch! There were no men present except for my husband the lunchtime we were there. Good food but BAD , BAD service. I mean rude, uncaring and insolent service. My husband ordered Gazpacho for starters. Plonked down in front of him by a waiter who disappeared immediately and did not... More 

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Roslyn, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013 via mobile

How convenient to find this lovely restaurant right across the street from the Museum. The mahi-mahi with crabmeat and diced pieces of sweet potatoes was delicious. Our waiter was pleasant and professional.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

Stopped by here on a Sunday morning for brunch given the lack of choices in the area and reasonably good reviews online. The restaurant was quite busy with tables spaced close together. The brunch came with a tiny glass of OJ that tasted like it came straight out of a frozen container and had been mixed with water. The omelet... More 

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Manhasset
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

By being on the corner across the street from the Museum of Natural History, Isabella's has been a fixture on Columbus Avenue. Though the food is tasty and is prepared well, the menu and wine list are very limited and the prices are high. For those who choose outdoor dining, you can't beat the location.

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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 10024-5103
    (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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