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Bar Isabel
797 College St.,
Toronto, Ontario M6G 1C6
43.654808 -79.420674
Few restaurants in the city are as tough to score a table at than Grant van Gameren’s Spanish tavern on College. That’s because few places deliver as much joy for 50-odd dollars per person. Three years in, GVG and his team have nailed their brand of Barcelonian party food mixed with Torontonian nose-to-tail edge. Toasted montadito is layered with spicy sobrassada, earthy-sweet honey and foie gras shavings so fine and fatty they melt on contact. Smoky sweetbreads—crackling and creamy—on slices of raw albacore are kicked up with pickled green tomatoes and bound by deep, dark brown butter–caper sauce. The Basque cake doused in boozy sherry cream is a buttery delight. The room, a hideous pastiche of wood panelling and ’70s rec room light fixtures, is so ugly it eventually grows on you, especially after midnight when you stumble out full and happy.
Bar Isabel


Neighbourhood: Little Italy

Wheelchair accessible: No

Vegetarian options: Yes

Licensed: Yes

Bring your own bottle: Yes

Kitchen open late: Yes

Outdoor dining: No

Private/bookable room: No

Delivery: No

Take out: Yes

Takes reservations: Yes

Caters: Yes

Free Wi-Fi: No

Good for: Kids, Groups

Serves: Dinner, Late Night Eats

Payment methods: Visa, Amex, MasterCard, Interac, Cash

Days Closed: Holidays