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5.2 /6 Excellent 124 Reviews


Holborn Italian ££ +100
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About Isolabella

Serving up traditional Italian cuisine just like grandma might make, London’s Isolabella is raising the bar for other dining establishments in the Holborn area. A favourite among visiting tourists and locals alike, this stylish restaurant has numerous options for lunch and dinner, as well as an impressively long list of wines from Europe and beyond. With a setting that’s appropriate for a romantic evening out, Isolabella on Red Lion Street is the perfect solution for date night or special occasions.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Saturday 17:30 - 22:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:30
Isolabella, 45 Red Lion Street, WC1R 4PF London

Further Information

Holborn residents are raving about Isolabella, and it’s clear why: Mr. Da Silva runs the restaurant with an eye for detail, ensuring that each and every question is answered, and that nothing goes overlooked. With the motto, our customers come first, the staff at Isolabella on Red Lion Street makes certain that guests are completely relaxed, satisfied and impressed, ensuring their speedy return. And with such stylish interior decor, why wouldn’t anyone want to enjoy a glass of wine and a homestyle meal at this fantastic Italian restaurant?

The nose knows, and once you smell the freshly baked bread, handmade pastas and stone-cooked pizzas, it’ll tell you that Isolabella in London’s Holborn is a seriously great Italian restaurant. Order yourself a glass of San Leo, Isolabella’s house wine, and take a starter like the classic Caprese salad, the insalate di mare (seafood salad) or the schiacciata (pizza bread topped with herbs and garlic. For your main dish, go for one the delicious pizzas – think quattro formaggi, vegetariana and margherita – or try one of the pasta specialties like penne pesto, spaghetti carbonara or linguine gamberoni. There are many more options to choose from – make a reservation at Isolabella and sample them all.


124 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 124 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
20.09.2017 09:51

We were given a separate area to dine in as requested which was important for our evening and much appreciated. One of our guests is lactose intolerant and has told me that the food you provided for him was delicious, as was the rest of the food. Many thanks Lesley

1 review so far 6
11.09.2017 10:23

Good atmosphere with kind survive. We ordered pastas as Al dente and all of them were nice. The price was reasonable in this area. I forgot a name but I had a white wine which was sold only a bottle (there were also huge variety of a glass of wines in their list) was very nice.

1 review so far 6
10.09.2017 20:45

As always Isolabella was excellent. We were a party of sixteen and all commented how good the food was. The ladies serving us were friendly and efficient and gave us excellent service.

1 review so far 6
07.09.2017 11:30

As always, the atmosphere, staff and food were wonderful. It is one of my favourites restaurants in the Holborn area. You don't have to shout to be heard when having a conversation which is so refreshing at lunchtimes. I cannot wait go back again.

2 reviews so far 6
15.06.2017 10:21

We have been to Isolabella a few times before and last night's trip on a hot evening was as excellent as ever. We arrived at a busy time and got a table which, at first, looked as though it might be in a dark back room but turned out to be under a lovely, open roof light so a cool breeze made the atmosphere excellent. They are almost always busy and so the noise was just right to allow private chat without having to strain to hear. The waiting staff are pleasant and not at all stuffy. We stuck to almost an formulaically Italian meal of starters of livers and mozzarella balls; mains of alio, olio e peperoncino and spaghetti bolognese; desserts limoncello ice cream and aranza caramallate; wine their slightly more expensive chianti. An almost corny selection by us but we have tried everything else previously and it was excellent! Recommended.

1 review so far 5
14.08.2017 12:48

We had a thoroughly enjoyable time at the Isolabella restaurant on Saturday 12th. The food was good with generous portions and the wine list included some really lovely wines. The service was excellent and even though one member of our party had to come 30 minutes late, we were gracefully told it wasn't a problem. The restaurant was full and obviously very popular. There was a warm and friendly ambience. This is the second time I have visited this restaurant and will certainly do so again.

1 review so far 4
08.12.2015 18:33

The first time we visited this restaurant was a few years ago and we were the only people in, on a Friday night! So we booked a table rather tongue in cheek. But very glad we did. On the first Friday night in December it was heaving, with two birthday parties happening. I ordered the cold roast veg starter which was OK but a bit bland. There were no individual pepper mills and we were served with the minimal amount... Next was a butterfly chicken breast in a creamy mushroom sauce with mash. The mash was wet and sloppy, whereas the chicken was burnt, bitter and hard on one side. That side was put down onto the plate so it wasn't immediately apparent. We were not offered any parmesan cheese, tho' noticing that it was ready grated and served with a teaspoon, I wasn't too disappointed! Had to ask a couple of times for some tap water to accompany an expensive bottle of Italian white wine. All in all an expensive average experience. Expected more, following our previous visit, but we learned that the restaurant is under different management...

1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 19:14

Isolabella is a very welcoming restaurant with an exemplary service. The food is excellent, but for my opinion the restaurant is very comfortable where it is possible to enjoy the company of your fellow diners without feeling pressurized to leave or constant background music.

1 review so far 5
09.11.2016 20:38

We had an enjoyable meal at Isolabella. We were immediately greeted on our arrival, shown to our table and offered a drink. The food was delicious, the service was prompt and there was always somebody available if we required anything further.

1 review so far 6
21.04.2016 23:18

Food was excellent, very tasty and great value. A warm welcome with great service. Its a while since I've been to an Italian restaurant that has been quite as good as Isolabella - effortless...

1 review so far 5
29.04.2016 19:50

We had a very nice lunch. The food was faultless & the restaurant had a pleasant ambience. The only problem was with the wine. The waiter was a bit slow bringing some red wine to the table (my wife, who thinks her forgot, had to remind him). He also almost removed a bottle of white wine from the ice bucket which had not been finished. Overall it was a good meal & we will certainly be going back.

1 review so far 6
28.06.2016 12:19

Amazing food and atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed are time at Isolabella and definitely recommend this place to others. Friendly staff which made our time at this restaurant enjoyable along side the great food!!

1 review so far 5
28.08.2017 15:27

Isolabella is a smart but unpretentious Italian restaurant in Holborn run by Portugese. I usually go for the fish and, in particular, the Halibut. Everything is fresh and tasty and the wine list is carefully and well chosen.

1 review so far 5
03.01.2016 21:58

Beautiful setting, very friendly & efficient staff. They catered to my multiple allergies with kindness, efficiency & discretion. In the main the food (chicken livers as starters, halibut and escalopes as mains were nicely presented & well cooked. However the lemon sauce of the escalope was so acidic I ate the escalope off the side plate to avoid the sauce! The zabaione taken as desert was tasty, but needed to be whipped a little lighter.

1 review so far 5
06.08.2016 20:17

Great atmosphere with particular note to the interior of the place, which those arching walls which took me back to the Italian classic trattoria and restaurants. Fantastic menu with wide variety of food from the antipasti till the digestivi. Suitable for vegeterians too as there is a wide selection in the menu. Well presented and polite members of staff. Will definitely come back and strongly suggest Isola Bella in Holborn to everyone.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 17:59

Great restaurant. I immediately noticed how nice and modern it looked. Very clean and well lit. We were immediately seated and offered water straight away as it was a very hot day. Very good menu with a large selection. I thoroughly enjoyed my main of salmon tagliatelle and would recommend this. I will definitely come here again.

6 reviews so far 6
22.08.2015 09:30

Isolabella is a great Italian restaurant. Good food. Excellent value for money and very friendly people. The winelist has a nice variety of wines and are moderately priced.

1 review so far 6
13.07.2016 07:51

Visited Isolabella for a birthday meal on a saturday evening. There was great choice, great food and greats service. All at a reasonable price Thanks very much

1 review so far 5
14.05.2016 09:56

Isolabella is a lovely restaurant with friendly, professional service and a delicious traditional Italian menu located in a quiet area a very short walk from Holborn tube. We truly enjoyed our meal.

1 review so far 6
30.08.2016 07:31

Food very good and service excellent, would definitely return here. Had a really pleasant evening with family and we were looked after well. Only downside is they add a service charge on the bill and would prefer to choose what tip to allow although this seems to be commonplace in restaurants nowadays.