Arabellas Italian Ristorante
Arabellas Italian Ristorante

Arabellas Italian Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.arabellas.us/
  • Phone: 8632931797x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday ~ Friday 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday ~ Saturday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Italo Cassini
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Public Park across the street
A word from Arabellas Italian Ristorante
Welcome to Arabellas Ristorante, located in Time Square, the heart of historic downtown Winter Haven. We offer the best Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, created from the freshest ingredients and served in a warm, casually elegant atmosphere.
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Arabellas Italian Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (54)romantic (42)neighborhood gem (34)notable wine list (25)fit for foodies (20)good for groups (12)great for lunch (8)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • charming find in winter haven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We have eaten at this restaurant many times but I've never written a review. This charming, cozy find in winter haven is a wonderful place to dine. Wonderful food, attentive service, many of the same servers and they make certain they remember you. A wonderful piano player makes the ambience very romantic and he takes requests. The same type of food and attentive service that you normally have to drive to Tampa or Orlando to receive. We have eaten there many times and there is always a reason to return. Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent as usual
    yanqui
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I made reservations for my husband's birthday. Dinner was great as expected. He enjoyed the "snails", I the shrimp, we both had veal entrees, too much excellent food. Usually we stick to the appetizer menu--just ordering small dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste
    Carduk
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Sometimes chefs can get a little too exotic and that's how I feel about the snails I had for the appetizer. I'm used to escargot and this was not good in my eyes. Too much bacon and I don't know what else made the dish. I had shrimp fra diablo for my entree, the shrimp were wonderful but, the sauce was blah, very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • celebration
    meena
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our whole dining experience was extraordinary.Our server Mike and the music man "Chris" ensured that we felt tranported to Italy. We are locals and we NEVER expected that we would find a classic fine dining in our small town. The Apetitizers were well prepared. I think they have the best " Bruschetta" . We highly recommend the seafood special or the steak. You will not be disappointed. We promise. The highlight was the cherries with ice cream, prepared table side. This dessert just transcends all your " senses". It is a vacation your mind and body needs that is provided by this team. The best is you don't need a passport or visa to visit this extraordinary place. So tske this trip, you will thank me for it. !!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Not our first time here but we enjoy it so much every time. Arabella's has wonderful food and a great atmosphere. We wish it was in closer proximity to our home because we would frequent it much more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    favorite
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Arabella's is my favorite here in thus arwa. Everything is always prrfect. Best food around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food!
    JLove
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We recently had dinner at Arabellas for our anniversary and we LOVED it! Food, service and ambiance was great. The Piano man will play anything you wish. We had the Diana Steak prepared tableside and it was excellent. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food!
    FMB95
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Arabella's is a great restaurant with outstanding food and service! We've been coming here for years and each time it gets better and better! The service is always impeccable! From the appetizer (calamari) to the salad (delicious house dressing - white zinfandel vinaigrette) to the main entree' (superb fettuccine alfredo), the food is truly outstanding!! And the tiramisu was to die for! The pianist was outstanding and even serenaded me on his accordion with "Happy Birthday"! That's why we continue to come back year after year! The $20 birthday coupon is always an added treat too! Thanks, Arabella's for a truly memorable birthday dinner again this year!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five star tasting food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The chef pairs high quality ingredients with the taste of Italy in Downtown Winter Haven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    Susanj
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Arabella's always delivers a great meal in a wonderful, attentive atmosphere. My favorite restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 54th Anniversary
    EarleBarbara
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Searched online for a unique spot to take my wife to lunch for our 54th Anniversary. The setting was ideal. Food was par excellent and sufficient portions. Mike was a great server. The rest of the staff were friendly and wished us Happy Anniversary.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Smiling
    DivinePalate
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Dinner was simply awesome! My menu selection of sea bass over risotto, was delicious with every bite. No fishy smell just a delicious blend of spices (not spicy) that makes my mouth water just remembering. The risotto was heavenly with just the right burst of buttery flavor. My party and I enjoyed the service, the atmosphere and the music. The pianist came to our table, asked for requests and even made on point suggestions. We had a good time and will certainly come back cause I saw other dishes I want to try. I am so happy to have such a place locally. This will definitely be my go to place to impress any visitors.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasions
    PACE
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A lovely restaurant to celebrate special birthdays! Food was hot, timely and delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Alpine
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Lovely environment. Great food. Friendly staff. Worth a visit anytime.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion
    legend
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Arabella's has been recommended to us many times, it was too many miles from our home, we went there for my wife's 80 th Birthday,we both were very happy with the menue, the attention and we will be there again
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    Lovelife
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was fabulous, I had one if the home made pasta dishes. The owner prepared us a tableside Cesar salad with all fresh ingredients. The piano player was very talented playing a few instruments. The waitor the gem of the night, he was very helpful in making dinner suggestions and very knowledgeable along with being sweet person.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Where to begin? Was it the beautiful location in downtown Winter Haven? The incredibly talented piano player? The table-side prepared Ceasar salad? Or the Chateubriand? Arabella's was a delight from start to finish, especially the Bananas Foster dessert. The service was attentive and friendly. It had come highly recommended and did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic
    RikkiB
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Printed out our birthday discount certificate and headed to Winter Haven. Parking a bit difficult, however doable. Seated immediately with a welcoming smile. Service crisp and friendly. Menu items well presented in both Italian and English. We chose the Beef Lady Diana. It was cooked table side and exceptional. Our birthday dinner was certainly one to be remembered and we look forward to dining at Arabella's again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • World class dining in Winter Haven
    foodeee
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We had a great experience (again) at Arabellas. The food was creatively presented and well done. The wait staff presented in an elegant, unhurried manner...perhaps a little too unhurried, but not a real aggravation. The pianist was a real treat...quite accomplished in a range of musical styles and a lovely voice as well. Just the right volume to be entertaining but not get in the way of dinner conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Fieldmouse
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We went there for our anniversary. We had outstanding meals with excellent service. They went out of their way to acknowledge our anniversary with a special dessert. Only negative was a large group that was noisy that should have been seated in the back area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1HappyDiner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I love this restaurant. The atmosphere is elegant and relaxed with live piano music. Some of the menu is a bit old fashioned (cherries jubilee and steak Lady Diana) but that's one of the things I love about it. The food is well prepared, delicious and the service is excellant. All their pasta is house made and they have several different ravioli choices. Several of the items are prepared tableside. The steaks will melt in your mouth and can be cut with a butter knife! I originally thought of this as a special occasion restaurant but now I look for any reason to dine there. I recommend Arabellas to all my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    JohnnyG
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Coming from Miami, finding great food and ambience is hard. This is by far the best restaurant I have found in the Winter haven/Lakeland area. If you are tired of the chain type restaurants and the not so good local gourmet, this is the place to go. Service, Food and overall experience was fantastic. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb Dining Experience
    dmarie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was the most unique dining experience ever, and I know I made the best choice by selecting this restaurant for a very special occasion. (my daughter's 30th birthday with friends) Her guests as well were very pleased with everything. I give it a 10 out of 10!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Amazed in Winter Haven
    Terrace
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I moved back to Central Florida 11+ years ago. I had read about Arabellas but had never dined there before just recently. I was planning a dinner with a friend, and she suggested we go to Arabellas. She had been there for her anniversary and was very pleased with her experience. I thoroughly enjoyed our dining exerience. The food, the service, and the ambiance were all so very splendid. Menu selections were quite varied. We both had the Branzino. It was nicely prepared and presented. And, of course, we indulged in Bananas Foster for dessert. The wait staff was courteous and attentive. I have added Arabellas to my list of "go to" restaurants!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    likesgoodfood
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Our favorite restaurant when we want a special dining experience. We are never disappointed that we drove an hour and a half from our home as the restaurant is excellent in every way, every time!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary
    Valentine
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Three years ago we celebrated our 60th Amniversary with 17 adult members of our family. We started in the Bistro with drinks and some dancing. We had two great grand children at the time. We now have six. We hope to be back for our sixty fifth in 2016. This year was a preview . Loved the Happy Anniversary signed on our dessert plates. Lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Crawrite
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The service is a bit slow, but the food is DELICIOUS!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful in every aspect
    FoodiefromNY
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The Rest. called to confirm our reservation and noted that we would have one person in a wheelchair. The table was preset with one place for a wheelchair and it was easily accessible. The restaurant is not very large with a fine dining ambiance, white table cloths, not too brightly lit, quiet. Servers well groomed, well spoken, very attentive and knowlegable concerning menu items and wines. Our party had the grouper, salmon, shrimp fra diavlo, double pork chop and veal saltimbocca. All superb! The salad was included and had a very tasty and different dressing. The bananas foster(easily enough for 2) included a lovely presentation and tasted delicious. The Lava cake was also good. On Sat. there is quiet dinner music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FANTASTIC MEAL
    Ironmanray
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Not too many restaurants in Polk County can get that headline. The ambience, service, music, and food were fantastic. For an appetizer we had the caprese salad was one of the best I have had in any restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We never miss having dinner here when in the Orlando area. The food and service are the best.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    GBFL
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Fabulous food, service, and atmosphere. We are lucky to have such a fine restaurant in Winter Haven!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PERFECT FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS
    BILLBETTY
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We always go for special occasions... birthdays, anniversary, etc. The staff, piano player are all so very friendly.. this place is a hidden gem in a small town. Their food and presentation are 5 star.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • must have
    pdot313
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The food and service is amazing. This is a must have, the food delivery was perfectly timed. I will never look at a Oliver Garden the same. This place is the best Italian restaurant hands down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 184 reviews are from the Arabellas Italian Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Hidden Gem
    orlandofoodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My husband and I meet my mother in law for dinner in Winter Haven occasionally. She lives in Sebring and we live in Orlando so it's a good meeting spot in between. I recently saw Arabellas on a list of top 10 Central Florida restaurants so we decided to try it this past weekend. What an amazing restaurant! Everything was outstanding - food, service, wine, atmosphere. A tuxedo'd piano player provided background music. The restaurant owner was present in the dining room to make sure all the guests were happy. It's rare to find such attention to detail at restaurants these days. I cannot wait to make another trip to Winter Haven just to visit this restaurant again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    celeb8ing73
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    As usual, service and food was terrific -- we always enjoy an evening of fine dining there. Great way to celebrate my birthday!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day 2014
    Bonappetit
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We went for Mother's Day. The service and food was excellent!! Had two grand daughters ages 8 & 11, and they loved Franco's spaghetti and meatballs!! The pianist was excellent and he played all the girls favorite "Frozen" songs. Then of course they loved the flaming cherries jubilee prepared table side by Brian! Compliments to the chefs and to all the staff! Helen
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little loud, but very nice
    HighNeed
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Granted, a restaurant that has a pianist in the middle of the room is expected to contain a certain dB level, but everything was loud...the conversations, the folks clearing the plates a few feet away, the color of the one dude's shorts...However, we did have a nice meal; dinner was made to be an event and that was really nice for a change; we were not rushed through...the food was prepared well and served at a great temperature. Our service was very good and the wait staff was very attentive. The pianist played very well, but his style was just a little more like Billy Joel than Jim Brickman. Quiet and romantic, it was not, but much classier than any place in the area. I recommend the grouper with risotto and anything flambéed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    This was really the nicest white table cloth dining experience we've had in the US. The food was great, the menu fantastic, and the live piano made it very special for a special occasion. We couldn't have been more pleased!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant
    Lucky
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We are never disappointed with the food, service, piano player, and ambience. It is a classy place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic birthday
    Debo
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    My husband took me to Arabella's for my birthday and it was amazing!! This is not a fast food or chain restaurant experience! Dinner there is an event, our reservation was for 7:30 and we left at 10:00. Each course is treated very special by the wait staff. We opted for the Caesar salad for two prepared tableside and it was reminiscent of when dining out was a special time. The salad was so tasty. I chose the Chilean sea bass for my entrée and my husband had veal scaloppini with shrimp and scallops......wonderful flavors in both dishes! From the food, service, and atmosphere, the evening was very special for my birthday!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.