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
58 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (52)romantic (40)neighborhood gem (34)notable wine list (22)fit for foodies (19)good for groups (12)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Best Restaurant around
    Barb
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Live in Lakeland and have nothing of this level in the areas of food, service, ambience, etc. Pianist was excellent with melody of Les Mis songs. Service is out of this world without being annoying. Would recommend especially for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My fantastic birthday dinner.
    ANiteOut
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    The atmosphere when you walk in is great. I was serenaded by the piano player, who also played other instruments. The server knew the menu and commented on the specialties. The timing on the food was excellent. The food itself was exquisite. It started out with the house salad. Then the sorbet to cleanse the pallet. I ordered the Lamb Chops. They were so tender and delicious. The sauce was tasty and not over powering. My friend had the Filetto al Porto. Filet Mignon stuffed with gorgonzola cheese. Their comment was how tender and large it was. For dessert I had the Lava Di Cioccolato. Chocolate Lava Cake with vanilla ice cream. When you cut into the lightly thin crusted cake, the center oozed out. It was decadent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I always enjoy the food and
    dineoutpro
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    I always enjoy the food and service. Arabellas is the best upscale place in the area. Thank you for a great dining experience and I love the tableside offerings.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    BudRussell
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    I have been twice and had an outstanding meal both times. The piano player is great and entertaining. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Management
    GrnFX
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    We were having a enjoyable dinner up until the actual entrees came out. One of the dishes we ordered came out and didn't taste the greatest. When management approached they insisted that the dish was one of there best and that we had "bad taste buds". They refunded the meal but he was very rude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent. Our
    HarryeatsVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    The food was excellent. Our server Mike was very friendly. The bread and olive spread wad delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is truly an outstanding
    ilsejohn
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    This is truly an outstanding resturant. The bar on the other hand caused us to doubt our choice. Not a good first impression. My wife's wine was a short pour and the bartender would not tell us how many ounces it was even after being asked. A high end place shouldn't skimp on drinks. What does another ounce cost?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a special treat! Food
    Robbie
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Always a special treat! Food is excellent and service beyond great. Piano music a bit loud for comfortable conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Highly Recommend
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    We were IMPRESSED!! Will definitely recomend you to our friends and clients. HAVING THE SOUNDS OF WONDERFUL MUSIC really was a great idea as well, just perfect. We eat out ofen at only the restaurants that have much the same to offer as you and your wonderful staff offer in the way of GOOD food and service. We are impressed with the teamwork that was displayed by everyone. We live in Lakeland, but will be dining at your beautiful eatery as often as we can. I am a long-time student of teamwork and that is the only way a business succeds. e
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding evening.
    Skip
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    This is a class place, the place you take people to for special occasions. Having said that, it is great just for diner. The meal, service and setting was excellent. Took my room mate there for her birthday, her first time there, and she loved it. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected more, but has potential.
    Zrealtor
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    Family members had been here in the past and had found it excellent. Unfortunately, we did not. The service was sadly lacking. A large party came in right after us and they got all the attention while we were shuttled between servers, none of whom seem to be interested in us. There were two of us and the meal went downhill from course to course. Appetizer and salad were excellent. Next, one of our entrees had to be redone and as for dessert, I refused to eat my creme brûlée as it was just a pudding with a sugar coating. It has potential and the food around us looked excellent. Just not a great experience for us this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebrations.
    Sparky
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    We celebrated two birthdays lately and really enjoyed both.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went there for my wifes birrhday.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Went there for my wifes birrhday. The food and service was outstanding. There were six in our party and we were there for two and a half hours which seemed a little long, but the atmosphere was nice and we were having a good time so it went by fast. I would highly recommend Arabella's for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    I was disappointed in the size of the dining area as it felt very small and crowded. My husband and I went for an intimate romantic birthday dinner. The pasta/wine and dessert were all excellent as well as the service The Piano player was very good and provided a variety of different songs, which were ok but gave more of a bar environment. I had wanted an intimate table for 2 but ended up seated next to a huge family group which were very loud. The tables were also very close together which made it difficult to hear each other speak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Real Italian food and service. Always eat here when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food preparation,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Excellent food preparation, service and ambience. We've gone for dinner for the past several years and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Visit
    Glenn
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Outstanding fine dining experience. A friend recommended that we go to Arabella's to celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary as we had not been there before. The fine dining experience was truly outstanding in all respects. We only wish that Lakeland had a restaurant that could come close to matching Arabella's .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner-with husband & son
    JrDiner
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    Great food and service. Jeff was our waiter. We ordered some wonderful red wine and Chateaubriand. Son had a delicious chicken dish. It was delightful to be in a restaurant where you can hear yourself talk. The pianist was not there on Monday night. I hear he is wonderful so we will go back soon on a "piano night".
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband took my to Arabella's
    VeryPleasedCustomer1
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    My husband took my to Arabella's for our anniversary and I have to say we had a fabulous time. From the time we came in the door to the time we left everything was just wonderful. Food was excellent. Highly recommend the Anti Pasta appetizer, Steak Diane, and Banana Foster. But even the salad and bread was delish. The piano player was remakeably talented and very kind.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    GarciaTorresFamily
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Its was our first time going to Arabellas, we made a reservation and we arrived early but they had our table ready. Server were very nice and respectful. The place is extremely elegant. We moved to this city a month ago and wanted to try new things and this place made us want to go visit very often. Food was delicious, this is one of the first Italian restaurants that make you feel you are in Italy. The decoration inside is amazingly stunning and elegant. No much light or windows in the inside to prevent distraction. Overall it has been the Best experience we've had as a dinner (date) :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's Worth The Trip!
    BigDogVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    Great northern Italian restaurant located in the heart of Winter Haven where attention to service and food quality is paramount. In 4 years of visits we've never been disappointed yet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    My wife and I were looking for a nice quiet place to have dinner and found it at Arabellas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food great service.
    Bill2co
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Greeter lowered window shade so sun wasn't blinding. Another server came and raised the shade and I had to move my chair. The greeter noticed this and lowered shade again for me. The piano player was an exceptional addition to the atmosphere will definitely dine here again
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with Mom
    NORMA
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    a fantastic find for Mother's Day brunch, arabella's downtown restaurante was the perfect choice for my very special mother's brunch. The decor was delightful, the pianist was fabulous & the food --- ah, the food, was absolutely superb. We dined on an appetizer of grilled scallops. Our entrees were the lamb & lobster. our expectations were surpassed! bon appetito!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb experience!
    foodie
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Highly recommend! High quality food, elegant and classy atmosphere with piano music as the backdrop. Curtis, the pianist may come to your table to ask for a request. For the setting, we requested Sinatra. Priced reasonably for the quality of food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winter Haven Gem
    kathleenfrog1
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    What a pleasant surprise to stumble across. The food and service were awesome and the prices are some of the best around. Our every request was met with a smile and we were even treated to a free dessert for our anniversary. We will be back...with friends!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service was excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    The food and service was excellent, we have never had an unsatisfactory meal here, that is why we keep coming back and recommend it to our friends and family. The particular night we came recently, there was a table very close to ours that was a little exuberant (noisy), and we ended up in a back corner facing a brick wall, but the food and service was still outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have enjoyed this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Have enjoyed this restaurant since they were at the Best Western many years ago When you are looking for real quality, not just for a special evening this is it in Winter Haven. Service and food is always very good. Piano man is very good and puts on the finishing touch.
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  • We always choose Arrabellas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    We always choose Arrabellas because it is fine dining. The menu has something for everyone and the specials are outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was the first time my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    This was the first time my wife Julie and I have eaten at Arabellas Italian Ristaronte. It was for her birthday dinner and I wanted to take her somewhere nice without having to drive to Orlando or Tampa. The decor was very romantic and pleasant. I liked the way they incorporated some of the original building, i.e., the brick walls, into the current design. The food was excellent. The courses were timed perfectly, as our waiter Mike, was very attentive throughout our dinning experience. He was very knowledgeable about the food and was eager to make suggestions in response to my questions, allowing myself and Julie, to make choices that we were very pleased with for both appetizers and entrees. Bill Nowling
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is our all-time favorite!
    FavoritePlace
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    This is our all-time favorite! We went with friends, who enjoyed it as much as we did. Although Arabella's is an Italian restaurant, their steaks are the best in town!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was our first visit to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    It was our first visit to Arabella's. We went with some friends and had a wonderful time. The food was awesome and so was the service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quality and selection for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Quality and selection for lunch was very good. Service was just a bit off the afternoon we were there. Did not get approached until almost 15 minutes after being seated and served beverages. Was OK from that point on. I will always go back there for lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding for the area.
    SFFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Outstanding for the area. Nothing really comparable in Winterhaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    My wife and I enjoyed her birthday celebration with a last minute decision to try Arabellas. We had explored downtown Winter Haven and found this wonderful location hoping to enjoy a special occasion. It was a wonderful choice and she was extremely pleased with my selection and the entire event. The food was wonderful and prepared with extreme attention to detail. Preparation and presentation was subperb. Service was excellent, attentive but not overbearing. The ambiance and decor simply added to our pleasure. The only deficiency was that the table-side preparation of our entree was done in a location other than table-side. We would have enjoyed to watch the entire preparation at our table. Despite this, the meal and evening was gre
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My husband and I have been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    My husband and I have been wanting to go to this restaurant since we moved to Winter Haven 4 years ago and just never got around to it. What a great experience for us both. Our food was fantastic, the service was wonderful (very attentive) and the ambiance was very relaxing and romantic. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this wonderful place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    Love this wonderful place! Never feel "rushed". Always attentive staff
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A nice little restaurant in
    CarmensensemanVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    A nice little restaurant in a quaint small town center. Good food, very accommodating staff. Warm environment , a bit dated, but OK. Piano player a nice touch. Would dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Upscale restaurant with attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Upscale restaurant with attentive staff. Live piano music with a wonderful ambiance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was outstanding, as always.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Food was outstanding, as always. Waiter was new and still learning his trade but very polite and had a good attitude despite his numerous delays and somewhat inexpert service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate