Arabellas Italian Ristorante

4.9
856 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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, elegant atmosphere.

Arabellas Ristorante Reservation Policy:
• The day of your reservation, please let a representative of Arabellas know in advance should you be running late by calling (863)293-1797.
• Please note, your reservation will be held for 15 minutes from the time of the original reservation. Without notice of late arrival, Arabellas has the right to release the table.
• Special Events and Holiday Reservations will require a deposit for all reservations.


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KB
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This is the first time I was disappointed in my Arabella's experience. My husband's chicken was over cooked and dry and both of our carrots were so under cooked we were afraid they would shoot across the table when we were trying to cut them. I understand you don't want them over cooked, but these were nearly raw. I also don't need to be asked numerous times how my dinning experience is. We appreciate a little bit of privacy. We will go back and hope that it is once again the wonderful experience that it has been in the past.

SD
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary. The restaurant is special with terrific service. They are attentive to our needs but also allow time to enjoy the evening. The appetizer we had was a selection of meats and cheeses which was fantastic. We each got the special of the day, the steak was cooked as I liked and the snapper was very tasty and served with risotto. They gave us a small slice of cheesecake for our anniversary. All in all a terrific place to go for a special occasion.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Arabella's when we are in Florida. It is a wonderful restaurant with amazing food and service. Especially love the bananas foster.

JS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We often celebrate birthdays at Arabellas. We were again disappointed with service by our server, Trent. He is very nice and when present, very helpful. We felt there was a serious lack of attention, uncharacteristic of restaurants the caliber of Arabellas. The food was wonderful, as always. We ordered Caesar salad for the table of four, and the gentleman preparing was told it was for two, producing salads a bit light on the dressing. We appreciated the complimentary deserts for my wife’s parents, who share the same birthday.

TA
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food.The halibut special was delicious. We took our best friends out for their 50th wedding anniversary. Wonderful atmosphere- piano player is a plus. Service had a few hiccups as we had waited a while for our food while another table was served -they were seated after us. Trent was our waiter. They tried to cover the delay by providing a sorbet instead of just telling us there had been a delay in the kitchen. My husband ordered chicken alfredo noodles but only the noodles arrived. By the time he received the chicken- all 3 of us were almost done with our meals. Sadly, no effort was made to accommodate the concerns on the bill. We Happily paid the bill with over a 20% tip and without mention of our disappointment.
However, for the amount that we paid- I thought the service should have been much better than it was.

TC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arabellas always provides a superb experience which makes it ideal for special occasions. The staff is great and helpful. The food is excellent and uniquely prepared. The pianist makes the evening fun and memorable. We will go back again and again.

MD
Orlando
92 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arabellas is a neighborhood gem in the heart of Winter Haven, Florida and is operated by the owner from the New York area. From the time the hostess greets you upon arrival, until you leave 2 hours later, you will wonder why you have not been here before. Ambience in wonderful, service is above anything you would expect, food is fantastic. From the live pianist, to the owner preparing dishes like Steak Lady Diana, or Bananas Foster at tableside, to any crumbs you may have dropped on the tablecloth being discreetly removed, I would have to rate Arabellas as one of the, if not THE top restaurant I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

It's also the little things that are overlooked in some of the best restaurants in the world, that are not forgotten here: ladies served first, dishes served from left, remove from right (some will disagree with this practice), utensils replaced, dress code, etc.

EL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Arabella's is the best Old World Italian restaurant in the area. The food is always of the highest quality. I had the fettuccini alfredo with chicken. Absolute perfection. Service is great and you are not rushed. Live music on the piano is a great touch. Some will think it a little pricey, but its worth it.

s
Orlando
26 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us went to Arabellas's to celebrate my birthday. I had received a coupon toward the purchase of my meal as I belong to the birthday club. It was a perfect evening with a waiter who was knowledgable, professional, and personable. We enjoyed a relaxed evening of great dining and good conversation plus of course, the piano player's rendition of "Happy Birthday".

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good the food and the ambience

CH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE ARE NEW TO FLORIDA AND WE FOUND A RESTAURANT WITH THE ATMOSPHERE AND QUALITY OF FOOD WE WERE USE TO IN NEW YORK CITY. WE ENJOYED CELEBRATING OUR ANNIVERSARY AT ARABELLAS. ARABELLAS WILL BE OUR RESTAURANT FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS THANKS

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebrated. Pianist played requests. Enough service without being overbearing. Allowed for romantic dinner. Unfortunately loud customers voices carried.

JA
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every aspect

a
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arabella's makes you feel like you are in a fine dining establishment in Italy. The food was excellent, can't wait to return and try different dishes! Service was very attentive. The piano player was great, even playing lots of requests. A perfect evening !

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Franco and his food!

KS
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the absolute best restaurant in the area, and it's not even close. The service is impeccable, the atmosphere is perfect, and the food is just delicious. I just can't say enough about how great this place is.

CE
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience at Arabellas was impeccable. The best food the best drink the service was outstanding. We are so looking forward to going back there. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a five star or better.

LR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, amazing service, classy ambiance. I would recommend.

WI
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like Northern Italian specialties, it's the perfect place for that special occasion, birthdays, anniversaries, or special group outings.

MD
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great dining experience. Love the piano background, service and food. The only negative is that while your web site states business casual dress is enforced, at least half the patrons were in blue jeans and shorts. It definitely undermines what would otherwise be an excellent fine dining experience... ...which is what I thought you were looking to provide... ...and what I had anticipated. Am definitely not a snob... I expect to see jeans and shorts in Cracker Barrel’s...but not in Arabellas.

AQ
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Upscale. Best for special occasions

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my wife birthday

GL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 th time we have been there. Each time the food is incredible. No surprise, staff is very attentive. Piano player plays just the right tone for a great evening for all.

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took the husband out for Father’s Day! Other than the initial wait for service, I loved everything about this place. Quaint, beautiful little hidden gem in Winter Haven, Fl. Food was excellent; from the bread to the salad (which was followed by a palate cleansing raspberry sorbet), to the main course; everything was delicious! The piano player was amazing, he did all three of our songs and he was on point. Finished with the molten chocolate cake...oh my. Not one morsel disappointed; we will be back. Side note, the menu is not updated here on Open Table, so expect to spend about $5-$10 more than the prices listed here...and no Lemon ricotta cheesecake either... Regardless, overall a perfect pick for our special date night.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, great service! We all enjoyed the piano player, and that he took requests and played a variety of music. It was our first time there and we will definitely go back!

KP
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Arabella’s for at least 5 years. We love everything about it.
We look for food and service and all is great!

WP
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was my wife’s Birthday ,we got the table we asked for near the window. Friendly server and friendly atmosphere. Entertainer came over to our table and played our song selection, even brought his accordion and played Happy Birthday. Very good evening.

LH
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was just okay. I expected more from a high end restaurant.

RK
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Arabella’s. The food, service and ambiance are consistently excellent. It is our go-to place for special occasions.

TO
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary night from door in to door out. Went with good friends for birthday celebration. We had Steak Lady Diana prepared table side by the chef, a happy birthday serenade by the extremely talented piano player in addition to a follow up of “Tammy”. Our waiter was super attentive! We most definitely be back!

WI
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Their lunch menus offer the opportunity to enjoy their excellent offerings at a much lower cost, in a less busy atmosphere.

S
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and enjoyed it very much. Service was great!

c
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the bruschetta to the bananas Foster, we enjoyed a fabulous meal served by friendly and attentive wait staff. I had the penne Bolognese and my guest asked if she could have gnocchi with Bolgnese sauce. The chef obliged. The waiter and my guest chatted a bit in Italian. Turns out both their families came from Italy. Charming restaurant. Excellent place for a quiet lunch or dinner. It was too hot or we would have tried dining at the tables outside.

DB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food , service, attentiveness superior. Highly recommend. We’ve been there 5 times and it is always great

B
Norfolk
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, great ambience. Piano player did not know the requested music but looked it up and played after consulting us, great thanks.

DW
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. From the excellent service (have only experienced this at this place), to the food. This place has been downtown for almost 12 years. Knew them before when they were out by the old CypressGardens. I encourage you to experience this

WV
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Arabellas exceeded all of our expectations. The food was outstanding and the service was amazing! We really enjoyed the energy the piano guy added to the atmosphere and can't wait to return!

f
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arabellas is always a treat! The waiters are so attentive and pleasant but not overly so.
I always have the luncheon salmon which is the best. Can't wait to go again!!

DC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A little pricey, but I understood that going in. Could have used a little less Dijon in the Ceasar salad but that is a personal taste and observation. Would (and have) recommend Arabella's to all.

MM
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience....wonderful meal and awesome service

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