Arabellas Italian Ristorante

4.9
765 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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TW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well kept secret. Will make my go-to spot for affordable fine dining close to home.

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KB
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to have fantastic food and service. We use it for all of our special occasions!

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YD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely enjoy every aspect of eating at this beautiful restaurant! We have always had excellent service, the atmosphere is very relaxing and romantic (which makes a wonderful spot for SPECIAL occasions) and the food is excellent in taste and preparation!

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LR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

It was good. Loved Caesar salad. Had the ribeye it was ok. Didn't have a huge amount of flavor, cooked correctly. The sides were just ok. I love booze but the banana foster didn't have the alcohol cooked off enough, we couldn't eat much of and it wasn't caramelized. The service was impeccable!

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FK
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is top notch! Fish entrees have always been exceptional. Variety of menu will satisfy everyone. Flaming desserts are fun for all to watch! Piano player takes requests and pleases all who participate as well as those just listening.

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NJ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love Arabellas and are so happy it is centrally located. All the staff seem well trained and are personable. The food is very good.

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AT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a bread with a red pepper hummus spread, a steak and mushroom ravioli starter, the Caesar salad prepared table side, the Steak Lady Diana prepared table side, one medium rare, one medium. The food was perfect and the service was impeccable. It was a lovely birthday dinner, we splurged and enjoyed our experience very much. Thank you, Trent, Sal, Franco and the piano guy:)

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q
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner here for a birthday. The Veal Marsala was delicious. We had a leisurely meal ending with a tasty dessert.

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing! My cocktail a (Brandy Alexander) had chocolate drizzled all over the glass which I have talked to several people had never heard of in a Brandy Alexander. My suggestion is leave off in the future. The music was wonderful! I will come again.

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WI
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Special occasions are really made special with the servicre. Their lunch menu is worth checking out, enough to eat, but less expensive than evening menu.

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience in the area. Very attentive service, accommodating to all requests.
They don’t try to rush you thru your dinner to fill the table again unless you want to dine quickly.
Great menu choices including daily specials. Piano player very open to requests & enjoys playing music.
Overall a wonderful experience. We will make it a point to dine there more often!

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A
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great restaurant, food was excellent. Great atmosphere with pianist. Reasonably priced and good service.

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CW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice and we liked everything about the place. I have nothing else to say.

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TM
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is outstanding! The service, the food, the music! Above and beyond! If you read a negative review here, I assure you they do not know anything about food. This place is a must go to restaurant! The pianist, Christopher Bell, also plays a multitude of instruments and composes as well. The entire staff excels in their positions. The Chef is superb. There are few restaurants like this in the World! We are extremely fortunate to have this one in our backyard.

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WI
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Always great food and service. Especially nice when the piano player is there. He will go to the tables to ask for the song you would like him to play.
Also great place for lunch with friends.

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r
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always dine at Arabellas for Special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions when we are in Florida

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LL
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Arabellas as it is a bit out of the way for us. However, after our visit this will definitely not be our last. Easy to see why most everyone rates Arabellas with 5 stars...perfect evening in every way...from ambiance to service to the outstanding food. Dinner was served at a very comfortable leisurely pace. Although there are many steak, veal, chicken and seafood entrées, my wife and I both were in the mood for pasta. She had the Fettuccine Alfredo with grilled sgrimp and I had Linguine with Shrimp, Mussels and Scallops in a light tomato sauce...both were excellent. We have a tradition where we rate the mussels at any new Italian restaurant we try...the mussels in garlicky tomato sauce appetizer did not disappoint. Dessert was an amazing Cherries Jubilee prepared tableside! Also enjoyed the piano player who took requests. Since this was my birthday, the evening concluded with playing Happy Birthday at our table on the accordion...a fun touch!

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MJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was superb, as always! The service is efficient, without being intrusive. My wife commented later that the plates simply vanished at the right time! The wine glasses were filled and we had an enjoyable meal with good friends and enjoyed the piano player as well.

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TT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Our server Vinny was exceptional!

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JP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday. It was a delight. Food was delicious and service was excellent. Piano was a nice plus. He even learned the song we requested so he could play some. We will definitely be back!

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AB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, service a bit slow. A 2 hour meal without dessert

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BE
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought family for 1t time and they were impressed and said they would definitely want to return.

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JC
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations two weeks ahead but still had to wait about 20 minutes for our table. Wait for the entree was a little longer than usual. But food was good and servers were quite attentive.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food awesome service wonderful restaurant specially for a special date night

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DP
Orlando
30 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great evening... Vinnie ( Mario) was attentive and had a great wine knowledge!

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L
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the most outstanding experience on Saturday evening. The ambiance,piano player, taste and pace of meal, & great wine made for a memorable evening after the Winter Haven play!!! Will be back!!!!

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LM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Arabella’s! Food is wonderful, service is very personal. Servers are friendly and kind. A lovely dining experience.

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EL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal no matter what is ordered
Staff very attentive

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OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been meaning to come over and try after hearing wonderful things, so on our date night we decided to give it a try! It was fantastic. Ambiance was perfect for date night with piano music and a quiet well spaced out table arrangement. Eric was a great sever and helped to walk us through all the courses and menu. Food was on point and well prepared and seasoned. Very flavorful and authentic.

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BH
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word: Fabulous!

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W
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third time at Arabella’s and, as always,everything was perfect from beginning to end. Excellent service, amazing dishes, well-prepared drinks, table-side prepared dessert, and a piano player who asked for special requests and was able to play all three pieces. Our waiter was always available but never noticed. He also explained the specials in such detail you would of thought he made it himself. Best rib-eye ever with root vegetables, lumache in a sauce I could eat all night, lightly battered calamari, fettuccini Alfredo in the silkiest of sauces, and cherries jubilee to die for, just to name a few of the dishes. The owner even stopped by our table. We had a very special and memorable evening.

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P
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and good food. We enjoy the place.

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R
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Arabellas many times over the years and have never been disappointed in anything! The ambiance, food, service, and the great piano player are consistently excellent. By Far, the best overall fine dining experience in central Florida.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful staff

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OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Engagement

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P
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and super service, well worth the trip.

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MD
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arabella's never fails to impress on the fact that little ole' Winter Haven, Florida has one of the best italian restaurants in all of Florida! The food here is spectacular - from the fresh pastas to the grilled steaks. My wife and I shared the Chateaubriand which was flame-finished at our table. The steak was cooked perfectly and served with a nice mushroom brandy sauce and potatoes. The wine selection and prices are very reasonable.

Some of the touches that makes Arabellas so special include a between course sorbet to cleanse the palate and a musician playing your favorite tunes on his grand piano.

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CC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience, but the prices are far higher than the food cost. You are paying for an experience, not just a meal. Although the experience is not THAT amazing to warrant such expense.

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JW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. We've been a repeat customer for over eight years. Hands down the best Italian restaurant in Central Florida. I highly recommend Arabella's.

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