Arabellas Italian Ristorante
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.
Dinner: Monday ~ Saturday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Always a great meal and super service, well worth the trip.
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.
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.
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.
My only disappointment was the processed chicken, other wise the food was pretty good, though the soup was one of the best ever!!!
I enjoyed the ambience, service and the food. The cherry Jubilee is a favorite!
My ONLY suggestion is that since we were raised in New York and the soup of the day was Manhattan Clam Chowder we were a little disappointed when the soup contained ham with a smoky taste and was a cream base . It. was GOOD but not the Manhattan Clam Chowder we grew up with. In the future please let the patrons know it's your version of Manhattan Clam Chowder. Other than that everything was great (as usual)
As always wonderful service and the food was perfect !
Always a fabulous meal, inimitable service, and great ambiance!
"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes.
Great food and service! Would recommend! Wonderful staff.
Great meal and perfect for anniversary dinner. They had a piano player who took requests. Justin, our server, was extremely well versed in the menu and gave great service. Look forward to another chance to eat here.
Excellent cuisine, service and ambiance! A must for special occasions or special dates!
We came in for a ladies night out and had such a great time, as always. We were promptly greeted by our favorite server, Justin, who remembered our preferences and began recommending some dishes for our consideration. For starters, we settled on the Fiocci (pear-stuffed pasta) and the Butternut Squash stuffed tortellacci, which is not a listed appetizer, but Justin informed us that he could easily obtain one for us. Each pasta was unique and delicious, the amaretto cookie crumbs a nice touch on the tortellacci's sweet sauce. The gorgonzola sauce for the Fiocci is the best I've ever had.
My friend wanted a something different for her entree, remembering that she is a vegetarian, Justin suggested that he could ask the chef to prepare for her a wild mushroom risotto, a rich perfection of sticky, italian arborio rice abounding with earthy mushroom goodness. I stepped out of my comfort zone and ordered veal for the first time. Again relying on recommendation, I went with the Veal Toscana which I was informed I could add some parmesan risotto (my favorite!) as a side dish to. The veal was fork tender and the sauce was out of this world, full of sundried tomatoes and artichoke with the perfect touch of cream.
For dessert, we never miss an opportunity to enjoy the Cherries Jubilee, prepared at our tableside. Sticky and sweet, a fantastic finish along with a cappuccino.
Arabella's always goes above and beyond. It is worth the drive from anywhere to experience the authentic cuisine and elegant atmosphere. The wait staff is professional and refined, something you will not find at a chain and each dish is prepared to order. We love coming here and would recommend it to anyone.
Incredible service, food and upclass atmosphere ....awesome.
As always, a wonderful meal and outstanding service. The butternut squash tortellini was excellent! Best restaurant in central Florida!
Justin and his team were our waiters and the service was excellent. The star of the evening was their food We started by sharing an order of mussels sautéed in olive oil, white wine and marinara followed with ravioli stuffed with braised beef in a marasala / mushrooms sauce and Osso Buco. Both excellent.
More expensive than was led to believe, especially one of the specials. My birthday coupon only gave us a $20 discount; thought it would be $30.
My vegetables were rather tasteless.
Arabella’s is cozy, the food is prepared to perfection and beautifully presented. The service was impeccable. We will definitely go back.
Our wait service was great. Logan was very attentive and friendly.
A neighbor recommended Arabella's as a great fine dining restaurant near our community. We were told to make reservations as it is very popular in Winter Haven. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and our neighbor told us about the free birthday dinner, so we decided to try Arabella's. The location is great in downtown Winter Haven, with great ambiance in the 1920s-era bank with beautiful crown moldings and doorways. Our waiter Vinny was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was delicious and plentiful for the price paid, which was quite reasonable compared to our usual fine dining experiences on Miami Beach, Boca Raton, NYC, and Washington, DC. For us, our experience was comparable to our many dinners over the years at Charlie Palmer's in NYC and Washington, DC. It was great to have the musical guy playing the piano, asking us for our favorite songs and playing them, his playing the accordion for her birthday song, and his playing the piccolo for some Irish songs with her name in the title of the song after dinner. It was a special birthday night for my beautiful wife in our new home in Polk County. We will definitely return to Arabella's for many more romantic dinners.
This was our second visit and this was a birthday dinner. Both dining experiences were excellent. The ambiance was quite nice in a quaint older building in downtown Winter Haven. I would call the prices on the upper side of moderate, but depending on what you order, it could be a bit on the expensive side. With that said, the service and the quality, quantity and presentation of the plates was excellent. It was a very enjoyable experience and I would give Arabellas an excellent recommendation.
This is fine dining at its best. The wait staff were attentive and friendly. The management checked on us several times. The food is absolutely delicious and worth the cost.
My wife and I had an awesome evening.
Service, food was excellent and the piano music was just the creme a la creme.
Very cozy place and we for sure will come back again very soon. :-)
Excellent food, service,ambiance,cleanliness= fair price. This was Our 34th Wedding Anniversary and 2nd in a row at Winter Haven Fl. Arabellas. The Quality of Restaurants in Polk County is mostly pitiful sorry to say. Arabbellas is the best fair price in Polk County, Florida. Thank You, Michael and Beverly. 9/21/1984. #33+34+ .
My girlfriend and I are in our 40's and have drive an hour or more from Winter Haven to have a fun but mature dinning experience on our date nights. On September 20th I found Arabellas in the heart of Winter Haven.
I made my reservations online (I recommend you call for reservations) for 7:30pm. Finding a parking spot was pretty easy. Walking into the place it initially reminded me of "The Great Gatsby" the way the decor is arranged. The pianist was very personable and good at his craft. He didn't play too loud and he was very accommodating. The matradee was very personable; however, I believe our online reservation was not in their book which is why I recommend calling for reservations. He accommodated us and we were seated.
Once seated our drink orders were taken (Moscato for her and Coke for him) and we received the menus. The matradee answered our questions about the items on the menu and made a few recommendations which were not the most expensive items on the menu. My girlfriend ordered the Ravioli Di Manzo and I ordered the Bistecca Di Manzo al Carbone. As we sat waiting we were given some very good bread with what seemed to be some crushed red sweet peppers and garlic. This was a very good spread. I should have asked for more. The owner came over and prepared Caesar salads table side and conversated with us as he made the dressing from scratch. This was the best Caesar I have ever had.
Dinner arrived about 20 minutes later and it was worth the wait. Everything was hot and cooked to perfection. Best meal I have had in Winter Haven.
At the end of our visit I told the pianist that my girlfriend could sing and he "persuaded" her to sing..lol!!. It was an amazing evening for us and for all who heard her voice.
Arabella's is a place every couple should experience you won't be disappointed.
My husband and I make it a point to go to Arabella's for all special occasions. The most recent was for my birthday and they didn't disappoint.
Excellent food, service and ambiance. Best restaurant in Polk County!
Never had bad meal love the place
Piano player plays your selections
Cain’t say enough about the restaurant 👍
Best restaurant in the Winter Haven area. Salad made tableside, food selections excellent.
Best upscale restaurant in the Winter Haven area. Service is impeccable!
If you want a very peaceful dinner where you can enjoy your dinner and conversation this is the place in Winter Haven.
Always great food and service.
As always....Excellent. Best restaurant in the area. Blessed to have them in Winter Haven. The ONLY thing negative is that the noise level can sometimes be disruptive.
My wife and I had an awesome dinner at Arabella's on Thursday 30 August. The food was prepared expertly. It was her birthday and the chef made the desert very special. The pianist played or favorite songs and then serenaded my wife and sang the birthday song. Our waiter Logan made sure we had a very memorable evening!
Fantastic all around!
Great atmosphere and my wife and I love this place
Best overall dining experience in quite a while. Relaxed, comfortable dining with excellent food.
I was at Arabellas the month before, for a business luncheon and left something behind. The management was kind enough to hold it for me, all this time, til I could get back to retrieve it. A great place to meet for business. Really nice personnel. I look forward to returning.