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About 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, 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.


346 W. Central Av.
Winter Haven, FL 33880
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday ~ Friday 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday ~ Saturday 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
4th Street SW

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(863) 293-1797

Website:
http://www.arabellas.us/

Entertainment:
That Musical Guy, Christopher Bell (Pianist)

Parking Details:
Street parking and Public lot available

Executive Chef:
Juan Velez

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Special Events and Holiday Reservations will require a deposit for all reservations.

Arabellas Italian Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.9

ambience

4.9

value

4.7

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (31)
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Live Music (19)
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Creative Cuisine (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Cozy (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Business Meals (10)
Great for Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
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Hot Spot (3)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 1, 2016

First time eating at Arabella's. The food, service and atmosphere was awesome! Definitely a special occasion place. Look forward to eating their again!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 28, 2016

Had a wonderful time great dinner I was the only one in our group of 5 that have been there they all loved it . Thank you again

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 21, 2016

We went to Arabella's for my husbands Birthday. The food and service was excellent. The piano player was an very good and took requests for songs you would like to hear. Also the piano player came to our table with his accordian and played music as well as Happy Birthday. A wonderful restaurant to go to and very clean.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 17, 2016

we heard so many good things about the restaurant and it met all of our expectations and then some. The service was fantastic, the food was as good as any New York Italian restaurant and I would not hesitate to recommend it to friends and family. We will certainly be back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 4, 2016

Elegant atmosphere, pianist was performing the night we dined, adding to the ambiance. Service was superb. Every one was very attentive. The lobster ravioli was delicious. Definitely a rare gem in Winter Haven. Excellent for celebrating special occasions

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 12, 2016

Dining at Arabella's made my birthday celebration very special.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 11, 2016

It was my Birthday, and we were treated like important guests. As always, everything was perfect. Thank You Peter

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 3, 2016

Lovely atmosphere and the food is simply wonderful. A real Gem. This is one of our favorite places if not the favorite!!!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 3, 2016

We went on a recommendation from friends. Nice atmosphere in a historic building. We went for a late lunch(our favorite time to eat) and when asked if they served Veal Chops, was told that it was a dinner entree but offered to see if the chef would serve for lunch. I was served an amazing grilled veal chop, to my delight. We also asked if they had soft shell crab and the owner stated that he would order a case as he knew that we would return and that he could sell as a special entree. Dessert was table side prepared bananas foster to our delight. The wine list was wonderful and the prices were reasonable. I look forward to many lunches at our new "favorite" restaurant for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Memphis)·Dined on April 30, 2016

The food was good, but the piano player was worth driving all day to hear. His incredible talent made our ten year anniversary dinner a special one to remember. We were in Florida on vacation and would have made the trip just to hear him. He is the reason your restaurant is set apart.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 25, 2016

We have been here many times over the years and we were always satisfied. Not this time! Service was the worst we ever experienced here, and the server was well seasoned. We will return as we like this restaurant and hope for a better experience the next time.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 22, 2016

I live in Plant City and I waited too long to make the trip to Winter Haven to visit Arabella's.

So many things to enjoy, but what I really enjoyed is that the tables aren't crammed together like so many restaurants do nowadays. We were able to interact with our fellow diners without necessarily being able to hear their conversations while we enjoyed our meal.

Another thing that is falling by the wayside that we enjoyed at Arabella's is that the wait staff were all professionals who understand fine dining--as opposed to teenagers working an after-school job.

Wife enjoyed her Lobster Ravioli and the special of the night was an amazing Pork Osso Buco with Risotto. Fantastic.

They had a guy playing the piano and singing--he even visited the tables to take requests.

We will definitely be going back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 6, 2016

This restaurant is great for special occasions such as a birthday or anniversary. We've been going there for several years and the food and service is top notch. Best Italian food in the area. Enjoy!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 30, 2016

The piano player was great but a bit loud. Nothing we couldn't overcome but it was surprising at first. The bar, hostess, and wait staff were all very accommodating, considerate, and professional. The food was fabulous but the portions were a bit large so bring your appetite.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 26, 2016

Food was great the waiters were fantastic can't wait to go back there againat

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on March 23, 2016

The best fine dining spot in Winter Haven. The food is excellent and the venue is very romantic.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 17, 2016

have been to Arabellas many times. Grouper special great. Veal was outstanding. Service tops as usual. Piano player entertained us with Gary Owen played on a special flute while at our table. Negative: Were first to enter at opening time. Hostess took us to left of door where there were empty tables and seated us at the worst seats in the restaurant. We were in a corner and looked at two walls for dinner. About 8 tables stayed empty except for one couple who were seated near the piano player. Our seats should have been for a late arrival without a reservation who was lucky to get in the door. No, our inconsiderate hostess placed in a most undesirable location even though there were no other diners present. . This put a big damper on what was a very special occasion for the two of us. Makes one think about another location for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 3, 2016

Have eaten there atleast eight times. This last time we went on a Thursday night. It was so noisy that we asked to have our table changed. The second table was just as bad. Never had this happen before. Food is great as is the service. Apparently it's become the in place to have a fine dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 25, 2016

Greeted by a hostess with a pleasant smile. The service following our arrival was superb. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambiance. We would recommend Arabella's to a friend. Looking forward to returning soon!

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on February 20, 2016

Our calamari was rubbery so we sent it back. The fresh made pasta was thick a tad bit tough and not velvety smooth like fresh pasta should be. We will not be going back.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 19, 2016

We went there with a group of 3 couples to celebrate our anniversary. Loved the food and everything about it. Would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an out of the ordinary restaurant to go too.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 19, 2016

Husband and I traveled from Tampa to visit Arabellas and found it well worth the drive. The restaurant itself is beautiful, the staff friendly but not obtrusive, and the food was excellent. The prices were moderate, especially for the quality. Had a great time and will visit again!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 5, 2016

Piano player excellent service and great drinks. Perfect for a special occasion or just a romantic night out.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 5, 2016

We got engaged here last Friday. As soon as the staff saw what was happened they brought champagne and the piano player began playing romantic songs for us. It was perfect. So grateful to everyone there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 5, 2016

Had heard about this restaurant for years, finally got there! And what a treat!! The service was just right, the food delicious, and the hospitality generous. We'll definitely be making a return visit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 4, 2016

An amazing restaurant both from a food and a service standpoint. Michael our waiter was outstanding. Be sure to try the Bananas Foster prepared at tableside great and also a show.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 3, 2016

Excellent food, excellent service, personal accordion music a great touch. Piano requests played to perfection in the background. Loved the free dessert for our Anniversary. Great price.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 29, 2016

This place takes me back to fine dining experiences in New Orleans and Europe. The atmosphere and service is outstanding, the wine selection more than adequate, and the food delicious and presented in an aesthetic manner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 26, 2016

It is always a pleasure to dine at Arabella's. The food is excellent, as is the service. Our special waiters, Jeff and Mike, know our favorite wines and entrees. We enjoy the music and atmosphere very much. To tell the truth, we rarely go to any other restaurant!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 21, 2016

We had two ravioli and two pollo dishes. The ravioli dishes were okay but the pollo dishes were flavorless. For such an expensive restaurant the food should be much better.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 19, 2016

Met an old friend here for lunch, it was very relaxed and the service was very efficient. The decor is welcoming. The washrooms are very clean, which is always something that indicates to me the restaurant will offer a comfortable experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2016

Hostess was inexperienced. Even with a reservation and with the restaurant semi-empty, she offered to sit me on a table by the main corridor (I identified and took a better alternative). Menu is dense with sugar. E.g., the house salad dressing is extremely sweet. Why? The lamb osso bucco (special of the day) was not from Spring Lamb, and thus lacked tenderness and was stringy. Arabellas is located in an area with very limited options, and it's probably the best around. However, it can tone down the pretentiousness, better train its hostess, and drastically reduce the amount of sugar on the plates that I tasted (this was my third visit). Waiters were attentive and competent.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 11, 2016

Special occasion was husband's birthday; dinner was January 11, 2016. Appreciated the $20 birthday coupon offered on line on Arabella's website! The house salad was delicious with the Zinfandel dressing. The roasted salmon was outstanding -- bar none - and the risotto was out of this world. The Veal Parmigiana was outstanding, hot, and quite a generous portion. Edna Valley Cabernet by the glass was delicious slightly chilled. Service was impeccable and food was served promptly. I would prefer the tomatoes in the Tomato Bruschetta appetizer be diced small and flavored with good oil, vinegar, and basil so they don't fall of the bruschetta. The oil pooled on the plate. Husband was served Crown & Coke when he ordered Makers & Coke, but he did not mention the mistake. We loved our fine dining experience in this five star restaurant in Winter Haven, FL, and definitely will return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2016

Overall experience was very pleasant: food was really good, service was implacable, pianist was beyond nice. A very great way to finish our weekend in Legoland.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 30, 2015

We were looking for a restaurant near Haines City which could accommodate a group of 8 and take reservations. Open Table gave us Arabellas as the best option so we made the reservation not knowing anything about the restaurant. Our expectations were modest and for the most part we were happy to have reservations for our group. The hostess called us an hour before the reservation to confirm we would be there and that they were expecting us. When we arrived, they had a table setup in the private dining room for our group. The setting was perfect and the wait staff was exceptional. The wine list had selections that would meet most everyone's needs and price point. The menu exceeded our expectations for a small town restaurant. The food was excellent and I recommend the Steak Diana if you are a meat lover. There was a pianist playing the evening we were there and as a bonus he played the accordion for our group. We will certainly be back the next time we are in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 29, 2015

It has been a long time since I ate at this restaurant and went back because of the excellent food and impeccable service.

The one annoyance was loud music - we had to shout at each other when we talked. The first time I visited here, there was no music and was more enjoyable. The music marred our dinner experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2015

This is the way authentic Italian food was meant to be enjoyed. Tasty food, an artful piano player, and white glove service. Only improvement would be to provide some outside seating as the day was lovely.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 23, 2015

What a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday! Fantastic restaurant! Would highly recommend for a special, romantic dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 14, 2015

It's always a treat to have dinner with friends at Arabella's. The best food in town!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 14, 2015

Arabellas is in a class of its own. There is no other dining experience in the area that compares. The authentic Italian cuisine is amazing, service is professional and unobtrusive, and the ambiance is relaxed and charming. Whether we come for a causal lunch or an elegant five course dinner, Arabellas consistently exceeds all our expectations.

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