Arabellas Italian Ristorante

4.9
712 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.


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday ~ Friday 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday ~ Saturday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(863) 293-1797
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Juan Velez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
4th Street SW
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Parking details
Street parking and Public lot available
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Entertainment
That Musical Guy, Christopher Bell (Pianist)
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Special events & promotions
Special Events and Holiday Reservations will require a deposit for all reservations.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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GJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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SM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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LE
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arabella’s is cozy, the food is prepared to perfection and beautifully presented. The service was impeccable. We will definitely go back.

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RO
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our wait service was great. Logan was very attentive and friendly.

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D
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DF
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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SB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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. :-)

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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+ .

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JS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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KB
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MA
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Best restaurant in Polk County!

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PZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had bad meal love the place
Service great
Piano player plays your selections
Food excellent
Cain’t say enough about the restaurant 👍

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the Winter Haven area. Salad made tableside, food selections excellent.

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DM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best upscale restaurant in the Winter Haven area. Service is impeccable!

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TR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a very peaceful dinner where you can enjoy your dinner and conversation this is the place in Winter Haven.

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J
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service.

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B
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around!

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KF
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and my wife and I love this place

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A
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best overall dining experience in quite a while. Relaxed, comfortable dining with excellent food.

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L
Orlando
143 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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FM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arabellas is just great! Food is always EXCELLENT! Service impeccable! Don't pass up opportunity to eat here!

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f
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great lunch!! The food was excellent and the service
as well. How wonderful to have a place to go and know you
and your guest will not be disappointed.

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R
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service in a very pleasant setting. All in all a great experience!

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C
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service, food was very good, but one of my scallops was undercooked and 70% raw inside. Noise level was very high from the crowd, and we almost had to yell at each other to be able to talk. Vey busy that night!

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BE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an enjoyable evening celebrating our anniversary. We arrived early to take advantage of the bar for a cocktail before our reservation. We also appreciated being able to enjoy our food selections without feeling rushed In between courses.

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an awesome experience from beginning to end. My companion was discreetly asked to remove his hat. So beware and it wasn’t a ball cap, but he wasn’t offended it was done so nicely.

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BW
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent servers, food , and atmosphere. Only poor mark is a small noisy neighbors at a tale talking loudly.

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l
Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere. Loved having live piano music as well. Enjoyed everything about the meal except the salad course, where the dressing tasted commercial and the lettuce was iceberg (not baby greens as the menu said), the grated carrots looked old, unripe tomatoes (it's August Florida for goodness sake!) and shavings of parmesan cheese which really didn't work for me. Overall a nice find and we'll be back. Maybe skip the salad course next time.

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L
Orlando
143 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Arabellas is a beautiful restaurant with ample on street parking. While the food was good, not outstanding, the service was over the top. The staff was extaordinary and extremely attentive which made my business meeting outstanding. Yes, I would recommend Arabellas.

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although they mixed up the hubby’s order, the meal food was awesome. Elegant and romantic and fulfilling.

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CP
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and it was recommended my son claiming it the best restaurant in Polk County. We will return!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Compares to Carbone's in Hartford CT without the attatude! Will go back many times.

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C
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food & service were terrific... and the musician was wonerful

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter Vinny was great. Unfortunately back room had a large, loud party which interfered with our romantic birthday celebration.

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GP
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Arabella’s but it won’t be our last! We enjoyed the atmosphere and background music. The menu was varied and we ordered appetizers to dessert. Everything tasted fresh and was absolutely delicious. Service was excellent and very attentive. It’s a bit pricey but worth every cent!

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BG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant suroundings, very good food and service.

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D
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. The live music was very good. It was a very pleasant experience. While the food was very good, I think it is over priced.

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