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Reviewed 12 September 2022

We experienced Arabellas with another couple. Our table was ready right on time when our reservation was schedule. Started with water and wonderful Italian bread with a couple of delicious spreads. We then shared the Gamberoni all Aglio Shrimp sauteed in olive oil, garlic, and...a light spicy white wine sauce and the Calamari Alla Chef Traditional fried calamari served with a light spicy marinara sauce. I had the Vitello Arabellas Veal scallopini with shrimp and scallops sauteed in a wine saffron sauce, my wife had the Scaloppine Di Vitello al Marsala Veal scallopini sauteed with mushrooms and Marsala wine. Both were very good, great sauce and the veal was tender. We finished with Canoli Pastry shell filled with ricotta, chocolate chips, vanilla, sugar, and orange and the New York Style Cheesecake, topped with caramel and almonds. Service was very professional, well timed and gave us plenty of time to interact. The live music is a little old school and the entertainer could us some updating to his selections. Clearly this is the best fine dining Italian restaurant in the Polk county area - give it a try.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 14 August 2022 via mobile

We went with family for the first time. Service was great. Almost too good - we were interrupted multiple times to refill waters that were more than half full. Good and drink was a 10! Ordered a dirty martini and it seemed maybe the bartender...used the same shaker cup previously used to make a mojito. Had a bit of mint taste to it. It was quickly resolved. Amazing menu. Very good food. Would definitely return! Reservations a must. Small place.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 July 2022 via mobile

I like to try the most unique thing on a menu my first time at a new place...it was so worth it for the Involtini con Granchio (crab-stuffed eggplant roll with creamy marinara and fettucine). My friend's Caesar salad was a delicious classic and the...bread was perfect. Service also on pointe. Prices can't be beat!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 13 May 2022 via mobile

What a lovely restaurant with its wide menu of l uncheon offerings. My blackened shrimp salad was fresh and crispy with greens, tomatoes and cucumber spices with raspberry dressing. The blackened, grilled shrimp were just perfect—fresh, succulent and generous. Atmosphere is pleasant for carrying on...conversations. How nice to have crisp tablecloths and napkins, too! Service is attentive but not intrusive, a rare combination!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 7 April 2022

We tried this place again for a birthday dinner. Food and service were excellent, albeit pricey. I was shocked to see that they added the tip onto the bill and did not mention a word about doing so!! Thankfully, I looked at it carefully before...paying. Wow, now I'm worried that the last time we ate here I tipped double the amount I should have. I have no problem paying 20% and more, but I do not appreciate it being added to the bill and NOT mentioned. That just feels sneaky, underhanded, and very unusual on a table for two!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 4 March 2022

We stumbled on this restaurant and decided to have lunch here. We used the outside seating. They have an excellent menu and the food is excellent. In addition, we couldn't believe how reasonable the prices were. As a result, we were back at Arabellas for...lunch the next day. The food was excellent then too. This is really a great restaurant.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 18 February 2022

We went there for our anniversary. We ordered appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. There were problems with each, not to mention our drink order getting screwed up. We waited 30 minutes between the appetizer and salad course. The owner did not seem to care one...bit. Terrible wait staff in our area and other tables around us had issues as well. It ruined our night as we had expectations of having a great experience as in the past. We are done with Arabella’s.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 10 February 2022

What a Great Place to go for a romantic evening or go with some of your friends. Everyone is so appreciative and professional. The Food is unbelievable!! The piano player is amazing - He takes a lot of pride in what he does and it...shows. If you haven't been here, you are missing out!! We have already planned a Christmas party for 2022 at Arabella's!!!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 7 December 2021 via mobile

This was my third visit to Arabellas and each time the food was very good. This time it was outstanding. I started with Gamberoni all agalio. The shrimp were cooked perfectly and the sauce of olive oil, garlic filets and a touch of paprika was...executed to perfection. The entree of veal Saltimbocca, excellent. Two tender scallopine layered with fresh sage, prosciutto and cheese, each flavor distinct, then blending together in your mouth with each bite. The white wine sauce had the silky texture and flavor only a very good sauciere chef can produce.The side of crisp tender carrots and zucchini was the perfect accompaniment. I was pleased to find an old favorite of mine on the dessert menu; crema Catalana. Again, executed to perfection. This restaurant is deserving of the highest rating. From the dining room, to the Avenue Bar and the pizza kitchen next door, all nicely decorated and comfortable. I ate at the bar and the service was top notch.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 30 September 2021 via mobile

As Always Arabellas Hits A Home Run With An Exceptional Chateau Brian’s for two to help us celebrate our anniversary, great atmosphere and attentive servers, thank you Arabellas for an awesome dining experience

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 15 September 2021 via mobile

What do you get when you take a 5 star Italian restaurant from Manhattan and plunkit down in the middle of town square of Winter Haven, Florida? Arabellas Ristorante of course! This Exquisitely decorated restaurant is a dining experience you do not want to miss!...Their service team are professionally dressed and are impeccable! Their knowledge and recommendations for cuisine is spot on and they strive to deliver exactly what you want. All the touches are evident, linens on tables, leather bound menus and at night pianist taking requests to make the ambiance complete! The menu has an amazing array of choices plus nightly “Chef Specials” to wow you! Each dish is a masterpiece of perfectly seasoned and cooked cuisine plated beautifully! I came here with friends for my birthday but had vowed not to work that night which was torturing me as dish after magnificent dish came out. I swore I would come back to properly review. So two weeks later I was back for lunch, which was a slightly different menu and again we were ecstatic! We started with the fried mozzarella with a wonderful hearty marinara dipping sauce. Crunchy on the outside and ooey gooey cheesy goodness on the inside! I ordered the special of the day of the “Chicken Francaise” which was so tender with a light lemon butter sauce with capers over pasta with steamed veggies. We also had the “Chicken Parmignia” over pasta which was one of the best we have had! Both entrees came with a side salad and of course bread service. They even serve my favorite Prosecco, “Lamarca”! We decided to go on the recommendation of the “Cherries Jubilee” made table side in all its flaming glory! Along with this I ordered a millionaires coffee and was quite content! This restaurant is one of the diamonds of Florida and exceeds on all points of the dining experience and should be acclaimed for there success!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 3 September 2021

atmosphere was peaceful, piano player set the mood, service was on point, food was delicious They made my retirement special by providing a beautiful dessert with retirement in chocolate scroll.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 1 June 2021 via mobile

Superb! Service, food and atmosphere. This is fine dining at its finest in little downtown Winter Haven. You will feel like you are sitting in a NYC establishment. The pianist was a treat. As the evening progresses and the restaurant fills, the noise level rises....This only adds to the experience. If you are looking for a special occasion restaurant...this is your place!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 1 May 2021 via mobile

Each dish was as good or better than the last. I eat at the best restaurants I can find. The preparation and presentation were perfect. This restaurant must source very high quality ingredients as it shows in the food presented. The escargot was a preparation...I had never had and even the 4 and 6 yr old grandchildren wanted more! Then came the table side presentation/preparation of the Caesar salads. I make my own Caesar dressing and get raves but this far surpassed what I make. Possibly no probably the best I have ever tasted. Then the table side preparation of the filet and steak Diana - entertainment and fabulous. Much better than any “steak house restaurants” . Then there was the piano. The have a tuxedo clad piano player/accordion/harmonica player that took requests and played background music. Very nice! Go, eat- have the best meal ever!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 11 April 2021

Took my mother and a friend to Arrabella's for her 78th birthday celebration. It was a great meal and atmosphere. I had told them when I made a reservation that it was for a birthday. The piano player also plays the accordion at the table...for birthdays. There were several birthdays that evening, as this restaurant is popular for special occasions. I kept thinking that he would come over and play when we got dessert. He came over to an adjacent table, but not ours. Very disappointed in this.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4
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