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791 8th Street, Arcata, CA 95521
+1 707-826-2345
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Hand-made pasta, mouth-watering sauces, fresh ingredients and full bar...
Hand-made pasta, mouth-watering sauces, fresh ingredients and full bar service: Join us for rustic Italian fare at prices anyone can afford.
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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene

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Visitor rating
  • 34
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tables busy on a Thursday night is a good sign.

I got there early to an almost empty restaurant to grab a bite with friends. When I turned around 40 minutes later the place was nearly full. But the waitresses never missed a beat. Service was timely, friendly and efficient. Appetizers are odd so I passed on them. The Brussels sprout offering... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
ElaineCalifornia
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California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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California
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I got there early to an almost empty restaurant to grab a bite with friends. When I turned around 40 minutes later the place was nearly full. But the waitresses never missed a beat. Service was timely, friendly and efficient. Appetizers are odd so I passed on them. The Brussels sprout offering seemed like it should be a side dish... More 

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San Francisco
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Probably the best meal of our entire Norcal trip - the space is warm and cozy (yet large), and the Filet Mignon with gorgonzola creme sauce was one of the best dishes I've ever had (and I live in SF) - cooked perfectly, served hot and just unbelievably good. Great service rounded it all off... we loved this place and... More 

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Turlock
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The food is just excellent and the service is superb. At times during the year, my favorite meal is offered; lamb. The place has a wonderful atmosphere and you can enjoy a quiet, almost private relaxing meal. I believe the restaurant is only open for dinner, Wednesday through Saturday.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

excellent service, fantastic Manhattans and the food exquisite! Duck with polenta, beet tops and port wine reduction was yummy. Saltimbocca over fettuccine with cream was super tasty. Will go back again!

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Arcata, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Abruzzi has been a great, dependable, high end Italian restaurant in Arcata for many years. I worked with the owners since the 90's, setting up conferences, professional lunches and dinners and catered events. The food was always delicate, delicious...perfect! The perfect generous meal. Revisiting (after several years) with my husband one stormy night, without reservations due to our power outage,... More 

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Redding, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The food was delicious. However I ordered from the higher end of the menu. I found the portions to be correct for a full course meal. Not too large to skip desert. Kitchen staff were funny. You can see them work. Wait staff were prompt, courteous and respectful. I would recommend to anyone looking for a romantic place. The ambiance... More 

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Prescott, AZ
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Food is always so good, service is impeccable, they have a good bar and wine offerings, and the atmosphere is special. Perfect for special occasions or any ol time you want delicious Italian!

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Loleta, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Tucked under a historic building on the Arcata Plaza square this dining establishment has fresh, delicious and traditional Italian cuisine, great service and a good wine list.

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Gold Beach, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

What a nice find...this was a great dining experience . On a Sunday evening we decided to stop in with out a reservation..they were very busy but were gracious and seated us at the bar till a table was available..we enjoyed a friendly young lady bartender, she was delightful. After a 30 minute wait we were led to a nicely... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This was quite a nice discovery after a few desperate tries to find a nice place to eat. Situated in the basement, the overall ambiance is intimate, and lively. The pasta is best enjoyed with a pesto sauce. We went two nights in a row, and the pesto sauce was fantastic.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 791 8th Street, Arcata, CA 95521
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Humboldt County  >  Arcata
  • Phone Number: +1 707-826-2345

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 32
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene

Description

Hand-made pasta, mouth-watering sauces, fresh ingredients and full bar service: Join us for rustic Italian fare at prices anyone can afford.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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