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Sarafina's Italian Kitchen

Certificate of Excellence
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794 Highway 4, Arnold, CA 95223
+1 209-795-9858
Wed - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very cozy restaurant with a good menu. Food is great, customer service is excellent and good wine choices if you drink

Thank Cindi H
San Francisco, California
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Italian is pretty generic, but this food was excellent. I had the Rolled Chicken stiffed w/ Asparagus - really good. We started w/ the Calamari, which was really crispy (the way I like it). Make your reservation well ahead of time, and bring an appetite.

Thank DLK220
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Very tight space. We had a hard time with our large group. The food was not all that great and over priced. The potatoes were watered down with no favor. Stingy with the bread. Waitresses were nice but very rushed. We will not be returning.

Thank ScottandMicheal... H
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Good Italian food , small. Need reservations during busy season & would recommend with a group. If you're only 2 and don't have one could get stuck near bathrooms. But it's cozy. Outdoor seating available. Had the Veal It was very good. The steaks & pasta was yummy as well. Calamari was delicious.

Thank Liz H
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We arrived at 5 p.m. on Sunday for dinner without reservations. The parking lot was full so we parked at a vacant building next door. The only tables were 3 high top tables, one next to the front door and two in an adjacent room next to the bathrooms! We chose the adjacent room, which turned out not to be... More 

Thank 323maureens
Cranage, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Busy little Italian. I think the reason it is so busy and high on TA ratings is that there aren't many places to eat in Arnold. We were sat outside looking over an unpleasant side lot. I had the signature dish of squid to start. There was enough for two people easily but it was just average. The fish of... More 

Thank Alan J
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We've been here several times. Make sure you have a reservation or you might not get a seat. The wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable on the menu and wine list. The dining room is small and can get loud at times, because they are always busy. We will continue to go back and enjoy the food.

Thank fthillgal
Reno Nevada
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150 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

we stayed the night in Arnold because all the rooms in Murphys were booked. Always like when you can walk to dinner and this restaurant is on the main road (route 4). We sat outside--good heaters--among the tall trees and enjoyed the early evening. Restaurant gets busy and reservations are often essential. Service is friendly but I would say a... More 

Thank tourgoddess
Easton, Maryland
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

After driving all day and hiking through Calaveros State Park we were tired and hungry and looking for something more than a pizza. This place looked inviting and crowded! But thought we would give it a try. Great, simple Italian food! Excellent minestrone and bread, along with spaghetti And meatballs. Extra sauce for no charge. Good salad too. Highly recommend... More 

Thank LoriRNMichigan
San Carlos, California, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

My favorite time to visit Sarafina's is in the winter. The stone fireplace is golden, the pasta hearty, and friendly chatter inviting. Of course summer on the deck is pretty good too, with a good red wine!

Thank Kathleen C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 794 Highway 4, Arnold, CA 95223
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Arnold
  • Phone Number: +1 209-795-9858

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?