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Johnny Costa's Ristorante

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440 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262-7304
+1 760-325-4556
17:00 - 21:30
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Redondo Beach, California
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173 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very busy night. Waiter couldn't be more disinterested. Took almost 2 hours to get dinner. When I asked waiter how much longer, he said 2 tables were ahead of us still. When I said it is too long, he said he would put our order ahead of them and make them wait, instead of us. The owner's son / manager... More 

Thank yannis63
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice Italian upscale Italian Restaurant. Wonderful veal dishes, and of course, everything comes with a side of Pasta with Red sauce. Good and moderate wine list. And Frank Sinatra on the sound system. What could be better.

1 Thank Florida501
Redding, Connecticut
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127 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were able to get a last minute Valentine's dinner reservation at Johnny Costa's not knowing what to expect other than what we had read in reviews. After a short wait we got a great table and an even better waiter, Fabio. The veal and mushroom dish was simply the best veal I have had for years. Usually the accompanying... More 

1 Thank Hilltopman44
Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The delicious aromas pull you into Johnny Costa's. This restaurant has been serving great food since the 70's. The setting is friendly and inviting and many of the staff are related to the original Johhny. They care about providing you with good food and seamless service. Our group enjoyed veal saltimbacca, chicken Marsala, sea bass and minestrone. Sides of mashed... More 

1 Thank Deborah C
New Bern, North Carolina
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had read the Yelp! reviews and it sounded fantastic so I decided to give it a try. I usually use Lasagna as my Italian litmus test. This place passed with flying colors. I arrived around 9PM on a Saturday without a reservation. I considered placing one on Open Table but thought I would just try my luck. There was... More 

1 Thank Eric L
Palm Springs, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I made reservations on line a few days before I took friends there for dinner. I specifically requested a booth as the background noise is a little loud. When we got there, there were TWO empty booths. There was a fair amount of confusion at the host stand. When they were ready to seat us, the host said "We can't... More 

1 Thank Sharon B
Sidney, Canada
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked a reservation for Saturday night for ourselves and another couple. NEIther had tried the place before but reviews seemed generally positive. Service (Nick) was prompt and very good. All four of us had veal dinners and thoroughly enjoyed them. One lady had the beans and potatos while the others had pasta. Bean sauce was described as 'delicious'. Pasta... More 

1 Thank Lowseas
los angeles
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60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A slice of traditional Italian fare that covers the gamut of old favorites such as steak Sinatra, veal picatta, chicken cacciatore and practically any pasta you can dream of. Everything is delicious and the service was stellar even though the restaurant was slammed the night we went. A comfortable old shoe in the desert.

1 Thank beemerguy
Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best Italian food in Palm Springs, you have to book as its full all the time. Good value for money and very friendly staff.

1 Thank Jackie P
Los Angeles, California
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148 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First timer at this restaurant welcomed at the door by multiple friendly staff. Glad we visited early in the evening. By the time we were leaving, restaurant was packed. The calamari was great; the caesar salad was fresh and the veal parmesan perfectly cooked. Enjoyed the meal.

1 Thank Great2TravelCA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$32
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 440 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262-7304
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 760-325-4556
We won the Best of the Best for Italian the last 3 years by the Palm Springs Life reader's choice awards.

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