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Johnny Costa's Ristorante

440 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262-7304
760-325-4556
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Ranked #30 of 265 Restaurants in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $32
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Cuisines: Italian, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Description: 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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English first
Edmonds, WA
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We have become return customers, we are picky and we are happy!! There are no novella cuisine items or updates on classics. It is old school Italian with delicious food and great service. We started with the fried calamari that was lightly battered and fried to a perfect crisp without a hint of oiliness. The bonus was the marinara sauce,... More

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Cameron Park, California
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

You can tell they care about their business. The food is fresh, delicious, and you can taste the quality ingredients! Everyone (all six) commented on how delicious the food was and said it was on their favorites list. It's hard to find good Italian food these days. What some places call pizza boggles the mind!

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Edmonds, WA
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147 reviews 147 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We found out that it is a family-run business and it shows. Four (?) brothers are running it from the kitchen to table service, after their father, who had cooked for ‘Frank’, opened it umpteen years ago. It was all great service and great food. I had their special of the day Ossobuco, that was world class! We shared the... More

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Brighton
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We were recommended this restaurant and also saw the good reviews, but were so disappointed. It was happy hour but we were shown straight to a table and informed that happy hour drinks are only served at the bar. If you want to share a dish then an extra charge is incurred so we skipped starters. I chose the Veal... More

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Cranbrook, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Yummy and a great choice. Celebrated our anniversary with sausage and peppers and halibut lemon sauce. Food was excellent and the tiramisu the best we've had. Our server Daniel was attentive and also gave us space. Wine list very good too! Five out five for us.

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Palm Springs, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Disappointed with the bread and butter - not good at all- especially for an Italian restaurant. I was seated at the worst table in the restaurant when there were seven other places in the restaurant. Had the vegetable past and it was alright. I don't believe the pasta was homemade :( Did not have dessert. Service was ok, nothing great.... More

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Arborg, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

The bread stick are out of this world. The pizza was great and the service was quick. What more can you say!! Great place, only down fall was they are only open till 9pm. during the week. Found that a little disappointing during spring break. Parking is also hard to find.

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I agree with all of the other positive reviews. I had one of the specials for the night. It was halibut with a lemon sauce. My husband had the Steak Sinatra, and our friends had lasagne and lobster. All were excellent. I don't remember our server's name but he wore glasses, he was funny and prompt. The tiramisu was very... More

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Avon Lake, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

our group of 10 ate at Johnny Costa's during our week-long stay in Palm Springs. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Our waiter was a delight, the drinks were tasty and we had a great overall experience.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

Reading some of the reviews this sounded so good but we were really disappointed. The service was good, as was the house wine but we decided to share the Caprese Salad. Well, I've had softer fresher mozzarella and the tomatoes were OK but it was almost swimming in vinegar. I know balsamic has become populate but this was watery acidic... More

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