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“On the downhill run” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Johnny Costa's Ristorante

Johnny Costa's Ristorante
440 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
+1 760-325-4556
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Ranked #15 of 281 Restaurants in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $32
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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“On the downhill run”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

It's sad to watch a restaurant slide downhill. Kinda like watching an old dog limping around in misery. The crew seems hypnotically detached from reality, moving around in a trance. What can I say about the food - pretty ho hum, average. Risotto was crunchy and flavorless, cooked in water, not stock. The accompanying lamb shank was tough, under cooked, and cold. I will say the sauce was very delightful and full flavored, however. The atmosphere is a wierd mix of 1980's coffee shop and New Jersey Greek Diner. Nothing fit together. The climate control was on the hot side, causing me to think about dozing off. I don't think we will be back. There are too many choices in Palm Springs.

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97 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Great Place for a Romantic Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We were really hungry for Italian and we were celebrating my birthday and this was a good choice for a nice romantic dinner. I thought it was quite elegant, the service was great. We had appetizers, escargot, a salad which was mixed greens, and additional veggies, soup, minestrone a pasta dish and a dessert plate of assorted goodies. Everything was good. We had a very nice evening.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Average food and tired decor”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

This is an old stand by that needs some resesitation. The inside is largely banquettes with oyster shell backs. Nothing exciting but looks like its right out of the 80's.

The menu is quite extensive but totally predictable. Nothing innovative.

We ordered the house salad consisting of chopped ice berg lettuce a quartered tomato mixed with oil and vinegar. Way too much vinegar. I could have done a better job on my own and I can't cook.

The wine list was not cheap. A glass of Washington state Riesling was the same price as the whole bottle in a box store.

Entree was chicken parmigiana. Tasted like what you would get in a diner in the 1980's ok, but nothing special.

The pistachio ice cream for dessert was chewy and gummy and overly frozen.

Our waiter was very knowledgable and attentive.

If you want very basic Italian food at above average price this place will deliver it to you

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Voted best Italian restaurant in Palm Springs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

And well deserved! The ambiance is tasteful,subdued lighting and linen tablecloths. The only jarring note is the TVglaring over the bar and visible to the diners in the restaurant. The Shrimp Maison was delicious... just the right amount ... and the vegetables , not overcooked. The wait staff is helpful and very attentive. Birthday celebrations were going on nearby, and there were many couples enjoying the restaurant on a Wednesday night.

KayW

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Again, always perfect!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We have been to this restaurant at least 10 times!! Each and every time the meal, service and atmosphere exceeds itself!! The service is excellent with top notch servers, helpful, honest and not intrusive. You really can't go wrong with anything you order here as we have tried so many different entrees and each time they are delicious and make us want to return. What more can you say as that is what a restaurant should do! Keep it up Johnny Costa's we will be back!!!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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