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Mario's Italian Cafe

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42104 Washington St, Indio, CA 92203-8163
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Steady, go to Italian. Pizza is better than most. Good value, great salads, creamy garlic is a great dressing, and the Chinese chicken salad is a regular for us.

Thank Nighttrip
Gary, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I have been to Mario's a couple of times while visiting Indio (May 2015 and May 2016). Both times we all enjoyed our food very much. You get very large portions, so large in fact, that we all took leftovers home, and I have a big appetite. The restaurant is clean, the food is delicious, the service... More 

Thank Michael H
Gig Harbor, WA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Italian food on a budget, Good size portions of food and priced for the budget minded. There wine portions are great!

Thank billheald56
Denver, Colorado
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Outstanding family owned and operated Italian restaurant chain in the Coachella Valley. Features good Italian food at reasonable prices and broad take out menu with dinners priced from $10 and up.

Thank 1Golfcrazy
Diamond Bar, California
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176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

We stopped for lunch, and tried a torpedo sandwich. What a pleasant surprise. Made with fresh bread and a lot of meat. The large is too large for one person to eat.

Thank Kirk F
United States
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

The Angel hair pasta with the meat sauce is my absolute favorite dish! After tasting their meat sauce I had to go home and modify my spaghetti sauce. I've made my own spaghetti sauce for over 30 years and have had many compliments on it. Theirs blew mine out of the water. Mine is improving, theirs is still champion! They... More 

Thank JimSharonDavies
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

My family and I ate here a while ago for lunch, when we arrived there was nobody else eating there at the time. Which I hoped was not a bad sign, but seems that the subpar food doesn't bring people back. Out of the two entrees, appetizer, and kids food the pizza was the best which isn't saying much. I've... More 

Thank Shaun M
La Quinta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Mario's serves great pizza, sandwiches and lasagna. There are other items on the menu but those are my favorites. The staff is always friendly and attentive; they treat their elderly customers with respect, understanding and are accommodating of their physical needs. They have lunch specials that are a great value. There is dinning inside and outside. Mario's also supports many... More 

Thank Al R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We love Mario's! The one we go to is on Washington and Varner. Great food and friendly staff! The food is always prepared fresh. Nice selection of wine, nothing fancy but good.

Thank Dotty M
Bellingham, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

My brother and I had lunch here and the food is very good. The service very good and friendly. Food served in a very nice manner.

Thank meshliff

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Italian, Pizza
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42104 Washington St, Indio, CA 92203-8163
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Indio
  • Phone Number: 760-772-6100

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