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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
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Haverhill, MA
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126 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very good place to get Italian food in Palm Springs. We had very good service, made suggestions, punctual, and always kept the glasses full. The decor is old Italy, while the restaurant is older, it is very clean. The bread is excellent, beers are cold, and food is hot. The marinara sauce is one of the best I have... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It felt like we would see Frank Sinatra walk in! The place isn't anything swanky or modern and quite dark but it felt 'old school' as though we had gone back in time. Our waiter was very attentive and amusing. We had Shrimp Linguini and meatballs and spaghetti. Both of which were very tasty and fresh, plus 'big' portions! Everyone... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Johnny Costa's was the highlight of our trip with the best veal we ever ate! Service was spot on and the feel was old Hollywood with the deep banquet tables waiters in black/white and Sinatra playing in the background. There is a bourbon drink called "Chairman of the Board" to toast his up coming 100th b'day as the Chairman did... More 

Thank Diane101065
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food for the price. Big portion. Camalari is very good and the seafood fetuccini is very tasty and worth a try.

Thank Pierre-Luc F
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited last night and had a great meal. Service was excellent and food was faultless It definitely has an authentic old time feel about it, but in a good way. We had always planned to eat here so that's one more thing off of the bucket list!

Thank Dave M
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83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate there one night while vacationing. It was really good. Its on the main walk through downtown. I had the lasagna and it was excellent.

Thank popedaddy
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been enjoying the food and service for almost 15 years and never have had a bad meal. Their chicken piccata is the best and also the cacciatore. They have raised their corkage fee! We had a 7 pm reservation on their first night back from summer vacation, so we expected to have a bit of a wait, which... More 

Thank Betty B
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100 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Went to Johnny Costa's last night before they close for the summer. This is an old style Italian restaurant that has been in Palm Springs for many years. Their ingredients and food preparation are top notch. The chicken parmesan and eggplant parmesan were great as always and the service was very attentive. If you order off of their earlybird menu,... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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265 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Deducted 1 star for the ambience, as it is very dated. But I would rather have a great chicken parm or pizza than updated décor. service was good, food was brought out at a reasonable pace and the leftovers were just as good the next day!

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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We had our first night meal here in Palm springs. It was delicious and the vibe was very relaxed. We were visiting from London but we got the impression that there were a lot of locals there which was nice. The waiters were very friendly and attentive. The meals were delicious and reasonably priced compared to some restaurants in the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $32
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, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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?