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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 - 9:30 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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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 

1 Thank DesertWink
Mission Viejo, California
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249 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 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!

2 Thank marc c
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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 

2 Thank Derek S
Stuart, Florida
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103 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Selected my favorite - linguine with clam sauce - and it was great. About 15 small clams in the shells sat all around the edge of the big plate with the linguine and sauce in the center. Everything was wonderful. The clams were very tasty, the linguini just right and the sauce perfect. My friends ordered other Italian dishes and... More 

2 Thank Liamsmamo
Volcano, California
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78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We came to this restaurant for our anniversary after driving by many times and hearing about it for years. We loved everything we ate. The Cesear Salad was excellent. I had a veal picatta that was tangy with fresh lemon and capers and cooked perfectly. My husband had linguini and clams - all the clams were fresh and open and... More 

2 Thank moriahthedog
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

We had a fantastic meal here! The atmosphere was so interesting. I felt like I could imagine a big group of mobsters or actors sitting in one of the big corner booths in days gone by! I had the veal saltimbocca, and my husband had a pasta with sausage. Both were excellent. Moderately priced wine and excellent service. I would... More 

2 Thank Carey G
Flitwick, United Kingdom
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

We visited this restaurant solely based on trip advisor ratings. I think overall the assessments were fair. There was some lovely food to choose from and the ambience was good. Service was also attentive. We really wanted pizza so we're not very adventurous I'm afraid! It was however a beautiful pizza. Not overly generous with some of the toppings if... More 

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Morgan Hill, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Fine Italian cuisine. Good atmosphere. Pretty fair prices. We returned two nights in a row, excellent house lasagna and veal dishes.

1 Thank krchallis
Palm Desert, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

We had one of the best dinners that we made it a point to return here a second time during our vacation. I had the halibut Fradivolo which was so good when I returned I ordered it again. My husband had the Lasagna which I tasted and was the best I ever had. Service was great and I know why... More 

2 Thank cathymeyer1
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135 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

We were advised to try this place by our property manager when we were on holiday and we were not disappointed. The wait staff were exemplary, attentive and polite. The food was plentiful and was delicious. It was busy around 530pm so i would recommend booking ahead. I would prefer it to be lighter as it was too dark for... 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
Italian, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
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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The O.C.
7 months ago
Los Angeles, California
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?