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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
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not 5 stars , but a sold , strong 4. We did the $24 twilight . It's Monday thru Thursday and is great( it's 5-6:30). Wife had penne with sausage, I had the linguine with clams. Both were very good. Salad came first, and as good as the meal was, dessert was maybe the star ( home made tiramisu one... More 

Thank Carmine C
Calgary, Alberta
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not the greatest decor but the food and service make up for it. I've been going there for about 15 years, the ambience could use some sprucing up.

Thank peterjR2217YZ
Haverhill, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Haverhill_MAKenMac
Warrington, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Businessman127
Scottsdale, Arizona
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105 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 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
Indio, California
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101 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
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?