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Johnny Costa's, Palm Springs, CA
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Johnny Costa's

4.7
4.7
1524 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
From the classic Italian music to the candlelit tables, the nostalgic atmosphere at Johnny Costa’s Ristorante feels like traveling back to midcentury times. It’s no wonder Frank Sinatra was once a regular at this fine Italian restaurant, which has been honored by Palm Springs Life as best Italian restaurant for 10 consecutive years. The Costa family continues the legacy of late chef-owner Johnny Costa, who was pals with Sinatra when he moved to Hollywood from New York in the 1960s, and a decade later served as the singer’s personal chef at his desert home. Costa’s pedigree lives on in his legendary recipes, including his classic cioppino. Open for dinner at 5 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 325-4556

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Vince Costa

  • Private party facilities

    Private banquet room available for groups of 15 – 35. Group/Banquet menus can be customized to fit your budget and group needs.

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Springs

  • Cross street

    Ramon/Baristo

  • Parking details

    Parking in front of the restaurant on Palm Canyon Drive and a parking lot behind the restaurant on Indian Canyon Drive.

  • Public transit

    SunLine Public Transit

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

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What 1,524 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Italian

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Italian

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  1. F

    Fabulous

    Palm Springs

    82 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    82 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    My first bad meal in years at Johnny Costa's. The minestrone was excellent as usual as was the spumoni for desert. What was served in between, the seafood pomodora, was really unpleasant. The shellfish was cooked almost out of existence, with all that remained of the lobster tails was a fresh shreds of dry meat in each shell. The scallops were the size of quarters. The shrimp overcooked as well. The sauce was an off-putting light orange, very thick and glutenous. I couldn't eat much of it. The server said that was how is was supposed to be. Perhaps the usual cook was not working.
  2. SL

    SteveL

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistent great food and knowledgeable waitstaff.
  3. RL

    RonaldL

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    nice experience
  4. L

    Lurkinc

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the real thin…. authentic, traditional Italian food at a gourmet level. This might be thought of as a “red sauce join.” IT IS NOT. This is high end, extraordinary food.
  5. MH

    MarilynH

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going for years and have never been disappointed. Whether you go out for dinner with family, special occasion with multiple people, or just a romantic getaway they always go out of their way to make your night very special. Food is just so fresh and high quality. Service, they never miss a beat, while being so personable and accommodating. Price very reasonable for what you get. With all life's changes so glad a restaurant such as Johnny Costa's still up and operating.
  6. C

    Courtney

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was terrific!!! Our waiter and his staff were perfect
  7. RM

    RonnieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time experience was delightful. Our server was attentive and her suggestions were great. Glad I was able to catch this nice restaurant before they closed for summer.
  8. BM

    BobM

    Palm Springs

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Johnny Costa's is a must for Italian food. Their eggplant parmigiana is heavenly; no doughy batter; just egg coating !!! It is one of our regular haunts!!
  9. L

    Lobo

    Orange County

    299 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    299 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ordered the Veal special - Milanese...it was Fantastic! Exceptional dish! Service was terrific and our whole meal experience was lovely.
  10. S

    Shelley

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Johnny Costas is the closest to Northeast Italian food out here in the desert. The vodka sauce is scrumptious, and the seafood is always cooked properly. Additionally, Everything from appetizer to dessert is excellent. The staff are attentive but not overbearing - they let you enjoy your meal as well as your conversation. We were not rushed and at no point did we lack anything we needed at our table.
  11. j

    johnnyj

    Palm Springs

    130 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    To start here, we usually go with another couple often, never again...not sure what happened, no air conditioning high enough it seemed for the weather (trying to save$?) so uncomfortable to eat just too warm; no regular good experienced main servers were around or enough bussers, orders messed up and 2 pasta orders were full of water at the bottoms, not good at all or appetizing and got attitude when asked for redoes...who's paying and keeping them in business we wonder???? regular hostess, gone...restroom was dirty...food just totally over priced for the servings you get that are small...too many homeless in back lot..on to Sammy Gs from now on.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff, great food and a nice atmosphere.
  13. RU

    RUSS

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I love Johnny Costa’s. The food is excellent quality. The service was prompt, polite and attentive. We recommend the veal dishes, the sea bass (in season) and the lasagna. Their salads are incredible with just the right amount of dressing.
  14. DH

    DonH

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Johnny’s is the best Italian restaurant in Palm Spring ! Wes is one of the best waiters in Coachella Valley! They will never disappoint you! Thanks
  15. JS

    JamesS

    Palm Springs

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service team is attentive and friendly--a sign of good management and happy employees.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is fantastic and our server was great ! Little glitch was bussing the table after appetizers. They seems a bit short staffed on that . But this is a highly recommended restaurant with real deal Italian food . I’m from Brooklyn, i know Italian food and this is right up there !
  17. R

    Richard

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was efficient despite being very busy on a Saturday evening, and all of our meals were excellent. The portions were just right, as everyone finished their dinners. This is the best Italian restaurant I have found in Palm Springs thus far.
  18. PB

    PhyllisB

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This restaurant is as close to a NY Italian restaurant as you're going to get in the Coachella Valley!!!! Great Veal Parmigiana, Amazing Linguini & White Clam Sauce. We were in heaven.
  19. JC

    JenniferC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and experience. The staff are incredible and made our anniversary really special. 😊
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best Italian restaurant in Palm Springs. I have been coming here for 11 years for my birthday dinner. It never disappoints.
  21. g

    guyc

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good evening Great waitress and food
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places. Food is excellent and the staff make you feel like family.
  23. k

    kw54

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the dinner was outstanding. Our waiter, Wes welcomed us and provided amazing service.
  24. J

    Janet

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love going to Johnny Costa’s! Wes our server is always so accommodating!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  26. MT

    MichelleT

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious … we will be back
  27. AP

    ArnoldP

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My wife and I had a wonderful time. Great food and service. Be prepared to wait a while as indicated on the menus. Food is made fresh for you.
  28. BJ

    BarryJS

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    If you are looking for a good red sauce Italian restaurant this is your place. Food is very good and service is attentive. Can be a little noisy in one of the side rooms. Not sure how it is in the main dining room. Overall everyone enjoyed their meal and overall experience.
  29. ME

    MarieE

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    First time here. Food was very good. This is like an old fashion Italian restaurant! Cesar salad was very good. We had shrimp cocktail & fried calamari to share. Both were good. Entrees - linguini with fresh clams on shell, spaghetti & meatballs & eggplant parmesan. All was very good. It was very noisy when we were here. That’s the only downside when we dined here. Portion size was impressive. Good solid size portions. Service was excellent. We will be back when in town again.
  30. MR

    MichaelR

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal. Loved it
  31. SC

    SteveC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hard to have a better dining experience. Service was terrific and the food outstanding. Really impressed the friends I was hosting. Our first times all around - definitely not the last .
  32. RL

    RhondaL

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent but took a long time to get to the table
  33. CC

    ConnieC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had out of town guest with me and they loved it.
  34. J

    Jpag

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was outstanding, however, hearing the employees in the kitchen arguing loudly and using foul language took the experience down a great deal, especially with my date. We loved the food and would give this place another chance, hoping management would consider the customer's experience.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent. Great local place.
  36. B

    Bodhi714

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing!
  37. KD

    KarenD

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing food! Family owned
  38. WC

    WesleeC

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were very pleased with our waiters and the food was exquisite!! When we first got there the gentleman that seated us was a bit abrupt but we requested a different table than his first choice so we could put my motorized scooter out of the way. It has the very best food of any restaurant in Palm Springs.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good job food, ambiance snd service excellent

FAQs

Johnny Costa's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 325-4556.

Johnny Costa's is rated 4.7 stars by 1524 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Johnny Costa's

440 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262-7304

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ramon/Baristo

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Springs

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking in front of the restaurant on Palm Canyon Drive and a parking lot behind the restaurant on Indian Canyon Drive.

  • Public transit

    SunLine Public Transit

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Vince Costa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 325-4556

  • Private party facilities

    Private banquet room available for groups of 15 – 35. Group/Banquet menus can be customized to fit your budget and group needs.

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