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

4.7
4.7
1532 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


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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 1,532 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. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner. Our server was excellent
  2. VG

    VeronicaG

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit after a recommendation from Bill at the Orbit In. We will definitely be back!
  3. ME

    MESfood

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want excellent traditional Italian food, Johnny Costas is the place
  4. F

    Fallplace

    Palm Springs

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places. Always consistently good
  5. CS

    CraigS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the chicken Parm which was tender and the sauce was very good. . Great service even when busy and my wife had Shrimp Newport and love it. I would definitely go back when I’m Palm Spring.
  6. E

    Ernie

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Pricey food that's not up to par compared to other local high end Italian restaurants. Biggest disappointment is that I was celebrating my birthday and the manager acknowledged it when I arrived, but never offered a little dessert or something like most restaurants do.
  7. JF

    JimF

    Palm Springs

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, ask for best waiter, Les.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is prepared to order and is fantastic
  9. F

    Fabulous

    Palm Springs

    84 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    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.
  10. SL

    SteveL

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistent great food and knowledgeable waitstaff.
  11. RL

    RonaldL

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    nice experience
  12. L

    Lurkinc

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    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.
  13. MH

    MarilynH

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    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.
  14. C

    Courtney

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was terrific!!! Our waiter and his staff were perfect
  15. 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.
  16. 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!!
  17. L

    Lobo

    Orange County

    300 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    300 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff, great food and a nice atmosphere.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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 !
  25. 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.
  26. PB

    PhyllisB

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 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.
  27. 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. 😊
  28. 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.
  29. g

    guyc

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good evening Great waitress and food
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  34. MT

    MichelleT

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious … we will be back
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. MR

    MichaelR

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal. Loved it
  39. 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 .
  40. 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

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 1532 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


Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

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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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