Castelli's
Castelli's

Castelli's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.castellis.cc/
  • Phone: 7607733365x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Daily at 5:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Brian Altman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater wedding receptions, private parties, or any occasion.
  • Entertainment: Nightly live piano/vocals with Patrick Tuzzolino or Joe Jaggi 6PM.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monterey Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking.
A word from Castelli's
Named by Zagat Survey America’s 1,000 top Italian restaurants.Enter the doors of Castelli’s and you’ll believe you have just stepped into a small bistro in romantic Tuscany.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Castelli's reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)special occasion (33)fit for foodies (29)romantic (26)good for groups (17)notable wine list (17)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (11)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Favorite Italian Rest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is one of the best places if you want to be sure you will get a great meal every time you go..I always take out of town visitors here and they are always impressed by the quality of the food, and you will never leave hungry. My favorite is a dish I have NEVER seen on any other menu, a full chicken breast smothered in fruit..I know, sounds strange but simply fabulous.. and their legendary pork chops are out of this world. The best Tiramisu you will ever eat and the Coffee Romano is just heavenly, a must have at the end of your meal..This is a place where locals go, I have been going here for 14 yrs and and have never had a bad meal or service...very friendly waiter staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    You will not find a better Italian restaurant than this one! The food is fabulous, the wait staff outstanding - attentive, friendly and experienced. We have eaten here 4 times, taken friends twice and have never been disappointed! make a reservation as it books up quickly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stepping into Italy
    outoftownerVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We went to Castelli's during a recent vacation and could not have been more delighted that we did! The evening was complete with very authentic, delicious Italian food and wine (comparable to what we have had IN Italy), attentive and personal service, and romantic, nostalgic live music that brought Frank Sinatra to mind. We have traveled quite a bit and thoroughly enjoy eating out at new restaurants. But for all the reasons I mention, we would put Castelli's among the top memorable restaurants we have come across in the U.S. It earns its Zagat's rating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant !!
    SirEatzalot
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Absolutely fantastic dinner for all 6 of us !! Steaks done to perfection ! Osso Bucco, melt in your mouth ! Fantastic wine list and wonderful table service by all members of staff !!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing food
    eshepVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Walking in, they had a great piano singer that sounds very similar to Sinatra. That set the mood. The staff was super attentive, not just one waiter per table. And they're so accommodating! We had the escargot, so good, and half an order of the bruschetta, so so good! Great flavors & fresh, perfect way to start. And they came out so quickly! Dinner was wonderful also. We had the veal parmesan and a half order of both the cannelloni and linguine bolognese with a meatball. Wow, I wish I could have this everyday! The meatball was the best, better we thought than our italian grandmother's homemade meatballs. The sauce on the bolognese was amazing, loved every bite. We aren't from Palm Desert but we'll come back here when we visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Food in the Desert
    Homecook100VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This place is an local institution. We try to come here at least once during any visit to the Palm Desert Area. Everything on the menu is really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebebration !
    Lilmissie1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    With our Open Table Reservation, we were seated immediately. No need to verbally tell them why we were celebration, it was already noted on the reservation comments when I made the reservations. Enjoyed a bottle of champagne, excellent dinner and wonderful service. Complimentry Birthday cake made it a perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian Eatery in the Valley
    ORdinnerVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My wife and I have been vacationing in Indian Wells for the past six years and Castelli's is a must at least once. We were not disappointed this year as the food was great. I had the veal parm which was tender and cooked just right , a side of penne ( oil & garlic ) My wife had the shrimpcampi ( half order which was also done to perfection. We had the Caesar salad which was crisp and delicious. We decided to eat at the bar and was served by Greg who treated us like regulars. Dinner was so good that we returned there for our final dinner before heading back to NYC. You have to have the garlic bread. WE'LL BE BACK
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Words
    Mikendesi
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    They were recommended by our hotel. We were blown away. It doesn't look like much from outside, but don't let that fool you. Classic Italian at its finest. My only regret is that I live so far away.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pseudo Italian
    RAYMONDVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have never been so disappointed in a restaurant that claims to have origins to "North Italian" cuisine. Our evening was not the special occasion we expected nor was our experience a momentous culinary time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The service is superior, and the food tremendous. You are not bothered by anyone, but the servers are always in the shadows waiting to fill your water glass.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • vacation
    Love2eat
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We have been to Palm Desert many times, and this was our first visit to Castelli's. We will definitely put it on our list of favorites for our return visit. The food was great, great table and service was outstanding. Our server was Tommy- great service!! It was our anniversary also, a wonderful place to eat!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Jello
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Enjoyed the atmosphere, piano player, yummy food and great service. Will be back:)
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Always great food and great service. Never disappointed when dining at Castelli`s.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, good food
    Guinn
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We come out to Palm Desert about twice a year. First time we tried Castelli's due to prices for Italian. Husband enjoyed his seafood linguini with no criticism. My veal was o.k., better after a squeeze of lemon as the piccata sauce was not as lemony, piquant as I prefer. Dessert was best as I am not able to eat strawberries and our wonderful server, Tommy, was fast to tell us that making the Castelli's After Dark desert omitting the berries was no issue for the kitchen. Delicious in all aspects.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Specials? Wine list?
    PK4RE
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Never heard the specials. Overheard as I was paying bill...my favorite dish was one of them. Had to ask for wine list 3times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old style 60's Italian
    Macbud
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Upscale with food that keeps the customers coming back. Definitely not the red check table cloth type Italian food. Moderate to pricey. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DJluv2dine
    DJluv2dine
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    As always we love Castelli's. Food was delicious. Service was Great! They made our Anniversary memorable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • carolyn
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We were very impressed with our dinning experience. The service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Personal Review
    jves
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My 3rd time at Castelli's. Food/service has been excellant every time! During Desert high season, noise level is high(for me),so I prefer front seating and Castelli's has always accommodated me(us). The only negative comment I have is Castelli's did not have Pellegrino water last time. I think the Pelligrino bottle appears a bit more Italian on the table....after all, presentation is part of the experience. Just a minor point. Keep up the great food and service!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rat Pack Redux
    GauntessVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This place is old school at it's very best! When you do it really well you stand the test of time and Castelli's clearly does that. Service was impeccable, food was very ample and deliciously presented. We celebrated a 40th Birthday and ordered communally: Appetizer platter for two was enormous and delightful. Calamari was crisply delicious, but our favorite was the grilled baby artichokes. The Godfather platter was the best of all worlds; Scampi, Veal Picatta, and Tenderloin along side of vegetable medley and pasta. It was beautifully split to allow us to also order the Tortellini which was fabulous and consumed to the last morsel. Birthday Girl received her own Spumoni Cake and we all vowed we would be back next trip to the desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, excellent service
    RegularDiner
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had our anniversary dinner here and were very happy with our choice. We sat in the "outdoor" area, which is an enclosed area in the front. It was quiet enough so we could talk without shouting. The wait staff was very pleasant. We both had different veal dishes from the regular menu and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Castelli's is always a treat for my wife and I when visiting Palm Desert. The garlic bread is superb, so good you have to remember to not get too full before the arrival of the entrée.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to Describe
    MaroisronVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    There are few eating establishments that can stand the comparison to Castelli's. We had a flash flood situation this most recent visit and there was the challenge of power surges. Mike was having a ball chatting up the customers. Ron was pulling his hair getting the servers up and running. I mention this as it wads the perfect case of how a professional team handles adversity. The food was as usual outstanding and the service was impeccable. Don't miss this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Castelli's!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Service and Food is always outstanding. We have been coming here for years and are never disappointed. Our favorites include the Shrimp Dijon and Pork Chop. We highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    Volunteer4GolfVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    A friend told us about Castelli's and the famous garlic rolls, so we had to try it out. Great recommendation, great garlic rolls, great food (pasta) and service. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Old School Italian
    mbkid88
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Has as old school ambience but not over the top or "nasty", they also had a person signing and playing the piano... price is kind of on the higher side but worth a visit at least once. The serving staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Since the serving size was quite large, he suggested a split order for our two boys, which was perfect for them. Top marks for service and food quality.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always!
    gus1216VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    John and Michael continue to do a great job. The best veal chop ever and the pork chops are suberb. Service is realxed and friendly. A good locals place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We come to this area once a year for golf and Castelli's is a must. Great food. Great service. Great drinks. I recommend to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian Food
    Carolyn
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    My husband and I stopped in on a warm Wednesday evening and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Castelli's. I couldn't decide between 2 dishes so the waiter recommended having half of each. Both were wonderful. The bread was warm and tasty and I know next time I am in Palm Springs I will go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tired but true
    NaranjaVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The food is good, service is good, but it's tired. You can only stand on your laurels for so long before they just get old.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 14 reviews are from the Castelli's reviews archive.
  • Fabulous Food
    SandP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Excellent from garlic bread to lobster ravioli to caramel cheesecake with berries dessert. Service was spot on, helpful and cheerfully friendly. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    Ojaiorange
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We had read such wonderful things about the food at this restaurant. We were pleased with the service, being greeted at the door and the waiter was efficient, friendly and explained the menu items well. The food however did not live up to the descriptions. The veal was tough and leathery, the sauces all tasted the same. My partner had the cannelloni, which was smothered in a heavy red sauce, could not even taste what should be a delicate pasta with a nice light filling. No on really asked during dinner if everything was ok, the owner asked as we were walking out the door. Did not get into the bar, we were seated on the covered patio in the front, but did hear some very nice piano music being played during dinner from the bar area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CASTELLI
    degostallionVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Old school desert restaurant. If you close your eye's I am sure you could imagine the brat pack in the bar there. The food and service was very good....If you like Italian you will like Castelli's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alexis
    Alexis
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    When new to the valley we happened to walk in to Casterri's and it was love at first bite. Thank you for your continued excellence in fine dining.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An exceptional dining expierence!
    FriendsfromWyoming
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I would highley recomend Cestelli's to family and friends. The food, wine, service, and ambience were exceptional. Everyone from the Host, to Waiter, Servers, and Staff treated my wife and I like royalty! Thank You!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time not the last time
    grouchoarnVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Last Saturday we enjoyed a completely enjoyable experience at Castelli's. The food was some of the best we have enjoyed in the Desert area or all of Southern California. We were seated on time and with a friendly greeting. The menu is old school Italian...a good thing. The cheese bread was the best. The Godfather selection was incredible. The service was top-notch. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way too noisy/food average
    ChrisrmVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    None of our party of 7 thought their food was anything but ordinary. We arrived at 7:30 and they were out of the special, Osso Buco, and also the ribeye steak with gorgonzola from the menu. How can they be out of the special and steak at 7:30 on Saturday night in the summer season? Very disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BobJ
    BobJVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The pasta was good… my complaint is I requested the addition of the Italian sausage and if I got a half of sausage it was a lot! It was cut up in such small pieces I could not tell it was part of the dish… The worst part is I was charged an additional $7.50! An exorbitant price for such a small amount! My wife ordered the chicken that was not very good... Dry and tasteless... The resturant was very crowded even in the off-season but you couldn't tell by the prices… One of the most expensive Italian restaurants that I've gone to in the area!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Love2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Loved it food is great, service was great, and great atmosphere
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.