Le Donne Cucina Italiana
Le Donne Cucina Italiana

Le Donne Cucina Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ledonnecucina.com/
  • Phone: (760) 773-9441
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Guillermo Cruz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our party area can accommodate up to 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 7607739441

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hwy 111 & El Paseo
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Le Donne Cucina Italiana
Taste the authentic flavors of Italy at Le Donne Cucina Italiana! Voted best Italian restaurant in Palm Desert three years running by the Desert Sun and Palm Springs Life, Le Donne Cucina Italiana makes pastas fresh every day using old-world techniques. You'll love the sophisticated atmosphere and delicious, authentic Italian dishes.
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Le Donne Cucina Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)fit for foodies (14)great for outdoor dining (6)special occasion (2)good for groups (1)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Reliability
    LakersVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The food and service is always consistent and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Birthday party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    There were seven family members celebrating two birthdays. We ate on the porch and it was a comfortable evening to be out doors.The food and the service was good. My wife is on a special diet and they prepared a special dinner for her. That was our first time there but we will go back and I highly recommend it as a good place to go for an Italian meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fair
    sunpro
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The tomato sauce was bland. Our empty bread basket sat on the table with no one asking if we would like it refilled.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1Fan
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This restaurant is fantastic. Everything is made fresh at the restaurant. Servings are quite large and delicious. Service is also great. Owner does come out and talk to guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JudyVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We went there on our first night in Palm Desert. The chicken parmigiana was excellent. It was a thin slice of chicken with just the right amount of cheese and sauce. I had the pasta arrabiata and it was good. It was spicy although it was a little different than other arrabiata's that I've had before. Not sure if a different type of spice was used. The complimentary bruschetta at the beginning of the meal was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Desi
    lilo42VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    As always, owner, waitresses, bussers, food, service impeccable! We love Heather, owner & her entire staff! Lilo Cooper
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is our favorite dining spot!
    sheriVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We eat at Le Donne Cucina regularly. We are treated always with a smile and gracious service. The food is always delicious and made just the way we like it. When our family visits from out of town, THEY want to be sure to have dinner at Le Donne Cucina.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Saw the menu on open table and made my mouth water. When I arrived i was disappointed by the atmosphere, but it was quickly changed by the delicious food that was served and by the friendly waitress. I would go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 143 reviews are from the Le Donne Cucina Italiana reviews archive.
  • My favorite Italian restaurant
    Anne
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We live in the desert year round and this is our favorite place to go for Italian food. The Resturant will close on June 21st until after Labor Day. Substitutions allowed. Full bar, plus good wine menu. The owner, Heather, is in the resturant during dinner hours and stops by each table to check on guests. Staff has been with her for years. In the winter there are heaters outside and quite comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    Prince
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    great food and service priced right , that keeps us coming back every visit to Palm Springs. Keep it up please
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always consistent
    boxsterrVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    wonderful consistent neighborhood gem.....chicken parmesan is outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so so
    DesertDiner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    good food but very crowded tables in small space. Moderately priced. Noisy. Probably the patio dining is better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moderate price
    A1sully
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We enjoyed very good food and good service . My husband liked his shrimp pasta in vodka sauce. The house Chardonnay was also good. We ate outside, and preferred it to the inside tables which seemed close together. Yes, it was overlooking the parking lot, but it was very pleasant and that did not bother us . We will be returning again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under the Trees
    JuliaANNChild
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    It couldn't have been better. I thoroughly enjoyed my sweetbreads, a favorite of mine not found on many menus. They were done to a turn, lightly crisped to a golden color and creamy inside. My two companions were delighted by the ambience on the outdoor terrace among the mature trees and twinkly lights. The service was impeccable and the food was uniformly excellent. Can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Never had Italian food like that....kind of bland and looked like it had Mexican sauce. Had eggplant parm...yuck could barely eat it. Sorry
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Large Portions. Great prices.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We were amazed at the amount of food served. Prices were great. This would be a great place for large gatherings.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual and good food
    Wally
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Extensive menu and still very good food order by each diner. Service friendly. Not very busy so had a choice of several tables. Went for outside porch. Good choice in a hot evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delivers
    CHeryVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Delicious Italian food and pleasant waitstaff. Try to go there and take friends more than once when we are in the desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible
    nickVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    The worst Italian food I've ever had! Literally! The sauce looked more like cream of tomato soup than sauce.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not bad, just ok....
    Husker1K
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    When the town is very crowded, this place had room for a party of six on a Friday night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Ever
    Mcruiks
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Amazing Italian entrees and wonderful service. Love, love, the restaurant .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food/so-so service
    SlickVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I'd go back for the food, but not for the ambiance or service. Food was outstanding. Service was not very attentive. We were never approached about a second drink or glass of wine during dinner. Waiter was not around at all once the food was delivered. And the tables are way too close together. I kept bumping a guy at the next table any time I made the slightest adjustment with my chair. It felt like he was on top of me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local treat
    ronniem1971VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    our first time dining at Le Donne Cucina and we had a nice time. we went for the veal and were not disappointed. will look forward to going again soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Le Donne Cucina - Palm Desert Gem
    EclecticGal
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Wonderful service, friendly atmosphere - we dined outside - cappelini d'oro, the chicken and the mussels and clams were delicious and plentiful. Had calamari appetizer and bruchetta to share. Everything excellent. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Italian
    Erin
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went to La Donne Cucina Italiana for a Valentine's Dinner. I was not expecting the restaurant to be in a strip mall next to a smoke shop. They were busy, so I took that as a good sign. The reservation time we had was honored and we were able to be seated ahead of a large group. I also wasn't expecting the restaurant to be so noisy. On one side of us we had a large group, having some kind of celebration and the other we had the bar and kitchen. Needless to say, conversation was difficult. When ordering, they were out of Riesling and Tiramisu. I was really looking forward to the tiramisu! Our dinner entrees were good and the service was decent. Overall, it wasn't quite the Valentine's dinner I imagined, but it was alright.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Staff went out of their way to accommodate our needs. Server was very helpful and service was prompt and attentive. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Le Donne Cucina
    JanJ
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    This restaurant never fails to please. They start with a delicious bruschetta which is made in shop. All t heir pastas are made fresh daily. I usually get 2 additional meals from the take home, because the port ions are so generous. All in all one of my very favorite restaurant s.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Inviting Italian
    Walter
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Recently we dined at Le Donne Cucina. We were not disappointed with the quality, preparation, and taste of our meal. We had made reservations for our visit and were glad we did, as the place was very busy. We were a few minutes late, but were nonetheless seated right away upon our arrival. It was quite busy and thus our service was slow. There were also many larger parties, so the noise level was elevated. By the end of our meal, many of the larger parties had left and the atmosphere was much better. Once the food was delivered, we were not disappointed. The pastas dishes we ordered were piping hot and delicious. We recommend this restaurant to people we know that will be in the area and will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was one of the best small
    bob1
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    This was one of the best small restaurants I have ever eaten at the waiters were extremely friendly it is definitely a local favorite the waiters and waitresses knew about 80% of the people in the restaurant by the first name it was as good as it can get
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant needs some updating.
    astar
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Restaurant needs some updating. Food was good. Presentation could have been better. Crowd was not especially to our liking but we would try again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food... poor service
    poppy
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    very crowded sitting!!!! Service was very poor... order was messed up....., didn't get salad. Ordered a second glass pf wine... never got it BUT both were on my bill. Had asked that the check be split... it was not. It took waitress 3 tries to get bill right. Food was wonderful
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continually good service and
    Rich
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Continually good service and tasty food that is served piping hot, the way food should be served
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old style, old gang
    CCDINERVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Our table of 6, Mostly in our mid-60's, were the youngest in the restaurant at 7:00 on a Monday night. Traditional red sauce italian fare was ok, roasted rosemary chicken was tiny and over cooked. Wines by the bottle , inexpensive and fine. There are other Italian options in the area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great spot
    anna
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    I enjoyed this Italian bistro, food was good and prices reasonable _complimentary bruschetta a nice touch but a few at our table wouldn't eat it because they could smell the garlic and knew it would be strong, for the rest of us it was yummy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in a Long Time!
    TravelSYVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    This is a nice little hidden gem in Palm Desert. The food was fantastic - hearty Italian fare with great taste. I went with my parents and a friend and everyone loved their meal. Mom even created her own pasta dish. It was a very busy place - a testament to the excellent food - so make sure you have a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh!
    DennyVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Really busy. Seated us late for our 7:15 reservation. Inattentive server. Asked for bread 3 times. It finally came with our dinner. Hot and cramped interior. Food is very average. The same red sauce on everything. Bread was like 1950's white bread. Nothing special and we would never go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good Italian food
    bikingotterVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We wanted to go to La Spiga but didn't realize we needed to make reservations well in advance, so we tried this place based on recommendations in a travel book. The restaurant was in a strip mall, so not a place you'd expect to find fine dining, so don't go here if that's what you're looking for. The place was full of people at least 70 years old and up until another group came in we were the youngest people at 50. The food was ok, not great, the service was good, the cannoli was a big pass. If you want, inexpensive, sit down italian, then go here. Seems like the people there were regulars since the staff knew everyone and seemed genuinely glad to see everyone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • molto bene!
    VSheri
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    An intimate atmosphere, great food, knowledgeable and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the calamari arrabiata
    sezmdVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Get the calamari arrabiata or anything in arrabiata sauce. Food is really good and the prices are exceptionally reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    Rich
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Friendly service, quaint, with consistently good food served piping hot. Staff always friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.