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About 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.

73098 Highway 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily at 5:00pm

Cross Street:
Monterey Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 773-3365

Website:
http://www.castellis.cc/

Entertainment:
Nightly live piano/vocals with Patrick Tuzzolino or Joe Jaggi 6PM.

Catering:
We cater wedding receptions, private parties, or any occasion.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking.

Executive Chef:
Brian Altman

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Daily 5:00PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM

Private Dining

Castelli’s Ristorante’s elegant dining rooms offer the perfect setting for private parties, meetings and banquets. Your group may order from our regular dinner menu or from one of our suggested planned dinner menu's on our website castellis.cc.

Castelli's Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (57)
Good for a Date (53)
Authentic (51)
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Good for Anniversaries (49)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Romantic (39)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Cozy (32)
Notable Wine List (29)
Worth the Drive (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Comfort Food (24)
Live Music (24)
Bar Seating (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Casual (22)
Fun (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Business Meals (16)
People Watching (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Seasonal (8)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We were seated near the front of the restaurant. Great people watching. The garlic bread was a yummy surprise. Our server used one of those often overused expressions which annoyed me. "That's my favorite blah blah...", then said the exact same thing to my husband for a different food choice.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

Loved this place! Great food and atmosphere. Old school Italian❤️

Tags: Fun
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a most wonderful meal. My husband had crab legs. We both agree they were the best we had ever enjoyed. My rack of lamb was wonderful. Appetizer of fettuccine Alfredo was the best. Service was, and is always, wonderful. Our server, David, was excellent. Would recommend Castelli’s to everyone. When dining here, you must be prepared to enjoy every bite.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

Consistently terrific, one of the best in the valley, my wife’s favorite.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined 6 days ago

The service was exceptional and so friendly. Our waiter David made us feel like we were special. The food was so good. One of the best resturants I have been to in awhile.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Casual, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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·Dined 6 days ago

Really great traditional Italian - very upscale - best I’ve had in years.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Unbelievable service and food, our second visit was just as amazing as the first.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Outstanding! Have been eating there for 22 years when we are in Palm Desert! Always superb! David met our every need in a friendly, knowledgeable manner!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The restaurant was not super busy. We’ve been there many times before but for some reason, they thought it was a good idea to seat our small party next to a huge table of loud and boisterous men. We gave up trying to have any conversation midway through our meal. Very disappointing.

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Our first visit to Castelli's and delighted to see that it has a great menu. Plenty of choice in fish and meat and of course Pasta dishes.
Service was excellent and the staff are friendly.
We will definitely be back and soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Outstanding food, service and overall experience!! First time at Castilli's and had a wonderful time. Highly recommend when in Palm Desert.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

It seemed like a popular restaurant riding on past success. I felt the prices were very high for the quality level of the food . The physical space needed a bit of tic. The only think that was above average was the service.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food and service was great! It help make a last minute dinner date amazing

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

As expected- food was delicious and service was great!!! Second to none 👌

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Amazing experience. Overall the food was devine. We had crab legs and seafood portifino. Highly recommend both. Large portions. Amazing service. A must for Italian !!!

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Haven't been for years and fantastic as I remember. Love sitting in the front. Our server David was awesome. So attentive and helped us decide what we wanted to eat. Shrimp Bruschetta, amazing; salmon special so fresh and simple, but so flavorful and just linguine bolognese was so tasty. Will be going back next trip.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

The service was great. Our waiter was very personable. The food was amazing. My husbands steak was by far the best steak we’ve tasted in a long time. Great flavor, temperature and so moist. There’s a ton of flavor in their dishes. It’s fun trying to figure out what spices you can taste. We had a great 20 year anniversary there.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Very disappointed. This was our first and last visit. We had heard good things and were looking forward to dinning at this restaurant. I had their spaghetti and meat balls. Both the spaghetti and meat balls were mushy and tasteless. My wife had the beef ravioli which was also mushy and tasteless. We only eat half of our dinners. You would think that an Italian restaurant would know how to make pasta. We were so disappointed we have no intentions of ever going back.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is the worst Italian restaurant at which I have ever eaten. To refer to it as “Italian” is a disgrace to Italy, home to some of the world’s best cuisine. I have travelled in Italy extensively and what they produce at Castelli’s is at best a poor facsimile of Italian food. The bread is horrible, our pasta was overcooked and over-salted, and the artichoke hearts were plastered with cheese and tomato sauce which took away from the natural taste of the artichoke. While our waiter was young, pleasant and particularly attentive to my water glass she didn’t know what was in the Bologna’s sauce other than “meat”. She did check on it for us and we figured out it was beef. For the prices Castelli’s charges for its food, I expect (demand) perfection and this food was far from that. The odd thing was that this resto is awarded 4 and 5 stars on all the review sites. I can only conclude that the majority of patrons who scored them anything over 2 stars have never enjoyed great Italian food, as prepared only in Italy.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The service and food were impeccable. Great ambience and a fun vibe.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great Italian steakhouse. Awesome experience! A must in Palm Desert! Food is fantastic.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went for New Years eve.... Everything was as it has always been....The best...

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was New Years Eve and the place was packed, still had good service and was seated as soon as we arrived. People watching was outstanding, you could see that many folks had been coming to this place for a number of years. Food was good with reasonable value.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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food4
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Was there New Year's Eve with reservations, taken immediately, service 5 star, food 5 star, special menu but nothing outrageous or too marked up. Food excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our Dinner was excellent, Filet Minon was cooked to perfection, and Crab legs were seasoned and cooked just right! We opted for the pasta as our side dishes, and the wine was savory. Our Server, David was very attentive, and provided us with a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always perfect setting, hosts, service, drinks, food and charm. Great menus updates with superb seafood in addition to always great Italian entrees and the fantastic pork hops and chicken!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Perfect! Staff very attentive, ambiance wonderful and food was over the top!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a great time here. The bartenders were very attentive and made great drinks. The Shrimp Dijon appetizer was very good and we both enjoyed our entrees. The only thing I would recommend is to have the girls at the hostess station have a little more energy and smile when you walk in, but the owner is really warm and welcoming though.
We will definitely be back again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Castelli's is VINTAGE! The menu is really good and everything is prepared perfectly...Not to much sauce nor garlic!!
Excellent Service as they are extremely attentive...

And, while we had made 8:15 reservations with Open Table, Castelli's took us and seated us EARLY!! When does that every happen???

Highly recommended...especially the LOBSTER RAVIOLI

Tags: People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Fun, Scenic View, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was amazing. Bruschetta, caprese salad, veal parmigiana, pork chops - all fabulous. The service was outstanding. Couldn't have asked for a better night. Grazie!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We dine at Castelli's everytime we are in the Palm Desert area. It is our favorite restaurant anywhere - and we've eaten at fine restaurants in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Rome, Tuscany, Paris, and many other areas known for good food. Everything is exceptional: food, wine, ambiance, service, etc. And make sure to ask for some garlic bread; it's the best anywhere!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

What a great place from the manager to the waiter to the valet guys all perfect!!! I’ll be back❤️

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fettucine Alfredo was fantastic. Veal chop, Veal Parm and Veal Piccatta all top notch. great old school family Italian restaurant -exceptional service. a must-eat.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is amazing. Completely authentic, huge portions. Even better is the wait staff. You would think you were in NYC...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent service and delicious food. Busy place, crowded and noisy, made it friendly. More expensive than we expected. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Castelli’s ambiance was definitely Italian! The owner was seating all the customers as he was singing along with the Frank Sinatra songs. The gentleman playing the piano was very good. The food was excellent and authentic. Being Italian this place felt like home and we will definitely be dining here on our next trip to Palm Desert!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Me Castelli greeted us and found us the perfect table for two. Although I’m an excellent Italian cook, the food was al ost up to par to my Nana’s. But really, I felt like I was back In my town, NY.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was way better than before.
Good job chef Victor..

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Eaten in the bar many times and it was always fun but this time decided to sit in the dining room. The food was okay, pasta a little bland, veal a little dry but what was most disturbing was the feeling of being rushed. There is a difference from being an attentive waiter and one who just wants to turn the table over. Both of us were disappointed.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Castelli’s is an “old skool” throwback of Italian family style cuisine, from the physical layout of the place, the traditionally attired staff, and the way in which the owner-manager greets you at the door. The garlic bread, escargot, spinach salad and veal were great. If you visit during the holidays you better get a resv, because the place was packed, and a festive brand of noisy. I think they keep a table for Sinatra, Dean, and Sammy in the back....

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic
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