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Le Donne Cucina Italiana

4.4
463 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(760) 773-9441
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Guillermo Cruz
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Private party facilities
Our party area can accommodate up to 50 guests.
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Private party contact
Manager: (760) 773-9441
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hwy 111 & El Paseo
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 463 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
3.9
ambience
4.4
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The food wasn’t gross or anything just not great. Lovely restaurant and wait staff however.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

great food awesome service will definitely be going back many times. I highly recommend this place. To windy to sit outside but will next time. My new favorite spot.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We love eating here....always great food and service....and the menu is terrific, too! Something for everyone.....a neighborhood gem!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Service was good and accommodating. Food was mediocre. Disappointing as I brought a friend for his birthday.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Wide menu selection, well prepared and presented dishes that were excellent. Reasonable prices and wine list with friendly service. Indoor and outdoor dining options, both nice. Definitely going back and recommend to friends.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The food is terrific. From lasagna to chicken to fish everything is great. Food is served hot and efficiently. Portions are huge.
Great Italian cooking.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

GREAT food always. Fresh and delicious! Our favorite Italian restaurant. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

As always, the food was great. I always have a full order of Fettuchini Alfredo with peas, sauted onions and Italian bacon for appetizer. The Picatta is a favorite, and with a cold bottle of Pinot Grigio who can beat it !!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Had a great dinner with huge portions on the last night of our friend's Palm Desert vacation. Was looking for a great Italian place, and found Le Donne Cucina after a couple others were fully booked on a Friday night. I'm very glad that they were booked - so I could enjoy this hidden gem, located in a "strip mall" near El Paseo. I'm looking forward to going back soon!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Our go to restaurant while visiting Palm Desert. We dined with our 6 and 2 year old grandchildren outside and it was perfect. Great veal and pasta dishes for us and spaghetti for them! Shhhh...don't tell all your friends about this restaurant. Keep it a secret!!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This restaurant is superb! We went back three times in two weeks while visiting in Palm Desert! The veal dishes are so tasty and the sausage appetizer is really special. This is a family run restaurant and the service is excellent. We ate outdoors and enjoyed the warm weather. We have eaten at several other Italian restaurants in the area and none of them compared to Le Donna Cucina. Absolutely a great value! We will return next year when we return to the area.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Solid Italian fare, with an extensive set of pasta options. Service was quite slow.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Difficult place to find. Tucked into a strip mall with no roadside signs. Yet from there on it was wonderful. Great small restaurant ambiance and comfort. Full menu with great choices-each of our dishes being delicious. I thought prices were very reasonable for the quality of food.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great food and service. Will definitely be back!!!

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Good food as always but very crowded and we were in the back room which I don’t like

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Made a last minute reservation here and it was very good. It was Saturday night and packed, but service was good and food was very good. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We have been there MANY timed and the qualilty of the food is always very good.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Authentic Italian is hard to find. That's why you would go to Le Donne Cucina.
The appetizers we had were outstanding. Beef Cappaccio with Parmesean - some of the best you will ever have. And the Salciccia Arrabiatta - Molto Buono! I would drive 2 hours for this dish, which you can also get over housemade linguini. The sauce is simply THAT good...minced garlic, crushed tomato, olive oil, crushed red pepper, fabulous!!!!!(!) My veal Piccata was everything I had hoped for, and a little spaghetti aglio olio with some more red pepper and parmesean....homemade Tira Misu to top it off.... we left with one thing in mind. A return very soon!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food is excellent with great service, local favorite so it’s a bid crowded that was less than the romantic atmosphere I wanted for our Anniversary, but- the pasta and veal were exceptional and my wife is a professional chef and educator for a national culinary school. Food is 5+. Everyone is done with dinner and gone by 9:30 so probably not the best location for a planned late dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We ate there with friends inside (too windy for the patio). Crowded, noisy but oh, the food! Best Italian food we've had since moving here from the SF Bay area. Very accommodating server -- I asked for a different noodle for the penne alla vodka with shrimp, no problem. So I had it with fetttucine and it was fantastic. Best thing about the evening: polenta with mushroom sauce as an appetizer. The polenta was baked, so it had a nice crisp texture, and the mushroom sauce was perfect. This place is a gem.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This was our first visit and won't be our last. Great food. Good value. Great service. Tables were a bit crowded.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Good as always.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Excellent food and a huge menu

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

They have grilled prawns that are exceptionally good. Best I’ve ever had. The penne pasta with vodka sauce is excellent

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Always love this restaurant. Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Excellent food
Great atmosphere
Great service

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

GREAT restaurant...delicious food. Terrific servers!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had another great meal at Le Donne Cucina Italiana on Saturday night. It was busy but our service was very good.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

It was a birthday dinner for my wife , who loves Italian food. The choices were numerous and our server helped us with our selections..the spinach salad , with mushrooms was outstanding, the veal special was also outstanding. It would take several visits to sample all their selections, and that would be a pleasure.

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3.0Dined on February 27, 2018

A little disappointing. Cute place. They were out of most of the Italian wines. The food was not like authentic Italian. Sauce on eggplant parmesan was anemic. Sauce on linguini with clams and mussels was pretty tasteless. They were out of gelato that was ordered. So instead got a cannoli that was not very good. Not going back.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Awful. Each of us had a pasta dish that no one enjoyed. Al denote was barely cooked. Only flavor we would taste was garlic. When server figured out we did not like our food he disappeared.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We have enjoyed dinner here many times and this was no exception,

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great food and service.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

If you want good food this is the place to eat at. The service people are the best. I keep trying El Paseo main.... try it and you will recommend Le Cucina like I am doing now.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The brown bolognese sauce was the best we have ever tasted! The homemade papardelle pasta was cooked perfectly, al dente. Really enjoyed the food and service!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was of a very high order. Better than ever! Looking forward to going back soon.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The food was very good. Homemade papparedel with bolonaise was a big hit. So was the homemade tortellini with a light cream sauce. Prosciutto and melon was also good. Wine list left much to be desired and the red we ordered wasn’t very good. This is a very good place for homemade Italian food without the frills.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We have been to Donne Cuchina before and we usually go when the canneloni is on the menu. We made a reservation and it was quite busy when we arrived, so it took a while to be seated. We ordered canneloni with spinach, and pasta carbonara, and the food was good, however the canneloni was not as hot as usual. The server also did not bring bread , so I am not sure if this was a miss, or the restaurant has changed it's practice. It was not overly warm that day so the wine which is at room temperature was better than when it is hot. We may try a different Italian place if we can get a recommendation on good canneloni.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentine’s Day on the patio with heaters. Good food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner. Great waitresses despite busy night.

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