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Al dente, Palm Springs, CA

Al dente

4.5
4.5
689 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Al dente Trattoria - A quaint cucina with a decidedly European atmosphere, has served Palm Springs and international clientele for over 25 years.

Al dente proprietor Kendra Riccio and Executive Chef Oscar Cardenas present an extensive menu of pastas with homemade sauces, beef, veal, and fresh seafood entrées for lunch and dinner in a casual fine dining atmosphere. Located on historic Palm Canyon Drive, downtown Palm Springs, within walking distance to major hotels, convention center, shopping and casinos.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 325-1160

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Springs

  • Cross street

    W. Alejo Road

  • Parking details

    Parking lot in rear of restaurant. Entrance from Alejo RD. Back entrance into Al Dente from parking lot.Street parking on both Alejo RD and in front of Al Dente on N.Palm Canyon DR.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 689 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

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  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Italian

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Kid Friendly

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

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  1. T

    Table24

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently good!! Love the terrace!
  2. BW

    BillW

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing service and food. can’t wait to go back.
  3. s

    stevieb

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aldente never disappoints when it comes to service, friendliness and delicious menu items! Always a Palm Springs favorite.
  4. l

    lbcoster

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful all the way around. The food was true Italian, as well as our waiter! The view across the street of construction is the only downside.
  5. D

    David

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, enjoyed a pear martini and the pollo Limon
  7. EM

    ElaineM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The very attentive service at this restaurant was the top attribute. Waiters were always very accessible and courteous. The food was prepared in a reasonable time frame. We had a pasta dish and salmon, which were well-prepared, but not outstanding. We enjoyed the Rose of Sangiovese wine. Prices were a bit high, for this type of restaurant.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor patio was very pleasant. Service was outstanding.
  10. BG

    BillG

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second visit to Al dente, we are wondering why we haven't gone more often. I requested a specific corner table outside and it was held available for us. The food, service and drinks were all excellent. The timing and presentation were as expected. If you enjoy the bistro vibe you'll love this place.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and delicious food
  12. DB

    DavidB

    Louisville

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with friends. Food and service was very good.
  13. LA

    LesA

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well greeted, great seating, great food and our waiter Gonzalo was super. Can't wait for our next visit. Thanks
  14. JB

    JoeB

    Minneapolis

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our first time dining here. I will definitely come back. The food was delicious and well prepared. The service was efficient and friendly. The atmosphere was lively but elegant. There’s a nice selection of food to choose from; you will definitely find something you like. I will definitely dine here again!
  15. SC

    SChic

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very good Italian dining. Nice, friendly waitstaff, kitchen flexible to diet restrictions and slight revisions to dishes if needed. I had grilled salmon but asked for them to include piccata sauce and they did without a blink. Pear martini delicious. Ordered house Chardonnay and it was very good. We had dinner at a booth inside, but patio dining looked lovely.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic from start to finish!
  17. CB

    CathyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    good food, bruschetta very good. Could have used more sauce on meat.
  18. JR

    JohnR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat there weekly and always have great service and great food.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far my favorite Italian restaurant in the Coachella valley
  20. g

    golfgirl62

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was great for the most part. The Cesar salad could be improved upon but our meals were great and the tiramisu and pear martini were a hit. We sat inside and the our server was great but they were definitely a little short staffed so it was a little slow at times but understandable under the circumstances.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Average tasting meal for the price point.
  22. K

    Kensington

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Just OK We had a salad and pasta, so just a simple meal. Salad was OK; pasta sauce mediocre to say the least. Ambiance is nice; waiter very friendly and accommodating. Nice touch: the bread with fresh tomato salsa.
  23. R

    scottsdaleRon

    Phoenix

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful food and fun service! Excellent martinis!
  24. DB

    DavidB

    Louisville

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with friends. Server was great!
  25. T

    Table24

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great reliable food, service!!
  26. R

    Rick404

    Atlanta

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Amateur Italian food. Caprese salad came undressed. The provide oil and cheap balsamic at the table, but it made it worse. Food covered in bad tomato sauce. Service was embarrassingly bad. Had to ask for dirty plates to be cleared and then they did not clear them all. Server brought our check and our bill, non-existent in between. The only good thing about the meal was the bottle of wine (Napa.....odd they would not suggest an Italian) and the spinach. We will not be back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our “go to” place for any occasion or no occasion at all. One of our favorites and never disappoints. Gonzalo was amazing as always.
  28. DK

    DebraKayM

    Chicago

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special dinner with husband and mother in law. Amazing as always! Great food, service, cocktails and view. We visit twice a week every time we stay in Palm Springs!
  29. b

    bohand

    San Francisco

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time back to Al dente in a while. We had the most amazing experience. The food was absolutely delicious. We had the meatballs, the Caesar salad, and shared Aglio e Olio with sausage. It was all beautifully done. We also can't say enough about Gonzalo who waited on our table. He made us feel really special, although he was clearly managing multiple tables. He is a true gem when it comes to customer service.
  30. DV

    DesertVacation

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor dining, friendly service and fantastic food!
  31. AA

    AnAccidentInWaiting

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    A solid good but nothing great/remarkable.
  32. AC

    AlanC

    Palm Springs

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Come early and sit on their patio. Order anything you like from their menu and it will be very good. Enjoy.
  33. HP

    HeatherP

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal of chicken piccata and chicken parmigiana, sides of roasted potato and spinach. Delicious! Fantastic service, convenient location in Palm Springs, outdoor patio seating.
  34. DK

    DebraKayM

    Chicago

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We make reservations twice a week at Al Dente when vacationing in Palm Springs! Amazing cocktails (recommend pear martini), pasta (numerous options and all delicious) and exceptional service! We highly recommend table 51 for a great view, quiet and private. The staff is very professional, courteous and ensure everyone is taken care!
  35. P

    Party4

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Table bread was dry and flavorless. Tomatoes in caprese salad were not ripe and had been refrigerated, lettuce was wilted. Pasta was fine but nothing exceptional. Would not return or recommend. Staff were pleasant. No complaints about service.
  36. AT

    AquariusTraveler

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    My penne pasta was cooked perfectly al dente just like the name says. Nice bartender too.
  37. F

    Farsheed

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Great service. Their Bass fish special was outstanding. The Tiramisu is a must. Enjoyed the service and the quality of the food. Highly recommended.
  38. p

    pl13

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our first dining experience with Al Dente. We got there early to enjoy a cocktail. Barbara waited on us and made a great martini and spritz! We were seated by an attentive hostess at a nice outside table. Things went quickly from there! While the service was polite and courteous, we felt like they were trying to get us fed and out as quickly as possible. I had the bolognese and the "Italian Flag" salad. Both were solid. My husband had a special cannelloni with veal. He enjoyed that! We both had a class of house Chianti which went well with both of our meals. I took a cannoli to go. I enjoyed the ricotta filling as it wasn't too sweet, but not the chocolate chips (which it says are sprinkled on top on the menu). We had a nice dinner with a lovely setting. We would go back!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Ok I understand the restaurants are still trying to get help. So... Service was slow and not very personal. The food was average. Sat outside and the ambiance was nice.
  40. GS

    wendyGS

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We sat on the patio on a beautiful spring evening. The service was fantastic and they accommodated special requests such as Alfredo which is not on the menu. Their birthday tiramusu desert and chocolate cake were fantastic.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Al dente does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Al dente also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 325-1160.

Al dente is rated 4.5 stars by 689 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Al dente

491 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262

Additional information

  • Cross street

    W. Alejo Road

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Springs

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking lot in rear of restaurant. Entrance from Alejo RD. Back entrance into Al Dente from parking lot.Street parking on both Alejo RD and in front of Al Dente on N.Palm Canyon DR.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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