Al Dente

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$30 and under
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Italian
Al dente Trattoria Toscana - 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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LB
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Long wait for reserved table. Mediocre food. Won’t go back.

GE
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always warmly greeted,table always ready( yes a reservation) service and the food is always excellent.

LS
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening dining outside.
Service was good. Food was outstanding!
2 of us had veal picatta - yum!!
1 had veal Marsala - yum!!
And one had chicken who said it was surprisingly good!!
Can’t wait to return!

L
Palm Springs
73 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. We love thus place. Highly recommended.

R
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous.

GI
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riquísima comida y servicio. Volveríamos a ir definitivamente. Gonzalo nos atendió muy bien.

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DH
Boise
56 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Overall, just an "ok". Wanted to try this place for a while, so gave it a go. Food was ok, nothing outstanding, service on the slow side. Table next to us ordered one of the "special" salads, but it did not have the gorgonzola or other ingredient on it. So, they brought them little bowls of both to add on--make your own salad. Glad we tried it, time to move on.

RC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

We had lunch earlier in the week and were delighted with the service and food. Decided to go back for our last dinner before leaving the next morning. Could have not been more disappointed with our server/hostess. She sat us at a nice outside table. So far so good. Then her Birthday Girl friends showed up taking all of her attention that we had to ask for water while the table had theirs served. They brought wine and she proceeded to open while we sat and watched. Told us be there in 2 minutes....nothing happened while she focused solely on her friends as she took their drink orders.
We saw how this was going and left....

DW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The house salad and dressing was nearly tasteless. If it was not for the bread, the whole course would have been bland. I had the equivalent of Chicken Fettuccine for an entree. The sauce was almost soup-like and very thin and lacked flavor. Very disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chilly evening so asked for snide table mate as of requested patio. Nothing inside available but they gave us a table in a sheltered corner of the patio with a great heater. Service was perfect and food was fantastic!!!

j
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Literally the worst dinner I’ve had in a long time in every possible way

AW
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is always exemplary and every staff member makes us feel so welcome. Barbara, in particular, has been amazing. Regardless of how busy she is she always take the time to say hello and her service is excellent. She is efficient, friendly and is able to anticipate what we need. She is always aware of what patrons need and does whatever she can to make each guest feel comfortable and valued. What an asset she is to the restaurant!

JW
Palm Springs
62 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

This food was average at best. There are many italian restaurants in Palm Springs that are much better. The service was like what you would expect at Denny's. The main courses arrived minutes after ordering, just after the first glass of wine. The salad was forgotten and no bread was served. We rejected the main course until after the salad and some bread. The ambiance is very good, the service was not good and the food was so so. We can not recommend this place

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Staff was generally inattentive.
We had wanted to order a bottle of wine with our meal, but they were difficult to track down.
When they did come to the table, they were rushed and in a hurry to remove plates even though we were still eating.
Food quality was average.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

We had a 7:45 reservation and didn’t get seated until almost 9.

j
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the waiter's good humor and attentive service added to the enjoyable dining experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service! Price fix menu was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Solid place for some upscale dining! Sat outside and was very pleased with my meal!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Started out with quick service, but the time between appetizers and meal was too long. Food was excellent!

V
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had stopped going to Al Dente about a year ago. We are locals and even WITH a reservation, they were making us wait for more than 30 minutes for our table
When I walked in, we were 12 minutes early. The person at the door told us it would be “about 30 minutes”. I told him that if we did not have a table on or before our reservation (15 min). We would leave immediately and never return.
They gave us a table at our exact time.
The food and service was excellent as before. But if they can’t learn to sit people at their proper time, then they will just continue to lose business

CP
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was prompt and friendly. The portions were generous and all food items, incl. desserts, tasted great -- the pasta was indeed al dente! Finally, the prices were reasonable, so great value. We will probably be back.

KG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my husband for our wedding anniversary. Our server, Jeff, was so personable and helpful. The food was delicious! I highly recommend Al Dente and plan on going back again!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good food. Not very busy for a Sat. Night.

DO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waitstaff and service were great and the food was very good. They allow you to bring your own wine which is wonderful

OT
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6. I made the reservation on Open Table shortly before we arrived. We were greeted very nicely, seated at a table good for conversation and had a wonderful waiter. All the staff was kind and helpful. My pasta dish, quattro formaggio, was so good I am tempted to return to Palm Springs just to order it again.

OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

From entrance to exit every detail was excellent. Food was fresh, hot and delicious. Service was fantastic, we will be coming back soon

MT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Al Dente

l
San Diego
74 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice little restaurant near the Palm Springs theater. Ate dinner here before the musical Camelot and people were friendly, service good. Food good, nothing spectacular but good choice if you are attending a play or musical. Theater is a 2 minute walk from restaurant.

LG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here in 1996 with friends to celebrate our anniversary and returned this year with many of the same friends to celebrate yet another anniversary. Everyone in our group of nine enjoyed delicious food and excellent service, set in a charming outdoor setting. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend this restaurant to others looking for a great meal at a reasonable price.

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcome. Good food. Will be back.

p
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time at this restaurant. Food excellent. Pasta cooked just right. Portions very large. one criticism is the bread. It need to be crustier and not so much like a tastless corn bread. the good news was we didn't eat it. Less calories. Will return.

SO
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and come here every time we are in Palm Springs. We love garlic and we love this Restaurant 😎😎😎😎

s
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great local spot that serves consistently good Italian food.
Service is always attentive. Easy to park in the area.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

AZ
Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A dependable dining experience. Food is delicious, service is thoughtful and an excellent value.

TW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We practically had the restaurant to ourselves so the service was exemplary. The wait staff is very welcoming. The food is terrific.

MT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always happy with our experience at Al Dente

CR
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved sitting in a booth overlooking the front patio and Palm Canyon foot traffic. Great service, very good food. Will definitely return.

BB
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Al Dente. Romantic, classic, delicious. And Gonsalvo was delightful. Highly recommended, especially for dinner for two.

m
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Prices were much higher than their online menu, and average food at best. The bread was dry and tasteless...The decor was very dated, which is not important if the food and value were great, and they were not