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Al dente, Palm Springs, CA

Al dente

4.5
4.5
1026 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

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 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 /Private Lot entrance of W. Alejo Rd. May enter through back
  • 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

What 1,026 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

1,026 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food was excellent. Our server, Gonzalo, was very attentive and pleasant.

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  2. SteveS

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Noel provided excellent and friendly service.

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  3. ETHa

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience! One of our favorite restaurants!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. We ate outside and had a nice evening.

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  5. TomA

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time there & we couldn't be more satisfied. The staff, the ambiance, the food, the outdoor patio. It was a perfect evening.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing!!! Fresh, delicious, great ambiance…. Service 5 star!!! We had apps, salads, soup, entrees, deserts and wine. Everything was outstanding!!!

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  7. Alan

    Palm Springs

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There are more expensive and fancier Italian restaurants in the Palm Springs area, but none are better than Al Dente. The food is delicious and the service is superb. The indoor seating area is fine but the way to go is to sit on the patio. My wife and I and friends have been there many times and we hope to be there many ti mes more.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our bolognese tasted like it had chef-boyardee sauce on it. It was such a disappointment to pay those prices for bad food. The red wine was gross too.

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  9. JDFoodie

    Philadelphia

    233 reviews

    5.0

    233 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alex our waiter and the entire staff took great care of us. We started with the soup de hour, a mushroom soup that was pure mushrooms with no heavy cream overwhelming the mushrooms . Delightful! The swordfish special was perfectly done with just the right amount of sauce and capers. The chicken Marsala was moist and not swimming in sauce, but delicately topped with lots of mushrooms. The frutta di mare was also delicious with perfectly cooked pasta and an abundance of seafood. And I’m happy to say nothing was salty, my biggest complaint with most restaurants. So kudos to the chefs for letting the flavors of the food shine without the need to overly salt!

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  10. AnoukAknin

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    L’emplacement est parfait. Au calme. La terrasse est très agréable. La nourriture est bonne et le service impeccable.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, as always, as was the service.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food in the service were fabulous and our server Gonzalo was top-notch

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  13. Debbie

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Food was delicious! Wine was good. Service was fast.

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  14. kippc

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We've dined at Al Dente every time we've been in Palm Springs over the last few years. The service and food have always brought us back. This year has been a bit of a different experience. We had reservations and were seated quickly at an outside table on the front patio. Our salads were brought out within 10 minutes of ordering but the time it took to receive our entrees was almost one hour after we finished the salads...for 4 pasta dishes. The waiter came by 3 times to apologize for the delay and the his apology included this explanation: "I'm so sorry but we lost your ticket. This table always seems to have a lost ticket."-That seems like a situation that could be paid a little closer attention to since you know there's an existing issue...Also, if you know the ticket is lost and the food isn't out yet, don't you push that ticket to the front of the line to expedite service and show good faith to your customers that are waiting? The takeaway was that although we waited an inordinate amount of time for the entrees, the pasta was delicious. The salads were unfortunately, pretty overdressed and the lettuce was somewhat wilted. The service was kind and congenial but slightly uninformed and thusly ineffective. Our 2 desserts were comped for our trouble.
    Al denteResponded on April 6, 2024
    Hi Kipp, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at Al Dente. We are so disappointed to hear that your visit this year fell short of the exceptional standards you've come to expect from us. We sincerely apologize for the extended wait time for your entrees. Losing your ticket is completely unacceptable, and the explanation you received about the table having past issues is simply not good enough. There are absolutely steps we can and should take to prevent this from happening again. We are taking your feedback very seriously and will be reviewing our service procedures to ensure a smoother experience for all our guests. We are truly grateful for your loyalty over the years, and we hope you'll give us another chance to regain your trust. We will be in touch! - Max

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were delighted by how this turned out. They happily accommodated a party of eight and were friendly and prompt. The food was really good.

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  16. Eric

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dinner and service was excellent. Tiramisu for dessert was a win!

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  17. DeniseA

    Palm Springs

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy Al Dente - we love the bread and chopped tomato basil garlic topping - and the pasta!

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  18. BeckyF

    Hawaii

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time in two weeks. Everything was so good. We will be back next year.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    awesome. They were able to seat us early even though there was a huge party there before us and offered to make the kids meals ahead of ours so we wouldn’t go crazy with rage. The sauce was so good.

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  20. TrishN

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Al Dente has a great location, comfortable ambiance and even better service. We met with friends that we literally had not seen in 20 years and even on a relatively busy Saturday night, they served us and then just gave us our space and let us talk and eat and drink while continuing to refill our water glasses for three hours! That says something about a business.

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  21. jeffm

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was wonderful and the service was amazing thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience

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  22. Hattie

    Palm Springs

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of 6 and were seated in the "Cave", outdoors right of the front door so we could talk very comfortably. Hence the "quiet" rating on noise!

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  23. randy

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a party of five on a Monday night. Everyone was more than satisfied with their meals: angel hair pasta w meat sauce was really good, lobster ravioli was good, minestrone soup delicious— comfortable atmosphere with low noise level made for very enjoyable conversation.

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  24. STEPHENP

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The tomatoes presented in the amuse bouche and in the Caprese Pasta were inedible. If you can’t get ripe tomatoes take these items off them menu.

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  25. LynnR

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Bread was stale. Asparagus soup was bland. Shrimp were inedible-way overcooked. Veal dish was lacking any flavor. Ordered coffee the we never got. Won’t be back
    Al denteResponded on March 15, 2024
    Dear Lynn, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We're truly sorry to hear about your disappointing experience. We apologize for the food issues and missed coffee. This is not the standard we aim for. We'll address these issues with our team and work to improve. We'd love the chance to make it up to you in the future. However, we understand your decision not to return, but we sincerely hope you will give us another opportunity to make it right. Please consider reaching out to us directly so that we can personally ensure a more enjoyable dining experience for you. Thank you once again for bringing these matters to our attention, and we hope to have the chance to regain your trust in the future. -Max Al dente

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  26. BobG

    Calgary

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice and quaint restaurant. Abet music level was alternating from low volume to medium-high volume….food was great!!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. My daughter had the bolognese and I had the lobster ravioli. We shared a Caesar salad to start which they offered to split for us. Then the cheesecake for dessert - so creamy and delicious! For a cocktail I had the Limoncello Spritz - lovely light and refreshing. It took a little longer than I would have liked for the salad to come out but we had bread and I wasn’t in a hurry. Overall, it was a wonderful way to end a lovely mother-daughter day.

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  28. GaryP

    Calgary

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience. They did not have Carbonarra on the menu, but they were happy to make it for me and it was terrific. Excellent service.

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  29. ViCat

    Seattle

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service but just a step above Olive Garden in food quality. We would not go back.
    Al denteResponded on March 13, 2024
    We're truly sorry to hear that your dining experience fell short of your expectations. We strive to offer authentic Italian cuisine crafted with fresh ingredients and prepared with care and passion by our kitchen. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to continually improve and ensure that every guest enjoys a memorable dining experience. If you're willing to give us another chance, we would love the opportunity to exceed your expectations and leave you with a more favorable impression of our restaurant. Thank you for dining with us and for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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  30. Gehrig

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We eat there 2-3 times during our annual six week visit to Palm Springs. Best Italian restaurant in town in our book. Great selection, great service, love to sit on the patio (with a heater) and relax and enjoy some great food.

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  31. Paolo

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful outdoor seating with delicious Italian food. What’s not to like? Hard to go wrong with what you choose here. I went safe with the steak+aglio e olio, but I also recommend trying anything with their famous “pink sauce.” Give it a try!

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  32. BarryW

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Attentive staff! Small portions. Overall good experience

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  33. Jackie

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food! Great service and very pleasant staff!

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  34. DoloresL

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive waiter. Food was SO GOOD—in fact, excellent. Appropriate portions—not too much or too little.

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  35. billbob

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific food. a bit slow seating us but a minor glitch to a fine meal. They had options for dietary issues, a quiet neighborhood vibe, attentive waiters and staff, and fine food.

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  36. Kimber

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food with charming outdoor seating in Palm Springs. Service was excellent and I'll be back for the lobster ravioli.

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  37. ExSFresident

    Palm Springs

    107 reviews

    4.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A regular go-to spot for locals who enjoy very good Italian food at reasonable, not resort/tourist prices. All staff are always very friendly, attentive, and professional. (A fairly uncommon experience these days.) Our pasta with vodka sauce and shrimp was delicious, as was the veal parmesan with olive oil pasta. Overall ambiance is pleasant and very clean/maintained. We really enjoy this place time and time again. Only suggestion I would like to make to them is to stop refrigerating the tomatoes for the salads.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    very friendly and accommodating definite recommend

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good was excellent and wait staff was very informative.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and presentation was great. Staff were friendly.

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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 1026 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Al dente

491 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Additional information

  • Cross street
    W. Alejo Road /Private Lot entrance of W. Alejo Rd. May enter through back
  • Neighborhood
    Palm Springs
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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