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Al dente, Palm Springs, CA

Al dente

4.6
4.6
989 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 21 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 989 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Italian

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Italian

989 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  4. Lovefood

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Al Dente remains consistently good. Wonderful food good friendly service and a lovely setting. We always love going there.

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  5. LaurieT

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in every way! The service was outstanding as was the food.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Drove an hour to get there for the Valentine's Day three course dinner package for my wife and I, only for the lamb chop to already be sold out. The steak and the pork chop both just tasted like char, no flavor. It was a very disappointing experience to say the least.
    Al denteResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We're truly sorry to hear about your disappointing experience during your recent visit for our Valentine's Day menu. It's disheartening to learn that we fell short of meeting your expectations, especially on such a special occasion. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the unavailability of the lamb chop and for the lack of flavor in dishes you ordered. This is certainly not reflective of the high standards we aim to maintain, and we understand how frustrating it must have been after making the journey to dine with us. Please feel free to reach out to us directly to discuss your experience further and to see how we can make it right. Thank you, Max Al dente

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  7. VanN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I managed to secure a last-minute reservation at Al Dente for Valentine's Day when all other options were fully booked, and it turned out to be a fantastic experience. They offered a special three-course Valentine's Day menu priced at $80 per person, and fortunately, we were able to snag a table outside. The ambiance was wonderfully romantic. The service was great. Throughout the evening, we were attended to by multiple staff members who checked on us frequently, ensuring that our experience was nothing short of excellent. The food surpassed our expectations. For starters, we indulged in the heart-shaped ravioli filled with shrimp and enveloped in a silky 'Pink' sauce, which was truly the best rendition of shrimp/lobster ravioli in pink sauce we've ever tasted. For our main courses, my wife opted for the scallops, shrimp, and sun-dried tomatoes served atop tagliatelle pasta, while I selected the sea bass resting on a bed of roasted fennel. Both dishes were exquisite—the pasta was perfectly cooked, and the sea bass was tender and expertly prepared. I'm immensely grateful for rescuing our Valentine's Day plans and, quite possibly, saving my life in the process. We're already looking forward to returning to Al Dente in the future.

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  8. JosephM

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great pre-Valentine’s Day dinner… Risotto was exceptional…service was courteous and unobtrusive…very much appreciated.

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  9. gpspat

    Manitoba

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Smelled like sewer inside. Food was bland and not that good. Won't be going back there. Too many better Italian food options in Palm Springs to waste money going here.
    Al denteResponded 7 days ago
    Hi there, we're sorry to hear about your experience. We're addressing the odor issue immediately with the landlord. We take pride in our food and apologize it fell short this time. Your feedback is valuable, and we'll work hard to improve. You can always let our staff know if something isn't up to your expectations and we'd be more than happy to take care of it. We understand your disappointment but hope you'll give us another chance to exceed your expectations.

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  10. BobS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We picked this restaurant almost randomly while driving home from Phoenix. We were glad we did as we enjoyed a moderately priced (by today's inflationary standards) mean that was excellent from appetizers to dessert. It does not rise to the level of complaint, but if anything the service was a touch too accomodating, as staff repeatedly dropped by to ask how our meal was going.

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  11. GaryR

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I am a regular customer over the last few years and I need to let you know that something was really off with the food last evening (Wed Feb 7th) I ordered the Spaghetti with Mussels in white wine sauce which I’ve had before. In summary the mussels were inedible. Large, orange, and off putting. I only tried part of one and that was enough. Moving to the pasta only, it was drowning in oil, couldn’t finish that either. Even my regular Pear Martini was different. Not balanced, strong and not tasty. I am hesitant to return until I hear back from management, as something was very different and very wrong. Thanks for your consideration. —-Gary
    Al denteResponded on February 10, 2024
    Dear Gary, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We sincerely apologize for the disappointing experience you had during your recent visit. As a valued regular customer, your satisfaction is of utmost importance to us, and we are truly sorry that we fell short of your expectations. We're concerned to hear about the issues you encountered with your pasta, as well as the inconsistency in your Martini. Please know that we take your comments seriously and have immediately shared them with our staff for improvement. We understand your hesitancy to return until this matter is addressed, but we would like to assure you that this is not reflective of our usual standards. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back and provide a much better experience. -Al dente

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  12. WilliamL

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We haven’t been there in a long time, but it was just as good as we had remembered we will be back

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  13. ChrisH

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ive been here a handful of times and I usually have a great dining experience. I recommend to family and friends.

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  14. JackY

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff and very good food. Everyone worked hard to make sure we had our drinks, dinner etc. in a timely, yet relaxed fashion. Will be returning soon!

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  15. RICKG

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service! Great food! I would highly recommend trying this restaurant! Our 1st time visiting Palm Springs and would definitely go back!

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  16. lovetodine

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love coming back. Great spot.Great Food!! Great Location

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  17. Irene

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant. I am surprised I didn’t know about this place before as I have been coming to the desert for years. Will definitely be back. Food and service were terrific.

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  18. Char

    New York City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed all aspects of our visit - great food and service.

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  19. BillH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was slow and the food was not worth the prices paid - under-seasoned and some dishes were over-cooked. Not what I expected at all from the ratings, so I would not recommend it.
    Al denteResponded on January 25, 2024
    Hi Bill, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We'd never want to serve anything less than our best, so it's disheartening to see your review. If there's ever an issue with your meal, please don't hesitate to let us know right away so we can make sure you're enjoying something that's up to our high standards. Regardless, we're hoping to have you back sometime soon so we can prove this is not the norm for us, because amazing service and delicious dishes are what you should always be able to expect from our crew. While we wish you had a better experience this time around, we do hope you'll consider giving us another chance to show you just how great we can be. -Al dente

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  20. GregW

    Greater Boston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Truly a neighborhood gem, each year retains both exacting service and delicious food. And pricing is excellent.

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  21. CarolB

    Minneapolis

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Al Dente was very nice. Our waiter was great and the food was great.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Al dante is our favorite experience in Palm Springs, a city blessed with many wonderful dining choices. The atmosphere is elegant and comfortable without being pretentious. The kitchen is tremendously successful with amazing vegetarian soups, and accommodating flexible responses for special requests. The staff is very well trained and efficient with continuous, but unobtrusive, attention to table needs. Our favorite server is Gonzalo, but all are excellent. The reasonable price value is wonderful for the excellent quality of food, service, and atmosphere. Experience Old Italy in the heart of Palm Springs. We do regularly, and we love it. 😎💪👍🙏

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  23. WillSing4Supper

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were both good but we felt that it was over priced

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  24. Carole

    Boise

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We come here every time we are in town and never tire of it. Food, service and ambience are top notch.

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  25. JeffK

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always have a wonderful meal and a delightful experience at Al Dente. It is my favorite Italian restaurant in Palm Springs. And if you are a lover of cream sauces like me, don't miss out on the Quattro Formaggio, rich and delicious!

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  26. DesertRat

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good and service was efficient, as always.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful meal in downtown Palm Springs. Prompt and courteous service, delicious food. It was a quiet Monday so I can’t say what a busy weekend would be like, but the chicken and veal we ordered were tender, flavorful and perfectly sauced. I would definitely go again.

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  28. JEFF

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food excellent. Quick but not rushed. Enjoyable.

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  29. AlanZ

    Palm Springs

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are always enjoy an evening of great food and fine service. We have never been disappointed. Relaxing and love sitting on the patio.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was just okay. The menu looks good ie maybe better options but tiramisu was less than authentic

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  31. JSDUB

    Greater Boston

    50 reviews

    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were under a time constraint and they were able to accommodate us. Great service.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! Gonzalo is the best and attends to every detail. We always come here when we are in town.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food and staff (particularly Noel M.) was extremely friendly. Will definitely return.

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  34. PollyC

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was wonderful. The outside dinning as very pleasant

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  35. JenL

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well worth it!! We wanted a nice place to enjoy dinner together prior to NYE festivities and this place was amazing!! All the staff was fun, knowledgeable and courteous. Definitely need to check this place out.

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  36. happydiner

    Portland

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best overall dining experience in downtown Palm Springs.

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  37. Table24

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always reliable, beautiful patio, very accommodating staff.

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  38. hydrojob

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, consistent and attentive service. Staff is knowledgeable about the menu. Food is prepared perfectly. The best old school pasta dishes in the valley. Great specials- I had the salmon. Full cocktail menu and generous wine list. This is my go-to Italian restaurant. They always make us feel like family.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. We had the best waiter Gonzalo was amazing. All around great experience

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  40. Aaron

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great pasta and desserts. Attentive and friendly staff. Outside patio well heated. Great meal.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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 4.6 stars by 989 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 21 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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