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Al Dente

4.4
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263 Reviews
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 263 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Robert
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Two at dinner on a very quiet Sunday eve. Rather nice . Food was good, they even did a dish in a different way for me.
But it was my birthday, OK. I asked if they did anything, maybe I should not be the one to ask, but my spouse has medical condition and feels uncomfortable in asking.
They said yes, and brought out a dish of ice cream with 2 scoops, nice.
And I got a song of cheer!
But when the bill came, they charged for the ice cream!
I fully realize this is a tourist restaurant, but they do know us, So I was upset and a bit offended.
But you got to make a buck where you can.

but it left a bad taste in my memory!

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vipColleenR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lobster ravioli was delish but veal and chicken were mediocre

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vipCarlF
Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect evening under the stars. All COVID-19 precautions in place. Food was very good Italian fare. Servers were friendly and curious. Who good ask for anything more.

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AlanZ
Palm Springs
29 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite go to restaurants in Palm Springs. Wonderful service and delicious food. Cocktails are creative and generous. We enjoy the patio seating. If you are the mood for Italian food check out Al Dente!!

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vipRaviM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered the Frutti De Mare and another pasta dish. Excellent preparation. Service was immaculate.

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takisv
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Al Dente was recommended by a friend. Unfortunately, four people, we had three bad meals. The carbonara was very oily so was the pasta side on the lemon chicken. Chicken was moist but not as tasty. My friend's seafood pasta was salty. The bread they bring to the table is probably the worse bread we have eaten in any Italian restaurant. We eat a lot out and take friends out regularly but I do not thin that we will return. The waitress was ok but did not care that my wife did not eat her meal (carbonara). All she said "You should let me know so we could make you another meal"...!!! After we paid...The older Spanish man that acted as a busboy was excellent and much more attentive than the waitress....

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vipCliff
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service, as always. Was great to introduce this restaurant to new comers to PS.

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vipCanadianBacon
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor seating arrangement with lots of space between tables, to adhere to the COVID guidelines. The restaurant did a great job of keeping things clean and safe. Our server Gonzalo was oustanding! He was friendly, polite, efficient and did an exceptional job overall.

We enjoyed the food, especially my linguine con vongole and the house special lobster ravioli. Jeff the bartender made the perfect gin martini.

Great meal overall, and thank you Gonzalo for outstanding customer service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Great staff. Wonderful food.

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vipPatB
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was top notch! Made us feel so welcome. Food was delicious. I had the chicken parm and my husband had the veal. Highly recommend!

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vipRogerD
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with out of town guests. Food, service atmosphere outside was excellent, as we’ve come to expect from Al Dente

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food is consistently very good. We LOVE the people who help us. We have eaten outside even before Covid19 and love it.

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vipwades
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good as always

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is well prepared, delicious, and portions are generous. We love the patio here. The service, excellent. I rarely give 5 stars but they earned it. I hope people will walk a little further down to patron this establishment.

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vipTigger53
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were fortunate to dine inside on the second night reopening after C19 restrictions. Food was excellent, service seamless, staff was as accommodating as ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is great! They greeted us right away. The care and cleanliness for the customer was first and foremost. The manager/owner provide is sparkling water while we wait for our table.
The waiter was very attentive.
The food was fresh and delicious. I highly recommend the Salmon.
I love the ambiance and highly recommend the restaurant

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katiet
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and we could not have asked for a better experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Veal scallopini was very 4hin and dry. Sent it back. Gnocchi was better but just so so

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CarolH
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious. Service was wonderful. It is August and in the middle of a pandemic so only outdoor seating was available. It was 102 degrees and so hot but even so, we were so glad to get out and do something normal. Al Dente should invest in a super duper misting system. The one they have was wimpy. Other than that, highly recommend.

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vipTroyJ
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is extremely good and the service is great.

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BarryC
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always. One of my favorite places. Food is amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

With the extreme heat in Palm Springs it was very warm sitting outside and the misters were not string enough to fight away the heat. Food was good as always and service even during Covid times was friendly and professional.

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vipAlanE
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was absolutely exceptional and made for a really pleasant dinner. The food was tasty and well priced.
We will be back

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Macka
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I love going to Al Dente, not just for the delicious food, but for the above and beyond service and care. Love sitting on the patio and enjoying the evening heat with a cold rose!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always friendly service. Love the salmon.

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vipJames
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was good but they had a bit of a pest issue with bugs. They took care of the meal and we still enjoyed ourselves. I would assume they will have the issue under control shortly.
Service was exceptional.

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vipKenny
Mississippi
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We love the food and staff!

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vipfiki2202
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

All good. Appetizer meatballs were great. Fantastic tomato sauce. Carbonara was a disaster - sloppy, swimming in cream. It is a difficult dish to execute well, and only requires egg yolks and pecorino, maybe a touch of cream to “Americanize” it. Perhaps tomato based mains are better.

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AlanZ
Palm Springs
30 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Al Dente. Delicious food, attentive service and great outdoor vibe. The cocktails are generous and inventive. We appreciate that the wait staff recognizes us from previous visits. It always makes us feel special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great evening. We were in town for a quick getaway and it was our favorite spot of the trip - we even had three small kids in tow. We will be back.

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vipMacguffin
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I really appreciated how well Al Dente adhered to the state and local self-distancing regulations and other Covid-19 precautions during this pandemic. I cannot say the same for other restaurants in Palm Springs. Our dinner was very comfortable.

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Robert
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

have enjoyed their comfortable relaxing nice restaurant for years.

This family is an legend in Palm Springs for their restaurants.
Always good and always fair.

And somehow they have excellent help in a city not always known for great service..

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CyndieB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff here is hands down the best in the city!! Attentive but not overwhelming. They just do it right. The food is perfection though a bit pricey. Great menu too. Love this place.

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Chasshobe
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is my favorite Italian restaurant in the world, and I've traveled in Italy 3 times. The food is very fresh, expertly prepared, and for a small restaurant, their wine list is very nice and full of delicious wines. During COVID-19, only outside dining is allowed, and it was July, and on the street, so this time dining here had its drawbacks. During normal times, the interior is cozy and inviting.

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vipLorraine
Palm Springs
90 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live this place. One of our “go to” places. Veal Marsala is the best. Great food and service. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very tasty chicken parm and lobster ravioli.

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JenniferA
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great option for upscale dining with teens. We sat outside and were well taken care of and dinner was delicious!

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vipSushiLiebhaber
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thank goodness for the misters, dining in the heat was almost bearable.

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KBry
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Spent a few days in the desert while COVID-19 continued its rage. If you didn't make a reservation to eat at one of the restaurants with an outdoor patio, there weren't many other options. The chicken parmigiana was excellent, as was the service.

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kerryj
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overall a great place, outstanding service!! I had the pollo parmigiana, my friend had the salmon entree, food was enjoyed by us both! Just wished lasagne was on the menu!

FAQs

Al Dente does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Al Dente is rated 4.4 stars by 263 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.