Il Corso - Palm Springs

4.5
488 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Chef Mario Marfia was born in Sicily, Italy and honed his craft working as a chef in the Mediterranean. He brings those culinary and cultural influences to El Paseo in Palm Desert, and the New Downtown of Palm Springs.
Il Corso restaurant offers genuine Italian hospitality serving a wonderful variety of traditional Italian dishes, fresh salads, homemade pastas, wood oven pizzas and delicious seafood. In addition to our regular menu, Chef Mario prepares nightly specials from all over Italy like “the world’s best gnocchi,” and our house specialty, roasted leg of veal. Start your meal off with an Italian style inspired cocktail and remember to save room for all of your favorite Italian homemade desserts to complement your dinning experience.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 488 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was a bit bland. Had pizza, pasta dishes, a salad and deserts. Italian custard too gelatinous. Service was good.

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vipJainaR
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Italian food, not just in Palm Springs, but anywhere!

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vipKatrina
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant, their food, wine, service!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful as useful

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vipDionysia
Seattle
49 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place for a nice dinner out. Great food and service. The patio had fun art surrounding the patio.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fabulous food - delicious and fresh - beautiful ambiance. Will return again very soon.

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vipklwebb
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Been here twice now. Ambience and service is excellent. Food is ok.

JH
JudyH
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outdoor dining at its best! Lovely patio with heat lamps and a fireplace, tables spaced appropriately for safety. Servers are attentive. Prices are a little steep for the quality and portion sizes. Overall, very pleased. Will definitely go there again.

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vipPeterL
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Relaxing and enjoyable seating area with good views

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Richard
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent meal was had here. It was our third visit to Il Corso.

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CamiloA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was really great, just would not consider it a value but well worth the price for a "nice" dinner or special occasion place depending on budget. I do wish they'd do better at keeping screaming children silenced but this is life.

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vipScottL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food, wine selection, and atmosphere were fantastic. Booked a table for 6 here over the Valentines weekend and we were all very satisfied.

The pasta and sauces were exceptional, the wine and drink selection was great, and the outdoor atmosphere was still cozy and upscale.

The service left a bit to be desired (food was quick and fresh which was great, but had to ask for utensils again after plates were cleared, and we received 3 pieces of bread for a table of 5), but it didn't have an overall impact on the evening - and we are forgiving during COVID restrictions.

Will definitely be back.

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ThomasH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Came to celebrate Valentine's Day and two people in party ordered the lamb. When the food came, the potatoes were cold. After giving to server, he returned with even colder potatoes. When told he said, "they just came out of the pot". Obviously the pot wasn't heating then. He did not take them, offer to fix them, or remove them from the bill. During pandemic, we try to tip nicely but this was one time I only left 10%. Had such high hopes. Disappointed.

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vipAwinrm
Palm Springs
189 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food....and great service. Well-spaced tables in a huge patio.

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CarolineD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Valentine’s Day dinner was magnificent! Food was delicious. Our waiter took care of us that day.

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vipGordonC
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great Valentine’s Day for my husband and me. Everything was perfect. Outdoors, great weather, delicious food and drink. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, away from the crowd in Palm Springs and outdoor set its perfect

MG
vipMGinNYC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a reservation. Showed up and was told, off-handedly, that they were closed due to weather (wind), but we were not given the option for outdoor dining in the reservation (so WTF?), then she spun on her heel and marched away. Sorry, but the staff earned the lowest possible rating. Superior attitude and dismissive snottiness. Will NEVER go back and NEVER GIVE ANYTHING BUT A TERRIBLE RATING. We went to LG Steakhouse instead and their staff was warm and inviting.
F*!k Il Corso!!

Il Corso - Palm Springs
Responded on February 14, 2021

Il Corso restaurant staff would like to express our most sincere apologies for all the inconveniences created by the extreme weather conditions experienced on February 13th, 2021. The safety of our guests and employees is of utmost importance and priority, and always will be above any financial gain or absurd personal desires of certain individuals.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The meal was memorable because of the wind and great food

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ArtC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Great service and very good flavor!

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vipAristotle1
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian Food in Palm Springs! The best servers!!

JC
vipJoyC
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service, nice ambiance, and lovely outdoor dining area.

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vipToddB
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having lived in Italy, I was extremely impressed by the quality and creativity of this Italian food.

PB
vipPtownBoyz
New England
57 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out of lockdown! Great server and amazing food!!
Worth the price!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I flew in from out of town. The day before I called restaurants to see who had inside or outside dinning. They told me on the phone they were doing fine in. I spent $50+ on Lyft to get there from hotel I was staying at and when we got there they told us they were not doing dine in. I showed them on my phone log where I called and made the reservation on Open Table after that. It cost another $70 on Lyft to get to another restaurant to eat dine in.

Il Corso - Palm Springs
Responded on December 25, 2020

The whole State of California is under Stay-Home order restrictions since December, 6th, 2020, we have following such protocols according to our city guidelines. There is not absolute way someone should have taken reservations in our restaurant. Guest's version completely inaccurate.

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lise77
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We did our last outdoor dining before the lockdown here. It was lovely, as always. Can't wait to get back when things open up.

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viptopguyps
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service in a lovely setting

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vipWhitneyW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff.

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viptbert
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great panda cotta! Lots of gluten free homemade options! Loved the salmon and lamb chops with mashed potatoes and spinach. Great wine and lovely staff💙💙

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vipklwebb
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent and all of the staff were super friendly! The food was great and the outdoor patio seating was perfect. They even let us bring our chihuahua on the patio and brought her a bowl of water.

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RonH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant in Palm Springs. Trendy setting with comfortable outdoor dining on a plaza, due to COVID. Carpaccio starter was delicious. Fileto was cooked to a tee, steakhouse quality. Decent bottle of Chianti to go along with the meal and an Affogato to finish it off. Wine bottle prices 3X retail but I guess that's par for the course.

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vipJimI
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Pleasant outside seating area. They are making the best of a bad situation

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vipTrevorT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Having worked in the restaurant industry in the past, I was hoping for better service. Started with a salad that had Albacore tuna which was not great. The classic lasagna was very bland and tasteless. The salmon was prepared very raw and had to be sent back. There was no sense of urgency to bring out a new plate so we cancelled it. Overall not the best first impression and most likely won’t be visiting again.

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MarkL
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Anniversary dinner was just perfect. Excellent space between tables and all servers observed safe rules. The upper patio is very pleasant!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I enjoyed it.

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vipFONIV
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bread basket: dried up bread semi warm
Beet salad: beets raw and very hard
Wine: big glass and more than usual quantity
Pizza good

AN
vipANTHONYE
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Most things about I’ll CORSO we’re good. Venue, setting, service and three out of four liked their food. My lasagna was over cooked, heavily sauced and cheesed. I would go back for a second chance.

MB
MichaelB
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This lovely place was recommended by a friend and it didn't disappoint. Due to Covid outdoor restrictions we were seated on the patio on a chilly night, but the heaters were going and it was pleasant. The octopus appetizer was excellent, the burata tomato salad very good and the tagliatelle pasta with pancetta, peas and a creamy vodka pink sauce satisfying. They were out of tiramisu but we enjoyed the Panna Cotta as a second choice. The service was excellent. Friendly and professional. Nice wine list options. Would definitely go back.

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vipcatchick
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous!

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MarleeM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Pastas delish. Fell in love with the chocolate torte! Light as a cloud

FAQs

Il Corso - Palm Springs offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 656-3770.

Il Corso - Palm Springs is rated 4.5 stars by 488 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.