Il Corso - Palm Springs

4.4
458 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 458 people are saying
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RonH
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
17 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

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vipANTHONYE
New York Area
30 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.

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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

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vipLulu
Montreal
40 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

OK....food was very good; service at the table was excellent. But, WHY did the restaurant hostess not understand the words "please move back"? We arrived and were told to use the QR Code to get the menu on our phones. While my husband was trying to get it, she leaned her face about 2 inches from his to "show him". I immediately asked her to move away and she did not! I asked again and she did not. Then I raised my voice. She then moved back, left and never returned!!! Another party got seated who came after and we were then seated. I said I did not want water. I was then asked 4 different times, as we waited to place an order for wine, if I wanted water. We were a hair away from just leaving. We are still in a pandemic folks! Please tell your hostesses, waitstaff and others to assume no one wants to get close to them. It's fine to offer help, BUT STAY THE SOCIALLY DISTANCED AMOUNT OF SPACE THAT EVERYONE ON THIS PLANET SHOULD NOW BE AWARE OF.

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vipLuv2goLA
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food was nothing exceptional and unfortunately the service was poor. It took forever to place our drink order, then our food order and to get our check. I would not return.

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vipTamaraH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

People smoke outside of the restaurant near the outdoor dining area and it is not pleasant. If masks are required outdoors in the middle of a respiratory pandemic, why are people allowed to smoke?!

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BrianB
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything about this place is wonderful!

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vipRalph
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good social distancing

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vipGary
Atlanta
50 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from Atlanta. Very safe dining experience. Great food and service.

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Daniel
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food hit the spot. Went for a birthday and they did a nice presentation at the end.

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SteveH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I know times are tough, but mediocre Italian won’t bring the business back. Great staff though.

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vipJimI
Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fantastic food and a great place!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Had a 5pm reservation and was shown to a table way out kind of on display to the square. Asked to be seated in a more cozy, quaint part of the outdoor patio and was told they were all reserved, hello, I had a reservation, AND, we were the only customers in the whole restaurant! Instead we were offered a small high top table.
Even though the servers were nice, it was faulty as can be. Had to ask for water refills twice and finally after appetizer and salad I finally had to ask for a cocktail, isn’t that usually the first thing one is offered?
The food was weak as well. Saltenbuco was skimpy, tough and too well done. I asked for extra anchovies and didn’t get more than a couple slivers.
With as many staff on duty and lack of any other customers and trying to survive covid, you’d think everything would have been impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The best part of the experience was the busser!

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vipSuWo
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely evening outside, socially distanced tables. Waiter/Waitresses all in masks and attentive.
Food was very good. Highly recommend the Lamb Chops !

Enjoy !

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

We decided to dine outdoors for our early anniversary .
Il corso has a nice setup outdoors. The music was a bit loud but that’s because it was coming from the taco place across the street ( so if you want a quiet dinner and it’s friday jr. select inside).
The place is families friendly ( yes including smaller kids ).

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting, the staff is very friendly and welcoming. Servers were knowledgeable and attentive. The food was spectacular. My wife and I really enjoyed their Calamri and Mussels. Would definitely revisit if ever back in Palm Springs.

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vipAwinrm
Palm Springs
186 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well-spaced tables...great food...comfortable outdoor patio dining in a nice atmosphere.

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vipShannonS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were the only people dining inside the restaurant on thursday night. Felt like we reserved the entire place....octopus appetizer was one of the best I’ve ever had, and the Branzino was fantastic. A must stop when you’re downtown Palm Springs or palm desert.

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to celebrate special occasions with your significant other. The atmosphere was very romantic and intimate . Definitely coming back again! The food was amazing and our waiter Jesus G was so thoughtful down to every detail. Thank you for making our anniversary memorable.

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vipJase
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was better than expected and will be back to try more dishes. however, service was not up to par as we had to remind our waiter several times for things and did not acknowledge that we were having a birthday dinner even though we specifically mentioned it on our reservation. not a lot of attention was given to detail. oh well...

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vipJakeinLA
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pretty restaurant. Nice seating. Good cocktails. Service was good. The food was a little hit and miss. Overall, we had a nice time. I’d go back. I wouldn’t order the pizza or the lasagna.

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kathyk
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. We had the lasagne and the veal. Both were incredible. The service was excellent as well. Prices were comparable to other restaurants in the area. Would definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good we went back again for dinner the following night.

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Michael123
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great patio, great staff and the food was very tasty.
We have added Il Corso to our regular dining list in PS.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful addition to Downtown Palm Springs. Great place

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vipDarrenE
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The servers were great and each dish was delicious. We’ll definitely be back when visiting Palm Springs

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HeleneC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor patio. Service was excellent. Food was served quickly and everything was delicious.

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vipArnoldL
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall2food5service4ambience2

Too hot on the patio. Very uncomfortable

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vipStephanieC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Summer in the desert during COVId-19 is hard. We have enjoyed the Palm Desert location of this restaurant several times so we thought we’d try this one on our visit to Palm Springs. Outdoor seating is available with only air fans and no misters. The server was nice but not very attentive. We had to ask multiple times for a bucket of ice for our wine and sparking water. The polipo salad was very tender. The branzino was mushy. The tiramisu was very good.

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RLew
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came two nights in a row, on our vacation. One of the best dining experiences we’ve had in a long time. Both Jesus, Jose and the entire team offered impeccable service and the food is simply not to be beat.

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vipPhilK
San Diego
70 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service with outdoor seating for these COVID pandemic days.

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 4.4 stars by 458 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.