Johnny Costa's

4.7
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904 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Johnny Costa, founder, has been a chef & restaurant owner in the Palm Springs area since 1976. Chef & owner Johnny Costa became friends with Frank Sinatra in the 1960s & the years that followed, while cooking at various local haunts where the crooner liked to dine. He even worked as Sinatra’s personal chef at his desert home. On the menu today at Costa’s are two of the performer’s favorites — Steak Sinatra & Linguini & Clams. Around the time he worked at Sinatra’s home, Costa opened his eponymous restaurant, in Desert Hot Springs before landing in Palm Springs. Johnny’s son, Head Chef Vince Costa and his cousin General Manager Sal Illiano continue the family tradition, perfectly executing the family recipes & delighting customers. His brothers, cousins & Vince’s sons assist running the restaurant. From the formal, candlelit tables to classical Italian music & delicious fare, dining at Costa’s will have you traveling back to midcentury times.
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JF
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

EJ
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best restaurant in Palm Springs!

SE
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend by a friend. We loved it. Delicious dining with warm ambience. We can’t wait to go back.

S
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place. Love the food the ambiance the friendly staff.
Traditional Italian fare in a downtown atmosphere

OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent nite. Miso was superb

JC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Waited alittle longer than usual between entrees and not all entrees came at same time. There were only 5 of us

F
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frequent visitors to Palm Springs and decided to give it a try. Everyone and everything was excellent. A great mix of customers which tells you it’s a special place for all people. We will definitely dine there again when we return. Thank you!

MM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wouldn’t think of coming to Palm Springs and not go there for dinner.

FD
Palm Springs
374 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sufficiently sophisticated for Palm Springs, but pleasant and charming... a reasonably-priced menu and fit for young and old alike. Very friendly service. One of our favorites!

C
Palm Springs
39 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. Our waiter was fantastic. All our dishes were prepared properly and the Dean Martini was perfect. Great experience!

B
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at Johnny Costa's. This was our last night in Palm Springs and we weren't sure where to eat. Glad we chose this place. Very old school Italian food which we love. I had the Chicken Cacciatore and my husband had the Lasagna. Some people complained about the service here but we thought it was just fine. Also thought the prices were good. When we come back to Palm Springs, we will definitely eat here again!

BC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been going to Johnny Costa's for at least 20 years, always enjoy it.

c
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service.

BB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Gracious and attentive service with a smile. Food was though fully prepared from the appetizer to the desert. B

C
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this restaurant is consistently outstanding both the food and service. we always make it a point to stop whenever we are in palm springs.

OT
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends helped me celebrate my birthday at Johnny Costa’s and it did not disappoint. Food and service were spot on and they even surprised me with Spumoni ice cream with a candle on it to complete a perfect night...thank you all at Jonny Costa’s!

W
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!!

D
Palm Springs
98 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in Palm Springs! Family owned with family recipes. I have had everything on the menu and never a bad meal. We love Sarah at the bar !

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional meal. The service was the best we had in Palm Springs! Highly recommend.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time with friends for their first Visit to Johnny Costas I have been there many times and encouraged them to come with and as always excellent food and service. Everyone enjoyed and Said they definitely would go again. A fun and tasty gathering...😎
LP

F
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter Wes was perfectly attentive and welcoming. We had a wonderful meal!

FD
Palm Springs
374 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy dining on the patio, but inside has a great "buzz," as well. The pasta dishes are our favorites, but there are many others to consider. Great place, with friendly service.

TJ
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to enjoy great food every time we go.

DP
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the restaurant. We we greeted with a personal happy birthday for my fiend and they were suing her first name which was very kind. We were seated in the Frank Sinatra Room which had a great ambience. Our waiter and bus staff were very attentive and friendly. We ordered the Burrata appetizer which melted in our mouths. We enjoyed that place the meals can with soup or salad. The entrees were well plated and prepared. The food was delicious and we could not help but clean our plates. The staff surprised my friend with a birthday song and ice cream with candle. Class act all the way. This will not be our last time at Johnny Costa’s and we will recommend to family and frienda

CM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Always a wonderful experience.
Will definitely go back Again and again.

SU
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy dining at Johnny Costa’s. It’s a very welcoming restaurant by all the staff and the food is always tasty.

m
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dependable place; honors requests. Always happy to return there. Thanks!

D
Palm Springs
52 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Johnny Costa's is always a great experience. I have never been disappointed there. Personally, I think it's the best Italian in the valley. Their regular menu is spectacular and they always have delicious specials. This is definitely a place for special occasions.

OT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, setting and service!!!!

KA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our very favorite places to go when we’re in Palm Springs! Great food, great staff and terrific ambiance.

OT
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though it was a Wednesday, the place was close to full. Italian food, Italian music low enough for talking but loud enough for mood.
We had veal parmesan and angel hair pasta with shrimp and fresh tomatoes. Both entrees came with either soup or salad. We had the soup, minestrone, and it was delicious. Both entrees were outstanding!
No room for dessert but two VERY satisfied customers.
Service was great. It was as good as the food and the water glasses were never empty.
Highly recommended.

CM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and will return on next trip

OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Went there for my friends 40th birthday celebration. The service was wonderful and the ambiance was perfect.

FD
Palm Springs
374 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We prefer patio seating, but inside is delightful, as well. The wait staff all seem to be connected with the family (and have been there a long time), which is a sign that everybody's happy - especially the guests! Moderately priced and quite good food.

m
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was delicious. That said, the experience was not. We arrived about 10 minutes early for our reservation. We were told that guests were just leaving the “table we have reserved for you.” We were asked to wait at the bar, which we did. After waiting 40 minutes and seeing others enter the restaurant and be seated, we asked the hostess how much longer the wait would be. She appeared a bit flustered and said the guests at “your table” had paid their bill but just were not leaving. She said it would be just a few minutes. When we had waited for an hour, we asked her again about table availability. She said that although we had reserved an outdoor table, there was still not a table available for us. Because the bar is next to the front door, we watched others who came in after us be seated. We agreed to sit indoors instead. We waited another 15 minutes after being seated before we were approached by wait staff. We had no particular complaint with the wait staff once he made contact with us. But there’s not much point in making a reservation and then waiting more than an hour as other parties of the same size walk in and are seated without a reservation. There were 4 in our party. I would have left but the dinner was a birthday gift to a guest. And I know that others were seated ahead of us because another group we chatted with at the bar remarked about how long we waited and said they had not made a reservation. I can’t recommend a restaurant with so little regard for customers no matter how good the food.

JI
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. It is worth the drive from Indio.

DY
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Everything we ordered was fresh and cooked to perfection. Staff was great and I enjoyed the ambiance. Can’t wait to go back to Palm Springs to try something else on their menu.

BB
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took friends from L.A. to dinner at Johnny Costa's this past Friday. Neither had been there before and they both loved it. Had a great dinner and great service. Also big parking lot behind the restaurant so easy to park. Highly recommended if you enjoy Italian food.

P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This amazing place will take you back to the old days of Palm Springs.
Worth a try...
We love it.

T
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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