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Ristorante Mamma Gina, Palm Desert, CA

Ristorante Mamma Gina

4.6
4.6
1257 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Now Open for a Wonderful Indoor & Outdoor Dining Experience!
For over 34 years, Ristorante Mamma Gina has been serving truly authentic Tuscan dishes to the Palm Desert community.
Our family grew up in Florence, and we love sharing the delicious flavors and traditional recipes that have been passed down through the generations.
It's a real passion for us -- giving our best and showing total devotion to our customers is just what we do. We consider every member of our team and every person who walks in our doors as a part of the family. With a welcoming atmosphere and meals that are sure to delight, we'll make you feel as if you've stepped into Florence.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 568-9898

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Tony

  • Private party facilities

    Wine room up to 16 peoplePrivate dining room up to 50 people. For more information contact Alex at alex.mammagina@yahoo.com

  • Private party contact

    Alex: (760) 568-9898

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Cross street

    San Luis Rey

  • Parking details

    Self-parking on El Paseo along with valet parking; self-parking in the back lot

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,257 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Notable Wine List

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Italian

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Notable Wine List

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Italian

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  1. AV

    ArmondV

    Los Angeles

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I can summarize Ristorante Mama Gina in few simple words, great ambiance, great food, great service and reasonable prices. The staff is very friendly and attentive. Definitely a restaurant to visit when in Palm Desert.
  2. E

    Eduardo

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    This must have been an off night for them, but my wife's salmon had a salty crust when it was over-seared and my veal came out like jerky; very tough. My wife didn't care for her salad, but I really liked mine. This was a Monday night; maybe the B team back of house. Service was great and the greeters friendly. I had been there once before and enjoyed it enough to recommend it to my wife last night. Oh well, missed on that one. Debating if I will return. There are other options on El Paseo...
  3. J

    Judith

    Palm Springs

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought a friend to Mamma Gina's for her birthday and it was perfect...great service, excellent food and yummy desserts. I have to say, the coffee (both the regular & decaf) was the best we've had!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a wonderful place! We discover Mama Gina’s at BNP Paribas Open during the spring and we’re excited to try the restaurant, and we were not disappointed! Charming, nice staff, excellent service and phenomenal food!
  5. MS

    MichaelS

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Italian food. Diverse menu. Fair price.
  6. D

    Driver

    Los Angeles

    129 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    129 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice veal chop for the price.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Evan was great! Restaurant has a lovely atmosphere.
  8. l

    laurieo

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Service was slow. Sat down at 630, waiter finally came for drink order at 650
  9. J

    John

    Palm Springs

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent staff from the host to the waiters/servers. Thanks.
  10. GD

    GourmetDiva

    Palm Springs

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have dined at Mama Gina's for several years. It is fabulous today as it was throughout the years. Service is outstanding, food is delicious, and the overall dining experience is a perfect 10! On this specific evening, our server Erin took excellent care in providing outstanding service. Our dinner was prepared to perfection. It was a lovely evening and we will be back again soon.
  11. TD

    TatianaD

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious drinks, the wild mushroom soup was amazing too. I loved the salmon, cooked to perfection. We will be back for sure, highly recommend.
  12. BA

    BillA

    Palm Springs

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality Italian food, freshly prepared. The eggplant is delicious. A delightful evening.
  13. T

    Tucky

    Palm Springs

    41 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Everything is great except the food. Each dish was odd tasting or oversalted. Disappointing.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great. Just that simple!
  15. s

    sfgeorge

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner w friends. Delicious food, wonderful service
  16. KN

    KarN

    Mobile

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The gem was a little difficult to find. Once we arrived, the service was impeccable!! The wine (not usually a wine drinker) was amazing. The food was outstanding. The bread with a tapenade with oil and balsamic vinegar was a great starter. Then I had the wild mushroom with truffle oil soup!! I had the risotto with wild mushrooms, my wife had the gnocchi with Gorgonzola. We split the meals. The gnocchi was the bast I have ever had!! It wouldn’t surprise me if they didn’t make it to order. It tasted like they just make it!! I couldn’t finish it. For desert, my wife had the creme brûlée, amazing. And I had the lemon tart. The tart was ok. Overall amazing dinner,
  17. SB

    SteveB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd time here for dinner; excellent establishment; "old school" restaurant with ambiance, service and food. Great place, hard to find places like this anymore!!!
  18. CG

    CynthiaG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The chicken was ok, The red sauce didn’t have much depth. Dessert was great. I work in the service industry. The server crumbed the crumbs off the table onto the floor. 😳. The restaurant was beautiful.
  19. SN

    SusieNapa

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I had the filet mignon and it was not a great cut of meat. The vegetables (spinach) were over cooked and had way too much garlic - literally inedible, however, the bread was really good. The spaghetti bolognese was just...meh. Lovely ambience and good wait service, though
  20. JR

    JohnR

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Mama Gina was amazing. It was our 55th anniversary. We have had many great celebrations at Mama Gina.
  21. CM

    CorrineM

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner at Mamma Gina’s. Our waiter was Francisco and the service was excellent. The calamari appetizer was delicious. The kids enjoyed half orders of the pasta dishes.
  22. TE

    TomE

    Palm Springs

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. My veal saltimbocca was excellent, and my wife very much enjoyed her branzino.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    It’s not real Italian food.
  24. NF

    NancyF

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service. Great price. Also wonderful wine selection
  25. MP

    MartinP

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxing, nicely paced, attentive
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time there and it was absolutely delicious. Highly recommend. We will definitely return
  27. GC

    GaryC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was excellent. I had the chopped Mamma Gina Salad and Linguini and my wife had the calabrese cheese and angel hair pasta. Our server was knowledgeable and very friendly. No complaints. We will definitely go back to Mamma Gina's many more times
  28. J

    Jacob

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Even the locals love this place!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    When we first arrived, we called ahead to get seated a little earlier than our reservation time. they were great at accommodating us early. However they did put us in a corner booth, where we were hidden. Our server did not even introduce himself and went straight to asking if we want waters. He also was very hesitant to hand us a drink menu and asked us very rudely “are you guys even old enough to drink” mind you me and my spouse are 25 and older. The server rarely came to check on us and when we asked for some recommendations he spoke a few words. When other tables were being filled around us, he was very energetic towards them. I did not like the service I was provided and did not feel welcome at this restaurant. The food was good. We got the calamari as an appetizer which was great. Overall, I would have a better experience if I felt more welcomed and was provided a better service. However I do not think I will be returning due to this issue.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff very attentive. Manager Alex was really tuned in to what was happening in the restaurant. Food was well presented and delicious. Would highly recommend.
  31. BA

    BillA

    Palm Springs

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated Father's Day and my parent's 56th wedding anniversary. Mom, who is very picky, thoroughly enjoyed everything. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the zucchini appetizer and the eggplant parmesan. Service was impeccable.
  32. PP

    PinotPaul

    Palm Springs

    157 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    157 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food created with obvious care and attention to detail. We'll be back.
  33. DG

    DianeG

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Two of us ordered the spaghetti carbanera which I’d had in Italy. This version was inedible. Salty and had cream in it. No taste. And for $26 it definitely needs as not good value. Won’t be coming back and I’ll be come for years just hadn’t tried that dish.
  34. WM

    WayneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    The tomato sauce for three of the dinners had no seasoning, except for the taste of corn starch. Not appealing at all. Very disappointed.
  35. MM

    MMHoliday

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    They forgot it was my wife’s birthday and we had to remind them which was a bit disappointing.
  36. BE

    BillE

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, friendly service, and nice ambience.
  37. JH

    JamesH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS A OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE! OUR THREESOME SEATED IN GREAT BOOTH--ORDERED ENTEES PLUS THE 4 SIDE DISH PASTAS1 THE SIDES ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. GRACIOUS OLD WORLD FEELING!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was not good.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service Always great food AlwYs consistently great Robert
  40. g

    garman

    San Diego

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Francisco was an outstanding server and our food was excellent and plentiful. . We had a really nice dining experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ristorante Mamma Gina does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Ristorante Mamma Gina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 568-9898.

Ristorante Mamma Gina is rated 4.6 stars by 1257 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 16 times today
Google Map for Ristorante Mamma Gina

73-705 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Additional information

  • Cross street

    San Luis Rey

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Self-parking on El Paseo along with valet parking; self-parking in the back lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Tony

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 568-9898

  • Private party facilities

    Wine room up to 16 peoplePrivate dining room up to 50 people. For more information contact Alex at alex.mammagina@yahoo.com

  • Private party contact

    Alex: (760) 568-9898

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