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The Godfather Table.  - Waldo's Ristorante, Palm Desert, CA

Waldo's Ristorante

4.5
4.5
709 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Welcome to our home!
Waldo’s was founded by restaurateur Waldo Cesoni with the intention of becoming “the destination point” for a true Italian culinary experience.

The restaurant pays homage to the essence of the great Italian American restaurants of mid-20th century in New York, where delicious, exceptionally well-prepared food was served in settings that were simultaneously elegant, comfortable, and unpretentious.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American, Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 423-6061
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 709 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

709 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress was super. Assisted like we were family with the menu and wine selection. Outstanding service!

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  2. Jeff

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food is good and service was pretty good, but it's very noisy.

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  3. Bdavis64

    Toronto

    123 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    123 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    first, thanks to the restaurant for accepting to replace our bottle of wine. it was clearly skunky but nevertheless it was not inexpensive. service after that was inattentive. Our first courses were delayed in being served and our mains were brought while we were still eating our salads. our server offered us cheese and pepper for our pastas but never returned. the pastas themselves were over sauced and okay but not particularly delicious. a very disappointing meal.

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  4. Kequine

    Calgary

    57 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our first visit to Waldos as we search for a “ mom and pop” Italian restaurant in PD or LQ. It’s a cute little spot and very popular at 6:15 pm. We sat on the patio and although very tight it was not unpleasant. Staff was very attentive in spite of it being busy. We were greeted and brought lovely bread and bites of delist parm cheese. Off to a great start. Our meals were delivered in a timely fashion and my penne with olives and capers was good. Hubby did not care for his cannelloni. Overall 6.5/10 - our personal rating system.

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  5. MichaelM

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was great. Felt outside area to crowded. Could have less tables.

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  6. rhonda

    Minneapolis

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect except for when they bring the food out they shout who had this who had that. They should know who had what and where it goes at that price level.

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  7. DaleenB

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service and a lively atmosphere. We had a party of 8 and everyone enjoyed their meal.

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  8. Lydia

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waldo’s is a fun and lively authentic Italian restaurant. The service is excellent with attentive wait staff. The food is very well seasoned. Our drinks — a manhattan and gin martini — were excellent as well. The dinner menu is large making it easy to find something you want to enjoy. There’s parking right outside and there’s also fun patio dining. I’ve added them as one of my favorite restaurants to dine.

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  9. Unknown

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Excellent service. Great atmosphere. We will return.

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  10. BarryB

    Palm Springs

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food & service were exceptional. Restaurant was packed on a Thursday night. Impressed with service with such a large crowd. A little pricey, but a great evening out. Highly recommend.

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  11. 24DINNER

    Fort Lauderdale

    317 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    317 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Five ***** Star dining experience. One of the more recent restaurant's to open in the Palm Desert area, Waldo's continues to impress. Greeted with a welcome, Immediate seating, comfortable surroundings and a menu with many choices set the right mood for an enjoyable family dining evening. You must try the Capellini Puttanesca . It was an incredible sauce as advertised. Others top choices included Shrimp Scampi with delicious large shrimp, and Eggplant Parmigiana . Go no further than the corner of Cook and Country Club in Palm Desert. No more preparing and cleaning up dinner at home on a Monday night. Waldo's is there to enjoy 1

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food for the money. Drinks are not cheap but that's common. Service was great and timely. Location is ok but a bit out of the way. We enjoyed our experience. Staff is very friendly and attentive.

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  13. JoanneR

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sorry to say but our experience was unfavorable. We ordered pasta which was very salty. One order was the daily special linguine with seafood. It was salty, not much flavor and the seafood was over cooked. Our friends had Chicken Marsala and pasta rustics and they enjoyed theirs. Not a place for foodies.

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  14. BrendaG

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, cocktails, service. Loved it and would highly recommend

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  15. Beth

    Minneapolis

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was great and the restaurant is really nice. The food this time was disappointing for 3 of the 4 of us. The chicken Marsala was tough and sauce had very little flavor. The Spare Rib Ravioli was disappointing with little flavor. One dish the spaghetti and meatballs was excellent. All other times coming to Waldo’s was great. We will be back but maybe not for a while.

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  16. Foodies

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is usually excellent, but Lake Superior white fish missed the mark. Overcooked and tasteless.

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  17. BrianA

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, Service and atmosphere. The speciality for the night was Crab Risotto with Scallops was excellent!

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  18. ThomasN

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We arrived for our 7:30 reservation and had to wait about ten minutes. Our original table was very small for a party of six. Very quickly management noticed this and said they would get us another table. A small wait and we were seated at an appropriate sized table. Service was excellent (ask for Francisco) and we had the right amount of attention from our waiter. Calamari was very good as were the salads and the breads along with the signature cheese they always serve. Entrees were okay but the picatta was somewhat salty.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's right up near the top of our Best and Favorite. If not the top. Food, Service, Ambience were beyond expectations. Waldo's, see you soon.

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  20. SOLPD

    Palm Springs

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We hesitated to go out on Love Day but decided to do it anyway- service was amazing and food was fantastic 👍❤️

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  21. DebbieH

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Service outstanding. I would definitely go back.

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  22. Meee

    Chicago

    87 reviews

    3.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice ambiance. And they were spot on seating @ Rez time. Service is great! We both had penne pasta and both pastas were way overcooked. The owner resolved it to satisfaction. We'll try it again but we're giving it some time.

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  23. Carol

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Waldo’s is a great addition to our desert restaurants. Both food and service were very good Plus Waldo monitors the tables to make sure everything is satisfactory. We will be back! Carol

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  24. ROBERTM

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was terrific as usual. The wine was excellent and the service with Erica was the best. You will be seeing me more often.

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  25. ECastel8

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Outside patio was a little tight with small tables, but I guess it’s expected. Service was good. The seafood special was ok not up to par for the price I thought due to the Linguini tasted like packaged pasta, hopefully I’m wrong. The House Cabernet Sauvignon was great. The ambiance was lively. Overall 4 stars.

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  26. MollyM

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have recommended Waldo's to friends. Our new favourite place in the desert to dine!

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  27. GarryP

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Probably the fourth time we have dined there and always been extremely happy with the service and the quality of the food. Looking forward to our next visit.

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  28. OceanBeach24

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Cesar salad was below average. Lasagna was average…no mamma Mia flavors. Service was excellent.

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  29. KGNANA

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Erica, our server was excellent. Food, as always, fantastic!!

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  30. NormanB

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu. Food is very Italian. Cheese brought to the table is from Italy. Waiters were very attentive even though it was very busy. Will continue to go there

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  31. xxxx

    Minneapolis

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Would recommend The chicken picatta and fresh veg medley. We did ask for fresh lemon to add to chicken and broccoli Paired well with the pino Grigio Angela, our server, was great

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  32. Bunny

    Calgary

    214 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    214 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointing! We have been here a few times and it’s hit and miss. Service was fine but food very disappointing. Halibut was bland and tasteless and salad was smothered in a sweet syrup called dressing. The grilled chicken on top had been grilled days before and was dry and paper thin. Doubt we will return.

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  33. sundyf

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at Waldo's. We sat outside at a small table at the end of the patio. It was a little crowded with the tables so close together, but comfortable. The service was great and the food was very good.

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  34. DennisK

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was almost flavorless with no sauce. I had chicken Marsala and didn’t taste the Marsala at all, chicken was paper thin. Husband had a bland halibut and a scoop of pasta with barely a sign of marinara. Won’t be coming back here.

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  35. summergirl

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Was really looking forward to going to this restaurant after reviews about it being best Italian in area. It was just OK at best and service was definitely lacking.

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  36. JoJo

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The food and service was excellent. The noise level inside was deafening. WE had heard about the noise level so asked for outside seating. We had a table outside and the heater worked great. It seems the new thing in Palm Desert dining is loud, loud, loud. With the outside area we will return. Everyone enjoyed our entrees and Connie, our server, was outstanding.

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  37. RobertN

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My short ribs were excellent, but my wife's Chicken Picatta was extremely salty. The Lava Cake dessert was excellent. The noise level was very high which made it difficult to talk.

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  38. SuzanneL

    Milwaukee

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was efficient. Food served in a timely manner. Lights are dim so some difficulty reading menu.

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  39. Like2eatout

    Naples

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a reservation for indoors but were seated near the entrance and right beside the bar. Noise was too loud to have a conversation. We moved to a table outside, crammed against the exterior pots and the table next to us. Service was slow and food very average.

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  40. Bubba

    Palm Springs

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Very noisy and crowded which is good for restaurant but made conversation very difficult. Server was nice but service from kitchen very slow.

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  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Waldo's Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 709 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 32 times today
Google Map for Waldo's Ristorante

74970 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Palm Desert
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American, Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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