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About Sammy G's Tuscan Grill

Sammy G’s Tuscan Grill is located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs and near some of the city’s most quaint shops and hotels.

Established in 2009, Sammy G’s has recently opened for lunch with an innovative menu, blending traditional Italian with California cuisine. Take a break from shopping and dine al fresco for lunch on the newly renovated patio and soak up the gorgeous desert weather, or venture inside and be transported to Tuscany with the restaurant’s rustic charm.

Dinner becomes a casual yet elegant event, and traditional Italian favorites mixed with updated classics are on the menu. A semi-private room is available for family gatherings or business events.

On Thursday through Saturday nights, the Sammy G’s Lounge becomes an energetic yet intimate place to meet up with friends and dance the night away to live music and enjoy Sammy G’s signature cocktails.

265 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily 4:00pm-10pm

Lunch: Closed For Summer, will be available again stating October 1st

Cross Street:
Baristo Rd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 320-8041

Website:
http://sammygsrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Music daily Call for more info.

Catering:
Sammy G's caters to small or large parties within Palm Springs and Cathedral City limits.

Executive Chef:
Sal Zaval Sr.

Private Party Contact:
Sal Zavala Jr.: (760) 320-8041

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Live music every night. Private rooms available for any kind of special event.

Sammy G's Tuscan Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Special Occasion (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
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Good for Birthdays (15)
Romantic (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Casual (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
People Watching (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Authentic (9)
Fun (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Cozy (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Business Meals (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Live Music (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

The place was packed and I had high expectations but I was disappointed in the wine and entrees. Main dishes (homemade meatballs and gnocchi) were SUPER salty but otherwise bland. Salad and garlic bread we're good but I wouldn't return just for those two items.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

We enjoyed our experience at Sammy G.'s. We appreciated the quality of the food and the service. Our server was energetic, friendly, fun and attentive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Seeing 4+ review on your site, I expected something better. I think it is good if you like comfort food.
I ordered Eggplant Parmigiana and my husband Chicken Milanesa. Both were deep fried therefore tasty, but not healthy.
The service was good but a bit slow. I had to remind the waitress about the bread she was going to bring.
I don’t think I will be going back. There are so many restaurants in Palm Springs.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I had the create your own, penne pasta with sausage and pepper and it was delicious, cooked to my liking. The only issue I had was service was not all that great. In the beginning of our dinner it was okay, wait staff was attentative but towards the end of dinner not so great. We felt like we were being ignored, we wanted more water and took awhile for someone to come over and see if we needed anything else. I was considering coffee but by the time wait staff came over, I was ready for check and leave.

Tags: People Watching, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good food and service. One thing is don't bring the complimentary liquor to table after meal. I am allergic to alcohol and after I told the waitress, she would not take back the alcohol. She left it on the table which can be dangerous for many who don't drink.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We came for the awesome brunch but found out it was not on until the next day. Disappointing start but still a nice visit

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great meal and visit with family

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Delicious food, and enough to save for lunch the next day. We were there on a Monday evening, and while the restaurant was not crowded, we still enjoyed a live singer. Nice menu variety and wine list.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food and Lacy was just wonderful, can you open one in North Park CA!!!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Anniversary dinner. The service was excellent and the food even better than the service. Great atmosphere and a romantic setting for your special occasions, dates or just fun. We have been here many times and we have never been disappointed. Will continue to go to Sammy G's when we are in Palm Springs. Great evening.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We do love it here and of course we will be back before we go home. The service is always wonderful and the food is delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Authentic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Sammy G's has excellent Italian food, with plenty of gluten-free options. We shared a rack of lamb and each ordered a salad. We also couldn't resist a dessert. Service was appropriately attentive. We will return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent service by Jullian our waiter. Good food and wine choices. Nice surprise after dinner with complimentary Amaretto and biscotti

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

We are snowbirds from a city with mediocre Italian restaurants and we dine here at least three times a year. I require a gluten free meal and they were very accommodating. On this visit we brought our own wine and their corkage charge was very reasonable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was our first experience at Sammy G’s and it was absolutely amazing!! My parents were visiting from New Orleans and we thought the atmosphere and outdoor seating of the restaurant would be great to bring them for dinner. Everything we ordered was phenomenal and I have already recommended this restaurant to several people. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, People Watching, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were disappointed that we did not get to be seated outside on arrival. When they called to confirm our reservation we did not have a preference but when we arrived there were lots of empty tables outside so we asked for outside. They would not accommodate. They said you did not indicate outside so inside you go. No negotiation. Disappointed. Our waiter Rene was excellent. The Bruschetta appetizer was just chopped up tomatoes over bread. No flavor at all. The baked bread and spread was great. Wedge salad was Ok. Chicken Carbonara was excellent! The Rib-eye was very grisly, disappointing, but the good pieces I could cut out were excellent. Will try the Filet Mignon next time.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

A delicious meal in great surroundings.
Our server Sergio was very charming and helpful

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Authentic
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent ambiance outdoor dining especially nice in the evening. Food is always excellent and service fantastic. Thank you Rene

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our server Julien was wonderful. The food so good. But most of all, Sammy G's quality is consistent. Never have to worry it will be sub-par. That means a lot to me.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Sergio was an excellent server.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The ambiance was nice out on the patio. The food was mediocre and the the wine list was not good. It was nice of the restaurant to offer complimentary amaretto and biscotti after dinner but my overall impression was not good and I probably wouldn't return.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Outside seating is the way to go
Service was good
Lasagne was good but just barely warm
Spaghetti was screaming hot
How is that possible ?
Calamari was ok
Caprese was good
Wine selection is good
It's just good, next

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This was our 2nd time dining there and the first time was so enjoyable we came back. Next time I will ask for a table outside. Then patio is dressed up with twinkling lights and is very pleasant. The food was delicious and the servings big. Both my husband and I took home leftovers. The service was not as attentive this time but we will go back again because the ambiance is so nice.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 24, 2017

A great place for a special event. This was our 30th anniversary celebration. The menu is big enough to offer options but not overwhelming. Our server Sergio, recognized from a visit months ago. He was attentive and helpful offering good information to make decisions. The food was very good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our waiter Sergio was excellent. I am very picky with my food & wine; Sergio's recommendations were spot on. Look forward to returning on our next visit to Palm Springs.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

I had never been to Sammy G's before and my client from Houston always like to try something new, so it was new for both of us. She told me that she would definitely come back in the future, when she and her husband are staying at their new home in Escena. I will be back myself in the future. The food and the service could not have been better!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

We loved the food and ambience. But we were very frustrated that we were charged a "sharing fee" of $6 each for our entree, without even telling us!!! We didn't find out until the bill came! To have $12 tacked on to the bill, without acknowledgment or explanation was uncalled for!! Not cool.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

This restaurant is ready for a makeover...decor, menu, quality of food. Servers are a bit too familiar. Great location. I wanted to like this experience but it fell short.

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

When I made the reservations I told them it was a special occasion. My wife's birthday. They did nothing special for her. Not a word. Not even a happy birthday. Very disappointing. Never been treated like that at any other resturant

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Very nice casual dining with good food, good service, and good prices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Good food, ambiance
and service at a reasonable price.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Good food had live music in the bar

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Very authentic setting and food. Lasagne was divine!! I would recommend it without hesitation.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Had a wonderful meal! Great service and wonderful food!

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The menu is very ordinary. The same thing every mediocre Italian restaurant in America carries.

However, I was looking for a place that serves pizza in a cloth-napkin environment, so I was ok with the mediocre menu. I had two pizza dishes in mind. When the waitress mentioned the daily specials, the sea bass caught my attention because of the lemon/ butter/ caper sauce. When I asked her recommendation between the two pizzas and the sea bass, she upsold me to the sea bass. The sauce was delicious, the fish was cooked to perfection, but the restaurant lost me as a potential repeat customer, since I hadn't had a chance to try the pizza. She could have said something like "Pizza and the sea bass are two very different choices. What are you looking for?" She could have talked a bit more about my interests and could have convinced me to have the sea bass that evening, but to come back again for the pizza.

The bread served was ordinary french bread. The potato and green beans were ok. Later a bridal party was seated in the room where my table was located. My waitress has obviously served a lot of these parties in her day. She was pushing booze. She gave them tips of things to do for the rest of the evening, including stopping at a bar where a friend of hers would give them special treatment if they mentioned her name.

I ordered dessert despite the fact the room was warming up. (This was the beginning of a heat wave, but the restaurant's ventilation wasn't quite up to the task.) As soon as the dessert and after-dinner drink had been served, the waitress left my check.

All in all, the place seems like just another ordinary tourist restaurant. Ok if someone drags you there or picks up the tab. Not worth going out of your way for if you are an adventurous diner.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Came here with my wife over the weekend, visiting Palm Springs....LOVED IT!!! Food was excellent!!!...and very authentic Italian cuisine!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

My husband and I had gone earlier this year for our anniversary. We enjoyed it so much we just had to go back! And we did. Though we did have reservations, we also wanted a particular table (by the windows) so we ended up with a 45-minute wait. But, we got the table we wanted and a server with outstanding attitude! THANK YOU, JULIAN! Food was as phenomenal as previously.

The atmosphere is romantic with subdued lighting. The bar across the hallway has live music from time to time which can get a bit loud in the dining area. My husband and I are both hearing impaired so that does present a bit of an issue but otherwise, we DO love live music.

Overall, very nice dining experience and we fully expect to go back for another visit next time we're in town.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, People Watching, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Searched for a fun classic Italian restaurant for my Birthday dinner to top off a wonderful weekend in Palm Springs. Found Sammy G's on line.
From the moment we walked in, the staff was amazing and welcoming. The wait staff was charming and helpful. I was the only vegan in the group and our waiter made suggestions and gave complete information to accommodate my choices.
The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was comfortable and fun.
Simply a great evening thanks to a great restaurant experience!

Tags: Vegan, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Live Music, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Sammy's is alway a really good pick with great service

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Sammy G's has always been one of my favorite restaurants in the desert. It has a beautiful patio (weather permitting) and everyone is treated respectfully and with special care. The food is wonderful and so is the ambiance. I always enjoy bringing visiting friends to this jewel of downtown. My one disappointment is that they no longer offer the lunch special for locals (burger or chicken sandwich)in the summer.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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