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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Good for a Date (20)
Special Occasion (19)
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Good for Anniversaries (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Casual (14)
Romantic (14)
Authentic (13)
Fun (13)
Cozy (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
People Watching (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Live Music (8)
Business Meals (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

The host wasn’t the most gracious. He told us we would have to wait 15 minutes so the kitchen could catch up on orders but then sat us a few minutes after checking in. The food was good and it’s in a good location. Our waitress was very nice and turned the evening around for us.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

THE ONLY THING THAT WE WERE AT FIRST DISAPPOINTED IN WAS WE MADE RESERVATIONS FOR THE TABLES OUTSIDE THE BAR BUT BY THE BAND AND WAS CALLED BY THEM THAT MORNING CONFIRMING OUR RESERVATIONS, WHEN WE GOT THERE WE WERE TOLD THAT A LARGER PARTY WAS GIVEN THAT ROOM. IT ACTUALLY TURNED OUT THAT WE STAYED AT THE HIGH TABLES IN THE BAR AREA AND ENJOYED THE SINGER AND MUSIC.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

Once seated we waited quite awhile for a server. We ordered a bottle of wine which after opening I told her she brought the incorrect bottle. She had not shown us the bottle to confirm prior to opening. So we waited for the correct bottle to come....but the biggest hold up was they had a wine glass shortage. So we had to wait too long for glasses. The establishment is so large that the food appears and tastes as if it is mass produced rather than individually overseen. I would not return to this restaurant .

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined 7 days ago

We love the service and the Food. It never disappoints. Go there. Its perfect!

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Food was gross and music too old even for our grandparents

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our server, Norma, was fabulous. She was helpful in recommendations. Food is okay and large portions so sharing is a good idea. Rest of the staff was very nice too.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 5, 2018

While on vacation wanted Italian - Sammys while very charming was rather mediocre when it came to its sauces - very bland red sauce. The only reason I said yes to recommending is that the staff and ambiance were lovely.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent! This was the first time dining at Sammy G. It was truly a wonderful experience. Great cocktails and delicious food. Dining here is a must.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Wild Mushroom ravioli was amazing and sausage and artichoke risotto great as well. Famous black Manhattan tasted great but weird served over ice in tumbler and NOT shaken into martini glass....calling it “famous” was a overreach. Romaine Wedge salad was a large portion that tasted good but more blue cheese and dressing would have been better. Overall we’d come back again. Food was very good.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Gross food excellent service stop and have a drink but do not stay for the food

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our waitress was fabulous and the food was great would definitely go back

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Casual
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The initial welcome from the hostess was indifferent at best. She actually seemed put out and tried to give us a table that you would use for someone waiting for carryout. Thank God she walked off and a waitress came up and asked if we had been helped. Service food and experience were all fantastic from that point forward.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great place!! Jillian our waiter could have been a little happier but food was good!!! Loved the patio!!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Don't go. Food factory at its worst.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I have to go to Sammy Gs every time while in Palm Springs. The food is excellent and consistent. My family has yet to receive a disappointing meal.

Get reservations in early though. They do fill up quickly!

BT

Tags: Live Music, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was delicious. They sat us outside as they had no room inside. Was very cold outside, even with heaters. They failed to mention to Opentable or to us when we arrived that they were closing at 8:00 pm on Christmas Eve, and that's why we were seated outside! We were not anticipating eating Holiday meal in coats!!!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Second time there. Sat inside on a closed patio. It was a cool night. Outside had heaters and fire pits. Had veal Marsala and the veal was a little tough. Not bad but expected a little better. Was celebrating a birthday and they gave you a complimentary glass of amaretto and biscotti for everyone. Busy night during Christmas but no waiting and good service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were seated in the tented room. The ambience was good the staff were a little late in offering us a drinks service but that was OK as it gave us a chance to take our time over the menu. We hate being hurried between courses and you are not here allowing time for conversation.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Server was not very attentive...food was excellent

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 11, 2017

One of the best overall spots in downtown Palm Springs. Consistently good to excellent in all areas. Reasonable prices, large portions and warm, friendly, efficient servers. The Sand Dabs are some of the best things on the menu. The Wedge made with Romain is a must also. Our most repeated spot in the area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 10, 2017

A favorite restaurant with great food and service!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I first ate at Sammy G's in April 2017 and enjoyed my meal very much. The food was delicious and the service excellent. Since I was coming back to Palm Desert in December, I decided to have another dinner at the restaurant. Once again the meal and the service was great. Both times we ate on the patio - lovely.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great location. Atmosphere is barely a notch above Olive Garden although it’s priced like a higher-end restaurant. Food is fine, but there are much lower-priced Italian restaurants with much better food like Mario’s, and much nicer higher-priced restaurants with much better food like Guiseppe’s. I really can’t think of a reason to go back unless my car died in the parking lot, and I was starving.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food is always excellent. The problem has always been one of service. It’s uneven and the staff always appears uncertain where to go and what to do next. The atmosphere is pleasant and we go often despite the service difficulties, so be patient.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We are new, part time residents of the Palm Springs area and are experiencing the local restaurants. We chose Sammy G's this very early evening as we need to be up at 4 am for a photography shoot.
The service was fabulous! As for the food, we shared the Calamari appetizer which was one of the best we've had over the years.
My wife enjoyed the Gnocchi although the serving was enough to feed an army. I had a wonderful Cioppino, although again, far too much food!
Ending the meal with a small snifter of Grand Marnier (?) and biscotti was the proverbial icing on the cake.
We plan to go back!!!

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We were on vacation and enjoyed a great evening with our son and daughter in law. Lacy our server was fantastic as we've known her for years. The food and ambiance is second to none.
We'd highly recommend Sammy G's to anyone wanting an excellent dinner and ambiance.
Steve Lake

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We were looking forward to this meal since the other reviews were so positive. The ambience was fun and the singer was crooning Frank Sinatra songs. Unfortunately, the food was disappointing. The Bolognase sauce tasted like it was out of a jar, the gnocchi was disappointing.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always a for sure for a great meal. The ambience is always nice, the service was very good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Live Music, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Sammy G’s was our first restaurant experience when we came to Palm Springs in 2009. We keep coming back. We love the outdoor dining and ambiance. It’s really lovely. Food is pretty darned good too.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent service and delicious food! The location is great -- right in the middle of downtown Palm Springs with a large public parking lot in the back. The complimentary amaretto and biscotti for dessert was sooo nice!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Perfectly delightful! Great food and terrific service. Nice low lighting and white linens. Loved it!!

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

Great food, great patio, great music (especially on Mondays and Tuesdays when Randy is performing!), great service!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, People Watching, Live Music, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Horrible place. Crowded, loud, unorganized.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great service from Sergio last night. Delicious Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Picatta, and Salmon. Sat outside at fire table. Very cool! Nice bar too. Sometimes they have live music and the place gets rocking. Fun to go dancing.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Have been to the Tuscan Grill a few times lately. The food has been quite good, as is the service. Suggestion....pull back on the up-sells. It's annoying. Thank you.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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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