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Al dente, Palm Springs, CA

Al dente

4.6
4.6
930 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Al dente Trattoria - A quaint cucina with a decidedly European atmosphere, has served Palm Springs and international clientele for over 25 years.

Al dente proprietor Kendra Riccio and Executive Chef Oscar Cardenas present an extensive menu of pastas with homemade sauces, beef, veal, and fresh seafood entrées for lunch and dinner in a casual fine dining atmosphere. Located on historic Palm Canyon Drive, downtown Palm Springs, within walking distance to major hotels, convention center, shopping and casinos.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 325-1160
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Resort Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Neighbourhood
    Palm Springs
  • Cross Street
    W. Alejo Road /Private Lot entrance of W. Alejo Rd. May enter through back
  • Parking Details
    Parking lot in rear of restaurant. Entrance from Alejo RD. Back entrance into Al Dente from parking lot.Street parking on both Alejo RD and in front of Al Dente on N.Palm Canyon DR.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Festival of Lights Parade

    US$55.00 per person

    Dec 2, 2023 only
    Join us Saturday, 12/2 to celebrate the beautiful Festival of Lights Parade downtown! Kick off festivities with a lovely glass of Prosecco while watching the parade with one of the best downtown views! Enjoy our delicious prix fixe menu with special menu selections including housemate lasagna, delicious selection of pasta dishes, and soups. Book your table today and celebrate with us! Full menu: https://www.aldentepalmsprings.com/pdfs/FestivalofLightsParade2023Menu.pdf

What 930 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Best Service

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Italian

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Best Service

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Italian

930 Reviews
  1. Table24

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite, always reliable restaurants in Palm Springs. Good food, lovely atmosphere, always friendly and appreciative staff. Sit on the terrace and people watch!!!

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  2. Ddomeyer

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We lived our experience here. We went for our anniversary and the staff was very welcoming and made us feel special. I had the orange roughy and an arugula salad which were delicious and my husband the chicken piccata. I would definitely recommend this place. Great value too. We’ll be back!

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  3. TerryC

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great old world Italian food & attentive service. The bread was delicious; soup hot and delicious; the veal tender & flavorful (Veal Marcela); shrimp grilled perfectly; the linguini with clams (yes Al Dente) excellent; salads prepared to perfection. I’ll definitely return. My first visit but not my last!

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  4. Elizabeth

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food and ambiance were excellent, and our waiter was very nice. The only thing that was really annoying was two other men who worked there were constantly checking to see if we were done and if they could clear our plates, like every 2 minutes. The place was nowhere near full, so they shouldn't have been trying to rush us.

    Al denteResponded 5 days ago

    Hi Elizabeth, We're so glad you enjoyed most of your dinner! We're genuinely sorry to hear about the experience you had with our other staff members constantly checking on your table. Please accept our sincere apologies for any disruption this may have caused to your dining experience. Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we will address this matter with our team to ensure that it doesn't happen in the future. I will follow up with our bussers. We strive to create a comfortable and relaxed environment for our guests, and it's disheartening to learn that we fell short of this during your visit. We appreciate your understanding and hope that you'll give us another chance to provide you with the exceptional service and experience you deserve. Best, Max

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food! Wonderful, warm service! Definitely visit here….its great!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner at Al Dente (first time as we are visiting Palm Springs). The service was prompt and exceptional. The spaghetti and meatballs was delicious and the tiramisu was some of the best I’ve ever had. All in all, it was a great dining experience!

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  7. TomM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've been going to Al Dente for 24 years. Consistently excellent.

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  8. LoriC

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Pretty place to dine in the evening on the patio. Food was good. Wine selection was limited if you want an Italian bottle. The staff was overly attentive in that they came up to our table every five minutes and asked if we needed anything. Literally every five minutes. They were kind but we it was just too much. The timing of the service was off. I might return again but there are so many choices in Palm Springs.

    Al denteResponded 7 days ago

    Dear Lori, Thank you for sharing your experience. We appreciate your compliments on our ambiance and food. We apologize for the excessive staff check-ins; it's clear we missed the mark on timing. Your feedback is invaluable, and we'll strive to improve. We're also revisiting our wine selection to ensure it caters to all preferences. If you reconsider, we'd love the chance to provide a more seamless and enjoyable experience. Thank you once again for your feedback, and we hope to have the pleasure of serving you better in the future. Best, Max

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. Sitting outside was beautiful and the waiter staff was so attentive, the best tiramisu we have ever had highly recommend.

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  10. DouglasF

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Is there such a thing as tourist Italian? Absolutely horrific veal piccata. Quality of veal was terrible. The mound of spaghetti with acidic marinara curled my tongue. Massive amount of food with not a lot of flavor for all of us.

    Al denteResponded 2 days ago

    Hi Douglas, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We'd never want to serve anything less than our best, so it's disheartening to see your review. If there's ever an issue with your meal, please don't hesitate to let us know right away so we can make sure you're enjoying something that's up to our high standards. Regardless, we're hoping to have you back sometime soon so we can prove this is not the norm for us, because amazing service and delicious dishes are what you should always be able to expect from our crew. While we wish you had a better experience this time around, we do hope you'll consider giving us another chance to show you just how great we can be. -Al dente

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  11. GaryB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience. Al Dente is one of our favorite restaurants. The bald waiter always takes excellent care of us. Love outdoor dining.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been coming to Al Dente for nearly 20 years and it’s a must-do when we come to the desert.

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  13. Woody

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent and the food was amazing! I'm a local and this is the first time I've been here. What a treat. Loved every bit of it.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun outdoor dining!! Great service! Definitely recommend for food and atmosphere.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Not only did Al Dente accommodate us for a Pride Parade brunch at the last minute, they went above and beyond to make us feel at home. Noel was an outstanding server and the woman who was either the owner or manager was truly delightful! We’ll be back!

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  16. DavidG

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure dining at Al Dente! Excellent food and great service!

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  17. Ianp

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service , nice ambiance and excellent food at a good price point

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  18. BrentB

    Cleveland

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food here is outstanding and the prices are reasonable. Our waiter was not very knowledgeable about dishes I asked about, but overall the service is attentive. My only gripe about this restaurant, which has been the case for years, is that I feel rushed with courses delivered quickly and not much of a break in between. For example, this time we ordered drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts and we were in and out in 50 minutes. I prefer more like 75-90 minutes for a nice dinner out.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolute perfection! Great food. Exceptional service. Beautiful music. Gorgeous setting outside.

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  20. KKayK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was good. The service was unbelievably good! We were there on 10/16/23 and the night was perfect I told the waiter/host and the bus boy how great they did with the timing of everything the pace of the night and the food was great.

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  21. MustLiveCloser

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    A hit last year but a miss this year. One of my pieces of Focaccia was stale. Shrimp & Mushroom pasta was perfectly cooked but under-seasoned. Luckily there was salt on the table! But the big miss was grit throughout the dish, likely due to the mushrooms not being cleaned properly. Wonderful maitre'd/waiter and support staff! The risotto I had last time was excellent.

    Al denteResponded on October 28, 2023

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We truly appreciate your patronage and your willingness to let us know about your recent dining experience. We're delighted to hear that you found our service team, particularly our staff, to be wonderful. It's our aim to provide exceptional service along with great food, and I'm glad to hear that this part of your visit met your expectations. We're truly sorry to learn that your dining experience didn't live up to your previous visit. We take your comments seriously and will use them as an opportunity to improve. Your feedback is invaluable, as it helps us identify areas where we need to focus our efforts. We apologize for the issues you encountered with the food and we will definitely follow up with the kitchen staff.

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  22. JoeP

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aldente is one of our favorite restaurants in Palm Springs. We always dine here when we visit. We highly recommend it!

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  23. robertS

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent but service was over The top

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After camping at a music festival for four nights, my friend and I were in desperate need of a civilized meal. This totally hit the mark on all levels. Would go back again any time!

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  25. ArmandoG

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was tasty, delicious. Great ambiance. Nice calm area/spot. Our server Noel was awesome, he even prepare a special cocktail for my wife which she was undecided of what drink to enjoy that night. Definitely coming back on our next Palm Springs trip.

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  26. DeborahN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and so was the food . I will go back there again .

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  27. DiKL

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Al Dente is one of our favorites. The food is always good, and the service and waitstaff our great.

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  28. ExSFresident

    Palm Springs

    106 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    Sadly on my 4th visit the meal disappointed. Ordered the chicken marsala with potatoes and veggies. The plate tasted like it was all cooked awhile ago and had been sitting. Potatoes were hard and dried out. Same for the chicken. Overly thin slices that were hard as in dried out. Tasted okay, just old. Not a good value based in portion. It’s too bad - maybe an off night. We are full time residents and had enjoyed our previous visits and have recommend the place to neighbors and visitors.

    Al denteResponded on October 3, 2023

    Hi there, Thank you for sharing your concerns with us. We deeply regret your recent dining experience with us. We sincerely apologize for the disappointment you faced during your recent visit. We value your feedback and are committed to addressing these issues promptly to ensure they don't recur. Your continued support especially as full-time residents and recommendations mean a lot to us, and we aim to exceed your expectations on your next visit. We'd never want to serve anything less than our best, so it's disheartening to see your review. If there's ever an issue with your meal, please don't hesitate to let us know right away so we can make sure you're enjoying something that's up to our high standards. We hope you'll give us another chance and hope to see you again soon!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gonzalo is the best! Great service and great food! I love supporting small local business’s, and this is one of them!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Palm Sprigs! Great food!

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  31. Biaggi

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great - service, food, drinks, and atmosphere, at a very fair price!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As people who travel a lot and eat out a lot, saying this was the best Italian food we have ever eaten is a big statement. We will be back often during our 3 months in Palm Springs.

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  33. Pete

    Charleston

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were both outstanding. I had the Veal Scaloppine Marsala and my companion had the Penne Bolognese. The scaloppine was melt in your mouth tender and the sauce was superb with just the right amount of mushrooms and sweetness. The Bolognese was outstanding with the tomato sauce as the star. Great tomato taste and perfect amount of meat. The homemade cannoli and mango sorbet was the perfect way to top it all off! Service was perfect!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent meal and wonderful dining experience last evening at Al dente. Service was outstanding, the meals were delicious, and the hand crafted drinks were some of the best we’ve had in Palm Springs. This was our first time here and we’ll definitely be back.

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  35. WillB

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect . Food and service were exceptional, especially the wait staff! They were far and away better than wait staff in 90% of the wait staff at other restaurants in Palm Springs. Food was delicious and very well priced compared to other restaurants in PS. And they also had wine for less than $50 a bottle!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nos gusto la comida, muy serviciales los mozos un poco insistentes para nuestro gusto

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  37. AlanP

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third time with friends and not disappointed. Excellent service and food. Great place for quiet, relaxed fantastic food.

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  38. Alan

    Palm Springs

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is our favorite restaurant in the Palm Springs area so of course we went there to celebrate my birthday. The service and the food were both as good as it gets. We will return to Al Dente many more times and look forward to cooler weather when we once again dine on their patio.

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  39. MarkM

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and very accommodative of special needs.

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  40. Rile

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We’ve been coming to the restaurant for over 12 years, but I’ve noticed a decline in the food quality and flavor. The last few times we’ve come. It isn’t as good as it used to be and three of us had different dishes that all looked the same and had a similar flavor.

    Al denteResponded on August 11, 2023

    Hi there! Thank you for your continued support over the last 12 years. If there's ever an issue with your meal, please don't hesitate to let us know right away so we can make sure you're enjoying something that's up to our high standards. We always want our customers to love every dish that we serve. While we wish you had had a better experience this time around, we do hope you'll consider giving us another chance to show you the experience you've enjoyed previously. -Al dente

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Al dente does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Al dente also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 325-1160.

Al dente is rated 4.6 stars by 930 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 p.m.


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Al dente

491 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    W. Alejo Road /Private Lot entrance of W. Alejo Rd. May enter through back
  • Neighbourhood
    Palm Springs
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking Details
    Parking lot in rear of restaurant. Entrance from Alejo RD. Back entrance into Al Dente from parking lot.Street parking on both Alejo RD and in front of Al Dente on N.Palm Canyon DR.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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