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Mario's Italian Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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On Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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90 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ordered pizza for takeout, which can be a little dicey because it tends to get steamed and cold. What we didn't anticipate was how poor the pizza would be to start with. If your idea of a good pizza is a pre-baked crust with mediocre toppings piled on, and the entire mess heated in an apparently luke-warm oven, you'll... More 

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Edmonton, AB
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an entertaining evening out. The staff were cheerful and engaging. The food was excellent and the portions were huge. Would recommend for a casual, relaxed evening.

Thank RossandJane
Hiawatha, ca
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is always good. Feels like it is probably not homemade but not sure....guess I'm saying that I am questioning quality level...not bad, just not best. Portions are big. Always a good meal.

Thank jghay2016
Farnborough, UK
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here twice on our stay, always a good recommendation if you return! The food is Italian, obviously, great choices, we're all veggie and there were lots of options. The food was delicious, good portions, good value and friendly staff

Thank RedFiona
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9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I have had lunch and dinner there at least 10 times in five years . Not the best but very close to home

Thank Deborah B
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164 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We wanted a local place rather than something all of the tourists frequent. Unfortunately this restaurant did not live up to the reviews for us. I had the Veal Picatta and the Veal was low quality. Tough and toe apart when trying to cut it. My husband had the chicken parm. Also tough. We ordered a small pizza just to... More 

Thank Barbara S
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

I was new to this area and wanted just a slice or two of good pizza. Mario's was suggested, and it was DELICIOUS! The slices are not sitting around getting soggy and cold. You order the toppings you want and they pop the slices into the oven to finish cooking while you wait. I have to say the pizza crust... More 

Thank PSB93711
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

We finally were able to get together as family does when everyone's schedule meets at the last minute! We decided to go to Mario's. My sister has been here before and raves about it. So they were running the 2 for 25 dinner. We could have soup or salad, zucchini appetizer, garlic bread, and my entree was shrimp scampi and... More 

Thank lorraines125
Palm Springs, California
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We chose Mario's to meet a couple from Colorado who were vacationing here. Non of us had ever been there but we had heard nothing but rave reviews for years. The server was delightfully attentive as it took forever for us to finally look at the menu. We had Lasagna and our friends had meatloaf. I can honestly say that... More 

Thank enrique2
Davenport, Iowa
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

What is most charming about this family owned restaurant is the attention and kindness of the staff. The food is certainly good enough and you will be served the best pour of wine in the entire desert area. Hard to believe staff does not spill it on the way to your table. The atmosphere is very casual and friendly. Do... More 

Thank Jerry S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: On Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Springs
  • Phone Number: 760-322-6636

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?