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Mario's Italian Cafe

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49-906 Jefferson St., La Quinta, CA 92236
+1 760-777-4055
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Kirkland, Washington
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113 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We ate here for dinner and I ordered the small veggie pizza and paid extra for the white cheese sauce instead of the red sauce. It was very very good and the crust excellent. It was over $18 for a small pizza so it was pricey. The other 3 ordered pasta with sausage. They really liked the marinara sauce, and... More 

Thank 872Cathy
Los Angeles, California
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539 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

Still very good Italian. Food is good. Very nice sized portions at a very fair price, especially for the Palm Springs area. The "small" pizza is enough to share. The small meat ball sub, 6 inch, was just right. Their Lasagna was also very good. The $5 wine special is worth considering if you drink.

Thank TravelinAlan
Palm Springs, California
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

My family has dined at Marios many times over the years. Sadly, we always forget from one time to the next how disappointing the food is. Most recently, we had marinara type dishes (eggplant parm and chicken parm). We find the sauce to be quite flavorless. The eggplant tasted very oily, as if the oil was old. Very unsatisfying. On... More 

1 Thank Jenbugs
Prescott Valley, Arizona
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259 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

Mario's offers a wide variety of Italian dishes and pizza. There is a regular and small portion size for all pasta dishes and you can choose the pasta to go with dish. I love the Angel Hair Carbonara and my wife loves the Lasagna. The restaurant is not large and can be busy during the busy months of January thru... More 

Thank Greg P
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

My wife and I had lunch at Mario's. It was pleasant enough, but not very inspired... seemed a bit prototypical "American-Italian". The pizza was typically mainstream rather than fresh and crisp as we would have hoped. Maybe the pastas and salads are better choices?

Thank Rob S
Alameda, California
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142 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016

After a long day traveling we were tired and very hungry and not knowing anything about the area we were happy to find Mario's. The service was fast and we were all happy with our respective Fettucine Alfredo, Angel Puttanesca and Gluten free Spaghetti pesto. Nothing fancy but more than we could eat and reasonably priced

Thank lancereyn0
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Good place for am inexpensive quick meal. The quality is just fair but you get what you pay for. All meals come with a very generous side of spaghetti. I had the chicken Marsala it was just ok. Thin slices of chicken breast and lots of Spaghetti. They advertise the largest glass of wine in the valley and on that... More 

Thank Jane J
La Quinta, California
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

We have been going to Mario's (all the restaurants) for over 30 years and have never had a bad experience, it's always as advertised good food, low prices and the biggest glass of wine in the desert for $5. Seriously, this food is good and well worth the low price for a meal that you'll have to take home for... More 

Thank Phil B
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2015 via mobile

Nice atmosphere in an Italian setting. Service and food was OK, not great. We just wanted some pasta, and although the portions are huge, the taste left no lasting impression. I had higher expectations for a 13$ carbonara.

Thank CubaLibreOnCoke
Los Angeles, California
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539 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2015

Kind of an old style, family run, over 40 years, Italian restaurant. Not gourmet, but very good. Big portions+fairly priced+good service=worth a try if Italian is what you want. The veal Milanese was excellent. They promote the largest glass of wine for $5.00. I would not disagree. You will not be disappointed if you give Mario's a try.

Thank TravelinAlan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49-906 Jefferson St., La Quinta, CA 92236
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  La Quinta
  • Phone Number: +1 760-777-4055

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?