Wally's Desert Turtle
Wally's Desert Turtle

Wally's Desert Turtle

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wallysdesertturtle.com/
  • Phone: 7605689321x
  • Hours of Operation:
    OPEN 5:30 - 9:30 PM Nightly

    JANUARY
    Closed Mondays

    FEBRUARY - MARCH
    Open 7 Days a Week

    APRIL & MAY
    Closed Mondays

    JUNE - SEPTEMBER - Closed for the Summer
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Executive Chef Richard Pelz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Wally's Desert Turtle is renowned for its Off-Site Catering ...

    Preferred Caterer for the Bob Hope VIP Club at the Humana Challenge each year, at Major Galas throughout the Season and Small, Intimate Affairs at Private Homes and Locations ...

    Big or Small, Just give us a Call ... we'll take care of all the details ...
  • Entertainment: Great Piano Entertainment Nightly with Johnny Meza ... playing the standards, the classics, some current hits and a sprinkling of guest requests ...

    Exciting and always overflowing Special Event Gala once a month featuring Music, Dancing, Cocktail Specials and a Prix-Fixe Menu ...
  • Special Events: Thanksgiving Day - Special Prix-Fixe Menu: 1:00 - 10:00 PM - Reservations a Must - "A Beautiful Fall Affair"

    Christmas Day - Special Prix-Fixe Menu: 1:00 - 10:00 PM - Reservations a Must - "A Winter Wonderland of Lights, Music, Dancing, Food and Libations"

    New Year's Eve - Special Prix-Fixe Menu: 6:00 PM - 1:00 AM - Reservations a Must - "Always a Celebration to Remember"

    Valentine's Day - Special Prix-Menu: 6:00 - 10:00 PM - Reservations a Must - "The Most Romantic Day of the Year Deserves to be Celebrated at the Most Romantic Restaurant in the Desert"

    Easter Brunch - Special Prix-Fixe Menu: 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Reservations a Must - "Celebrate the Season of Renewal"

    Mother's Day - Special Prix-Fixe Menu: 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Reservations a Must - "Champagne Brunch to Celebrate our Moms"

    May/June Events - Special Prix-Fixe Menus: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Reservations Welcome - "Dads, Grads, Proms & Restaurant Week"

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bob Hope Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking, Private Lot Self-Parking and Street Parking available
A word from Wally's Desert Turtle
CLOSED for the Summer ... Stay Connected via Facebook, G+, Twitter etc ... see you in October ... !

"Taste Something New" -

Newly-Appointed Executive Chef Richard Pelz brings his New York City roots & Napa Valley culinary experiences to the desert offering a refreshed and reimagined take on Contemporary California Cuisine. And the local response has been "Amazing"!

An Official California Dining Destination, Wally's Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage proudly supports local Ranches, Farms and Fisheries committed to the smart-stewardship of the planet through sustainable, earth-friendly and ocean-friendly practices.

The finest local ingredients, impeccable service and exceptional surroundings always make for "A Great Night Out" at Wally's Desert Turtle.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Wally's Desert Turtle reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating5
  • Food5
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (4)special occasion (4)fit for foodies (3)notable wine list (3)neighborhood gem (1)good for groups (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Exquisite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had the most wonderful dining experience we ever had in the desert. Bring your wallet as it's not cheap. Men wear your suit or sports jacket and women dress accordingly. Even though Wally's is located in a resort community we who live here year-round don't like to see you show up in shorts etc. Thanks Michael for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal on opening night
    RestaurantSophisticate14
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a superb meal at Wally's - great martinis, salads, lamb, sole, Steelhead trout & abalone. I'm not sure anyone else serves abalone in the Desert and it is delicious. Not to mention the delicious Bananas Foster & blueberry soufflés. But since it was opening night, the service was a bit less relaxed, and our dinner took longer than usual. We didn't complain, but the restaurant gave us a round of complimentary after-dinner drinks anyway!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the desert
    MJH1
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We've been going to Wally's for years and are never disappointed. We always look forward to going back. Superb cuisine, beautiful decor and a staff that treats you like you are very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance5
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 595 reviews are from the Wally's Desert Turtle reviews archive.
  • Great
    2eatgoodfood
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Overall our meal was extremely goo. With the steak, the radish crust slightly over powered the flavor of the meat. Most enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised with the great service and food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time at Wallys
    JtciiiVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We loved Wally's. The staff and management provided speacial attention and focused on delivering a great experience. We loved that fact the Wall's uses organic ingredients and grass fed beef and lamb. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Excellent food. Too many servers attending table and restaurant is quite dark. Food was exceptional but thankfully it was Restaurant Week; prices are VERY high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • romantic restaurant
    judi
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The four of us had dinner on a Saturday night. The positives are it is a very beautiful restaurant, very romantic & outstanding service. The four of us were all disappointed in the quality of the food. The salads was fair. I had to send my whitefish back. It was very fishy tasting. My husbands fillet was very fatty. The deserts were good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    finediner123
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I have been to many 5 star restaurants in the U.S. and none compare to Wally's. I would give Wally's 10 stars if I could. Wally's exceeded my expectations and I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion? This is the place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Another great dining experience at Wally's Desert Turtle. The service is impeccable and the food is wonderful. It had been a year since we'd been here and we were all set to do some dancing, but it appears that they need more tables for food service, which is always good news for a dining establishment. Instead there was live piano music which was a great accompaniment for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed best describes.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This restaurant certainly didn't live up to the hype that has surrounded it. Starting with the vallet service. Waited in our car for five minutes all while watching a the large wide open key box . Its a good thing we are honest people or we could have had our pick of cars to steel. Service was good. The food wasn't near the quality or flavor you would expect .
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Complete 5 star restaurant
    Drbob
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Fantastic restaurant great serviceConcerned management and wonderful food
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lyly
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had a delicious dinner. Everything was first rate. We will definitely return as often as we can.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb food!
    Irishlady
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    From the Prosecco and delicious burrata appetizer to the grass-fed filet, which was melt-in-your-mouth delicious, as well as the divine Valrohna lava cake, Wally's is a superb dining experience. So glad they decided to participate in Restaurant Week! Staff was very friendly too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Always elegant and delicious with great service and a special place to spend the evening with good friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week
    Donna52
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Overall good but was looking forward to halibut but waiter said wasn't fresh so was substituted. Had it last year and was an amazing dish. Lava cake is wonderful
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only okay
    FantasticVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We are locals, born and raised, and had never dined here. I am glad we decided to come for restaurant week as I would have been disappointed paying full price. The appetizers were the best part (escargot, ahi, oysters). The entrees all needed seasoning (I cannot stand this modern trend of restaurants not having salt and pepper shakers readily available on the table), and were nothing extraordinary (lamb, pork, fish dishes). We are foodies, so trust us-you are better off spending your money at Le Vallaruis or Ruth's Chris. Also, while the restroom does have handicap railings, it is not handicap friendly. Our mom's wheelchair would not fit in the stall without the stall door being open. That is just unacceptable. We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of kind
    Restaurantweekspecialist
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Wally's means Wonderful. Ambiance out of this world. Old time waiter service. Food presentation, taste and quantity excellent. This is truly a special occasion place that is nice to go anytime when you want something special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    normlin
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We found Wally's on the Restaurant Week list and we're so glad we did. With many places to choose from, we were lucky to have chosen Wally's as it's everything you could hope for in an evening out. The place is beautiful, the service was outstanding and the live piano music was a wonderful bonus. As for the food, just wonderful. So elegantly presented and of course, delicious. One thing I will remember is the pear tart - it was heaven - and that from a chocoholic!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic & Classy
    booper48
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Continues to be one of the best restaurants in the desert. Beautiful decor, excellent staff and amazing menu guarantee a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Everything
    Mike
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Very expense but worth it service like old Las Vegas a team of outstanding men working as a team to give you the best service you can get anywhere . The food could not be better wonderful flavor. Its the best in the valley. Cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 3rd trip to Wally's Desert Turtle
    TomMVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We revisit Wally's for Restaurant Week (RW) - the menu looked great at $38 - a full dinner can run $80/per + wine (corkage is only $20). As usual, the food & service were very good, and our booth was very romantic. But there were problems with the RW menu - the Rack of lamb was one rib chop + a piece of lamb loin & braised lamb shoulder over a little rice & mixed vegetables - no eggplant. This was not as advertised & if it was the same as on the regular menu ($50) it would be over priced. The Tuna Tartare was excellent, but a minuscule portion - regular menu price $17. The rest of the items, a Caesar salad, Carrot Cake, and Lava Cake were good, if not creative, with good portions. Bottom line, Wally's is very expensive for what you get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely evening
    desertconnoisseur
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The food is wonderful and the service is amazing! The piano player was exceptional, unobtrusive and complemented the evening perfectly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvmywallys
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We were very impressed with the wait staff. We never had to request anything, from more bread, to a fork or knife. It was as though the staff knew what we needed before we did. The food was excellent.. I highly recommend your restaurant for anyone wanting to impress their partner or date. Thanks for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SantaJonathan
    DeliDevotee
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Why do I take the time to fill these out? Wally's will, I hope, never change. Always elegant, always prime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistantly good...
    AwinrmVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Wally's has always been considered one of the best restaurants in the desert......and still. Have gone many times....never disappointed. Top service....top food. A little pricey....but wirth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and casual at the same time
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This was our first time to Wally's Desert Turtle. The ambience is like a true "old school" classic supper club. Very nice decor, no rush in service which was fantastic. We went for restaurant week and chose from the fixed menu. I would have preferred other items on the menu, but chose not to. This is not an inexpensive restaurant, but the menu items looked very enticing. We would consider this a "special events" restaurant upon return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding and Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    An outstanding dining experience. We will go back soon...probably in 2 days. This is now near the top of the list for one of my go to special places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic dining in the desert
    larryVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Wally's consistently delivers an outstanding dining experience. A varied menu, prepared perfectly and served expertly. Wally's isn't inexpensive, but then quality does have its cost
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A sad experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Shockingly bad experience at one of our favorite restaurants. My wife ordered the lobster, not inexpensive, which was served cold and was tasteless. It should have been returned. My rack of lamb was not a rack but a single chop served with a sauce that I can not identify. The best part of my meal was my glass of excellent wine. We have had some wonderful experiences at this restaurant. Let's hope that this was just a bad night, though inexcusable at this price level. Phil Palm Desert
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jcrthebug
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My wife and I both ordered the rack of lamb. It was the best I ever had!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • topdine
    bbeast
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is the best fine dining in the valley. Everything is top notch without being pretentious. If you want to feel royal, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Ladypar1
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I could cut steak with a regular knife. We always enjoy our meal at Wally's!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    Luvfood
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was the best we've had out in along time. Service was impeccable. Will DEFINITELY be back. Probably for special occasions as the prices can be high. But, Restaurant Week in the Desert made it possible for us to find this wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wally's World is a Hit
    EatingPalmSprings
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Wally's Desert Turtle has it all....intimate and comfortable bar area, great service and ambience highlighted by an outstanding menu and presentation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the desert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Went for our anniversary. Dinner was amazing. Service was first class. Owner even came over to wish us a happy anniversary. Very romantic and beautiful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    montfortandmeVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I use Open Table all the time, and I seldom write reviews, but Wally's Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage is worth an exception. FIrst, it is not what I normally like, meaning the preparations don't have the light touch of most modern chefs. But the menu overflows with extremely well-prepared classic fare , with a premium on fresh ingredients. The serving teams work together with the ease and swiftness of a solid French wait staff. Ignore the decor, which resembles a smaller, more intimate version of a Holland America cruise ship. Honestly, get over it: the food and the friendly staff are worth the carpet and mirrored ceiling. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • desert gem
    katjoe
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    delicious atmosphere delicious food intimate yet vibrant atmosphere the owners are kind & available to enhance your dining experience at Wally's
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    Elena
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We enjoyed a most special Mother's Day at Wally's! We were seated in the beautiful and quiet foyer room, our favorite location in Wally's. Three-course lunch - fabulous choices and the food was delicious. Brunch included champagne or mimosa. My husband chose asparagus soup, quiche with salad, and chocolate trio layer for dessert. I chose bib lettuce salad with shrimp and tarragon dressing - fabulous! Followed with halibut served on bed fresh tomato basil sauce followed by bread pudding for desert. My husband and I enjoyed a much needed "date" together - wonderful place for intimate conversation while enjoying the best food in Coachella Valley. Wally's is our all-time favorite restaurant for food, service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Mother's Day Brunch
    RanchFoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My husband and I took his mother and her friend to a Mother's Day Brunch here. It was divine. The restaurant is very fancy but the servers were not stuffy and the food was delicious. All in all, a very nice place and we look forward to going back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate