Wally's Desert Turtle
Wally's Desert Turtle

Wally's Desert Turtle

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wallysdesertturtle.com/
  • Phone: (760) 568-9321
  • 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
"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 re-imagined 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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Wally's Desert Turtle reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (32)romantic (26)fit for foodies (22)notable wine list (14)neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • MY FAVORITE PLACE IN THE DESERT
    greatfr8VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food is always good the service outstanding and it is a beautiful dining room. I go to Wally's whenever I can and tall everyone who is going to the desert to go here. I LOVE this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A True Classic Restaurant in the Palm Springs Area
    OldProVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food and service at Wally's is always very good. I have never had a bad menu item!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Culinary Experience
    Nightsout
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    My wife and I are foodies and we were looking for a culinary experience. The reviews were intriguing. The experience from the moment we arrived to the moment we left was shall I say awesome. The food was beautifully prepared and a foodies delight. I am going to recommend to my fellow foodies when they find themselves in Rancho Mirage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One our special occasion spots in the desert
    WildWest
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Took friend there for dinner. Never disappoints. Food was great. Service friendly. Over all a real winner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine dining
    like2eat
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I f you like great service white table cloths and good food and no parking problems with fast valet service then this is the place we have been here several times and have not been disapointed and will continue to come
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Memorable Evening
    revecz
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    While "First-Timers" at Wally's the staff and owner made us feel as if we were long time friends! Superior food and service! Wally's should be on your "must list!"
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy birthday celebration
    konakate
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I took my mother and sister to Wally's Desert Turtle for their birthdays. We were the first to arrive, but shortly after, almost the entire restaurant was full. Many of the patrons are older, thus the louder talking, as the table next to us. The service was good, not great as one of the waiters wanted to take our food order with our drink order right after we sat down, not good as we were hoping for a slow, enjoyable evening. We asked him if he needed the table soon. My mother and I had the liver, very nice, especially medium rare. My sister enjoyed her Caesar salad and tuna tartare. The wine list was extensive with half bottles available and the Pinot noir by the glass divine. Thank you Wally's for the delicious birthday desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • annettefoodie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Always just wonderful food. Difficult to make just one choice for the main course. Quality is outstanding. Service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Timeless
    Desertdiner
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Like stepping back in time to another era. Best Dover Sole you can eat anywhere and the soufflé is sublime.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • THe Way It Was
    LongTimeBrotherVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Wally's is a long time favorite. It is a classy dinner place. they really don't make them like this anymore. Impeccable service with waiters and captains. Fantastic food. wonderful ambiance and the place is just fantastic. too bad there are so few restaurants like this anymore. I suspect the entire generation will never experience the Way It Was when we were young, dating and early married. really the only way to dine. It is expensive by comparison but it is not just food --- it is dining!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CLASSIC comfortable Dining AWSOME !
    ColonnadeRoom
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    What a special place! There still out there REAL restaurants! We had the most amazing experience spoiled from the time we walked in till we finished the delicious dessert ! Also the chef special was to DIE for scallops. The Dover sole did not disappoint either. Fine dining at its best ! Great decor and relaxed atmosphere clean clean clean. Attention to detail the whole evening the service was spectacular and meticulous and timely can't say enough about this fantastic restaurant. Recommended by my in laws they were there when they were are age restaurant Established in 1978 and is still going strong! We started at 600 seating and the restaurant just kept filling up can't imagine the high season glad they could fit us ! We highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT Night
    maryod
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had the BEST meal and the BEST service ever. We both had fish and it was cooked perfect. We HAD to have a soufflé which was really really good. We vacation in Palm Desert once a year. Hopefully we will make this an annual visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • top notch
    theonlywayisessex
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Best resturent we visited in town. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys fine dining and the souffle was to die for. Great service too guys.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in every respect!
    MrsMVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We wish that we lived closer because we would eat there every week. This is a very special restaurant. The decor is beautiful, the food is exceptional, the service is outstanding and a wonderful pianist adds additional ambiance - what more do you need? This exceptional quality of restaurant rarely exists any more. Go and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Number One On My List
    Roberto
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We ate at Wally's for the first time on our Anniversay and it was the perfect place to celebrate. Everything was excellent and we felt spoiled. You could not find better service and the white fish was so delicious it just melted in your mouth. We will definitely go back there as often as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dover delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Amazing Dover almandine . The staff is always on top of things made for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    Boudreaux
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Not at all what I expected. Beautiful facility, but smelled strange. Entrees were very expensive. Food was ok. Was probably very special in the 70's.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best meal in a long time!
    icyvelvet
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I went to Wally's Desert Turtle for our 32nd wedding anniversary and it was spectacular from start to finish. The valets greeted us cheerfully and the service was impeccable. The staff was very attentive without smothering us. The food was delicious - I had the specialty of the house, Dover Sole, and my husband had the duck breast. Both scrumptious! Even the rolls were good - freshly baked and warm. We HAD to try their souffles for dessert and we were not disappointed. I had the Grand Marnier and my husband had the bananas foster (yes, in a souffle!) The wine list was impressive and the sommelier helped us make a good selection. Even the chef came out to wish us a happy anniversary! It's a little pricey but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite
    Luvbkt12
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Overrated!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have been dying to go here for months. Of course I make a reservation the first night they are open after being closed for the summer. Big mistake! We sat in the bar and ordered drinks and an appetizer. The bartender looked 15 and his bar back looked even younger. It was also his first night. We ordered caviar for $135 that we could've got at Bevmo for $30. It was good but nothing special. During the meal I asked for salt. They didn't have any I was told. It's all put away in boxes. We looked around and some tables actually DID have salt/pepper on their tables. After scurrying about I was brought a plate of Kosher salt. Yup, just salt….no spoon…just used my fingers. In the end we got some drinks taken care of and dessert :(
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.7
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    DrbobVIP
    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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall