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Wally's Desert Turtle

4.8
4.8
3014 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
"The Finest Dining in the Coachella Valley" Offering a refreshed and re-imagined take on Modern 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 568-9321

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Wally's Desert Turtle is one of the desert's premier locations for upscale private dining. An elegant, classy and majestic space to host family celebrations, corporate events or just memorable moments.Please contact our special events department for bookings: wallysdtevents@gmail.com

  • Private party contact

    Stephen Jeffers: (760) 568-9321

  • Neighborhood

    Rancho Mirage

  • Cross street

    Bob Hope Drive

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking, Private Lot Self-Parking, and Street Parking available

  • Public transit

    Sunline Transit Agency<br />Bus Line #111<br />Bus Stop #659<br />Highway 111 and Rancho Las Palmas Westbound<br />

  • Entertainment

    Great Live Entertainment Nightly with the Bolivar Brothers, Michael and John ... playing the standards, the classics, some current hits, and a sprinkling of guest requests ...Celebrating Springtime in the Desert with a $38 Three-Course Seasonal Prix Fixe Menu in our Bar and Sahara Lounge, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sundays through Thursdays.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,014 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Good for special occasions

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Contemporary American

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Good for special occasions

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Contemporary American

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  1. s

    sherylg

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant and excellent service. Food was ok, not great.
  2. M

    Marg

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful restaurant! Loved the music and the food. Service was excellent.
  3. HJ

    HermanJ

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Old Hollywood in the midst of the dessert! Wally's is an awesome combination of elegant setting, delicious food, and attentive service. Dover sole and sea bass are both must haves. The owner is out on the floor sharing the history of the place and ensuring excellent service.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, had the steak and my wife had the sole both were amazing. Service was outstanding.
  5. LG

    LindaG

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gathering of long time friends
  6. g

    guyc

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as usual Lilly was a great waitress Great service
  7. f

    finediner

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Dover Sole and Steak. Both were outstanding. We have never been disappointed at Wally's.
  8. A

    Andi

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints! This is clearly the finest restaurant in the desert with the most delicious food, professional waitstaff and beautiful ambiance.
  9. KS

    KirkS

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for our anniversary. Great service and food. They made a special dessert that was a work of art. Good not to loud music.
  10. KM

    KerneyM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Seating close to the music was difficult to visit. Will request not to be seated there in future. Is it feasible to relocate music to another area of the restaurant?
  11. BR

    BlueRidgeBootlegger

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an Outstanding Menu and Kitchen. Impeccable Service. Simply "Tops In The Desert"!
  12. SW

    SandraW

    Columbus

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great restaurant!! An amazing dining experience for any occasion but they went above and beyond for a birthday and retirement celebration! Superb service by all staff from valet to table service! And the food was exceptional— French onion soup, huge shrimp cocktail, filet and salmon perfectly done! Can’t wait to return!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous evening! We were celebrating both an anniversary and a birthday and they treated us like loyalty. The food was outstanding and the drinks were expertly mixed. I have only two complaints. The first was our need to remind them of my wife’s pepper allergy. It is on our profile and should have already been noted. Our waiter could have put a bit more effort into his performance. He seemed a bit disinterested. Of more significance was taking our order for dessert despite the fact that the restaurant provided us with two desserts in recognition of our celebration. The rest of the wait staff was outstanding! I will definitely recommend. We have enjoyed the fare of several high end establishments in the desert. I would rank Wally’s near the top
  14. a

    ajl70

    San Francisco

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was a busy night the service was good until our meal came good food but no wine came as I had ordered we were practically done before they found the bottle they comped the bottle but it would have been better with the meal
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Food presentation is beautiful but all 4 meals were cold & overcooked. Endive salad is interesting, acidic with a slight sweetness. Recommend. Four different entrees- all over cooked & server at room temp - very disappointing. Live music from the bar is perfect
  16. f

    funfoodie

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner, beautiful decor, live music. Service was stellar and food delicious! Sea bass and veal chop were sooo amazing! Definitely a special occasion dining experience. Quite expensive but we will dine here again.
  17. N

    Nanette

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had friends visiting from Boston. Wally’s never disappoints. Cocktails, escargot, dinner with wine & their always famous soufflés. Beautiful evening.
  18. JF

    JeanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fashion show lunch was delicious with great service — server and hostess were just professional and gracious — fun to see the models — great clothes this time!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was mediocre at best. Very disappointing for such a highly rated restaurant.
  20. M

    Mayven

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service and the go to place for a special occasion.
  21. CA

    CatherineA

    Oklahoma City

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Husbands lamb was outstanding and service is superlative. French onion soup and mushroom bisque phenomenal. My fish wasn’t good but I didn’t complain.
  22. G

    George90802

    Las Vegas

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent service, classy venue and consistently delicious fare. Would highly recommend.
  23. f

    foodie

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible every time we have been here.
  24. MM

    MannM

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best steak and soufflé.
  25. MW

    MichaelW

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and superb service. Wife had a veal chop and I had the Dover Sole Amondine. We both had the delicious mushroom soup and a chocolate soufflé for dessert.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff was very attentive, food was fabulous, great ambience! It was my birthday and the staff all wished me a “happy birthday,” which was very nice! We will definitely return!!!
  27. DM

    DonaldM

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & Service were impeccable. Retired in 2014. We would hold our management meetings at nearby La Quinta Resort & Spa over the years. Wally’s was always a requirement for dinners. First Class restaurant.
  28. JW

    JodiW

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the Fashion Show luncheon last Friday and everything was excellent. Sat us right on time and brought our requested drinks and food that was prepared perfectly. Soup was warm and Ceasar salad was chilled. Enjoyed the ambiance and the beautiful clothing that was modeled throughout the meal. We intend to return for more of the above throughout the season. Thank you so much!!
  29. KM

    KatherineM

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most beautiful and comfortable places in the desert. Good is also good
  30. RA

    RAMONAG

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting for an anniversary dinner. Service was outstanding. Someone always checks on your satisfaction but not pushy. The appetizers and food was served to perfection. They were so kind as to provide us a special desert for our anniversary. Will be returning anytime in the area and highly recommend.
  31. JV

    JackieV

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great!! Can’t wait to be back! Great dinner, great ambiance and excellent service!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely evening. Everything was delish except the lamb pops were a bit tough.
  33. SG

    ScottG

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best New Years Eve celebrations in the valley. Terrific multi course dinner, excellent service, fun band, well organized and timed just right for the midnight countdown. Plan to return and highly recommend it to anyone! Wally’s is truly maintaining their image for prime upscale dining in the desert. Keep up the great work! Bravo!!
  34. RC

    RichardC

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The owner is on sight every night and it shows in the quality
  35. G

    Gustav

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wally’s is a treasure. I hope the desert communities continue to support it.
  36. NH

    larryandNancyH

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second News Years Eve for the four of us. Beautiful ambience, comfortable seating, service is the very best, delicious food, live music, and desserts to die for!!
  37. JR

    JohnR

    Los Angeles

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alway great food and good service. The ambience of old classic dining. Love this place.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!
  39. ED

    EDB42

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    So I have no idea how this place gets 5 stars, apparently it’s been around for a long time, but it’s long past it’s prime with regards to food. The service was very good, old style restaurant with very experienced wait staff, attentive, but not particularly outstanding. The atmosphere is classic restaurant like you’d find in the 80’s. The real problem here is the food, it’s like they just didn’t care, my wife had the Dover Sole, she didn’t even eat half of it it was so bland and uninteresting. My short rib meat was very good, but the sauce was tepid and the scallops were marginal. The real kicker here however was the price! Wow, so not worth it! Wine list was meh! My suggestion is to skip it and find another place.
  40. R

    Resident

    Central Coast

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love eating at Wally’s Always a special evening ..

FAQs

Wally's Desert Turtle offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 568-9321.

Wally's Desert Turtle is rated 4.8 stars by 3014 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 PM


Booked 37 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Wally's Desert Turtle

71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bob Hope Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Rancho Mirage

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking, Private Lot Self-Parking, and Street Parking available

  • Public transit

    Sunline Transit AgencyBus Line #111Bus Stop #659Highway 111 and Rancho Las Palmas Westbound

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Great Live Entertainment Nightly with the Bolivar Brothers, Michael and John ... playing the standards, the classics, some current hits, and a sprinkling of guest requests ...Celebrating Springtime in the Desert with a $38 Three-Course Seasonal Prix Fixe Menu in our Bar and Sahara Lounge, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sundays through Thursdays.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 568-9321

  • Private party facilities

    Wally's Desert Turtle is one of the desert's premier locations for upscale private dining. An elegant, classy and majestic space to host family celebrations, corporate events or just memorable moments.Please contact our special events department for bookings: wallysdtevents@gmail.com

  • Private party contact

    Stephen Jeffers: (760) 568-9321

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