Wally's Desert Turtle

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Contemporary American
"The Finest Dining in the Coachella Valley" Executive Chef Pascal Lallemand brings his culinary experience to the desert 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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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints!

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VV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the Ambiance which was old world Hollywood
The Foodwad exceptional and the service was right on.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family gathering

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything and everyone was great. My only negative was that my steak was over cooked. Our waiter offered to replace but I am not one to waist food.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the food was awesome , and ambience beautiful. It is still holding its own for quality in every way .

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JL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed in The Fashion Show luncheon. The salmon entree as underwhelming compared to previous years. The waiter forgot to order the specialty desert and when it was rush ordered it wasn’t baked long enough. Too few models showing outfits! Kept showing the same outfits. Where was Shirley?
Last year I attended 3 luncheons. I don’t think I’ll go back again this season! Disappointed!!

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Las Vegas
64 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

WE HAVE BEEN DINING AT WALLY’S SINCE THE RESTAURANT OPENED IN 1979. IT IS STILL A BEAUTIFUL AND ELEGANT RESTAURANT BUT THIS IS THE THIRD TIME
WE HAVE TRIED LUNCH. USED TO BE EXCELLENT FOOD & QUALITY. THE COBB SALAD WAS TERRIBLE. BOB COBB WOULD BE SHOCKED. I REQUESTED A BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE ABD BLUE CHEESE DRESSING ON THE SIDE. THEY ACTUALLY MIXED OIL WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR. NOT EXACTLY A BALSAMIC DRESSING. REALLY AWFUL. SO DISAPPOINTING I WHAT WAS ONCE A FINE RESTAURANT. EXPENSIVE & NOT WORTH THE MONEY. THE WAITER GOT LOST AND THE BUSBOY TOOK CARE OF
US FOR THE REST OF THE MEAL.

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Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The check-in process was a bit harried but it was a busy Valentines Day. We enjoyed the entertainment very much. Dinner and service was great.

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DL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day & my Boyfriend Proposed!
Michael & JB, our waiter made the evening a night we will never forget.
Dinner was delicious!

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AN
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wally’s was wonderful! We chose to go for the first time on Valentine’s Day. Although it was very, very busy and a pre fix menu Wally’s did not disappoint. Everyone in our party enjoyed their food. My wife and I felt our sauces were over salted but that’s our preference. The service was attentive, we had a round table in a nice location that made conversation possible We will return to Wally’s but on a quieter evening.

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JT
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A terrific meal with terrific service. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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P
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were not only celebrating Valentine’s Day but our anniversary and every aspect of our evening was superb...from the parking attendants to the servers. One young man who waited our table was beyond excellent in his attentativeness that he deserved an extra gratuity. The decor of the dining room was simply elegant. This was our first visit and we will definitely return. Every morsel of food served was amazingly delicious and beautifully plated. Thank you to all for a wonderful evening even if it did happen to be the wettest desert day in 75 years...more memorable.

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DL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Friendly atmosphere as soon as we entered the restaurant.

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BK
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable quality! Great food, service and ambiance.

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BS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Wally's for Valentine's Day so it was a pre fixe menu. There were lots of great choices. I had the short rib, which was fall apart tender and juicy. My husband had the chateaubriand, which was super tender and perfectly cooked. The tomato salad with burrata was so luscious and flavorful - I would go back again just for that salad. The heart shaped cheesecake for dessert was well plated with fun swan shaped cream puffs, but the cheesecake was bland and had a bit of a gritty texture. The lava cake was a better choice and a great finish to a great meal. Service was impeccable.

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Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding Valentines Day dinner. The food as always is the best and incredible service. It’s what you expect from Wallys, but you always leave impressed!!!

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ML
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thought this would be the perfect place to host out-of-town guests, and we were right! The beverages and food were perfect, and the presentation excellent! Ruben was our waiter and he listened carefully to one guest who has special eating requirements. She was thrilled at the result! The only problem we had was the noise level. It was so very uncomfortable. We moved to a new table once due to an extremely loud group next to us, but even then hearing conversation from the person seated next to me was very difficult, not to mention from anyone else around our table of six. I’m not sure if we would return because of this issue.

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C
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. Such an elegant environment, delicious food and top-notch service.

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Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent overall

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RL
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was Outstanding

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L
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always pleased with our Dining experience at Wally’s. Such amazing attention to detail from beginning to end. One of our absolutely favorite places.

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Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. So elegant. A little pricey but worth it.

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TN
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always visit when we are in the desert for great food

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It must have been an off night because previous experience has been much beter

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food in refined atmosphere with outstanding service.

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Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had 10 guests for dinner and the service was perfect. A very experienced staff and wonderful food. Dover sole, veal chop, and duck were among my favorites. A wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion.

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Denver
86 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy a trip to this fine dining experience. This was no exception. The tuna tartare appetizer is equal to anything that you can find in Hawaii. Both of us had the whitefish as an entrée. This fish is unique in desert dining and the preparation makes it outstanding. Naturally we concluded the meal with soufflé. One was chocolate and wine was Grand Marnier. It is always fun to try a new wine from their outstanding selection.

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GC
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is super buffet. Starting off with the ambience which one would associate with a high-quality restaurant from the 1950s. Linen table cloths; mature professional waiters, a great wine list, etc.
The food was excellent. The service, perfect. There was a gentleman playing the saxophone which made it just a perfect evening.

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St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Overrated. Average food at an above average price. Tasteless soufflé. Great service.

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Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible surprise. The restaurant was a great experience. Great service, ambiance and food. Its not what you might expect in a name but from valet through the dinner the whole of the experience was great and surpassed. They like that you are there and check frequently that everything is up to your expectation. I really like that. The souflee's are awesome with so many flavors. Great wine list and staff to compliment the whole evening. We will go back.

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New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We took an old friend for his birthday celebration. We didn’t know that he’d never been to Wally’s. He loved it!

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This establishment has been consistently excellent in the level of quality, service and ambience. We have never been disappointed with our visits to Wally's. The exceptional dining experience is always worth the price for special occasions.

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JE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the decor to the cuisine and service, Wallys exceeded my (very high) expectations.
Best restaurant in the desert.

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Columbus
39 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding dining experience. The atmosphere, with a saxophonist and beautiful decor, makes dining at Wally’s Desert Turtle an elegant evening. Food is excellent and the service is first rate. The sea bass I had was wonderful and the soufflé was great as well. We will be back.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has been our favorite restaurant for many years. Always the best service and the best food!

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New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wally's provided a wonderful special occasion dinner for us. The food was delicious and beautifully served. The sweet hibiscus nibs on my salmon entree were a wonderful enhancement to an already perfectly cooked meal. Service was friendly and efficient. The decor is lovely!

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FD
Palm Springs
257 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wally’s is always”just right.” In a region where fine dining is easy to find, Wally’s is one of the finest and most elegant restaurants that will always please the most discriminating patrons who recognize and appreciate TRULY “fine” dining — the entire experience.

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G
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a special evening when in the Desert! I try to make a point of ending my vacation with dinner at Wally's. The food, the service and the music--a real treat.

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Raleigh
109 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wallys is a really great old school style restaurant. The food is terrific and the service is always spot on.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Our food was very salty with finishing salt put on everything.

Very disappointing

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