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Wally's Desert Turtle, Rancho Mirage, CA
Wally's Desert Turtle, Rancho Mirage, CA
Wally's Desert Turtle, Rancho Mirage, CA
Wally's Desert Turtle, Rancho Mirage, CA
Wally's Desert Turtle, Rancho Mirage, CA

Wally's Desert Turtle

4.7
4.7
3628 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

10:30 PM


Booked 23 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • 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, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chandon High Tea benefiting Shay's Warriors

    $145.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 4, 2024 only
    Chandon Champagne High Tea in Honor of Nicole Botello. Join us for a Pre-Mother’s Day experience honoring the unbreakable bond of Mothers and daughters celebrating the gift of life. Starting at high Noon step back in time to be steeped in elegance and sweetness. Enjoy fashion pop ups from J McLaughlin, and LaDiDa Jewelry. Delight in delicious baked goods, tea sandwiches, sweet treats, bubbly, and live music. There will be no refunds for this event. All proceeds from this experience will benefit local attendees of the “I AM HOPE Survivors Reset Retreat," produced by Shay’s Warriors life after cancer.
    Chandon High Tea benefiting Shay's Warriors Photo

What 3,628 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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

3,630 Reviews
  1. DrMark

    Orange County

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, food and ambiance! David was outstanding!

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  2. JeannieP

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Replied to their advertisement email of a wine tasting event, complimentary with dinner. Free glass of rose before entry of restaurant. This was not a wine tasting-expected more from this establishment. Disappointed from the start, food good.

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  3. Amazing

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best service ever!! David our waiter was outstanding!

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  4. FBCA

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked our reservation for their Friday lunch featuring a fashion show. The lunch was a set menu and price, offering a variety of options that would please many. The food was very tasty and the service top notch. The fashion show was very nice. The entire event was complemented with a wonderful and talented musician. Definitely something we will repeat!!

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  5. DrJackR

    Palm Springs

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been several times for the fashion show, bringing different friends, and we love it. Great food, service and fashion!! See you soon!

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  6. donottrytofoolafoodie

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Wine was paired well with dishes. Bone marrow needed seasoning but parsley ‘salad’ on side was interesting and a nice complement. I think Brioche toast is too sweet for bone marrow but roll was good with it. Crab cakes with fennel were excellent! Chateaubriand was not hot but delicious. I think the dish could have used something green on the plate. Potatoes were good but barely warm. I love Wally’s & have always had incredible meals there but have never been to a wine tasting there before. The wine tasting was worth it. Great presentation and explanation of wine & food was done well. Dinner just wasn’t the usual 5 star experience. I’ll be back for sure thought.

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  7. GwenM

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best food, service and ambiance in the desert. Dinner was amazing as always and the soufflé was off the charts!!!

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  8. BrendaB

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was top notch!! Our beverage server Lily was very sweet and attentive. We liked it that we could order and were served our cocktails before our waiter handed us menus to look at for dinner. We never felt rushed. We had 6 in our party and the food was all outstanding!! Starting with the Mushroom soup(best I’ve ever had) and French Onion soup which was also amazing. For the main course the Scallops were perfectly prepared, the Sea bass was also perfectly prepared and served beautifully on a bed of delicious black rice with delicious cremini mushrooms, roasted zucchini and carrots The short rib also was prepared perfectly and was so tender and juicy, it melted in your mouth with each bite. The table decided to try the Lemon Berry brioche bread pudding with vanilla bean ice cream. It was AMAZING!! The saxophone, flute and clarinet music that we were lucky enough to have playing during our time there by the 3 bothers made for a very enjoyable evening The owner graciously stopped by our table and was delightful. She has her staff well versed in making sure that all diners felt very special. Truly a remarkable evening!! Looking to a return visit

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  9. EMSELS

    Sacramento

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit here… Nice atmosphere with pleasant live saxophone from the bar and very comfortable dining room ambience. Service and food were excellent.

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  10. GourmetFoodie

    Palm Springs

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in every way Fine cuisine great service and you couldn’t ask for a better ambiance

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the best birthday dinner for my mom at Wally’s!!

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  12. ScottD

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No question, it's the nicest restaurant in Coachella Valley. Wonderful place for those special occasions. Every dish ordered was impeccably cooked. Waitstaff is efficient but not overpowering. Beautiful Steve Chase design. We had a small birthday dinner and it was perfect.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this place was super amazing. The ambience is great great music, great food the service was impeccable. Just can’t say enough.

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  14. Renee

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent service. Food very good. Any issue corrected promptly. Ambience of the 80’s. Noise level very high. However, it’s a classic and recommend!

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  15. Canadiangormet

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visiting in 5-6 years. Many visits previously. Service was not as attentive as in past years. Food quality and presentation was up to expectations.

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  16. Mike

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One, if not the best in the area. Wally's is a special place and was thrilled to be there. My wife and I were planning future visits with family and special friends. Not cheap, by any measure, but worth it.

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  17. Marmotg

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wally’s never disappoints. We have been going there for 40 years. We are on to the 4th generation. Our 6 year old granddaughter had a great time. She loved the carpaccio, the lemonade and the whole experience. She had so much fun dancing to the old jazz tunes and Tony even played a few new ones for her. The food is great, the ambience reminds us of more refined times. Wally’s is a great blast from the past. Don’t miss out.

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  18. Queenie

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Wally’s but missed the well dressed people. It had become too casual and it takes away from the ambience. Bring back the dress code!

    1 person found this helpful

  19. Siggy

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic. Phenomenal service and the food was so flavorful I nearly fell out of my seat. I had beef filet medium rare and it was perfection. Horseradish cake atop is now the only way I will eat steak again. Spectacular. Delish craft cocktails as well.

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  20. jshud

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic. The music was great. We always enjoy coming to this restaurant!

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  21. DanielleM

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wally's is our favorite restaurant when we vacation in Palm Springs every spring. The service is wonderful and the food is always delicious.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. We especially loved the sea bass (cooked perfectly), the filet, and the short rib. Can’t miss the soufflés! It’s a family tradition!

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  23. Glenda92264

    Palm Springs

    116 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pretty pricey for a brunch on Easter. Over $180 plus tip is too much.

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  24. phoodie

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had Easter Brunch at Wally's Desert Turtle and were pleasantly surprised by how fantastic it was! The food was delicious, perfectly prepared and seasoned, the service was kind and generous (always appreciated on a busy holiday) from front door to farewell, and the ambience--especially the live music--was classy and elegant. We'll be back soon for dinner!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We had to keep asking for refills for our drinks. The waiters seemed very rushed. We love this place for holidays but now we’re rethinking.

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  26. Judy

    Palm Springs

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love Wallys. Great service great memories. Always feels like a special treat.

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  27. Zelda

    Palm Springs

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Easter Brunch. Filet cooked perfectly and decadent French Toast

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time, on balance was very positive. A bit loud, and we had to wait to get the bill, but our server was excellent and food was great

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  29. 24DINNER

    Fort Lauderdale

    326 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    326 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wally's is the restaurant of choice when looking to enjoy a fine dining experience with family or friends ,close an important business deal or spend a fun date night with your wife . Ambiance ,limited but focused menu selection ,worth waiting for the variety of souffles for dessert and while dining this evening ,a visit by Dad, who was pinch hitting for his daughter. Always busy, but always there helping to make every dinner one to remember well.

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  30. Tequilasue

    Palm Springs

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Been there many times. Disappointed. Caesar salad warm and limp and had no flavor. No one asked. My sea bass on overcooked rice base only fair. Felt it had been cooked too long before. Staff are well trained and lovely except for asking about food once served.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding. The service highly attentive. The atmosphere relaxing and friendly

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  32. Merrivo

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food, drinks and service with a 80’s retro vibe. A memorable dining experience for a special treat. Highly recommend.

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  33. marcelol

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    One of my favorite restaurants in the valley, great service, and the ambience excellent. Perfect

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  34. NYCJack

    Miami

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food. Service. And setting couldn’t be any better. We love Paco and Team 2. And as I have a service dog Maxwell we are especially sensitive to how we are received. Wally’s is a real gem.

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  35. Pricey

    Palm Springs

    99 reviews

    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Richard was fantastic and made sure our Anniversary was perfect.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed the Friday Fashion show luncheon. Fixed price menu was $40 for soup, choice of entree and a choice between 2 desserts. The fashion show was fun, went with my husband who enjoyed the event as well.

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  37. SylviaB

    Portland

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely time and enjoyed the perfect service as well as the delicious food which was beautifully presented.

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  38. FH60

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Entire evening was phenomenal. Service Food. Ambience.

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  39. 3girls

    Orange County

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an incredible experience. Great service, amazing food, outstanding entertainment , the restaurant is exquisite.

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  40. SteveS

    Los Angeles

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our fist time to Wally's Desert Turtle and we enjoyed it very much. The elegant ambiance has a cheerful, old-school vibe. The crowd is older but the staff is on the more youthful side. Probably because the place is run by the granddaughter of the founder who started the Velvet Turtle chain. She stopped by our table to say hello and she was charming. The service was very nice but a bit hurried for our taste. The food was very good, not great but the drinks were very generously poured. The dover sole was dry and not too flavorful and the chicken dish was served with potato's that seemed to have been made earlier in the day and warmed up. We enjoyed a lobster salad special that was excellent and they brought us a complementary pear tort for our anniversary. Had we known we would not have ordered the souffle, which they are know for, but it was divine.

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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 4.7 stars by 3628 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 23 times today
Experiences are available.
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
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • 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, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, 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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