Wally's Desert Turtle

4.7
1639 reviews
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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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C
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent overall

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RL
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was Outstanding

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Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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OT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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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H
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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c
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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N
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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FC
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
43 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
256 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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g
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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D
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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RU
Palm Springs
68 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wally’s is the “Gold Standard” of dining. Every aspect of our evening was done perfectly starting with the greeting and question “Would you like to be seated at the same booth you had on your last visit?” — that was over a year ago! Excellent service, outstanding food and relaxing ambiance have been Wally’s standard for decades and continues.

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p
Palm Springs
40 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and service, as always at wonderful Wally’s. Great live music too!

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Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing 90th Birthday for my dad.

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Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the only place that is always exceptional (food and service), always makes you feel welcome. Just a special place to have dinner with friends and family.

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SM
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, perfect all around. Loved the ultra talented alto saxophonist. Meals were perfection. This is a place to start a tradition.

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DD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

There are a lot of positives about Wally’s. All of the dishes were well- prepared, meat temperatures spot on, sauces and accompaniments well seasoned. The menu just isn’t that interesting, but I suspect this is a chef trying to tread a fine line between a very old school clientele and showing off what he can do by bringing in a few modern touches. The wine list held some very good values along with many of the more obvious choices. The biggest let down was the service. There was an odd sort of rush/lag cadence, it seemed as though nothing was there when you expected it and then other things came too soon. Honestly it seemed that as the dining room filled up it was just more than their tag-team approach could keep track of. The dining room decor is certainly far from up to date but still manages a certain charm as the numerous mirrored surfaces spread a flattering light and sparkle. The question is can you find a compelling reason to pick Wally’s over its many equal or better performing competitors.

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DA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and atmosphere. My favorite restaurant in California!

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v
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Tasting Menu for a birthday celebration. Two of us had the salmon, the rest of the group had the filet; everything was delicious and cooked to perfection. The service was excellent. Desserts were beautifully presented with a special 'autographed' plate for our birthday girl. We definitely love Wally's!

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S
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing as always.

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LM
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Had a girls luncheon on their Fashion Show Friday, which is generally fun. Service was very slow, perhaps too many tables to serve but was very disappointed. Didn’t see too many of the models, perhaps once again, too many tables.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable evening before show at McCallum Theater. We had 3-course meal in lounge with excellent cocktails and service from Brian in the lounge area. Will definitely be back soon!

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TM
Hawaii
50 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Wallys whenever we are in Palm Desert. It’s perfect for a romantic evening and everything about the place is elegant.

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Palm Springs
74 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was everything I had hoped it would be based on their reputation. Loved it start to finish!

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m
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After just dining at Wally's 3 days ago, we went back for the Taste of Wally's and were again very pleased with the food and service.

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JG
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Wally’s for 20 years to celebrate my birthday and other special days. It is our favorite restaurant! I love the Dover sole and the Grand Marnier! Delicious!!

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m
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. Always great to see the owner very active with all the customers at Wally's. It simply adds the personal touch most restaurants do not always do. The entrees were exceptional and a great food experience with an attentive service team. Best Dover Sole, ever.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it - great service and delicious food!

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