Wally's Desert Turtle
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.
One of the next places to go for fine dining in the Coachella Valley. Luxurious atmosphere, suited servers, great cocktails (order a martini and a Manhattan and you will get a small carafe if your drinks overfill), and a large selection of French fare. A great night out!!
Hi Fred! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your dinner and appreciate your review. Thank you and hope to see you again soon!
Fabulous time. Delicious entrees.
And an entertaining fashion show.
Most beautiful dining experience.
Absolutely best service.
Gracious host .
I had the best scallops and sea bass ever, and the dessert was also amazing. The music, the waiters, singing happy birthday to me, the entire atmosphere was very pleasant.
Hi Joana! Thank you for choosing to spend your birthday with us! We are glad to hear everything went so well and appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. We hope to see you again soon.
Wally’s is one of the finest restaurants I’ve dined in in Southern California. I can’t say enough how special this place is. I sincerely hope that they will continue their excellence in the years to come.
Hello Carl. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We also hope to continue to be here for years to come. Can't wait to see you again soon!
Outstanding dining experience.
As usual, attention to detail and consummate care was an n display, a true gem in our valley. If you’ve never experienced this restaurant it should be a bucket list item.
After reading good reviews, we were very disappointed with our experience at Wally’s. The service was terrible — it took 20 minutes for someone to bring over a menu and thereafter the service could best be described as indifferent.
The food was even more disappointing. Absolutely everything was under seasoned — this is food for people who are more concerned with their salt intake than having a decent tasting meal. The fat on the duck breast was not rendered at all, yet the duck was still overcooked. I absolutely would not go back to Wally’s.
It was our first visit. It is very much an older crowd but the food and service were fantastic!
This is a hard review to write. We have gone to Wally’s every year and I’ve written glowing reviews every time. Tonight was extremely disappointing. We flew in last night so we decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day tonight. I made the reservation 5 weeks ago. We arrived on time and couldn’t get near the hostess bc it was so out of control packed. 3 deep at the bar too. The woman who checked us in said it’ll be a wait. My husband noticed people walking in and sometimes getting seated so after 40 minutes he stood over her until we got a table which was not set yet. Our waiter had way too many tables and took 22 minutes between us ordering and him serving our drinks. We split the oysters Rockefeller special appetizer which was shockingly tasteless. But our dinners Seabass n scallops and whitefish were outstanding. The busboy, however, really worked hard. No apology or attempts to make up were offered. Sort of a your tough luck attitude. Very disappointing.
The overall experience was poor. A server different than ours took our order, and he was abrupt and did not pay attention to our special requests. We asked for no butter on our Dover Sole (a $60 piece of fish) and asked that the almonds for the almandine topping be with olive oil instead of butter, so we were brought almonds in butter plus olive oil on the side. We didn't realize until we started eating, and had to have it redone. The drinks were very slow in coming, and for those who ordered just club soda they were charged $4 per glass of club soda, a total of $16 for 4 glasses. They didn't pay attention to when we needed new cutlery because of food being redone. The next table had some meals comped because of errors. Despite having politely shared our poor experience with the owner, nothing was done to try and make up for the situation. The final thing was when the bills were not separated per couple as requested at the beginning of the evening, and it took a surprisingly long time to get the separated bills (as did our coffee after eating). And the men's room had no paper towels. We are unlikely to return. A pricey menu deserves a comparable level of service.
Everything was perfect as usual.
Will return for sure.
Hi Alan! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are pleased to hear you will return. See you soon!
We were seated 30 mins after reservation time. Served with BROKEN champagne glasses for our Valentine’s dinner. Will never come back.
Great food. Valentines day was very busy but they kept the food coming out smoothly
. . . . but not on Valentins day ! Table 30 Minutes late, Bar and Restaurant far too crowded, factory like ! Service overloaded far from personal ! We will attend again but not on a special occasion day, on a ordinary working day only, with great pleasure !
Juerg Benkert From Zürich Switzerland
It was a preset menu for Valentine's. There was something for everyone. The taste was fantastic and service very good. They were packed, Valentine's, so maybe a little slower than normal, but overall great experience. There were 6 in our party and we really enjoyed it.
My Wife and enjoyed Valentines Day Diner. It was fantastic!!!
All was as expected except the chateaubriand. It was full of gristle--not what's expected for a cut of this quality.
Food was great as usual. Husband had the sole. I had chateaubriand. Service was slow and hit and miss. Water boy kept putting glasses on the wrong side of the place setting and brought ice tea with no spoon to stir. Had to call him to table several times. He was a space cadet. Obviously had not been properly trained. Main waiters were haphazard and very rushed. Not what one would expect when having a $300 meal for two. Still great but service is usually spot on.
Thank you for taking the time to leave a detailed review. We appreciate all feedback. I apologize the service was not up to par. We will be looking into that and making sure it does not happen again. We are glad you still enjoyed your food. The Dover Sole is amazing and one of the most popular items on the menu. We hope to see you again very soon. Thank you. Tamara
My wife got sick after dinner. She had Dover sole. She had sever stomach pain at night. We are at ER for treatment.
Always a nice experience. A bit overpriced, but you know that going in. Very nice
Hello Marc. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We hope you enjoyed the amazing food and will continue to come back. Thank you again and hope to see you soon!
Fabulous food and service!
I read that Wally’s might be closing after this season. We had never been there, so I decided we should go. It way exceeded our expectations, fabulous decor and food, wonderful service. We are from Chicago, and this measures up to the best of our restaurants. Hope it can keep going.
Hello Nancy! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your self while visiting us. Chicago has some pretty amazing places to eat and we are glad you think we are just as amazing. Hope to see you again soon while you are in town! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.
Lovely atmosphere. Good Food and presentation. Service excellent... Best cosmopolitan I have ever had.
Hi Lauren! We are pleased to hear your dinner was so wonderful. We hope you come back to see us soon and enjoy another cosmopolitan while your here! Thank you again for leaving a review. Have a great day.
The food is consistently good at Wally’s. We were disappointed by how noisy the restaurant was and that the service, which is normally very attentive, was not on this evening.
We haven't been to the area since 2014 and have missed coming to Wally's. We returned this year and the first night in the area we had dinner at Wally's. As expected, we enjoyed an outstanding evening. The food, service and atmosphere were as we recalled.
The dover sole is fabulous!! Highly recommend to visit this restaurant if you are visiting the area. One of a kind dining experience!!
Hello David. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your dinner with us. The Dover Sol is a classic here and one of our most popular items on the menu. We hope to see you again soon!
What a wonderful way to celebrate my dad's life with family. Thank you, Wally's for a lovely family dinner.
Hello Linda! Thank you for choosing to spend such a special time with us. We hope to see you again soon.
Excellent food and atmosphere.
Get there before it closes next October
Great atmosphere and superb service. A fun lunch date with friends.
Hi Karen! We are so glad to see you enjoyed your lunch with your friends. The fashion show Friday's are always full of fun. Who doesn't love shopping, great food, and a maybe a glass of champagne? We hope to see you again soon!
There were6 in our party and everyone was VERY pleased with the food and the entire evening. Our waitress was OUTSTANDING, I hope you can determine who it was. We were in the Lounge on Wed, 2/5/20. She was young, pretty, and SO friendly, efficient, and perfect :)) We also appreciated the personal attention of Ben :))
Hopefully, they will find a buyer soon who won't change the restaurant even one pinch!! The ambience can't be beat. That's what makes it so special.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for the wonderful experience again at Wally's :))
Hello Rita! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time at Wally's. We know exactly who your talking about and we will make sure she is recognized for her amazing service. The lounge area is perfect for a night out with friends for great food and great drinks. We hope to see you again soon!
This is a very special place made even more so by the fact that we may lose it soon. If you haven't gone, go, if you have, keep going! The food, service and ambience are outstanding.
Hello Dayled. We are pleased that you have enjoyed coming to Wally's Desert Turtle and thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We hope to see you again sometime this season!
Dover sole and grand marnier souffle are to die for. Service was top notch also
It was perfect. Consistently the best lamb chops I have ever eaten. Service was perfect and ambiance was fabulous.
The consensus is that Wally’s Desert Turtle is the best of the Coachella Valley restaurants. I tend to agree. La Spiga, Cuistot and Jillian’s all have their virtues, and all are appropriate for even the most special occasions, but Jillian’s and Wally’s top at least my list. I believe the service at Wally’s is the best around, smooth and well-coordinated. In an area where wonderful mushroom soups abound, theirs is the best. Their food presentations are exceptional. The restaurant is often full, but I never have the sense that the kitchen is overwhelmed. Their wine list is very solid, and one can find good bottles at sixty dollars. Tables are well spaced so that one can engage in quiet conversation, and the staff respects it when one does.
Hello Ted! Thank you for leaving such a wonderful review. We are so glad to hear you love so many things about this amazing restaurant. Chef Pascal is amazing and loves what he does, so it shows in this food. We hope you continue to come and enjoy Wally's.
The server we had was not overly friendly and made no effort to interact with us beyond taking the order and serving it - period. Everything else about the experience was good and any other staff I interacted with were very friendly (bar, front desk).
Hello. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to hear your server did not impress you. Hopefully you give us the chance to show you a more involved server next time you come. Have a great day.
Birthdays 🎂 Thank you for our Birthday Dessert😊
Clearly, the best restaurant in Palm Springs and one of the best in the Southwest! Hope it doesn't close.
Hello Steve! We appreciate your review and are so thankful you think so highly of our amazing restaurant. Hope to see you again soon!
Excellent service and pleasant surroundings. Brought birthday cake, but got screwed up a bit!!!