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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.7
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FL
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded 4 hours ago

Hi Fred! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your dinner and appreciate your review. Thank you and hope to see you again soon!

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MA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous time. Delicious entrees.

And an entertaining fashion show.

NW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most beautiful dining experience.
Absolutely best service.
Gracious host .
Special experience.

JC
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded 4 hours ago

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.

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RK
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded 2 days ago

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!

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OT
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience.

AH
Palm Springs
52 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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.

KG
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit. It is very much an older crowd but the food and service were fantastic!

DM
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

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.

WG
Manitoba
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

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.

AD
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect as usual.
Will return for sure.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Alan! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are pleased to hear you will return. See you soon!

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We were seated 30 mins after reservation time. Served with BROKEN champagne glasses for our Valentine’s dinner. Will never come back.

KA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Valentines day was very busy but they kept the food coming out smoothly

JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

. . . . 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

OT
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

C
Palm Springs
75 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Wife and enjoyed Valentines Day Diner. It was fantastic!!!

BK
Palm Springs
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All was as expected except the chateaubriand. It was full of gristle--not what's expected for a cut of this quality.

OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on February 16, 2020

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

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BS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

My wife got sick after dinner. She had Dover sole. She had sever stomach pain at night. We are at ER for treatment.

ML
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a nice experience. A bit overpriced, but you know that going in. Very nice

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on February 16, 2020

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!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service!

NN
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on February 16, 2020

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.

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LV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Good Food and presentation. Service excellent... Best cosmopolitan I have ever had.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on February 16, 2020

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.

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DO
Jackson Hole
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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.

DD
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on February 13, 2020

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!

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a wonderful way to celebrate my dad's life with family. Thank you, Wally's for a lovely family dinner.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on February 13, 2020

Hello Linda! Thank you for choosing to spend such a special time with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere.
Get there before it closes next October

KR
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and superb service. A fun lunch date with friends.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on February 10, 2020

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!

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RW
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :))

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on February 10, 2020

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!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special place.

D
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on February 10, 2020

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!

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dover sole and grand marnier souffle are to die for. Service was top notch also

RL
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect. Consistently the best lamb chops I have ever eaten. Service was perfect and ambiance was fabulous.

TH
Phoenix
40 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on February 10, 2020

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.

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y
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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).

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on February 10, 2020

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.

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthdays 🎂 Thank you for our Birthday Dessert😊

S
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clearly, the best restaurant in Palm Springs and one of the best in the Southwest! Hope it doesn't close.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on February 10, 2020

Hello Steve! We appreciate your review and are so thankful you think so highly of our amazing restaurant. Hope to see you again soon!

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H
Portland
46 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and pleasant surroundings. Brought birthday cake, but got screwed up a bit!!!

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