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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.
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Wally's new outdoor garden is beautiful and the overall experience was wonderful - great food and service with excellent music and lots of heaters to keep us warm.
Everything was perfect. We both had lamb and it was fantastic.
Their new outdoor space was fantastic, it was a great meal, the setting was awesome, very special.
Incredible dining experience. Ambiance, Food, Service outstanding. A must when in Rancho Mirage. Frank our server was the best.
Wally's is always fabulous! Thank you, Botello family, for year in and year out consistency!
Great food - music and totally wonderful experience
We love Wally’s. Our favorite in the desert!
A classic never goes out of style
Like a vintage wine only improves with age.
Wallys is the premier dining experience in the desert, with friendly professional servers and owners who care.
Food quality is A+ all beautifully prepared and memorable.
Do not miss the experience!
Or the soufflé!
food quality was not good as high price
i ordered dover sole which was $60.00 hmmm
I gave 5 stars for ambiance even though with COVID 19 we were dining outdoors. What a wonderful place. Food and service were as good as you can get.
Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner
Love Wally's, however was disappointed. Was expecting better over-all for
Service was impeccable! Food was over the top fabulous! Amazed at how many staff was present and working’. Completely out did themselves!! We will most definitely return again and again! We both would give it more than 5 stars if it was an option!!! Fantastic! Not possible to improve on anything!!
First of all, place was packed which is a little concerning in the midst of Covid. Luckily, we sat outdoors. Service was slow. Oysters and ceasar salad were excellent. Three of us ordered the sole and were disappointed. Not much flavor other than the sauce. Mashed potatoes good but cold. Think perhaps they were under staffed and too many people having dinner. Super expensive which is fine with us if all is good. Two of the four of us would return! Sorry!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for Wally's as it helps us improve our services. We are deeply sorry to here that you felt out staff wasn't very attentive the day you dinned at Wally's. We will make sure to speak with our servers and make sure they fix this issue. Once again we apologize for any inconveniences and we do hope to see your face again here at Wally's!
Celebrated a wedding. Very romantic. Couldn’t have been more perfect.
The waiter was out of it. Asked for drink order before offering drink menus and specials. Never did hear the specials. Great job on the patio.
A romantic and classy ambiance, with live music and a lounge to sip some cocktails; perfect for enjoying Rancho Mirage and the beautiful evening weather.
Service and food was very good!
We ordered New York steak and wanted it "WELL DONE"...and sent it back when it
was still pink. It came back still pink. We gave up sending it back a 2nd time. Also,
it lacked seasoning--salt, pepper. It was not as great as a 5 star restaurant should be.
Other than the problem with the steak...the rest of the food was very good and the
service was exceptional.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about our Restaurant, as it helps us to keep improving our services. We are deeply sorry to hear that your steak did not come out the way you requested. We will definitely be speaking with our cooks to review this issue, so we don't have problems like this in the future. we hope to see your faces again here at Wally's!
A great experience and wonderful outdoor patio!
Lovely outdoor seating.
Stupidly overpriced for what you get. The price of the entrees stack up with cities like SF and LA, except there you actually get your money worth
Our party of 4 arrived at 7 pm and placed drink order within 5 minutes of being seated. It took 40 minutes for our drinks to arrive. In the meantime, two different servers came to our table and asked if we were ready to order. We told the first one that we were not ready to order dinner, and that we'd prefer to have our cocktails first -- which were ordered 30 minutes ago. He apologized and went up to another server, talked to him, then they both turned and looked at our table and dispersed. A few minutes later, a different server came to our table and asked if we were ready to order our dinner. We still had not received our cocktails! We wondered if anyone had a clue as to what to do with our table of 4! My husband got up and started to approach the manager when he saw the server coming with our cocktails. The server apologized. Once we placed our food order, the food came out within 15 minutes. We felt it was way too rushed for the food, not relaxing. The food was very good -- Dover Sole, Salmon, and Calves Liver. The chocolate souffle was outstanding. But the bad initial service ruined the experience.
Thank you so much for writing a Review about our restaurant. We appreciate you taking the time out of your day to give us feed back. We would like to apologize for how long you had to wait for your cocktails. Here at Wally's we like for our Guests to have a wonderful experience the minute they walk through our doors and the fact that you had to wait 40 minutes for your drinks is not what we stand for. We will be reviewing this issue with our Bartender and staff, so this does not happen again.
Chaotic outdoor freezing, food ordinary and very overpriced, last visit was not like this 😝☹️
Thank you for taking the time to write a Review for Wally's. We are deeply sorry that you were not comfortable with the temperature in our outdoor patio. We are pleased to inform you that we did purchase more outdoor heaters, so we can guarantee that it will be nice and toasty for any future visits. We hope to see you again.
Lovely outdoor dining with excellent food and service
What a great meal... Mandy meet us at the door and check with everyone if everything was going well. Food & service was 5 star. A place you need to visit. Best restaurant in Palm Desert
Food was good but servers were confused about making even basic drink (befuddled by whiskey sour served up?). That being said, waters were never empty and generally service was good. Apps were fantastic, entrees so-so (meat was yummy but overcooked, sides lacked seasoning). Soufflés were so fun and kitchen kindly split for us.
$400 dinner for four with a low cost bottle of wine and 4 cocktails.
Probably won’t go back but mostly because it just wasn’t our style.
Thank you so much for taking the time to give Wally's a review. We appreciate you taking the time to give us some feedback as it helps us improve our services. We are so sorry to hear that there was confusion from our staff about your drink requests. We will make sure to review this with our Servers, so that way we wont have this conflict in the future. Thank you for dining with us, we do hope that you will join us again.
Everardo and team were on point!
Absolutely fantastic! From the moment you're greeted at the front steps until you leave from the complimentary valet, Wally's delivers the unrivaled best of everything. During the pandemic, diners have their choice of indoor dining or outdoor / patio dining. The ambience is inviting and provides a nice, quiet environment where conversation can be heard and enjoyed. There is a musician who keeps the entertainment as a background. Service is impeccable; water and bread are delivered immediately, cocktails orders are taken and you're left to enjoy without feeling rushed. When you're ready, the server takes your dinner order, wine, and dessert if you're ordering a souffle (highly recommended). I had the rack of lamb and it was cooked perfectly, just the right amount and came with a garlic aioli and optional mint sauce. It was accompanied by asparagus, carrots, and roasted potatoes all of which were perfectly cooked. My husband had the Omaha filet with the horseradish crust and said it was melt-in-your-mouth excellent! It came with the same vegetables. Again, dinner was not rushed, and the server was attentive, but not conspicuous. I had the Grand Marnier souffle for dessert and it was awesome! And it came with a beautiful creme anglaise which just topped it off perfectly. From start to finish, the meal and everything surrounding it was wonderful. We will definitely be back.
So blown away by the impeccable service, food and ambiance. Such attentive service and a very rare perfect dinner where all the stars align. This says a lot when you’re dining out with your young children too! We will definitely be returning and look forward to this gem of a restaurant when we come back for another desert visit.
Reservations were easy. Seating was prompt. Nice table. Prompt and friendly service. 2 meals were excellent. Sole was good as was the scallops and sea bass. Fish pasta had little flavor.
Amazing! Old school class and service. 5 stars all the way.
My wife and I really enjoyed how the food was prepared. High quality ingredients cooked so that food speaks for itself. Cannot go wrong with a special dinner here! We will certainly return when a trip to Palm Springs opportunity presents :)!
A great desert dining experience. Our servers (Team 4) were friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. They added to our enjoyment.
Old school feel. Great cocktails, Wally's Manhattan, Vesper Martini. Honolulu Tuna Tartare and the Escargot Burgundy were delicious. The horseradish crusted filet mignon was expertly prepared. Crisp outside, tender and pink inside. Salmon, with navy beans and rock shrimp, was tasty. The Veal chop was a hit and the Scallops and Sea Bass were one of the, "best meals I've had in a long time," according to our friend. The Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé and Creme Bruleé were enjoyed by all of us.
The tables were well spaced and we were next to a large open window. The staff wore masks and gloves.
I would definitely recommend for a special evening out of great food and service.
Wallys is our favorite fine dining restaurant in the desert and we are happy they reopened early in the season. Food is great and so is the service. This restaurant is timeless.
Host and server left something to be desired. I won't return.
Love this family owned restaurant. Come here every time we are in the desert
Wally's Desert Turtle is rated 4.7 stars by 2048 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.