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Wally's Desert Turtle

4.7
2048 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.

****RESERVATIONS OF 5 OR MORE: PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY AT 760-568-9321.****
What 2048 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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vipjudyyank
Palm Springs
125 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

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RussellL
Palm Springs
23 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. We both had lamb and it was fantastic.

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vipKellyD
Palm Springs
50 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their new outdoor space was fantastic, it was a great meal, the setting was awesome, very special.

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vipterrbearg1
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dining experience. Ambiance, Food, Service outstanding. A must when in Rancho Mirage. Frank our server was the best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!!

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vipStevenPiano
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

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Tamara
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wally's is always fabulous! Thank you, Botello family, for year in and year out consistency!

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vipCarolW
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - music and totally wonderful experience

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vipCandiceK
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Wally’s. Our favorite in the desert!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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InhwaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

food quality was not good as high price
i ordered dover sole which was $60.00 hmmm

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Larry
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipBarbaraO
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner

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JohnD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Love Wally's, however was disappointed. Was expecting better over-all for
Thanksgiving!

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vipDanaB
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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vipester
Palm Springs
47 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on November 28, 2020

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!

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AlanM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a wedding. Very romantic. Couldn’t have been more perfect.

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vipMichaelJ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

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DDMon
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service and food was very good!

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vipJames
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on November 20, 2020

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Date night

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aking83
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience and wonderful outdoor patio!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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

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vipJayne
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

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.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on November 20, 2020

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.

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vipToofdoc
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Chaotic outdoor freezing, food ordinary and very overpriced, last visit was not like this 😝☹️

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on November 20, 2020

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.

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vipPickydiner
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor dining with excellent food and service

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vipKentK
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MrsHellwigJohnson
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

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.

Wally's Desert Turtle
Responded on October 29, 2020

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everardo and team were on point!

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icyvelvet
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JimP
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)!

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vipJCCLACA
Los Angeles
220 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipJeff
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ITraveltoEatGoodFood
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Host and server left something to be desired. I won't return.

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vipEmerald
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this family owned restaurant. Come here every time we are in the desert

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Wally's Desert Turtle is rated 4.7 stars by 2048 OpenTable diners.

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