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Wally's Desert Turtle

1314 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion (59)
  • Good for Anniversaries (51)
  • Good for a Date (49)
"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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Californian, Steak
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Hours of operation
OPEN Six days a week at 5:30 PM with a last seating at 9:30 PM.

Special seating available. Please call for details.

February - March
Open 7 Days a Week

April & May
Closed Mondays

June 20th - October 13th - Closed for the Summer
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Phone number
(760) 568-9321
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Executive Chef Pascal Lallemond
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Wally's Desert Turtle offers a wide range of superb catering events including elegant and intimate cocktail receptions, large-scale charity luncheons, formal plated dinners, and grand party buffets. We are also proud to be the exclusive onsite event caterers for the PGA Tour CareerBuilder Challenge, formerly known as the Humana Challenge, and previously as the famous Bob Hope Desert Classic. Wally’s is also the exclusive caterer for the Clinton Foundation of the Coachella Valley. Call or email our Special Events & Catering Department Ph#760-568-9321 or Email at
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Cross street
Bob Hope Drive
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Parking details
Valet Parking, Private Lot Self-Parking, and Street Parking available
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Public transit
Sunline Transit Agency
Bus Line #111
Bus Stop #659
Highway 111 and Rancho Las Palmas Westbound
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Great Live Entertainment Nightly with the Bolivar Brothers, Michael and John ... playing the standards, the classics, some current hits, and a sprinkling of guest requests ...

Celebrating Springtime in the Desert with a $38 Three-Course Seasonal Prix Fixe Menu in our Bar and Sahara Lounge, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sundays through Thursdays.
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Special events & promotions
Thanksgiving Day - Special Prix-Fixe Menu: 1:00pm - 10:00pm - Reservations a Must - "A Beautiful Fall Affair"

Christmas Day - Special Prix-Fixe Menu: 3:00pm - 9:30pm - Reservations a Must - "A Winter Wonderland of Lights, Music, Dancing, Food and Libations"

New Year's Eve - Special Prix-Fixe Menu: 5:30pm - 1:00am - Reservations a Must - "Always a Celebration to Remember"

Valentine's Day - Special Prix-Menu: 6:00pm - 10:00pm - Reservations a Must - "The Most Romantic Day of the Year Deserves to be Celebrated at the Most Romantic Restaurant in the Desert"

Easter Brunch - Special Prix-Fixe Menu: 10:30am - 2:30pm - Reservations a Must - "Celebrate the Season of Renewal"

Mother's Day - Special Prix-Fixe Menu: 1:00pm - 10:00pm - Reservations a Must - "Champagne Brunch to Celebrate our Moms"

May/June Events - Special Prix-Fixe Menus: 6:00pm - 10:00pm - Reservations Welcome - "Dads, Grads, Proms, & Restaurant Week"
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Wally's Desert Turtle is one of the desert's premier locations for upscale private dining. An elegant, classy and majestic space to host family celebrations, corporate events or just memorable moments.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
Dined 3 days ago

I had visited on Wally's several occasions when I was a resident in Indian Wells. The experience was always "top drawer". It have been several years since my last visit. I can only say that, it possible this restaurant has improved. The food, the drinks, the ambiance , and the staff are simply outstanding. There is no pressure to order, but attentive wait staff constantly stop by to insure needs are being met. The rack of lamb and the sea bass were expertly prepared and artfully presented.
A dinner at Wally's is expensive but, well worth it. Great place for occasions where you want to impress.

Three recommendations to assure fine dining:
1 The bar opens into the dining area where there is live music. You may want to request a table away from this area for quiet conversion.
2. While there ample free valet parking, getting into the parking area can be a challenge, particularly in the dark. You may require a trip around the block to find the entrance.
3. By all means reserve early particularly during the "Season" and on weekends.

vipFANTASTIC (Palm Springs)
Dined 3 days ago

Wally's has been here for 40 years, and a TERRIFIC delight each and every time we have been over the past thirty years! Always for special occasions and a wonderful night out for a date or foursome or however many! :)

OpenTable Diner (Jackson Hole)
Dined 5 days ago

This is one of our favorite spots in Rancho Mirage. The restaurant is pricey, averaging $150 up for two people if you have cocktails and wine, but worth it for that special evening since the food , service , and ambiance is excellent .

vipPete (Los Angeles)
Dined 6 days ago

Amazing food and service. One can tell from the diners that it is a locals go-to spot for a special occasion. The fresh oyster appetizer was wonderful as were the seafood entrees and the chocolate soufflé. We will return!

creidsd (San Francisco)
Dined 6 days ago

Our second time at Wally's was as great as the first! Excellent service and deliciously prepared food exceeded our expectations. We started out with the foils Grass, then a Caesar Salad. I recommend both. The fois bras was cooked, not raw like a pate. The Caesar came with a Parmesan cheese crisp and one crouton. For entrees, I had the Maple Leaf Seared Duck Breast and my husband had the Skillet Sautéed Creekstone New York Steak. For dessert we couldn't pass up the Vahlrona Chocolate Soufflé! I love the swanky atmosphere at Wally's. Thank you for an amazing meal and experience!

Coronado (Las Vegas)
Dined on January 13, 2018

This was my first visit to Wally’s, I was however very familiar with the restaurants ‘legendary’ fame. We found the restaurant a true ‘throwback ‘ to those earlier days of the desert which was exactly what we wanted. The atmosphere, personal, and food are definitely ‘old school’ we thought the prices were exceptional good especially considering the quality and preparation of the wood. The wine list was fairly priced with a decent selection of half bottles. I was surprised to get a quality ‘call brand’ martini at a below market price. A great find, unfortunately these restaurants Years are numbered.

vipAmieA (Palm Springs)
Dined on January 12, 2018

Always such a wonderful experience at Wally’s. The food and ambiance is always spectacular.

vipchiefmadman (Denver)
Dined on January 10, 2018

Filet with crusted horse radish was incredible. Pear tart and chocolate dessert was even better. Wine list has some very affordable excellent cabs. Wait staff was top shelf. Slow greeting and seat at table when all tables were empty is the only thing that keeps this from being our best restaurant experience ever.

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
Dined on January 7, 2018


OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
Dined on January 7, 2018

This is a true fine dining restaurant. You walk in and it feels authentically "old school". Many of their staff have been employed there for decades and are outstanding. If you are coming to the valley, this is a MUST. We have dined in many places but this place stands out. This is now our favorite Coachella Valley restaurant and we will bring friends to experience it. The food was amazing but the showstopper is the soufflé. It is definitely worth every penny. Put this restaurant at the top of your must visit list.