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Wally's Desert Turtle

4.7
1416 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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"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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Cuisines
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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Catering
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 wallysdtcatering@gmail.com
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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
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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5.0Dined 6 days ago

James and his team were very attentive without being intrusive, the food was exceptional (onion and mushroom soup, veal chop and filet, with soufflé for dessert). Very special night for our anniversary.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Very nice and relaxing the food and service are great. Souffles are wonderful

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

My husband and I went to Wally’s with my sister and brother in law. The food was delicious. We enjoyed our meals tremendously. The wine selection was awesome. They had Jarvis Chardonnay which is hard to find and one of our favorites.
The atomsphere was great and the service was impeccable!
We can’t wait to go back next time we are in Rancho Mirage!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It had been a long while since we were there and we were not disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The waiters were prompt and extremely polite. The food was served hot (what a pleasant surprise in this day and age) and exquisite flavors. The foie Gras was a warm pate and outstanding! The Grand Mariner soufflé capped the evening.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Amazing food, great service and wonderful ambiance!

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

While the wait staff service and food was very good, our visit was negatively impacted by the manager/maitre’d’s arrogant unpleasant conduct. He cane to our table to question my choice of a bottle of wine and asked if I had noted it was a 2005 vintage. I had. He told me they no longer stocked that wine because of cork taint. (Why is their wine list out of date?) I selected another wine which was fine.

However unless I had closely checked my bill, I was being charged for both bottles of wine having only had one which I pointed out to my waiter who seemed genuinely apologetic and had it corrected. On way out, manager/maitre’d commented that it was good I had caught the error. Not said in any kind of apology and with almost more of a smirk - like you caught us.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful Easter brunch! Very special!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch. Everything was below par. Will not go back for Easter again

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

A great meal. Great service by the team and a fantastic booth.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

One of the best veal chops I have ever had. Great venue, don't miss this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

As always, great service, elegant atmosphere, and every dish was delicious. The soufflé is a must. Wouldn’t think of missing Wally’s when we are in the desert.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Without a doubt the best food, service and ambiance in the Palm Desert area

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I normally order fish and opted for the horseradish crusted filet mignon. It was out of this world and cooked to perfection!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

There is a reason this place has been around so long. The food is super, the interior a trip into the past, yet all in great shape. We had another lovely dinner at Wally's with out of town friends. They were very impressed with the service, atmosphere and the food. Not the cheapest, by any stretch. But worth it for that special occasion. Make sure you have a soufflé. Wally's does provide an elegant evening. And it has table cloths, carpeting and soft furnishings so you can talk! So many restaurants are LOUD, but at Wally's people can enjoy their friends not the noise of the entire place. Enjoy a wonderful evening out, treat yourself.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent service and very good food.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent in every way -as always. The best restaurant in the desert! Chef Pascal is fabulous.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We always enjoy dining at Wally's. The atmosphere is calm and welcoming. The food is excellent and the service is very accommodating.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Anniversary

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Pricing puts this fine restaurant in the "splurge" category and, honestly, it's a throwback to the good old days of slow, fine dining. There's no sharing tapas around this table! The entrees are well prepared and everything is al a carte. If you order wine, expect to spend about $100 per guest. Outstanding service is evident as waiters hover nearby, clearing expertly and keeping your glasses filled.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had an amazing time. The food was amazing, the cocktails and wine were perfect, and the desserts were to die for. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Always amazing. Brought new guests and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

With special girlfriends from High School on a reunion
Always love an evening at Wally’s

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Both meals were exceptional. The desserts were also great. They gave us a free soufflé for some reason. The serving team was very attentive and friendly. The tables are spaced far enough away that you can dine in privacy. The restaurant although very full was quiet.
My only complaint is that the prices were a bit too steep. I know you pay for what you get, but they need to keep their prices down.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We always go to Wally's when we are visiting from the UK as the quality of everything is excellent. The Dover Sole is my favourite....

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Everything the group of us four had was excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

great food,music,friendly staff,would diffently go back......

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We love to dine at Wally’s every time we visit the desert. The glamorous ambiance is appreciated and expected for the price of a fine dining experience. It was disappointing to see that men are allowed to wear baseball hats during dinner, however. A restaurant of Wally’s level should not allow that attire. Hope it doesn’t continue.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Our experience at Wally's couldn't have been better. It was so personally pleasing to me that it brought a tear to my eyes remembering the Velvet Turtle in Los Angeled back in the day. This experience was even better!! We were treat like royality from the moment we entered and was greeted by a delightful young woman (sorry, didn't get her name, but she was lovely, tall and blond). The staff was on point! Especially James, our waiter "extraordinnaire". John Bolivar provided the entertainment and was perfect as well. The food was well presentef and amazing. Overall, a fabulous experience and plan to return.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Old world charm, personalized, warm service, lovely interesting menu!! Duck was fabulous, perfectly cooked, juicy; calf's liver very tasty; decent French onion soup still needed more cheese than I had even requested; steaks good quality & cooked as requested, yay!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great restaurant for ambiance and classic service. Overall excellent. A little expensive for dinner. We have also done the pre-fix menu served in the bar and this is excellent and a great value. If you want to experience the same food and ambiance I recommend the pre-fix menu- must specify with reservation.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Watch your bill. Ours had an additional entree added. But we didn’t get charged corkage for the wine we brought even though we brought it to our waiters attention.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

The service was excellent. The food was, as always, fantastic. We were seated next to live plants-it was like eating in a garden. I’ve never had a bad experience here.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

First visit but definitely not the last; food was great and service outstanding

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Had a marvelous meal. The atmosphere was excellent and our waiters were great.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We think Wally's is a special place for special occasions. The food is very good and the many servers are great fun but don't get in the way. Among the several serving our table, we had a very energetic young lady named Kirsten I think, who was working very hard to be one step ahead of everyone else...and was successful. We celebrate life once a year at Wally's when we visit the desert during tennis week.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Second time here.disappointing. Oysters good. Carpaccio good. Sent veal chop back, didn’t like maple glaze. They sent back small tough chop.knife wouldn’t cut it. Brussels sprouts not cooked. Mushroom “tart” tasteless. I had gnocchi, too much sauce with asparagus sticking out, not like before. Service was good, especially Kirsten. They said we were at Wally’s table. It was where servers congregated and put menus there. Wondering if chef was at tennis venue! Won’t be back, not for that money.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We visit Wally’s 2-3 times while we are in the desert for “the season”. It rarely disappoints. On this particular occasion the sax, flute musician in the bar was on top of his game. Very relaxing and romantic music. My husband ordered the special of the evening...sea bass. He was not that empresses with it. I had the pan fried White superior fish. It was delicious. We love this main stay in the desert and will return time and time again.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Lovely restaurant. We appreciated the wonderful service. We especially liked the eggplant appetizer, the salad and the yummy soufflé. Can’t wait to return.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Wally's is consistently special from the food preparation to presentation to service. This is the best restaurant in the valley for any occasion. The 3 course dinner is a bargain. The entrees are not on a "naked" plate. Sides not really necessary. Desserts are a must.

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