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About Wally's Desert Turtle

"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.

71775 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian, Steak

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

Cross Street:
Bob Hope Drive

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 568-9321

Website:
http://www.wallysdesertturtle.com/

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.

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

Parking Details:
Valet Parking, Private Lot Self-Parking, and Street Parking available

Public Transit:
Sunline Transit Agency
Bus Line #111
Bus Stop #659
Highway 111 and Rancho Las Palmas Westbound

Executive Chef:
Executive Chef Pascal Lallemond

Additional:
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

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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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.

Wally's Desert Turtle Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (61)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
Good for a Date (52)
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Romantic (48)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Quiet Conversation (36)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Live Music (25)
Notable Wine List (25)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Worth the Drive (23)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Cozy (18)
Business Meals (17)
Authentic (15)
Bar Seating (15)
People Watching (14)
Fun (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Casual (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

We very much enjoyed the food, service and ambiance! We would definitely go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 3 days ago

Although we were the youngest couple in the restaurant by maybe 40 years, the service treated us just the same if not better. Quite the experience with amazing food!

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food5
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 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! :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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 .

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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!

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 (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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Groups, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (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.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

FABULOUS IN EVERY RESPECT.

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 (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.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The service was amazing! Our waiter JB was was awesome and we will definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

A+++++ we had an amazing table and a beautiful meal

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food is amazing and I love the ambiance. Everyone needs to experience “Wally’s “

Tags: Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

A wonderful meal (as always). WDT's special touch is that they make you feel special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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food5
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New year’s eve

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Dining at Wally's is always a delightful experience.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was New Years Eve and the decor was fabulous! We both ordered duck and it was outstanding. The service was very slow and it made for a relaxing evening and dining experience. We are looking forward to returning on a normal evening!

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Wally’s. Food was great, excellent service and the soufflés were a true highlight.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our favourite restaurant, close to home and it is very special to us. Can't wait to return

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Comfort Food, Live Music, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious dinner in an elegant setting. The service was wonderful - just the right amount of attention while respecting our privacy. Not inexpensive, but worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Friday fashion show.....excellent, clothes, jewellery, models are personal. Food fresh, delicious.

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Live Music, Afternoon Coffee, Fun
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

We went to Wally's as a Christmas treat - we were visiting from the UK. It was everything I had hoped for. Impeccable food, good quality service ( if a little rushed at the end) and an excellent wine list. Our meal was beautifully presented and as delicious as it looked. The oysters were as fresh as the ocean and the lamb racks superb. This is an elegant restaurant, which I would recommend to anyone that seeks out something a little more special than the usual fare and experience elsewhere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

After living in the desert for 14 years, it was time to check out Wally's Desert Turtle, and no better occasion than a birthday celebration during the Christmas holidays. My initial reaction? Wow! I opened the front door to find a gorgeous Christmas tree all decorated in Hawaiian anthurium flowers. Perfect, my friend is part Hawaiian. Once inside, our table gave us a bird's eye view of the entire restaurant. We ordered appetizers, salads and two entrees. You can't beat the food, and the service is exemplary! In fact, the restaurant provided cake, and a sax player in honor of my friend's birthday. So please, do yourself a favor, and treat your loved ones to Wally's Desert Turtle. It's the gift that lasts a lifetime.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food. Beautiful service and decor. Good for special occasion

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great place. I had the duck and it was very good. My favorite duck dish still resides in St Emilien, France.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I wouldn't recommend Wally's. Very typical, nothing exceptional. Old school. Needs new carpeting.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Christmas dinner with family from out of town and it was just a very lovely enjoyable evening with delicious food and good service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Always enjoy Wally’s Desert Turtle. The food is delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a reservation and were given a small table for two and felt crammed and a bit rushed for Christmas dinner. We were sad as we have always enjoyed dining at Wallys.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas menu was limited.

Salad was very good, rolls hot. Pork and beans (okay, I guess they call them tiny lentils to be fancy). It was just too much plate decoration in my opinion) around 3-4 small pork tenderloin pieces -- left lots to be desired, one small cube of pork belly was very good, full of flavor. Veggie was one small carrot and one baby zucchini. Dessert was very well presented and flavorful.

Wife: Turkey, spinach, 1/4 small sweet potato were good. Gravy was wonderful and they left it on the table. The cranberries were served by the waiter but took the sauce tureen - wish they had left it like the gravy. Dressing was unusual - did not like it

I was hoping for rack of lamb. They would not serve it on Christmas. Darn......

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a late seating since that was all that was available. It was rather on the crowded side and the vegetables were way over done and dry. The dessert left a lot to be desired. Best not to go on a holiday weekend. The waiter was a bit on the grumpy side.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Robert and staff were incredible as always! Thank you for helping to make our Christmas Eve memorable. We enjoy celebrating our special occasions at Wally’s and we appreciate what you mean to our community. Cheers!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Live Music, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was my home away from home this season ! I took friends for lunch and the fashion show twice and other friends on Christmas Eve. It was perfect each time. Our friends from Santa Barbara had been evacuated and came to the desert and Wally's is their favourite restaurant ! So it brought a little sunshine in to their lives and made them forget all their troubles at home. Thanks you for making this Holiday Season very special for us. We will return often. Fondly Margo Ritter and Pete Hammond

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, People Watching, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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service5
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The service was top notch as usual; food impeccably prepared. The Special Christmas menu had excellent choices. Our only complaint was the extremely small portion of the chateaubriand. That specific selection was an additional $23 for the fixed price menu; and was literally three of the smallest slices I have ever seen. Definitely not worth the extra cost. Luckily the short rib portion was too large for our daughter, so she was able to share hers. Still a 5 Star meal, but would never order that one again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Beautiful place, delicious food, good service for the big crowd!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent service, pleasant atmosphere and noise level, fine food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

It is good for Everything ! I was there for two Friday lunches and will be there tonight for Christmas Eve and very excited. Never had a bad meal, it is our favourite place to dine. Margo Ritter and Pete Hammond

Tags: Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Elegant and food was delicious. Owner came to table to say hello. Charming.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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