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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (75)
Good for Anniversaries (62)
Good for a Date (62)
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Romantic (55)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Quiet Conversation (40)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Live Music (31)
Worth the Drive (31)
Notable Wine List (28)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Good for Groups (23)
Cozy (22)
Business Meals (21)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Authentic (16)
People Watching (14)
Fun (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Healthy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Casual (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful. Simply wonderful. The rack of lamb and the soufflés were awesome.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

This place is exquisitely decorated. The service was wonderful and the family very friendly and accommodating.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 2 days ago

Service was impeccable as was the food. Private party noise level interfered with good communication with my spouse and wait staff apologetic.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 3 days ago

JB was good at pacing and listening to our needs. Even waived the corkage charge for my wine. Thanks!

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 (Pinehurst)·Dined 3 days ago

Lovely romantic decor, interesting menu, excellent service. Food is beautifully prepared and presented.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

This was probably the most interesting dining experience, not necessarily in a good way. The service was odd, I felt like we had to coach the staff to serve us. We were seated and left for quite some time. No menu or wine list nothing. I asked for a wine menu then was left again for what seems like an eternity. Again the same to order. The bread and water guys were on their game, they were awesome. I don’t think we will be back.
Food was good but not good enough to bring me back.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 3 days ago

Waiter didn’t seem like he cared that we even were there we were disappointed as we came there years ago and it was fantastic now it’s just ok

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

We spent another wonderful evening at Wally's and were delighted by the food, service, and ambiance. We like this restaurant because of their consistent quality and caliber of service. Thank you again for a superb job well done.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

We've been looking for a restaurant in the desert that was similar to ones we've liked in San Francisco. This is it. Great food, service, and ambiance. I had the liver which was done beautifully. My wife had the gnocchi which was also excellent. As a starter we had the classic escargot -- garlic and butter and very good.

Jason the bartender took good care of us before dinner. The music in the bar was live with a woodwind player on clarinet and flute.

Needless to say, we are going back!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 4 days ago

Needs to me modernize a bit. I.e.furniture, carpet etc..

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

great food....great service. What more can you say?

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

It was a wonderful time with friends and the fashion show added a wonderful experience to my guest. Thanks so much!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

We have eaten here many times and have enjoyed the service the food and the owners are very good with all their guests

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

Fantastic meal. The Dover sole might have been the best I ever had. My husband had the duck. Terrific. The souffles were light and delicious. The service is first class. We loved this place. Highly recommended.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Great Valentines Day dinner! Very friendly staff. Great food.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

Wally’s is always a great place for a special occasion. Our Valentines Day dinner was great as always the taste never overpowering and pleasing. The service attentive from multiple waiters and waitresses.

From day one I always knew we would be back.

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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

Wally’s has seen it’s better days. The level of service was good however food was poor. High priced items that were of low grade value.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

It was a Valentine’s dinner with my wife and adult daughters. Seated on time based on our Open Table reservation. There was a 3 course holiday menu, but options galore to pick from. Drinks were good, servers were excellent. The food was outstanding. I had Dover Sole, excellent. Had a wonderful evening. My wife uses a 2alker and the staff said to tell them next time and they would seat us on the main level and show us the way to get there. Will go again.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

We thought we were going to a Valentine’s dinner and dance. We phoned ahead to get a table near the dance floor. When we arrived there was no dance floor, only a carpet-area next to the musician. Not quite what we expected.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Outstanding choice to celebrate any special day or a treat any day of the week..great food, service and ambience!!

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Birthday. Overall very good. Service was good. Food enjoyable. A great place for special occasions. Prices a little high overall.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed this classic landmark. Having come at 6, we had the special prix fix and found the offerings covered about any taste. Drinks looked good and the wine list was broad and fairly priced.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
·Dined on February 13, 2018

Wallys is a treasure! The food is consistently good, the service is exceptional, and the music is wonderful! Their early dinner served Sunday through Thursday from 5:30-6:30 is incredible! We love Wallys and we always make a point to come for the early dinner!

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Live Music, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our initial visit to Wally's Desert Turtle was very pleasant. The food was excellent. We tried Chilean sea bass and a veal chop special in maple glaze. Service was attentive despite a near full restaurant. Wally's is not inexpensive, but it is consistent with most higher end restaurants in the Desert cities. It is especially suitable for special occasions. Highly recommended.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a great dinner on a Sat night, music was nice but unobtrusive, Team of Robert and Jim were excellent, lamb fabulous and sea bass excellent. Try the souffle's - they are delicious.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with perfect lighting and lovely ambience. Wonderful mushroom soup, veal chop very fatty.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cancún)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We went here for our 20th Anniversary. It was great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I have wanted to go there for years and finally found the time and got the family together for dinner. Good gluten free options. Very friendly wait staff. However, it would be impossible to jam one more table on the floor. Very tight. As a result the noise level rose to the point that when all the tables were occupied it was all but impossible to hold a conversation.

Make your reservations earlier in the evening or much later in the evening to try and avoid the noise.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The interior is glorious and elegant. Service is spot-on, not stuffy or pretentious. The food was perfectly prepared and plated. We enjoyed the entire experience. Be sure to order a yummy souffle.

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 (Key West)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Wally's is exactly what you would expect to find in "old" Palm Springs. Great service, good wine list and good food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great ambiance and excellent service is provided along with wonderful food!

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Simply a favorite in the desert area. Elegant tho not stiff.... seasoned waiters who understand fine dining. Varied menu.
Exquisite live music. Beautiful bar area.
Enjoy this restaurant every visit

Tags: Disabled Access, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful, great service and superior food!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Terrific dining experience. Pleasant reception from staff, expert and un-rushed service from JB, "just right" mood music from the woodwind artist. We were in Palm Springs just for the week and are very pleased we chose Wally's Desert Turtle for our last night in town.
KP

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

This restaurant was great on every level. It is beautiful, the service was flawless. Employees were friendly but not pesky. The food impeccable. We had mushroom soup, shrimp salad, sole and veal chop. All were perfect. The best thing we ate, however, was the fabulous bananas foster soufflé. Every bite was heaven. We will definitely return.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We were so pleased, the evening could not have been any better. The service was exceptional and the meal was delicious. I was so happy to see Lake Superior White Fish on the menu, it’s one of my favorites and I seldom have the opportunity to enjoy. It is pricey but we went for our anniversary and treated ourselves to a special evening. Thanks to the staff and chef for a wonderful experience.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Open Table reservation clearly stated we were celebrating our 15th Wedding Anniversary. The former Concierge for the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage did call the restaurant and also notified them it was our 15th Wedding Anniversary since she knows the owners. We arrived in time and was seated at a nice table. The service was good and the food was excellent (Dover Sole)and (Sea Bass). During our entire dinner experience no one from the restaurant ever acknowledged our Anniversary. Very disappointing since this is a higher end and priced restaurant and I would think they would take notice of special occasions of their clients especially when notified on open Table and a personal phone call . This was the first time we have been to this restaurant. I am not excited to return any time soon but would because of the food quality and dining experience. If you have a special occasion go somewhere else. We often frequent Roy's and always without fail get recognized for Birthday Celebrations as well as Anniversaries. They even place a nice plaque on the "reserved table" with your information proudly displayed of what you are celebrating and the Manager touches the tables and makes it a point to visit their guests with a warm welcome and a congratulations of your celebration.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Absolutely fabulous! Service was special. Mushroom soup, Seabass & Dover sole were delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This restaurant, while in no way bad, has the feel of coasting on past glory. The staff was quite attentive, maybe because there were few occupied tables, and those were of the older generation. The food was good, but not special in any way.

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