Wally's Desert Turtle

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Contemporary American
"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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LP
Palm Springs
23 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from start to finish! Our first time there, and we can’t wait to go back.

PL
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went for Restaurant week Palm Desert. The since we did the special menu the price for what you got was good. We also ordered a bottle of wine for a table of 4. Our server was nice but seemed like he was not as interested in making sure our experience was as good as other tables. He never came over to see what we would like to drink, we had to order our wine when he came to take our food order. After the food came out he never came to see how things were. He poured out the last of the wine and never asked if we wanted another bottle. Which we would have ordered another but the way he was serving us made me not want to spend more. When desert came he never came over to ask if we wanted coffee or anything else to drink since our wine was done. The appetizers and dessert were delicious but the entree was not. It seemed as if two different kitchens made the dishes. Three of us had a steak w/ mashed potato n Veg. The dish seemed very banquet style food. Overall not a good experience. I didn’t leave Wally’s wanting to go back and try more food. I do think if the waiter was better then I may possibly give it another try. But having mediocre service and ok food has put me off.

TP
Los Angeles
161 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fine dining and excellant all around! If we had a suggestion our waiter JB needs skilled training as this is not s cafeteria this a fine dining experience and he should learn better grammar and communication.

LC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wally's did an outstanding job on the Restaurant Week selections. All four of us loved our meals, the service, and especially the souffles!

CB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable dinner. The service was excellent and staff was extremely friendly. Planning to go back when the restaurant opens again next season.

T
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun fancy ambiance! Delicious and great service!

OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Wally's was always one of our favorite restaurants. Now we may never go back. I made reservations over a week in advance and we were given one of the worst tables in the restaurant. The service was fair but for Wally's past standards it was awful. They brought us the wrong sauce for our Dover Sole and we waited forever for the entree. The manager didn't charge us for the main course but that didn't chage the fact that it was a terrible experience. I hope it was a one time thing but it will be difficult for me to get up the courage to return. Appears to be a huge turnover in the wait staff.

OT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice!

BM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined as a part of Dine Palm Springs and selected from those menus. Good variety of choices and wonderful food

RP
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Old school dining in the desert. Opulent decor is a little shabby but at our age we can't see the worn carpets normally. Waiters are friendly but forgetful. Mixed up our drink orders and dinner orders, but we just switched them back to who ordered what. Food was great and that's what's important.

DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, great food and quintessential old school desert experience

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was first class, 5 star! From the enthusiastic greeting by the valet, the hostess and then our professional and friendly waitstaff, the most delicious meal and incredibly delicious soufflés, to most sincere thank yous for coming, we were spoiled, wined and dined to perfection, and loved every minute of it. We are now customers for life. Thank you!

s
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wally’s is Always an enjoyable restaurant for dinner. The music, Ambience and food are superb. The wait staff is very attentive. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

SM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! Restaurant Week menu was wonderful, loved the 2 options.

CN
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and impeccable service. Very “old school” in their treatment of their customers. I would definitely return.

SC
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experoence at Wally’s was superb!

C
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow,outstanding. I wonder why I didn’t come sooner. Service is impeccable and the food is amazing. Loved the Salmon and the profiteroles! Hurry to Wally’s for a great experience.

d
Palm Springs
30 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional experience on all levels. Extraordinary ambiance. Lush decor. Dramatic architecture. Beautiful plating of every dish, perfection in flavors and textures. An amazing find and the highlight of three years of Restaurant Week. Pricey, but well worth every cent. Do not deny yourself this experience!

L
Palm Springs
136 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable. It was restaurant week so a good time to come back and try Wally’s. Wow. We’ll be back. Great food. Fun atmosphere.

w
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Ruben our server was excellent. A special anniversary treat for number 57! Thanks all.

JS
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wally's is a wonderful restaurant that is a throwback to when dining out really meant dining.
Their food is always perfect, and the staff go above and beyond to treat you like royalty. We make it a point to go every year for restaurant week. And always get the souffle, which is well worth it!

AL
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious and delightful evening!!

DA
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the beef was awesome, and the deserts were the best

OT
Las Vegas
59 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of 3 five star restaurants in the desert that we go to on special occasions. We have celebrated special birthdays, anniversaries and this time took advantage of restaurant week. There were 6 of us and all raved about their salad, entree and desert. I had the braised short ribs which were the best I have had in many years. I usually have the rack of lamb but decided to try something different. The ambience is like old world dining that we were used to years ago in the big cities we have lived in. We love Wally's and they never disappoint.

f
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were delighted that Wally's offered a special Restaurant Week dinner. A tremendous value at $39pp. A marvelous night out with impeccable service; wonderful food; a fine bar and an upscale atmosphere that made our dinner special indeed.

f
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance service and food first rate love it will fo again.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time here and the food and service is excellent. Our waiter Lily was amazing and outgoing staff is very attentive and friendly.

LR
Palm Springs
33 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wallys did a very nice menu for restaurant week/ That, along with the usual great service made for a very enjoyable evening.

P
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here and we really enjoyed our experience! The food was superb as was the cocktails and service.

J
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was amazing. The quality of the food was outstanding and the portions were generous. Wally’s is now our absolute favorite restaurant in the entire desert area.

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! A mix of young/hip and mature older and sophisticated.

f
Salt Lake City
34 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dover Sole Almondine is superb. And it is prepared perfectly every time I order it.

J
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Outdated decor

D
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wally’s Was awesome. The food and service were great. Chris and JB attended to our every need, and the owner, Michael. Came over and spent time helping reminisce about surfing. A truly wonderful evening.

AA
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Food, service, ambiance is always PERFECT!!!!

MR
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent combination of food, service, value and ambience. We both had their 3 course dinner special, as well as happy hour drink pricing.

MR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favuourite restaurant and not only do we go there for special occasions we love to take guests there and just the two of us for a special dinner. The sole is out of this world and the souffles are a must. Sorry they close for thee summer, but we always look forward to the fall when we can return.

KK
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints, always a great experience.
Ambiance and the service only exceeded by the food.

LB
Phoenix
70 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome diver sole! Always a great meal. Will return the next time we’re in town.

RM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way.from the food to the music to the service and ambiance-perfect.

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