Wally's Desert Turtle
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.
Excellent from start to finish! Our first time there, and we can’t wait to go back.
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.
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.
Wally's did an outstanding job on the Restaurant Week selections. All four of us loved our meals, the service, and especially the souffles!
Very enjoyable dinner. The service was excellent and staff was extremely friendly. Planning to go back when the restaurant opens again next season.
Fun fancy ambiance! Delicious and great service!
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.
Dined as a part of Dine Palm Springs and selected from those menus. Good variety of choices and wonderful food
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.
Excellent service, great food and quintessential old school desert experience
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!
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.
Always a great experience! Restaurant Week menu was wonderful, loved the 2 options.
Great food and impeccable service. Very “old school” in their treatment of their customers. I would definitely return.
Everything about our experoence at Wally’s was superb!
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.
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!
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.
Wonderful food and service. Ruben our server was excellent. A special anniversary treat for number 57! Thanks all.
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!
We had a delicious and delightful evening!!
the beef was awesome, and the deserts were the best
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.
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.
Ambiance service and food first rate love it will fo again.
My first time here and the food and service is excellent. Our waiter Lily was amazing and outgoing staff is very attentive and friendly.
First time dining here and we really enjoyed our experience! The food was superb as was the cocktails and service.
Wallys did a very nice menu for restaurant week/ That, along with the usual great service made for a very enjoyable evening.
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.
Outstanding! A mix of young/hip and mature older and sophisticated.
Great food and service. Outdated decor
The Dover Sole Almondine is superb. And it is prepared perfectly every time I order it.
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.
Outstanding restaurant. Food, service, ambiance is always PERFECT!!!!
Excellent combination of food, service, value and ambience. We both had their 3 course dinner special, as well as happy hour drink pricing.
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.
Never disappoints, always a great experience.
Ambiance and the service only exceeded by the food.
Awesome diver sole! Always a great meal. Will return the next time we’re in town.
Perfect in every way.from the food to the music to the service and ambiance-perfect.