Wally's Desert Turtle

4.8
1496 reviews
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$50 and over
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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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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"
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

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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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality, service , ambiance, excellent consistency!

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Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not our first visit to Wally's and definitely will not be our last. We traditionally celebrate Father's Day at Wally's as it is my husband's favorite restaurant in the area. We are never disappointed. The food, service, cocktails and ambiance are the best in the desert.

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Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wally's is an old Palm Springs classy restaurant set in Rancho Mirage. The food is always delicious and the service outstanding. We are always treated so well at Wally's no matter what the occasion. They never disappoint.

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MS
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wally's is absolutely fabulous. I could not have enjoyed our experience more and the service, ambiance and cuisine are beyond amazing. Thank you so much for being a gem in Rancho Mirage!

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MO
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service, local landmark. Nothing has changed at Wally's in years.

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OT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT FOOD...ONE OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN CALIFORNIA.

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Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited during Palm Springs Restaurant Week. Was amazed by the quality of the food and the service was impeccable!

Can't wait to try more dishes from their regular menu but I'm sad they are closing for the Summer.

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D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been coming to Wally’s for 35 years. As expected dinner and service was exceptional.

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DW
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wally’s never disappoints. Everything was delicious.

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FO
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wally's is fabulous....with their service, food and atmosphere....One draw back the music is too loud..please tone it down. Having dinner was delightful, however the noise from the bar and music was overpowering. How about a short glass partition between the bar and dining room?

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v
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most pleasant evenings at a restaurant in greater Palm Springs. The food was marvelous. Lamb and shuffle were wonderful. Can't wait to go back when they open in fall again.

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Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance were wonderful! Our waiter was not very friendly, but service was ok. Great menu for Palm Springs Restaurant Week!

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KP
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great experience during PS Restaurant Week, we will definitely be back. The manager and the wait staff were so welcoming and very helpful. I would definitely recommend this place to locals as well as visitors. Impeccable dining experience!

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M
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wallys is about 40 years old and still has a nice ambiance. The crowd is more mature and noise level not excessive. It is beautiful space and suited for special dinners, business dinners and those who don't mind to pay a full price for dinner. It is an upscale place and clearly one of the top dinner destinations in the Palm Springs area.

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R
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were exceptional Loved it !!!!!

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LP
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Wally's. Our meal experience was great, expensive though.

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JA
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. We celebrated our 61st wedding anniversary at our favorite restaurant and enjoyed the experience very much. Several of the staff stopped by to wish us well during our meal which was appreciated.

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g
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, excellent food and beautiful setting!

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DP
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. We loved the surroundings. Service was the best.

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FD
Palm Springs
216 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wally's Desert Turtle is among the finest restaurants - anywhere! The service is gracious and impeccable. The quality of the ingredients unexcelled. Comfortable, gracious, and "just right." There are so many lovely and elegant restaurants in the Coachella Valley , but Wally's Desert Turtle is clearly exceptional.

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Wally’s to enjoy GPS Restaurant Week and had a fantastic experience. Not only were the staff extremely friendly the food was excellent.

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K
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife, Cheryl, and I had a wonderful second visit to Wally's! This time we hosted Stephen D'Agostino, (GM-Hyatt Grand Champs), and his charming wife, Christina. We all ordered different items from the menu, which were all delicious, and generous portions. The service is unrivaled by any other restaurant we have ever visited. The atmosphere is perfect for any occasion, with an air of elegance, and also a feeling of casualness without being too formal. Thank you!

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MW
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable evening, thanks to James and the team. Enjoy the summer.

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D
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was great. Gentleman at front was amazing. Can't wait to come back as soon as you open in October

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N
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

service is impeccable... food was excellent.. not super creative but very good quality.. outdated for sure but thats what makes it what it is

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DF
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic service! We asked for a special desert tat wasn't on the Restaurant Week menu and they delivered. Would highly recommend this spot, the best in the desert.

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FJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wally’s goes with whatever you are planning. We arrived early on our first night in Palm Springs and enjoyed cocktails in the bar while listening to their Sax player. That would have been good by itself but we had dinner plans. We lucked out and arrived during Restaurant Week so we got to sample appetizers and entrees that are popular and sure bets. I had crispy skinned salmon and while the presentation was nice, I found the glaze a tad underwhelming and the veggies indistinguishable. I don’t recall my salad choice but the unforgettable lava cake desert was a wonder for the eyes and on the palette. There was a bit of raspberry glaze and whipped cream accents and I pretty much scraped up all of the remains. This was a great restaurant choice with an impressive wine list including an affordable Pinot Noir from Los Alturas ((2015 Santa Lucia Highlands) called Belle Glos. We will come back

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GW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best meal and ambiance in the Coachella Valley. Special occasions are celebrated in the right manner at Wally's.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the special area for our group!

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Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Last year the food and service was outstanding. This year, service was okay, filet was fatty and flavor was average. We were disappointed.

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C
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to Restaurant Week, finally step inside Wally’s. The anticipation was well worth the wait. Terrific food and ambiance. My only complaint/issue was that valet parking blocked the handicapped parking. Even after I asked for special parking, I was informed there was no handicapped parking because valet parking was using the space. I would think that’s against the law to deny such parking.

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OT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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BW
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was restaurant week menu. Each course was exquisite. Totally enjoyed evening

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FO
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service.....the restaurant week menu had something for everyone. Lamb was superb!!! Tuna tartar wonderful...

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KR
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences in the Coachella Valley

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Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and food to match. The rack of lamb was excellent and as always the soufflés were perfect.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrate everything at this restaurant. It is quiet, romantic and always supurb and our favorite restaurant in the desert.

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L
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I’m a desert local and many in our party of 13 were brand new to the Valley and had never been to Walt’s. Restaurant Week was definitely a good way to expose these friends to one of the best places in the Valley. We were also celebrating a birthday! I thought a nice touch was that the owner called me to confirm and I was able to let him know of the birthday!! We had a large group 6 couples and a single and they accommodates the separate checks.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food and our evening at Wally’s.

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SQ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious ! Waiters were real attentive. Just loved the atmosphere!!Can't wait to go again!

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SC
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazingly big dinner. Every morsel was delicious. Service and ambience are unparalleled.

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