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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

4.6

service

4.9

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (16)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
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Romantic (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Live Music (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Business Meals (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Authentic (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
People Watching (3)
Cozy (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Fun (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Classic, original and outstanding
Old school service and ambiance.
Fantastic.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere though the table next to us was quite loud.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Have not disappointed us yet very good food great service

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

OMG, you cannot go wrong when you dine at Wally's. Everything from the cocktails to the appetizers to the entree and then, of course, the dessert. The service is amazing; serving warm dinner rolls with butter - nothing better. The restaurant is quiet enough to have good dinner conversation while still being able to enjoy the wonderful musician. Wally's is my favorite restaurant whether it be a special occasion or people in town that you want to enjoy for an evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Absolutely fabulous!! This is a more formal restaurant, which we enjoy. We have driven by Wally's numerous times when visiting the desert (we do not live in the area) but had never eaten there for whatever reason. Both my husband and I think that this is one of the finest restaurants ANYWHERE! The restaurant is beautiful, the staff is very well trained and attentive without being intrusive and the food is excellent. It is a festive atmosphere and it was so nice to see the patrons dressed nicely (most men had jackets and many had ties - what a refreshing change!!). We asked our server what we should order as he told us the restaurant is known for its Dover sole. It was the best we have ever had. We look forward to going back to this restaurant on our next visit to the desert area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was our second visit to Wally’s and it was every bit as enjoyable as the first time. Exceptional food and the wait staff is very attentive without being to intrusive. We especially enjoyed the saxophone player and appreciate that it is quiet enough that we could easily carry on a conversation. We will definitely be returning

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food and staff were great. Our guests were impresses.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent sole meuniere, excellent lamb chops, very courteous attentive service. We will definitely return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

beautiful setting for celebrating our anniversary. Good food and excellent service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Service was fantastic and all the food stood out
Thanks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food, great service and ambience. Like that they have a dress code so everyone looks nice. However, very costly so not a place we can go often.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This long established premium food and service experience never disappoints. There's a reason it was the go to for Presidents and socialites. The service is prompt, courteous and delightful. My filet mignon was outstanding and while Wally's isn't a steak house per se, you'd be hard pressed to find a better one in the desert. My husband had the abilone and said he hadn't had that in years and it tasted exactly like it did when he was a young man. It was tender and breaded. Our guests enjoyed their white fish and rack of lamb. They said is was the best meal they had enjoyed in the desert. They are from Portland and love fine dining so I took that as a great compliment. Our party each ordered a souffle. Mine was bananas foster and it was light and hot and sinfully delicious. Judging by how the conversation drew to a dead stop during dessert, I'm pretty sure it was unanimous that the souffle's are world class. The decor is classic Steve Chase and that's something I'm glad they haven't tried to update. Not only was Mr. Chase a great humanitarian, as well as the finest interior designer of his day, he understood how to design an elegant space that makes everyone look their best and doesn't distract from the main attraction, the glorious food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

As Wallys is a treat to go to.
Terribly old fashion but lovely .
It's not foodie place. More for ladies who like hair spray and men who used to manufactured ladies cloth purses.'
Good , good service and nice wines, a good value there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fabulous experience...best restaurant in the desert.Highly recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Came to Wally’s after 10 years since my last visit. Didn’t disappoint, I brought my best friends to enjoy the evening with and couldn’t be happier with the results.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent - one of my limited favorite places to dine in the desert. Great place to take visitors and family when in town.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I have wanted to dine at Wally’s for several winter visits 5his year I finally made it and It was a very delicious dining experience. The staff are excellent and we throughly enjoyed our dinner thanks to all

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Our first visit. Excellent experience all around. Was my wife's birthday and the whole staff was very welcoming and festive in this regard.
The soufflé were the best we've had.

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wally’s is always a special place to dine. Good food and great service.

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We are regulars at Wally's. The food is excellent and the service is friendly, attentive and very professional. Love the desserts. My only negative is no gluten free bread.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 18, 2017

WE love Wally's. The menu is very good).
Service is first class.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Terrible service. Waited 45 minutes after finishing our entries to ask about our dessert which was ordered with our dinner. Arrogant waiter told us they were swamped (restaurant was less than half full) with orders for Soufflés and that two had "exploded" while being prepared. We cancelled order and requested a check which still had a charge for desert. From the time we finished our entries until we had a correct check 65 minutes had passed. Will never return to Wally's!!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 17, 2017

This was the third time I've eaten at Wiley's. It was wonderful. I had steak Hercules what was the best steak I've ever had.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Glasgow)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Really enjoyed our first visit to Wally's. Hope to return soon.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

loved this place the first time went but service has been going. sent this email to them and never heard back: "We have been coming to Wally's for years. The problem is that each time we come the service declines. While it was once both personal, warm and professional. It is now most often rushed and perfunctory. And there were mistakes that even a less elegant restaurant would not make. Empty glasses left for 20 minutes +. Waiter kept asking if my wife was done with her plate and eventually took it before she was done. Our guess was that our mains were fired and the rush was on. Worst, as soon as our table was cleared of our main course, desserts were immediately set down! No coffee first offered, no time to digest a bit-----Probably because a souffle was ordered and was beginning to fall. "

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Loved the food and service was first rate. A little disappointed that we got stuck in the side room as the main dining area was beautiful. It was my first time there, so be sure to ask for the main dining area. Other than that, a very good experience.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 10, 2017

This isn't a lovely restaurant. Wonderful service, old school type place. It is one of our favorites. Love to go there when it is restaurant week here in the valley...makes it a little more cost effective. Grand mariner soufflé was wonderful. I had lamp chops.....also good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Marvelous, spectacular as always. We went during restaurant week and the selections were as outstanding as their normal dinner menu. A very elegant restaurant that never disappoints.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The food was good as well as the service. The owner came by and checked in us.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Our experience was phenomenal! The second we walked in your treated like a celebrity! The service is amazing, restaurant is beautiful, the food was very delicious! We are definitely coming back and I highly recommend it!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Great service; and we all loved the prix fixed menu (especially the calimari steak appetizer and the filet entree). Decor is dated though (restaurant definitely needs a new carpet!)

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 8, 2017

This was our second visit to Wally's and it was exceptional! We brought two friends who had never been before, and they were thoroughly impressed. The food is wonderful, and the service is great - they are there when you need them but don't hover and bother you, as in other restaurants. We can't wait to go again, after the summer hiatus.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We had a lovely quiet booth, as my husband requested. Service was friendly, and they treated us like royalty. The food was exquisite.
It was our birthaversary which is my birthday and our 21st anniversary. Lovely

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Superb atmosphere.....wonderful waiter...JB and service staff......
Delicious food...cooked to desired order.........

Soft music.....what more can one desire??...

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 7, 2017

the food was excellent but the service was terrible. Our waiter may have been new but he just stood around by the kitchen entrance. Did not walk around the tables. Never asked how our food was or did we want anything else. I had to ask where my wine order was and he said he thought we brought our own wine. Well, how could we drink it if you never opened our bottle?
We did not bring wine but ordered from the menu by the glass.
Thankfully the guys who brought the food and bus boys were very good.
the food was excellent and that is the only reason we would return.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Old-school restaurant that still delivers. Traditional menu and service. The menu and atmosphere could be described as 1980's elegant. Rather pricey. Overall, it was a fun experience that I might repeat occasionally.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Wally's has been a favorite in the desert for years. Professional wait staff. Beautiful presentations. Excellent food. This is the way fine dining should be. For special occasions or when you want a truly lovely evening, this is the place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 7, 2017

What an excellent dinner. We all very much enjoyed the great service and warm welcoming from the owner. Great place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Hadn't been to this restaurant for several years. It was dated but still a part of the old desert. The wait staff seemed liked originals but still willing to serve. It was pleasant to go back in time, but I would like to see this restaurant updated. The building is great and would lend to a more modern look. Overall a good evening. One thing my friend and I remarked on was that the food portions were still old time too.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Great night with perfectly prepared food and drinks. Sara and JB took really good care of us.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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