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Wally's Desert Turtle

4.7
2094 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
"The Finest Dining in the Coachella Valley" 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.

****RESERVATIONS OF 5 OR MORE: PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY AT 760-568-9321.****
What 2094 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.7
ambience
4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJohnW
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wallys was great as usual, will go back again, a great place to celebrate a special occasion

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wills
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

From start to finish a delightful experience. I wii make it a point to eat there on a regular basis. It is too good to wait for a special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in the desert!

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vipSheilaW
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with great food and atmosphere.

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vipGregoryC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome all the way around!!!!

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vipCosmopaola
Palm Springs
62 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So elegant! Service was amazing! Still white glove even in the parking lot! Food was so wonderful. The liver was as ever. So happy this Desert Gem made it through our trying times.

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vipMikeT
Minneapolis
134 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The added patio space is really nicely done. Lots of space, plenty of heaters, music and great food. Service was also excellent as they accommodated my wish for a change in shrimp cocktail sauce. I had scallops and they were excellent. All four of us enjoyed our meals. Social distancing is excellent.

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vipPatrickC
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant....always has, always will be a favorite

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vipCindyCz
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This my husband's and my favorite place to dine. We are truly pampered and the food is amazing! I just celebrated my birthday there and was treated like a queen!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious and lovely every time we go! It's always a highlight of our vacation. I got the burrata salad and the tuna tartare. My husband got the French onion soup and the lamb chop. Everything was perfection!

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Marg
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful outdoor dining! This was our first time to Wally’s The outdoor dining area that they have created is really nice with plenty of patio heaters the live music was also wonderful. The waiter was kind enough to show us the inside of the restaurant which was currently closed because of Covid. We thought it looked kind of tired looking and didn’t think we would really want to come back unless we were eating in that outdoor area. I imagine that will be gone once Covid is over. The food was good overall it wasn’t spectacular but we definitely loved the music and the patio
the only other comment I would say is the coffee was really bad!

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vipScarlett
Palm Springs
23 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class in every way. Highly recommend.

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vipDebLena
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Outdoor Dining experience! The food & cocktails were perfection.

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vipJack
Palm Springs
30 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good. Lovely location food and service very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great all-around restaurant

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MichelleD
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

literally banquet food.. mediocre at best. soufflé was spongy and tough. dover sole was tough not flaky.

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steves
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere at Wally’s is amazing, not only did they make our night out feel memorable - they made it feel very special. Great music, great service and the most delicious food we’ve had post Covid. Thank you for creating such an amazing venue, creatively utilizing your space and making dining special again!

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GJBNJBplus4
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food and Ambiance good. They were overbooked and service was very slow.

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Sigco
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love Wally’s. The pandemic presents some challenges, to be sure. The service, always the best in the desert, was a bit slow. The Valentines Day menu was superbly prepared, and absolutely delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection at its BEST! Food, ambience, staff are the Gold Standard!

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vipPSPFoody
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoy fine dining at this wonderful establishment. We had a reservation on Valentines and we were so glad we did! They hit it out of the park and deserve every bit of a 5 Star review. They were slammed, but managed to accommodate their fans on one of the busiest nights of the year. COVID has thrown business owners a real curve ball with the new requirements. The owner has rolled with it and made beautiful outdoor accommodations. His staff worked well as a team and reminded us of a complex, organized colony of ants. They offered a fabulous menu, beautiful presentation of the courses, excellent service, sumptuous complimentary champagne and dessert that was art! To culminate the ultimate dining experience they gifted their guests with homemade truffles. You can image that we are already making plans for next year! Thank you Wally’s for such a memorable evening!

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Pete
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was very good. The service was horrible! Probably due to V Day?
Still no excuse. 3 hours for 3 course dinner for two? Lots of waiting.

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vipBobbyH
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time that we have been here. Always heard it was the best restaurant in the desert and it lived up to its billing. We went on Valentine's Day and it had the pre- fixe menu. Overall, very good. Even had them make me the Baked Alaska even though it was not on the menu that night. This was a terrific meal during these Covid times. The restaurant basically moved all of their tables and chairs outside and created a nice ambiance. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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vipTroyJ
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wally's staff are so nice and friendly. Gary and I had a great Valentine's dinner.

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vipjudyyank
Palm Springs
130 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wally's never disappoints. Sometimes the best restaurants don't do a good job on holidays but every meal at Wally's is consistently excellent and we always feel like valued customers.

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Pianoman
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad that Wally’s is open for dining again - no place more romantic or with better food in the Coachella Valley! Thanks to the Botello’s for staying and letting the customers experience the perfect meal!

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vipGlenda92264
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day dinner. Food was outstanding. Service excellent. Nice surroundings. Great evening.

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DanielM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day amazing food

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vipTonyG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dinner for my wife’s birthday. Great service and table location and we loved the decor and atmosphere. We had a such a great time. Thank you!

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HappyGirl
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my most favorite place to dine in Rancho Mirage!!! Its a must everytime we visit the desert!
Mushroom soup, Dover Sole Almandine and the bananas foster soufflé...literally the best meal ever!!!!!!!

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MaryF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For outdoor dining, Wally's is the best!! They provide all the glamour of their indoors, with lots of twinkle lights and live music! Food and service always number 1!!

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vipLEP2520
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great food and tremendous staff

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vipSherryK
Denver
139 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor patio! Beautiful little lights and wonderful music but the band that night. Food was great, too!

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vipPtownLover
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The tables in the converted outdoor patio are closer than I would have preferred. Although most guests complied with the restaurant's requirement for patrons to wear face coverings when not eating or drinking at one's table, there were a few guests waiting in line to check-in or in transit to the rest rooms who were observed without face coverings, and were not approached by restaurant staff. The indoor section (which appears to qualify for outside dining) is only open on one side. I would have left if that was the only option for a table. The food, wine and cocktails were good, but the bread budding I had for dessert was more like a macadamia nut muffin with ice cream, and did not have much taste. I would give it another try post-COVID.

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vipKellyD
Palm Springs
51 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect

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vipStephenG
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another super evening at Wally’s. They’ve adapted to the Covid restrictions to create a wonderful atmosphere, under the circumstances.

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JimP
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent wine list and menu. Wonderful service. Niced ambiance.

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vipJanet
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wally’s is always an excellent experience!

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Wally's Desert Turtle is rated 4.7 stars by 2094 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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