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Wally's Desert Turtle

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71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-4444 (Rancho Las Palmas)
+1 760-568-9321
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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97 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Have been Dining several times a year at Wally's with MIL and husband, mostly on holidays, but now living in Rancho Mirage five or six months a year, so plan to go to our favorite restaurant in the desert a couple times a month! Superb staff, great menu. Large dining areas, beautifully decorated. Spectacular ambiance with a fine dining tropical... More 

Thank Carol W
Pasadena, Ca
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it is true that Wally’s attracts an older crowd and is not inexpensive, it is one of the most consistent and best restaurants anywhere I’ve travelled. We have been going here for close to 30 years and it is always a special occasion for the whole family including the younger generation. Its most appealing feature is the outstanding service... More 

Thank Tottot
Julian, California
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67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very special place for special occasions excellent service and food. Would definitely order a soufflé --the lightest I have ever had. With entrees at $50 ,salad or soup about $12-15 ,wine $ 12-15 a glass and soufflé ( can be shared) $12 with tax and tip you will be looking at about $100-120 a person but like I said... More 

Thank JIM K
Palm Springs, California
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63 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had heard that this was a treasure in the desert. A restaurant that would take me back to the fine dining we had in NYC in the late 50's and 60's. Wally's Turtle is a little worn and in need of a service makeover. I don't mind...I actually like that it was not new and shiny. What I didn't... More 

Thank bys3990
Santa Fe
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98 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took 2 friends to dinner. Warm greeting at the desk of the hostess, Yvonne. The owner, Michael, came over to welcome us and we were seated at a comfortable booth. Attentive, professional service. Great food. I had the ahi tuna tartare and the sole. My wife had the escargots and the chicken. Everything was cooked perfectly and served with... More 

Thank girardot
Halifax, Canada
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208 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were taken to Wally's for a celebration of our 62nd wedding anniversary. It was the first time we had been there and we were immediately struck by the number of candlelit tables and very low electric ceiling lighting, which meant I had to lead my wife by the hand, as she cannot see in low lighting.... More 

Thank Melville P
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such an incredible experience from start to finish. The staff really go out of their way to make you feel like part of their family. Our head waiter was JB, very attentive without being obtrusive. Sarah was our cocktail/beverage server, very friendly and gave great drink suggestions. We started with the escargot and the tuna tartare, both were delicious. Then,... More 

Thank Jen C
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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132 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For my birthday, we went with friends to Wally's for the first time. What a joy! Start with the room: it's the most elegant dining room we've seen in the Coachella Valley. Coffered ceiling with mirrors, lovely flower arrangements, many nooks for privacy, good space between tables; just superb. The menu was also a delight, with many old favorites to... More 

Thank Switzerdude
Catskill, New York
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170 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our last night out after a month in Rancho Mirage. I wasn't impressed at first from the outside, but what a pleasant surprise when we went in. The place was simply magical! We had the traditional escargot in the shells. What a treat. They were one of the best I've had and I've eaten them often. I ordered... More 

Thank judi2
Thousand Palms, California, United States
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89 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Elvis sang, "Well, you said you was high class..." Our kids got us a generous gift card for Wally's to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Now only 40 more to go... Anyway, I thought there was a dress code requiring a coat and tie. Wrong. I felt over-dressed. "County-club casual" may be tops here. Yeah, you probably won't be well... More 

Thank Glen K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$27 - US$75
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-4444
    (Rancho Las Palmas)
  • Public Transportation: A public transit stop is directly across the street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Rancho Mirage
  • Phone Number: +1 760-568-9321
Wally's Desert Turtle is NOW OPEN for our Thirty-Ninth Season and we are honored to announce the return of our celebrity Executive Chef Pascal Lallemand. With a focus on "farm to table" and sustainable practices, Wally's Desert Turtle takes great care in sourcing the finest ingredients from local vendors and are proud to support ranches, farms, and fisheries that practice earth friendly and ocean friendly methods of production. The finest local ingredients, classic service, and exceptional surroundings always make for "A Great Night Out" at Wally's Desert Turtle.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?