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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
17:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Palm Springs, California
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent meal at this restaurant. Staff was very attentive and friendly. Plates were large and the salmon was perfectly cooked. Chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream was delicious. Would recommend for a very special night.

Thank vam518
Newport Beach, California
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to have thanksgiving dinner out at this fancy place, great decision as it was fantastic! It's a beautiful, classically decorated and comfortable place with top notch service. Some people come casually dressed but gentlemen should be in a proper jacket. Food is perfection with a wonderful wine list and perfectly crafted cocktails.

Thank Ray L
West Vancouver, Canada
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161 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting dinner on the weekend at WDT. Meals including Napa Valley lamb, filets, souffles, were all perfect. While the food was as described above, the atmosphere and prices are big negatives in our view. 'Gaudy' pretty much sums it up and a room full of blue hairs. $60 for our entrees is over the top. Service was weak perhaps explained... More 

Thank EconomistGuy
Dusseldorf, Germany
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time to Wally's and we have a very nice evening. Hard to describe but I would say it was a very good old school/classic dining experience. The live music, nice, bar, attentive and experienced staff, and the very good food made for a wonderful evening.

Thank LG268
Southern California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Exquisite food and presentation. Expensive, but worth it. Perfect way to celebrate a special occasion. Dress to impress!

Thank vpsocal
Huntington Beach, CA
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

My wife and I celebrated our 41st Wedding Anniversary at Wally's Desert Turtle on October 18th. We have been to the desert many times, but always in the summer. Wally's is closed for 4 months during the summer, so we never had the opportunity to dine there, previously. However, Wally's had just reopened two days before we arrived so we... More 

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tulsa, ok
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We went for early dinner. The Taste of Wally's menu for early dining is a price fixe $38, 3 course dinner. I had Caesar salad, Lake Superior whitefish, and cinnamon carrot cake. Superb quality, service, value. Also, cocktails were $6-8.

Thank dwhite101
Furry Creek
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104 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

A must place to dine when in the Palm Desert area. Great food, sensational service, wine list excellent. Must eat is liver and escargot wonderful. Ask for table 22-or 26.

Thank FurryCreekEdie
Rancho Mirage, CA
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Wonderful restaurant. Exceptional food. Excellent service. This is a fine dining experience, one of the best in the Palm Springs area.

Thank CCookRanchoMirage_CA
New York City, New York
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

A friend recommended it as a must-try while in town. The food was excellent from start to finish. It isn't cheap, so be prepared to shell out a bit for the experience. Husband had the dover sole, and I had chicken (? - it's been over 2 months since we were there, so I forget what I had). The decor... More 

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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
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, Takeout, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
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?