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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
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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san rocco
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298 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a joke imitation of an elegant restaurant, very expensive and the quality is for sure not worth the price. My caesar salad was made of four leaves, the sole (49$) reminded me of hospital food, the only very specialty was the dessert, the souffles are to die for. It would be a decent place but for sure not... More 

Thank marrei
Rancho Mirage, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A wonderful restaurant - always elegant, and always excellent! A great place to go for a special outing. The staff always makes you feel welcome and special. The food, of course, is always the star.

Thank Pat P
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103 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Outstanding venue, food and service. Everything is first class. Check out their price fixed three course early dinner in the lounge for $38.

Thank barbielab
Montclair, New Jersey
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a truly delightful and delicious dinner at Wally's Desert Turtle. The service was superb, the food amazing and the overall ambiance of the place terrific. It was a busy holiday time and yet, everything impeccable. Loved having the option to order souffles for dessert ! I had the Dover Sole and it was amazing, all other meals at... More 

Thank TravelDaisy1
Port Ludlow, Washington
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274 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While quite pricey, Wally's has great service and very good food in a very comfortable atmosphere. We had Christmas Dinner here with friends. It was a fixed price menu with soup or salad, a choice of four different entrees and two desserts. We each selected a different entree, and all four were very good to excellent. The price was $68... More 

Thank Bill H
London, Canada
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342 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

The restaurant decor is very ornate and glitzy but in a very tasteful way. It was decorated beautifully for Christmas. We were seated at a booth which we prefer for privacy. The service was very attentive and the furnishings and decor first class. It is a very large restaurant with several rooms. There were a few Christmas parties going on... More 

Thank Maureen S
Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

I hadn't been to Wally's for at least one year when we were invited to join another couple for dinner. It's a lovely restaurant, decor-wise, very pretty. Things started to go wrong when our waiter placed small Chardonnay glasses for a very expensive French Bordeaux brought by our friend. The waiter stated that those were the only wine glasses the... More 

Thank Sariah11
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292 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Wally' Desert Turtle put the Fine in Fine Dining. From the moment we walked in to the moment the walked out everything was wonderful. The staff was great and attentive. The restaurant is beautiful and classy. The food looked was plated beautifully and tasted wonderful. Everyone one had an amazing dinner and time. What a wonderful menu. Thank you so... More 

Thank A. Vinnie V
Seattle, Washington
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92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Excellent ambiance and service, but I thought the food was weak. It felt like a place resting on its long-standing success. The food seemed solid, but uninspired. The steak was tough. The side dishes were weak (my steak came with creamed spinach and a strange onion/mushroom concoction.) My wife's white-fish with almandine sauce was a better choice. We didn't try... More 

Thank Ken W
Saint Paul
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We had a FANTASTIC impromptu meal here last Wednesday. We intended to just stop by for an early snack in the bar but the 3 course tasting menu called our name. And good thing we answered! I had the chicken and it was so good--tender, flavorful and just awesome. Liz had the beef ($10 up charge) and that too was... More 

Thank Adam W

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