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Wally's Desert Turtle

71775 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-4444
+1 760-568-9321
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $50 - $75
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Californian
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Rancho Las Palmas
Transit: A public transit stop is directly across the street.
Description: "Wally's Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage supports Ranches, Farms and Fisheries committed to the smart-stewardship of the planet through sustainable, earth-friendly and ocean-friendly practices. Executive Chef Richard Pelz brings his Napa Valley roots & NYC culinary experiences to the desert offering a refreshed and reimagined take on Contemporary California Cuisine. 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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102 reviews from our community

75% Recommend
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English first
Rancho Mirage, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Classy is the word to describe this desert institution. Excellent food and Olde Worlde charm. Try he lamb... fabulous......not cheap but worth every $$$

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

great food and wonderful service. We happened to be ther the on night in the month when they have a 3 piece band and it made the evening very enjoyable

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Houston, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Restaurants come and go and truly great restaurants stand the test of time. Wally's Desert Turtle is one such experience. The first time I went to Wally's, I was with a customer who practically drug me to the restaurant some 20 years ago. We recently returned to Wally's after some 5-7 years since we were last there. Wally's lived up... More

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San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We loved Wally's. The staff and management provided speacial attention and focused on delivering a great experience. We loved that fact the Wall's uses organic ingredients and grass fed beef and lamb. We will be back.

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Palm Springs, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Palm Springs Restaurant week tempted us to visit Wally's. The table service was completely professional, and a nice menu was prepared by a talented chef who presents lighter, healthier selections. The roasted steelhead trout was delicious. Many of our fellow diners seemed to be from the Reagan era, but our dinner choices were definitely from the 21st century. Well worth... More

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Indian Wells, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Well, don't go there if you're really hungry, otherwise, prepare to spend on 2 main entrees ! Very good food quality, but is it worth it, honestly ? No.

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Indian Wells, California
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I have been wanting to go to this restaurant for many years and just have not had the opportunity until moving back to the desert in the last year. I have always heard it was expensive, and that, of course is true, which is why we took advantage of Palm Springs Restaurant Week to sample the $38 three course menu.... More

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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We went to Wally's as part of Palm Springs Restaurant Week. For $38.00 per person we had a fantastic 3 course dinner at a restaurant that we all had wanted to try but had heard it was so expensive that we never went. To start, they say there is a dress code......now that it is summer, it is collared shirt... More

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Ballyheigue, Ireland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Wally's is fine dining at its best. ... and about the most elegantly beautiful restaurant in the world. Prove it to yourself by just dropping to the bar for a drink. You will want to come bad to dine. We like to dress up when we go, adds to the feeling of elegance. Staff is old world trained and courtly,... More

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Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We stayed in Rancho Mirage and found the restaurant business card in the hotel reception and the reception told us it is a good place. However, we did not expect the beautiful place we found and the fine ding experience we had. All the staff were accommodating, providing excellent service. The owner was present and spoke to all the diners... More

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