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Wally's Desert Turtle

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$$$$
American, Steakhouse, Californian, Seafood
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71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (Rancho Las Palmas)
A public transit stop is directly across the street.
+1 760-568-9321
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: "Wally's Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage supports Ranches, Farms and...
"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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Visitor rating
  • 91
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
75th Birthday Party!

This restaurant was very nice, old school Palm Desert. High end menu with great food but it will cost you. Service was excellent and not to stuffy as some places like this can be.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Kari J
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Las Vegas
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English first
Mississauga, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We have been to Wally's several times.it has always been a great dining experience. Professional courteous staff, contribute to the wonderful ambience. What ever we have ordered,seafood, steak or lamb has been prepared properly and presented in appealing manner. The soufflés are almost worth a trip in themselves.

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Southern Caifornia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Wally's Desert Turtle lives up to it's iconic reputation. The understated exterior, the welcoming experience, the tasteful interior and the service are all five star quality. So are they able to live up to these lofty expectations with a menu of equal excellence? Yep. Get ready for a perfect evening. Special occasion? A great choice. Expensive? Yes. Did we have... More 

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Calgary
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47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Dinner on a Friday night. Service was exceptional all around. From the valet at the door, to the ladies at reception, the musicians, waiters and manager that double and triple checked that everything was okay. The wine list is extensive with something for all tastes. Salads were tasty and well structured. Whitefish and sole for dinner. Both delicious with clever... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I had the wonderful halibut special of the evening and it was absolutely wonderful! The halibut was excellent and the fresh farm-to-table vegetables were perfectly cooked. I also had the burrata/heirloom tomatoes which were a perfect salad to accompany my dinner. The chocolate souffe was ordered when I placed my entrée order and was the absolute best with the accompanying... More 

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Irvine, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Every time we come to Palm Desert we have to revisit Wally's......wonderful food, great service and we add new memories

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Flower Mound, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Evidently this is a classy local place. I was not impressed with the service at all. It took an inordinate amount of time just to receive a menu. After my dinner was served, no one came back to check on me. The entree was cold and not impressive. For the money spent there, it was NOT worth it.

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Office M, Owner at Wally's Desert Turtle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! I am sorry to hear that your service while dining with us was not up to our usual standards. Do you remember the name of your server? We value your opinion & will do our best to rectify the situation if you can provide us with his or her name. It is always our goal... More 

Vancouver, Washington
Top Contributor
255 reviews 255 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I have been coming to the desert for years and never dined here, same on me! Actually booked off of Tripadvisor and boy was I glad. It's a free standing building that when inside takes you back the old days of really fine dining The main dining room is dark comfortable and just really nice Great menu and anytime I... More 

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Rancho Mirage, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We have always loved Wally's for fine dining! The wild mushroom soup is amazing and the pan-roasted Hercules Ranch filet of beef is probably the best filet I have ever tasted.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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132 reviews 132 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

One of my favorites in Palm Desert. Great food, service and ambiance. I had the Lamb Chops and my wife had the filet. Both were cooked to perfection. BUT the highlight on the evening was the Grand Marnier Soufflé! I don't think I've ever had a better one.

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Las Vegas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This restaurant was very nice, old school Palm Desert. High end menu with great food but it will cost you. Service was excellent and not to stuffy as some places like this can be.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
    (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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 27 - 75
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Californian, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining

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."
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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