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Wally's Desert Turtle

71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 568-9321
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $75
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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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Palm Springs, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

When you are the best no need to say much. This is by far the best of the best of all restaurants in the desert. The family truly cares and always there to ensure ytou are having a most memorable dining experience. Thank you for keeping up such high standards at a time when so many places cut corners or... More 

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Laguna Hills, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

why aren't all dinner houses like this? it is a can't miss place right out of the good old days. wonderful food and great service.

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Dallas, Texas
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130 reviews 130 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

It is old school inside but it is charming. The decor is mirrored sixties and the wait staff reminds you of an old school expensive restaurant. The food however is excellent. We had the pork loin and the fillet of beef. You could cut both with a fork. The wait staff was supervised by Rober who was very kind and... More 

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Too bad we are in our 50s. We aren't regulars but went for my wife's 50 th bday, heard great things about the food and service. Food was great, but service not so much. Waited for menues, waited for apps and after 15 minutes waiting at the end of the meal, I had to flag down a waiter for the... More 

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Love this place! It had everything that you would expect for fine dining! The ambience, the food, the service and to top it off the Live Saxophone player gave it that romantic flavor! If you have a special occasion or you just enjoy fine dining then this is the place!

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Rancho Mirage, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Ambiance is very nice, old world and not found often in the Coachella Valley. Bar is excellent. Food can be from O.K. to excellent. Generally service is superb. Portions are just about right. I gave this rating because of the expense. This restaurant is open late enough so that you can have dessert, a drink, etc. after the theater.

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st louis mo
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The service and ambiance was excellent. Presentation was perfect and so was the food. The atmosphere was what you expect from a restaurant of the caliber. We highly recommend it

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Brooklyn, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I really wanted to love this place, but just didn't. The atmosphere feels like a throw-back to the 1970s (not at all shabby, just dated), though the menu had numerous fresh, organic options. My meal was ok - but not worth the expense. That said, my partner really enjoyed her meal and would go back.

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San Francisco
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113 reviews 113 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

Dined here on Christmas night. Our experience was the total opposite of previous reviewer. This is one of those nights like Valentines Day and Mother's Day where there is a huge chance things will not go well. However, From start to almost finish, the experience was top notch. The "team" serving the room we were in, was well organized and... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Our Christmas in Palm Desert was full of unknowns .... And our biggest dilemma was where to have Christmas dinner? Our concierge at the Marriott Shadow Ridge emailed a recommendation to try Wally's Desert Turtle and following some Tripadvisor research, we booked a table! What a result! the place was packed with a range of customers, young and old, families... More 

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Additional Information about Wally's Desert Turtle

Address: 71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone Number: (760) 568-9321
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  Rancho Mirage
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 50 - 75
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Californian

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