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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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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Had been here on numerous occasions, and as usual, the service, ambience, and, of course, the food is exceptional! I hosted a dinner of 5 and all stated that the experience was beyond their expectations, as I knew it would be! Thank you to the entire staff of Wally's Desert Turtle. Mitchell Smith

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Rancho Mirage, California
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142 reviews 142 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wally's has long been renown as one of the best restaurants in the desert. It is an older classic restaurant that serves top notch food with great service. Since it is in the "older style" of décor, with mirrors and all, it tends to attract an older crowd. That said, go for the food and ambience, not the décor.

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Oregon City, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We were invited to go to Wally's with friends and had great expectations. Although the service was good and staff friendly, the restaurant itself was outdated and the food average for the price.

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Office M, Guest Relations Manager at Wally's Desert Turtle, responded to this review

Hi Dyan, Thank you for visiting Wally's. We're sorry you felt your dinner was just average. We pride ourselves on serving incredible food & providing an exceptional dining experience. We invite you to visit us again & experience our delicious food & impeccable customer service! Wally's Desert Turtle More 

Havre de Grace, Maryland
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I just may have had the best meal I've every had. The Mojito was strong but flavorful. Fresh hot rolls with sweet cream butter were never ending. Crisp and crunchy on the outside with a soft but craggy interior, the butter melted into the crevices, making a delectable treat. Can't believe I ate two of them. I ordered the duck... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

My Sister and I were welcomed with open arms from the moment of our arrival! The staff was beyond professional and very kind! The food was impeccable! The Owner himself went out of his way to ensure that not only our visit, but Every guest was welcome and receiving top notch service!! He's was very Charming and humored us by... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

A perfect evening in a very relaxed atmosphere. Attentive service with an excellent meal. The Soufflé was a perfect end to the evening

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Tustin, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We have been going to the desert for over 30 years but this is the first time we've ever tried Wally's Desert Turtle. I'm so sorry we didn't go sooner. The entire experience was incredible. From the time we dropped our car off for the valet until we walked out the door, everything was impeccable. It was our anniversary and... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Great service and wonderfully prepared food using the best ingredients. Went here with a group of people; the consensus being the meal was excellent. Don't forget to have one of their tasty soufflés. The restaurant is rather fancy and would be a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.

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Rancho Mirage, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 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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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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