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Wally's Desert Turtle

Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
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.
17605689713
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Hours:
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 94
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 8
    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
Restaurant Week 2015: 2nd Experience

For our second dining experience during ''restaurant week'' this early summer, we visited Wally's with two friends / neighbors. This writer enjoyed an excellent green salad and a salmon filet, while others had the rack of lamb and a roast chicken dish. Without a doubt we thoroughly enjoyed our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
Dennis S
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Indio, California
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Laguna Beach, California
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Amazing from start to finish!! There were four of us in our group, so we decided to all try different dishes and try a little of everything. Let me tell you, we were all so glad we did. There are too many enticing things to choose from. From the escargot to the foie gras..... the albacore picatta to the octopus....the... More 

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Indio, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

For our second dining experience during ''restaurant week'' this early summer, we visited Wally's with two friends / neighbors. This writer enjoyed an excellent green salad and a salmon filet, while others had the rack of lamb and a roast chicken dish. Without a doubt we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience, and found the fix-price menu developed for the week... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We had been wanting to try Wally's for awhile now and finally decided to do it during restaurant week and before they closed for the summer. We ordered the restaurant week menu and were very disappointed, especially in the main entrees. The steelhead fish was overcooked, served with what tasted like frozen carrots and green beans and didn't come with... More 

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

Thank you for your review! We're sorry you feel your RW meal at our restaurant was not up to the standards you would expect at Wally's Desert Turtle. We pride ourselves on providing an incredible dining experience to all our guests. We have forwarded your review to our culinary staff & will check into your concerns. We value your input,... More 

Palm Springs, California
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176 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Wally's is a very expensive restaurant to visit. In the past we have not enjoyed the food so we quit going. We did decide to try again during Restaurant week. In our opinion the food has improved greatly. The Service is excellent. The one issue that upset me and I may or may not visit again is the pressure they... More 

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Indio, California
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Not much more to add beyond the mostly favorable reviews. This is a fine dining establishment with all of appropriate attention paid to every detail one would expect from such a place. Service is impeccable -- the request for extra sauce for the brilliantly prepared chicken was met with "absolutely" and it appeared in a silver server within 90 seconds.... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We visited this restaurant during Restaurant Week and it is excellent. The three course dinner was extraordinary. Except for the hostess who seemed to be new on the job and was having a hard time finding our reservation everything else was great.as far as the food and service. It has lots of ambiance with the piano and sax player but... More 

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Fawnskin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

If you happen to be in the Palm Springs/ Rancho Mirage area of the desert, do yourself a favor and visit this spectacular restaurant! Find the time to dine, wine and enjoy this fine restaurant! Beautiful decor, outstanding menu and A+ service! Even better than Barndiva in Healdsburg, Sonoma wine country!

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Sussex
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The title tells it all. Yes the decor and surrounds are excellent. However, service is dependant on who servers you. For example when asked if we wanted a cocktail one of the party asked for a Negroni, response was don't know it this went one 4 times before one of the other waiters told him what is was. Having said... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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Additional Information about Wally's Desert Turtle

Address: 71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone Number: 17605689713
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Rancho Mirage
Open Hours:
Friday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 27 - 75
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Californian, Seafood

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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: 17605689713

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
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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