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Wally's Desert Turtle

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American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Californian
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71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (Rancho Las Palmas)
A public transit stop is directly across the street.
(760) 568-9321
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Doing business

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 7
    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
Most recent review
Only real fine dining in the area

It's hard to find a true fine dining experience these days. This is an old school upscale place. Dress up and enjoy it. Worth the expense for a special occasion.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
9mmman
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Doing business
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

It's hard to find a true fine dining experience these days. This is an old school upscale place. Dress up and enjoy it. Worth the expense for a special occasion.

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Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Sounds like a down and out bar, but instead our group of 25 enjoyed an upscale, excellent private dining experience. The group menu was a bit conventional, but the shrimp were large, if not gargantuan, the Caesar Salad appealing and the steelhead salmon reasonably tasty. The prices were steep, though, Save room for the bread and desert!

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We went to a very nice Christmas party here....the area it's in has a great many good restaurants and I think for the group that attended it that it was a good choice! Music and dance floor wine flowing and everyone in a festive mood...lovely. I had the pork loin chop and so did my Sweetheart it was quite tasty... More 

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Bardstown, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The entire setting at Wally's was wonderful, light music, peaceful surrounding. Our entire group tried main different entrees, all of which were wonderful, the presentation was beautiful. You are able to bring your own wine which was delightful. The desserts, are over the top.

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Washington, DC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Wally's caters to an older clientele who likes heavy, traditional "gourmet" food. The food ingredients and service are good, but the price is astronomical.

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Naples, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We have dined a Wallys before but only for dinner. We decided to try lunch on a Friday. Little did we know it was a fashion show luncheon full of lovely ladies mostly dressed to the nines, and yes I was with my husband but he loved every minute! Perhaps it was as he described the best liver he as... More 

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QualicumBeach
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

From the moment you enter and see the magical and magnificent beveled mirror reflections and hear the soft sounds of music, you know Wally's Desert Turtle is going to be very, very special. Our first encounter was with Aleesia who took our drink orders and due to her vast knowledge and professionalism could write her own ticket as a first-class... More 

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Alice, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Walley's is a staple in the desert, always good and serves the the highest quality food in a quiet relaxing atmosphere. It's a little expensive but always a good meal with classic tastes. The staff is stable and courteous, many have been there for years. You can always rely on exceptional service and great food.

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Palm Springs, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 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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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  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  Rancho Mirage
  • Phone Number: (760) 568-9321

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 75
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Doing business

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
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?