We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 91 Rancho Mirage Restaurants

Wally's Desert Turtle

71775 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-4444
+1 760-568-9321
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Reserve with OpenTable
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $75
Hours:
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
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
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."
Write a Review

103 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    64
    14
    11
    7
    7
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rancho Mirage, California
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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 $$$

Was this review helpful? Yes
la
Contributor
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, Texas
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Restaurants come and go and truly great restaurants stand the test of time. Wally's Desert Turtle is one such experience. The first time I went to Wally's, I was with a customer who practically drug me to the restaurant some 20 years ago. We recently returned to Wally's after some 5-7 years since we were last there. Wally's lived up... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We loved Wally's. The staff and management provided speacial attention and focused on delivering a great experience. We loved that fact the Wall's uses organic ingredients and grass fed beef and lamb. We will be back.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Palm Springs, California
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Palm Springs Restaurant week tempted us to visit Wally's. The table service was completely professional, and a nice menu was prepared by a talented chef who presents lighter, healthier selections. The roasted steelhead trout was delicious. Many of our fellow diners seemed to be from the Reagan era, but our dinner choices were definitely from the 21st century. Well worth... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indian Wells, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Well, don't go there if you're really hungry, otherwise, prepare to spend on 2 main entrees ! Very good food quality, but is it worth it, honestly ? No.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indian Wells, California
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I have been wanting to go to this restaurant for many years and just have not had the opportunity until moving back to the desert in the last year. I have always heard it was expensive, and that, of course is true, which is why we took advantage of Palm Springs Restaurant Week to sample the $38 three course menu.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
California
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We went to Wally's as part of Palm Springs Restaurant Week. For $38.00 per person we had a fantastic 3 course dinner at a restaurant that we all had wanted to try but had heard it was so expensive that we never went. To start, they say there is a dress code......now that it is summer, it is collared shirt... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Ballyheigue, Ireland
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Wally's is fine dining at its best. ... and about the most elegantly beautiful restaurant in the world. Prove it to yourself by just dropping to the bar for a drink. You will want to come bad to dine. We like to dress up when we go, adds to the feeling of elegance. Staff is old world trained and courtly,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Wally's Desert Turtle also viewed

Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs
Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs
 
Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs
Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs
 

Been to Wally's Desert Turtle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Wally's Desert Turtle

Address: 71775 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-4444
Phone Number: +1 760-568-9321
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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing