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Wally's Desert Turtle

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71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (Rancho Las Palmas)
A public transit stop is directly across the street.
+1 760-568-9713
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 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: "We are currently closed for the season. We will re-open on Friday,...
"We are currently closed for the season. We will re-open on Friday, October 9th, 2015. Have a great Summer where ever you are! - Wally's" "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, New York City, and European culinary experiences to the Desert, offering a refreshed and re-imagined take on Contemporary Californian 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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  • 108
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 11
    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
Excellent food on pris fixe menu

We had very good food and wine and service for 2 on the "taste of Wally,s" fixed price menu. We could not fault anything, and some of the best food since we have been in the USA.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
jmankelow
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had very good food and wine and service for 2 on the "taste of Wally,s" fixed price menu. We could not fault anything, and some of the best food since we have been in the USA.

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Thank jmankelow
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A case of the emperor's new clothes. Dreadful breast of duck, rubbery and without taste. A Dover sole that was not sole, more like bass. A meunière sauce filled with parsley which ruined the butter flavor. Have I covered it?

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1 Thank Douglas V
Rancho Mirage, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We enjoyed Christmas dinner at Wally's. It did not disappoint! The staff handled a large crowd very well. Service was good especially considering the full house. Dinner (turkey with all the trimmings) was excellent. We'll do it again!

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Thank desertraveler2016
Los Angeles, California
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231 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

For the third year in a row we've gone to Wally's for Christmas Dinner and it does not disappoint. The service is impeccable and not rushed. The 3-course, prix fixe menu was broad, inspired and diverse in its selections. My only exception to the experience was the heat of the entrees. Most entrees at our table were warm at best.... More 

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Thank Bruinjeepman
Rancho Mirage, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Our last visit on November 17th was excellent as usual. The atmosphere is elegant and festive, the wait staff attentive and the food superb. We are going back on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holiday! This great restaurant never disappoints its patrons!

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Thank Philip C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

We had the ceasar salad or did we. It was 8 pieces of white romaine with what tasted like bait. Had lamb burgers as dinner. Had to go home and brush our teeth to get rid of the taste. We had 4 glasses of wine and the above and coffee and berries for 105. Very stuffy and uncomfortable.

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Thank funfunfunPhoenix
Michael B, Owner at Wally's Desert Turtle, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review. I am very sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your salads & lamb. I am also sorry to hear you could not appreciate the dining ambiance in our restaurant. We do pride ourselves on our exceptional cuisine. May I suggest you try some other items on our menu? I am sure you... More 

Los Angeles, California
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1,758 reviews
572 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 346 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Wally's has been here for quite a while and has cemented its reputation as being a top contender for "best of the best!" It's a top flight classy restaurant where you go for a very special occasion, because it's that memorable. Steaks, ribs or seafood, it's all done perfectly and served in graceful style in a charming atmosphere. It's a... More 

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Thank David B L
Hesperia, California
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Every year for my husbands birthday we "treat" ourselves to a really wonderful dinner at Wally's restaurant. It has a really nice "old world atmosphere where you almost expect for Lucille Ball or Bob Hope to walk in. The Food is "outstanding!" We have NEVER been disappointed with any menu item. We were there Saturday with 2 friends and they... More 

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1 Thank annette425
Mississauga, Canada
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We hadn't been here for a couple of years and were apprehensive after reading some Trip Advisor reviews earlier this year. We disagree strongly with the critical reviews. We enjoyed very good service with excellent food prepared as ordered. From the hot rolls at the start to the fluffy soufflés at the end we had an enjoyable dining experience. The... More 

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Thank Oldfred17
Rancho Mirage, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Great ambiance, very rich decor with lush trees and abundance of mirrors, yet very tasteful. The food is superb. Prefect place for dinner with friends, business dinner, romantic date, or a special event. Came out on several such occasions, including Thanksgivings dinner with my parents.

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Thank Anna T

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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: +1 760-568-9713

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 27 - 75
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining

Description

"We are currently closed for the season. We will re-open on Friday, October 9th, 2015. Have a great Summer where ever you are! - Wally's" "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, New York City, and European culinary experiences to the Desert, offering a refreshed and re-imagined take on Contemporary Californian Cuisine. The finest local ingredients, classic service, and exceptional surroundings always make for "A Great Night Out" at Wally's Desert Turtle."
Open Hours
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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