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Wally's Desert Turtle

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71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-4444 (Rancho Las Palmas)
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Rancho Mirage, CA
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful restaurant. Exceptional food. Excellent service. This is a fine dining experience, one of the best in the Palm Springs area.

Thank CCookRanchoMirage_CA
New York City, New York
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70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

A friend recommended it as a must-try while in town. The food was excellent from start to finish. It isn't cheap, so be prepared to shell out a bit for the experience. Husband had the dover sole, and I had chicken (? - it's been over 2 months since we were there, so I forget what I had). The decor... More 

Thank discopantsguy
Rancho Mirage, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

If you like service , a wonderful atmosphere and excellent cuisine this is the place for you. My wife and l have been coming here for many years and felt it time to put on record how much we have enjoyed our dining experience . Thro. several Chefs and Maitre D's Michael and Nicole have managed to retain that special... More 

Thank CMP643
Rancho Mirage, California
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Elegance at every turn. From the hostess to the waiters, the cocktails to desert. The food is out standing!! A must for everyone who enjoys great food and being totally pampered!!

Thank Y9999QLsusanm
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72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Our meal was pleasant, but overpriced. The service was attentive and prompt. The lamb was decent. The decor includes lots of mirrors, including the ceiling, felt like I was dining in a optical illusion.

Thank Molly F
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64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We enjoyed a great meal there. The lamb chops were terrific as well as the fish. Everything wonderfully prepared and served. Wine reasonably priced...which really just surprised us. The music is offensive.................way too loud ...so much so that it is annoying while you dine. Need to tone it way down................go for the wonderful food and service.Should get 5 stars....except for... More 

Thank Mary H
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

One trip to Wally's will clearly illustrate why they've been in business for four decades with great success. We dine here at least once a year and it's always a favorite, but it only seems to get better. A group of 8 of us dined there two nights ago and it was just magic! Generous cocktails, wonderful wine list and... More 

Thank ALKAcouple
San Diego, California
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

I would give this place 4-4.5 stars but the service is so good that it deserves the full 5. The staff was awesome, on point and friendly. The food was good, expensive but good. They were able to split both a French onion soup and a soufflé (we both got small ramekins) which I've never heard of and made our... More 

Thank HotelDuderino
Palm Desert, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

Food was just average and very over priced. I had a chicken ceasar salad and the chicken was very dry and tasteless. Service is outstanding but still not worth the price.

Thank desertlover2016
Michael B, Owner at Wally's Desert Turtle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! I am sorry to hear you find our restaurant over-priced. We pride ourselves on providing amazing food and service at a price that is commensurate with the total experience at our restaurant. Glad you enjoyed our excellent customer service! Michael Botello Owner More 

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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

Good food, nice brass/mirror interior. We were the younger folks there (45). Good wine. Overall a good meal. Nice soufflés

Thank David B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$27 - $75
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Takeout, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-4444
    (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: 17605689321
We are currently closed for the season. We will re-open on Friday, October 14th, 20156. Have a great Summer! - 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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