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Wally's Desert Turtle

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71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-4444 (Rancho Las Palmas)
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Huntington Beach, CA
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I celebrated our 41st Wedding Anniversary at Wally's Desert Turtle on October 18th. We have been to the desert many times, but always in the summer. Wally's is closed for 4 months during the summer, so we never had the opportunity to dine there, previously. However, Wally's had just reopened two days before we arrived so we... More 

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tulsa, ok
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for early dinner. The Taste of Wally's menu for early dining is a price fixe $38, 3 course dinner. I had Caesar salad, Lake Superior whitefish, and cinnamon carrot cake. Superb quality, service, value. Also, cocktails were $6-8.

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Furry Creek
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must place to dine when in the Palm Desert area. Great food, sensational service, wine list excellent. Must eat is liver and escargot wonderful. Ask for table 22-or 26.

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Rancho Mirage, CA
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

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

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New York City, New York
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Rancho Mirage, California
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Rancho Mirage, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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, Seating, Takeout, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
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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