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Wally's Desert Turtle
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Ranked #7 of 105 Restaurants in Rancho Mirage
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $75
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Rancho Las Palmas
Transit: A public transit stop is directly across the street.
Description: Wally's Desert Turtle is NOW OPEN for our Thirty-Ninth Season and we are honored to announce the return of our celebrity Executive Chef Pascal Lallemand. With a focus on “farm to table” and sustainable practices, Wally’s Desert Turtle takes great care in sourcing the finest ingredients from local vendors and are proud to support ranches, farms, and fisheries that practice earth friendly and ocean friendly methods of production. The finest local ingredients, classic service, and exceptional surroundings always make for "A Great Night Out" at Wally's Desert Turtle.
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Always wanted to eat here for a special dinner during a trip to Palm Springs. Did it, won't be back. For the record I have eaten at some top places.

Good:
1) The best chocolate souffle I have had or will ever have.
2) Excellent service from wait staff.

Bad:
1) The meals that my wife and I had were average in taste. For the price I expected oustanding taste.
2) The greeting we received from the guy at the front desk was sort of non-friendly. We had reservations.
3) As we left the folks at the front desk did not bother to say "Thank you". They should have said "Thank you for paying so much for an average meal"

Safe travels!

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Melissa N, Public Relations Manager at Wally's Desert Turtle, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2013

We are deeply sorry that your evening at Wally's Desert Turtle was not at the high standard it should have been. We strive to bring an enjoyable and worthy dining experience to all those we are honored to have join us. Please know that we have taken your words seriously and have brought them to the attention of all involved. We hope you will give us another chance to prove our excellence true.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I visited Wallys with some friends from Rancho Mirage. We dined in the formal dining room. The atmosphere was subdued with a piano player and elegant decor. Tables were set well apart and the noise level was well controlled by soft furnishings which was what we wanted as we had a lot of chat and catching up to do. The wine list is short but a good range of local and internationals at reasonable prices. The menu was traditional and a pleasant change from many US restaurant ones you see these days. Food was excellent and the service efficient. Here was a place that we could take our time to eat and relax. Matre d was very helpful on wine and food and very friendly. Food prices tending to the high side, so would keep Wallys in mind for that special occasion. All four of us had a great night however.

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Thank David G
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

The menu is pretty basic - no foodie heaven but everything was well prepared and delicious. Expensive! The atmosphere was a retro throw back to fine dining of another era which made the entire experience delightful. The staff was very polite and you hardly knew they were there yet your water or wine was always replenished and everyone's meal was served at the same time The best meal I had in the desert. The veal chop at $48 came with a side of vegetables and was cooked perfectly medium and the veggies were crisp not overcooked. Dessert was a Banana's Foster Souffle that was excellent.

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Thank YouWentWhere
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Excellent service, attentiveness, and elegant environment, Perfect for a formal 50th Birthday celebration.

Thank Dokta911
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

This classic establishment remains the best restaurant in the Desert. Food, service and ambiance is at the top.

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Thank enseglare
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