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Wally's Desert Turtle
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Ranked #8 of 104 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 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, service impeccable. If they have it, try the abalone; expensive but a once in a lifetime treat.

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Thank Miken38
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

We stayed in Rancho Mirage and found the restaurant business card in the hotel reception and the reception told us it is a good place.

However, we did not expect the beautiful place we found and the fine ding experience we had. All the staff were accommodating, providing excellent service. The owner was present and spoke to all the diners and explained to us the restaurant is a family business which has father opened.

The menu is varied and there is a good wine list. The pre-dinner lemon drop cocktail was excellent too.

I would say this has to be the finest restaurant in the Palm Springs area. Excellent food and excellent service. You know this is true when the owner takes time to find out your name and thanks you personally for dining.

If I'm back in the area I will definitely be back

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Thank simonbaldwin
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

In Season they have their Friday Fashion show luncheons.
Good food, great service and a good value for such nice choices.
This restaurant we have been coming to for 25 years. We had
our 50th anniversary celebration party at their private dining event room in December. They couldn't have done enough for you, they were terrific to work with a flexible on my dinner entree
selections for our guests to choose from.
Always recommend Wally's. Not a chain restaurant.

Thank Barbara H
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

It took 3 tries to get a perfect booth, and well worth the time from the gracious owner/hostess. Highly recommend the crispy duck confit appetizer. The chef special salad of endive, pear, cheese and cranberries was delicious. Husband loved the Vongole pasta and my chicken entree had superb sauce. We each had an apricot soufflé. So light, we ate every spoonful. This desert icon is pricey but so delightful. For a special event, this is your choice. Check out the piano bar.

1  Thank Susan R
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Reviewed May 12, 2014

After waiting a year to take my MIL to her favorite restaurant in the desert, and ours, she was finally healthy enough to go out for Mother's Day! Exhausted, but delighted to get out to celebrate, she had one of her best days in a year, thanks to Michael and his wife, James, Marcos and the best waiters in the desert!
Great Mother's Day brunch!!!
Classy place, but, unbelievably gracious staff. Owners are the kindest people!
If you are staying in the Rancho Mirage area, PLEASE make a reservation!!!
Best food, best staff. I guarantee you will love Wally's!!!

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Thank Carol W
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