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Wally's Desert Turtle

4.6
4.6
2832 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
"The Finest Dining in the Coachella Valley" Offering a refreshed and re-imagined take on Modern California Cuisine. And the local response has been "Amazing"!

An Official California Dining Destination, Wally's Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage proudly supports local Ranches, Farms and Fisheries committed to the smart-stewardship of the planet through sustainable, earth-friendly and ocean-friendly practices.

The finest local ingredients, impeccable service and exceptional surroundings always make for "A Great Night Out" at Wally's Desert Turtle.

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7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 568-9321

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Wally's Desert Turtle offers a wide range of superb catering events including elegant and intimate cocktail receptions, large-scale charity luncheons, formal plated dinners, and grand party buffets. We are also proud to be the exclusive onsite event caterers for the PGA Tour CareerBuilder Challenge, formerly known as the Humana Challenge, and previously as the famous Bob Hope Desert Classic. Wally’s is also the exclusive caterer for the Clinton Foundation of the Coachella Valley. Call or email our Special Events & Catering Department Ph#760-568-9321 or Email at wallysdtcatering@gmail.com

  • Private party facilities

    Wally's Desert Turtle is one of the desert's premier locations for upscale private dining. An elegant, classy and majestic space to host family celebrations, corporate events or just memorable moments.

  • Private party contact

    Stephen Jeffers: (760) 568-9321

  • Neighborhood

    Rancho Mirage

  • Cross street

    Bob Hope Drive

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking, Private Lot Self-Parking, and Street Parking available

  • Public transit

    Sunline Transit Agency<br />Bus Line #111<br />Bus Stop #659<br />Highway 111 and Rancho Las Palmas Westbound<br />

  • Entertainment

    Great Live Entertainment Nightly with the Bolivar Brothers, Michael and John ... playing the standards, the classics, some current hits, and a sprinkling of guest requests ...Celebrating Springtime in the Desert with a $38 Three-Course Seasonal Prix Fixe Menu in our Bar and Sahara Lounge, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sundays through Thursdays.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,832 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Special Occasion

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Contemporary American

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Special Occasion

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Contemporary American

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  1. Z

    stevenZ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Meal prices were very high, while food was only mediocre. Staff was rushed throughout the service. While the dining room is elegant, I would prefer to dine at John Henry in Palm Springs, where the meal prices are moderate and the food far superior to Wally's.
  2. GM

    GaylonM

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    We love Wally's. Last night was their last open night of the season, so therefore they were out of some items on their menu. We understand, but quite frankly, we, as full-timers, feel somewhat disregarded by the restaurants that close during the summer months...for both pre-closure outages and the closure itself.
  3. m

    maryr17

    Palm Springs

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A charming venue with excellent service and food. Great background music too. My only critique would be the oysters. Not as good as I would have hoped. My husband had the liver and caramelized onions and raved about them. I had the veal chop and it and all accompanying dishes were perfect. The Grand Mariner souffle was perfect.
  4. G

    Guyf

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Wally’s but we hope not our last. It was a memorable experience. As we entered we were warmly greeted by the hostesses and the live jazz entertainment. Every staff person we encountered was upbeat and helpful. The wine list was eclectic, and the food outstanding. So glad we made this reservation. It’s not ever day that a highly rated restaurant lu Ed up to the hype - but Wally’s exceeded our expectations.
  5. D

    Donghia

    Palm Springs

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine dining at its best. Most beautiful dining room in the valley, matched with superb cuisine and service. Always a treat to dine here.
  6. W

    William

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! The very best restaurant in the Valley! Total Class.
  7. RH

    RosalindH

    Milwaukee

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dover sole is fabulous and consistent.
  8. LL

    LenL

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Classy .. and good .. but too expensive. For example, the food at Pacifica and Roy's and .. is just as good and the prices are better. Our next celebration will be in that direction.
  9. DC

    DeanC

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tamara was awesome, the food incredible, and Tony on all of his wind instruments was a pleasure to listen to while dining!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an excellent evening. Have a wonderful summer.
  11. Z

    Zebra

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Dover Amandine was absolutely fabulous! Excellent service. Thank you.
  12. A

    Angela

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A thoroughly lovely evening The staff truly demonstrated team work and always there just when we thought of something we might need; but, never intrusive. Live sax was great and lent a yesteryear ambiance. Even the valet attendant kept us company while we waited for our Lyft.
  13. t

    tnuntas

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A local gem. Great wait staff and delicious food.
  14. JS

    JosephS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating combination birthday and anniversary dinner. A bit of a wait after being seated, but water and bread were brought soon. Took a while for menus. Lovely anniversary cake was a surprise. All in all a memorable evening
  15. T

    Tero

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there, we wanted to try it during Food week, and of all the places this one was by far the best! We definitely go again, wonderful place for a special occasion. Staff friendly, food was well done and so nice to be able to hear the people at the table you are sitting with.
  16. KT

    KentT

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I have been to Wally's several times. It is a beautiful room, impeccable service. For the first time ever, we were pretty underwhelmed with our meals. It was a consensus at the table that everything was fine, but nothing was spectacular. Maybe they were just getting anxious for their summer break? Hopefully opening in fall refreshed and ready to serve those special, incredible dinners that we all used to love so much at Wally's
  17. z

    zman

    Palm Springs

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great restaurant! Superp food, excellent, professional, attentive wait staff all make up for a memorable dining experience!
  18. HK

    HelenK

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made an outdoor reservation. When we arrived they informed us that they had closed the outside dining due to the excessive heat. However they accommodated us in a private room to solve the problem. We’ll handled! We did the restaurant week menu and the food and choice was great!!! HK
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The “team” dropped the ball! We felt we were ignored and had a hard time getting anyone’s attention. Very disappointed.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere, a great experience. Wally's is very consistent and never disappoints.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Sorry, I will not be returning.
  22. RI

    RickI

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a great dinnerat wall'y for resturant week. I had the salad appitizer and the white fishfor entree. The food was good and the service was excellent. Had the souffle for dessert which was fine.
  23. P

    Patricia

    Palm Springs

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Restaurant Week Menu had nice variety and the food was outstanding. Service also was very good.
  24. SH

    SueH

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t wait to go back! Valet, hostess, servers, cocktails, appetizers, entrees, dessert, ambiance, all 5 stars! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We enjoyed….Tuna tartare, Heirloom tomato &amp; Burrata salad, Scottish Salmon, Short Ribs, Grand Marnier Soufflé…. All excellent!
  25. c

    caseysmom

    Palm Springs

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to celebrate our anniversary. Every little detail was great. Well taken care of.
  26. LE

    LeslieE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried Wally‘s based on recommendations from friends. To say “pleasantly surprised” is an understatement. The food, service, ambience was splendid. Could not have been more pleased.
  27. KA

    KeithA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Plenty of waitstaff but not attentive enough. Maybe the discount dinners affected what their tips might be. Short ribs were good, potato not to my liking, lava cake the highlight for me.
  28. W

    teriW

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoy Wally’s. So many choices on the menu and the drinks are awesome
  29. s

    socalsd75

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner but unfortunately my husband was sick the next day. He had the shrimp cocktail and mentioned that one of the shrimp tasted funny. He was sick all night and the following day. It was unfortunate because we had a great time and yes we will dine their again.
  30. a

    april

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a very nice place to go for a special occasion
  31. C

    Chuck

    Palm Springs

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    During restaurant week we visited several other upscale restaurants as well as Desert Turtle. The entire experience at Desert Turtle was much superior to the other restaurants we went to and for us is perhaps the best in the entire desert. The menu was short but the dishes offered were classics that were prepared and presented with artistic flair. The flavors all blended exquisitely for a wonderful meal and experience from beginning to end. If you want some of the best food in the desert at reasonable prices for the experience visit Wally's Desert Turtle.
  32. BK

    BruceK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time back since COVID. Everything wonderful as always…. Lovely ambience, excellent menu selection with outstanding results. The entertainment, a young talented vocalist, was really enjoyable. A tad loud but a nice addition to a lovely evening.
  33. D

    Daniel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dinners I’ve ever had with my significant other.
  34. TG

    TomG

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t usually write reviews, but this time I feel compelled to share my truly exceptional experience with others. Wally’s is my new favorite restaurant in the desert! Every dish was perfect. And, the staff’s attention to detail and anticipation of our every need was such a welcome change from the typical rushed service that makes a guest feel like an imposition. And, Maddy, the owner, made us feel so welcome — dropping by our table multiple times, with genuine concern for the quality of our dining experience, sharing a warm welcome, as though we were guests in her home! A charming host. Will definitely come back when Wally’s re-opens for the season on October 22nd. (Yes, we even asked what day they would re-open… I’m a total fan-boy!) Definitely an experience not to be missed!
  35. ND

    NancyD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance in this Steve Chase designed building. Professional wait staff are a joy. Nice variety of menu offerings. Food was tasty and as ordered. Will definitely visit again.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    A group not together in years.
  37. k

    kmmy

    Palm Springs

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wally's is a very nice restaurant. My husband and I loved our appetizers, and entrees. The short ribs are to die for. Then desert of lemon meringue and carrot cake. So yummy.
  38. N

    dougN

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service pretty expensive but very good
  39. N

    Native5280

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was amazing. Save room for dessert .
  40. m

    mavisjune

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Slow to be seated, but service was very good. Food delicious. Enjoyed the saxophone player.

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Wally's Desert Turtle offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 568-9321.

Wally's Desert Turtle is rated 4.6 stars by 2832 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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Google Map for Wally's Desert Turtle

71775 Highway 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bob Hope Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Rancho Mirage

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking, Private Lot Self-Parking, and Street Parking available

  • Public transit

    Sunline Transit AgencyBus Line #111Bus Stop #659Highway 111 and Rancho Las Palmas Westbound

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Great Live Entertainment Nightly with the Bolivar Brothers, Michael and John ... playing the standards, the classics, some current hits, and a sprinkling of guest requests ...Celebrating Springtime in the Desert with a $38 Three-Course Seasonal Prix Fixe Menu in our Bar and Sahara Lounge, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sundays through Thursdays.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 568-9321

  • Catering

    Wally's Desert Turtle offers a wide range of superb catering events including elegant and intimate cocktail receptions, large-scale charity luncheons, formal plated dinners, and grand party buffets. We are also proud to be the exclusive onsite event caterers for the PGA Tour CareerBuilder Challenge, formerly known as the Humana Challenge, and previously as the famous Bob Hope Desert Classic. Wally’s is also the exclusive caterer for the Clinton Foundation of the Coachella Valley. Call or email our Special Events & Catering Department Ph#760-568-9321 or Email at wallysdtcatering@gmail.com

  • Private party facilities

    Wally's Desert Turtle is one of the desert's premier locations for upscale private dining. An elegant, classy and majestic space to host family celebrations, corporate events or just memorable moments.

  • Private party contact

    Stephen Jeffers: (760) 568-9321

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