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Wally's Desert Turtle

71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92270-4444
+1 760-568-9321
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good14%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92270-4444
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Reviewed 1 week ago

All their entrees are amazing, and desserts to die for. Prices are expensive, but it is worth it. Great for Engagement, Anniversary and Romantic dinners. Dinner for 2 average $500. Very expensive, but worth it.

Thank M3625DQglorias
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

We have been to Rancho Mirage a number of times but Wally's Desert Turtle has always been closed for the summer. This year we were lucky and visited before they closed for 3 months. We are so pleased we made it. It might not be...More

Thank RevLainey
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Michael, a chardonnay glass is not acceptable for a big bordeaux. The bordeaux wine glass is a very large glass and such wine should not be served in the smaller chardonnay glass. A restaurant like Wally's should have a variety of wine glasses to accommodate...More

Thank Sariah11
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Perfect in every respect from appetizers, entrees, dessert and service. Too bad we live in Dallas, TX because we'd eat here often.

Thank Richard V
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Visited Wally's for the first time. Appitisers were delicious. My steak was excellent. The chicken breat was moist and flavorful. Service attentive and very professional.

Thank leightayl0r
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Great food ...and service!!! Requested a seat away from bar and music.....done! Only iffy thing....sauteed calamari.....thick pieces and not very tasty. Lamb rack was perfect...all of us ordered it and loved it. Grande Mariner souffle wonderful. Surprised by wine list...they do have something for everyone....More

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 2 June 2017

I had dinner at Wally's and it was superb. The food was terrific, wine plentiful and ambiance nice. Everything was fresh, the menu had something to appeal to every taste, and the staff was super-attentive. The beef, fish and vegetarian dishes were perfectly cooked. The...More

Thank withkidstravel
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This use to be a coat and tie only restaurant, but had to change due to social changes. Still, the menu, style and quality remains the highest.

Thank Dick S
Reviewed 24 May 2017

If you are looking for an elegant dining experience while visiting the desert, look no further than Wally's Desert Turtle. The food, wait staff, and ambiance leave nothing to be desired. We have never been disappointed in our food or service. This is our favorite...More

Thank camartin0807
Reviewed 7 May 2017

This was my go to restaurant for special occasions and was there for my birthday and they ruined the night. I told the waiter I can't eat nuts so he said he would instruct the chef not to include them in my duck. The duck...More

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Michael B, Owner at Wally's Desert Turtle, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2017

Thank you for your review. I apologize if your server was confused about your request for a meal without nuts. Can you please give me the date of your visit and your server's name? I will look into this immediately. We pride ourselves on serving...More

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Howard H
25 December 2015|
Response from Glen K | Reviewed this property |
Well, it's a pretty fancy place, and good for special occasions, so I suggest you might like to get dressed up a bit. You don't have to over-do it. A golf shirt, cardigan and khakis would work. "Country-club casual" is what... More
Janice O
4 November 2015|
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Response from RaePalmSprings | Reviewed this property |
No I do not think so.
3 August 2015|
Response from Michael B | Property representative |
Please do, as we can't wait to see you! We know that you are going to enjoy the Wally's Desert Turtle experience. Please remember that we re-open for season on Friday, October 9th, 2015.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$27 - US$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, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92270-4444
    (Rancho Las Palmas)
  • Public Transportation: A public transit stop is directly across the street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  Rancho Mirage
  • Phone Number: +1 760-568-9321
  • E-mail
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.
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