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Wally's Desert Turtle

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71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-4444 (Rancho Las Palmas)
+1 760-568-9321
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We read the reviews and were looking forward to the dining experience. Arrived at 7 pm on a busy Saturday night. Didn't have to wait too long to be seated. Overall impression for the night was that the service was chaotic. Started off by having to ask for cocktail/wine list. Dinner menus came at some point when it was finally... More 

Thank Michele B
Bay Shore, New York
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderfully retro dining experience. A "team" of servers were on hand to fill water glasses, replace silver and check on everything from main course to napkin needs. I am sure that the staff has eaten many of the dishes but it seemed phoney to be told "That is my favorite too" and we heard it several times in our evening.... More 

Thank Dale T
Los Angeles, California
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212 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have driven past this restaurant many times, but the sight of a bronze turtle in front of it always made me laugh. Never thought it would be worth going to. But I was dead wrong. A friend insisted that we all go this last time. She said it was one of the best restaurants in the valley. She was... More 

2 Thank Jean H
San Francisco, California
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful restaurant that takes me back to the rat pack. I could just see Dean Martin and Sammy Davis having dinner here with the boys. Service is top notch and food is very good. I had the salmon which was cooked well and portion's are big. The valrhona shuffle was delicious. There is live music that plays the classic's from... More 

1 Thank Leslie S
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although very pricey the food was to die for. Service was impeccable, atmosphere for the rich and famous which we are not! LOL. We will go back again next time in PS!

Thank mmilburn2017
Woodridge, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Upon arrival we were greeted with warmth by each staff member we spoke to. Very lovely atmosphere. Live music playing great old tunes . Service impeccable. Waiters took exceptional care of us. The food was delightful I started with caviar which was served with 4 sides each making a taste treat. Then I ordered a veal shank special that melted... More 

Thank Klaushouse2013
san rocco
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311 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a joke imitation of an elegant restaurant, very expensive and the quality is for sure not worth the price. My caesar salad was made of four leaves, the sole (49$) reminded me of hospital food, the only very specialty was the dessert, the souffles are to die for. It would be a decent place but for sure not... More 

Thank marrei
Michael B, Owner at Wally's Desert Turtle, responded to this review

Hi Marrei, Glad to hear you enjoyed our soufflé. Sorry that the other items served were not to your liking. We pride ourselves on serving incredible food with excellent customer service. You can see from the majority of our reviews, that most guests feel that we offer both delicious offerings and wonderful service. I do hope you will join us... More 

Rancho Mirage, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

A wonderful restaurant - always elegant, and always excellent! A great place to go for a special outing. The staff always makes you feel welcome and special. The food, of course, is always the star.

Thank Pat P
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103 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Outstanding venue, food and service. Everything is first class. Check out their price fixed three course early dinner in the lounge for $38.

Thank barbielab
Montclair, New Jersey
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We had a truly delightful and delicious dinner at Wally's Desert Turtle. The service was superb, the food amazing and the overall ambiance of the place terrific. It was a busy holiday time and yet, everything impeccable. Loved having the option to order souffles for dessert ! I had the Dover Sole and it was amazing, all other meals at... More 

Thank TravelDaisy1

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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
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
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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, 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: +1 760-568-9321
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?