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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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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good15%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • 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 15 March 2018 via mobile

Finest meal we’ve had in the desert. Service is impeccable, attentive and knowledgeable. Ambiance is formal yet dress was from coat and tie to jeans with a golf polo. Quiet and easy to have a conversation. Dining room is beautiful with bar music in the...More

Thank 244RogerG244
Reviewed 13 March 2018

This was my husband and my second time here. I had the oysters and they were very good. My husband had the carpaccio and that was good. He ordered the veal chop and didn't realize it had maple glaze so he sent it back. When...More

Thank judi2
Reviewed 13 March 2018

For two weeks a year, Wally's Desert Turtle Restaurant opens up a 'branch' during the big Indian Wells Tennis Tournament. We were lucky to get a table for lunch on one of the first days of this big event and were happy we did. The...More

Thank Irish_Harry
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

We had a larger business group and were given a limited menu. The dessert was beautiful and amazing! I ordered steak for the main course. It was good with a tasty horseradish crust on it. The veggies served with it were unremarkable. The Caesar salad...More

Thank Mindy M
Reviewed 9 March 2018

Wally's now has a restaurant at the Indian Wells tennis garden. Has a view over Stadium 2, and you can pay a LOT more to have a window seat, with a 90 minute time period. Had lunch there a visit to the tennis matches. Apparently...More

1  Thank Jan B
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Ate there on Valentines night. Did the prefix dinner menu. Everything from the lemon drop martinis to the deserts were outstanding. The service for such a busy night was like the waiters only table was ours. True dinning experience with fabulous food.

Thank Pete B
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Starting with the wonderful hot rolls with cold butter, our main courses of French onion soup, wonderful calves liver with bacon, onions, and a small addition of vegetables were excellent. Our table service was outstanding. In addition, the atmosphere, with soft saxophone/piano music was delightful....More

Thank Willie211941
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

In Indian Wells for the first time and ate here based on recommendations from my brother and his wife. We were dressed casually, slacks and sweaters, but most were dressed up for a fancy Friday out. Having grown up in New Jersey, I felt transported...More

Thank scmdux
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

My wife attended a company function here that impressed her so much that she booked us in for a dinner-for-two a few days later. Bottom line: we were delighted beyond expectation. From the friendly and welcoming valet staff, through the pleasant and attentive dining room...More

Thank ronniefromri
Reviewed 16 February 2018

There is a very good reason this restaurant has been a favorite for more than 40 years: good food, great drinks, attentive service and excellent value. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Having arrived at 6 we were able to use a very reasonably priced prix...More

Thank Hedonicus
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10 April 2018|
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Response from scmdux | Reviewed this property |
There didn't seem to be a dress code. We went on a Friday night and it seeemed to be older couples or families celebrating special occasions. Most men had jackets but not all had ties. We were tourists so my husband had on a... More
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
5 November 2015|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 27 - USD 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, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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