Upgrade your dining experience at Wally’s Desert Turtle at Rancho Mirage
Wally’s Desert Tortoise
71775 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Sunday: 5:30 p.m. – Closing
Tuesday: 5:30 p.m. – closing
Wednesday: 5:30 p.m. – closing
Thursday: 5:30 p.m. – closing
Friday: 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 5 p.m. – Close
Saturday: 5 p.m. – Close
Book your table today: http://www.wallysdeserturtle.com/reservations.html
The most awarded restaurant in the desert is proud to have received the prestigious Mobil Travel Four Star Award, the AAA Four Diamond Award and the DiRoNA Award. Entering above twinkling lights, guests are swept away by the spectacular design of renowned interior designers Steven Chase and Randy Patton. Mirrored beveled ceilings, Peruvian artifacts and hand-painted murals create an extraordinary and elegant ambience in which to savor our culinary creations.
Wally’s Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage, California, a desert icon for over thirty-seven years, was established in 1978 by Mr. Wally Botello, the founder of the famous Velvet Turtle gourmet chain. Now owned and operated by his son Michael and daughter Maddy, the full menu serves contemporary California cuisine, prepared by our classically trained chef.
The fine sterling silver linen expert service serves to highlight the well-stocked wine list and the quality of the menu. In the main dining room, with interiors by renowned designers Steve Chase and Randy Patton, the warm and elegant ambience of beveled mirrored ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, ancient Peruvian artifacts and hand-painted murals combine to a sublime experience. Live musical entertainment in the Sahara Lounge makes for a sparkling and special evening in the desert.
Wally’s Desert Turtle has always attracted the desert elite night after night and is the restaurant of choice for many Hollywood celebrities, international dignitaries and captains of industry. Wally’s has been enjoyed by celebrities such as Bob and Dolores Hope, Frank Sinatra, President Gerald R. and Mrs. Betty Ford, Benjamin Netanyahu, Wayne Gretzky, Carol Channing, Tom Hanks, Steven Seagal and Barron Hilton. You never know who you might rub shoulders with in the charming mirrored dining room.
Wally’s serves dinner every night and is known for the very popular Friday Fashion Show lunch. The holidays are also a busy and memorable time, celebrated with special menus and decor. Private parties always shine brighter when held at Wally’s and are considered the pinnacle of elegance here in the Coachella Valley. Our special events department can create an exquisite menu that will wow you and your guests. Catering is also proudly offered, to bring the Wally experience to your home or other location. Wally’s is proud to be the exclusive caterer of choice for the Bob Hope Club during the Classic PGA Golf Tournament, as well as the Clinton Foundation of the Coachella Valley.
“Farm to Table”, “Root to Root” and “Sustainability” are the watchwords here at Wally’s Desert Turtle. We take great care in sourcing the finest quality fresh ingredients from local vendors and suppliers, and are proud to support ranches, farms and fisheries that practice sustainable production methods that respect the land and oceans. . Wally’s offers premium natural beef from Aspen Ridge and Hercules Ranches, Berkshire pork from Salmon Creek Farm, sustainable seafood from Loch Etive, free-range and organic poultry from Shelton and Maple Leaf Farms, and premium lamb from Napa’s superior farm.
Whether you prefer savory dishes such as Imported Sautéed Sole, Salmon Creek Pork Tenderloin, and Seared Hercules Ranch Beef Tenderloin, or a sweeter dish like our signature Grand Marnier Soufflé or Valrhona Hot Chocolate Cake, the dishes Classically prepared will please any palate, and will satisfy the gourmet diner every time. Whether you’re a longtime local or a first-time visitor to the Coachella Valley, Wally’s Desert Tortoise has a special taste of the desert for everyone.