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Wally's Desert Turtle

71-775 Hwy. 111 (Rancho Las Palmas Dr.) Send to Phone
This Rancho Mirage restaurant has catered to luminaries past and present, and continues its tradition of offering classic cuisine.
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Lunch Fri., Dinner nightly (closed June to mid-Oct.)

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Dining room at Wally's Desert Turtle, Rancho Mirage, CA

Wally's Desert Turtle Restaurant Review

: Wally Botello, founder of the Velvet Turtle chain, opened the doors to this now-landmark restaurant in 1978. Today, his son Michael has taken over the reins, with chef Richard Pelz behind the kitchen door. The menu has old-school charm, offering classics such as escargots and oysters on the half shell, along with sautéed Dover sole and a half-dozen soufflés. The wine list resonates with the longstanding coifed and manicured crowd, who remain loyal patrons. The lunch menu, served Fridays only, is also a bit on the formal side, with items like calf liver and onions. Starters are somewhat lighter and include smoked salmon and wild mushroom soup. Cobb salad is a lovely mix of greens and doesn't stray much from the original Brown Derby recipe.

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