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Wally's Desert Turtle

71-775 Hwy. 111 (Rancho Las Palmas Dr.) Send to Phone
For nearly 40 years, the desert's moneyed crowd has gathered at Wally's to graze on classic dishes and sip fine wines.

Lunch Fri., Dinner nightly (closed June to mid-Oct.)

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Wally's Desert Turtle, Rancho Mirage, CA

Wally's Desert Turtle Restaurant Review

: It was 1978 when Wally Botello, founder of fine dining chain Velvet Turtle, opened this eatery in the heart of Rancho Mirage. Wally’s Desert Turtle became the go-to place for desert socialites and celebrities, and nearly 40 years later its reputation is intact. Wally’s son has taken over the day-to-day operations, but classics such as calves liver and Dover sole are still mainstays. Updated entrées such as ricotta gnocchi appeal to a more contemporary crowd. The wine list resonates with Wally’s longstanding and manicured clientele. The lunch menu, served on Fridays only, feels like a nod to ladies who lunch, as it’s a bit on the formal side with a fashion show and offerings such as quiche Lorraine. Starters are somewhat lighter and include smoked salmon and wild mushroom soup. The Cobb salad is a lovely mix of greens and doesn't stray much from the original Brown Derby recipe.


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