Savor unforgettable modern Californian cuisine in the most highly awarded restaurant in the desert. Wally's Desert Turtle, a dining destination and landmark for more than 37 years, is steeped in history and awards — Mobil Four-Star, AAA Four Diamond, and OpenTable Best Overall to name a few. Wally's was created by Wally Botello, founder of the famed Velvet Turtle chain. Family-owned and operated by Michael and Nicole Botello, Wally's continues its storied legacy, incorporating a commitment to sustainable, organic, and locally sourced fare by partnering with Hercules Ranch for premium naturally raised beef, Shelton Farm for organic poultry, and responsible purveyors for sustainably raised seafood. Wally's current Executive Chef Richard Pelz apprenticed at Michelin-starred restaurants including Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo and Redd in Napa Valley.
For a truly memorable meal, start with Wally's classic Lemon Drop cocktail, then order the Maple Leaf Seared Duck Breast — served with duck confit black rice, salsify, romanesco, Tokyo turnips, toasted almonds, and a bigarade bitter orange sauce — or the imported Sautéed Dover Sole, served amandine or meunière style, and pair it with a bottle of French riesling. Top off your evening with the signature soufflés made with Grand Marnier, Valrhona chocolate, apricot, blueberry, or capuccino. Don't miss Wally's annual holiday events, and the famous fashion show luncheons every Friday. Locals know that table 21 is the best vantage point for views of the dining room and the nightly live performances featuring tunes that range from cool jazz to the classics.
Wally's Desert Turtle
71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage 92270