Understated Elegance And Culinary Excellence.
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 38 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. The restaurant is still family-owned-and-operated by Wally’s son, Michael, and his wife, Nicole. Wally’s continues its storied legacy, incorporating a commitment to sustainable, organic, and locally sourced fare by partnering with Hercules Ranch and Superior Farms for premium naturally raised beef and lamb, Shelton Farms for organic poultry, and responsible purveyors for sustainably raised seafood. “We have local farmers we’re working with,” says Botello. “Our reputation and the quality of the food has always been what’s kept our locals and snowbirds coming back.”
For a truly memorable meal, start with Wally’s classic Lemon Drop cocktail, then order the naturally raised uperior Farm Rack of Lamb served with crushed chickpeas, curried cauliflower, Romesco, coriander puree, and a lamb jus — or the Sautéed Dover Sole, served Amandine or Meunière style. Top off your evening with the signature soufflés made with Grand Marnier, Valrhona Chocolate, Apricot, Blueberry, or Cappuccino.
Wally’s has entertainment nightly, performed by renowned jazz musicians John and Michael Bolivar. If you’re looking for something light, join Michael and John at the bar for a glass of wine or a cocktail accompanied by a delicious Honolulu Tuna Tartare with wasabi Tobiko, Ponzu emulsion, and nori dust or the Aspen Ridge Beef Carpaccio with baby arugula and shaved parmesan.
Don’t miss Wally’s annual holiday events and the famous fashion show luncheons every Friday in season. A trip to the desert would not be complete without a visit to Wally’s Desert Turtle.
Wally’s Desert Turtle
71775 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage 92270
Price Range: $$$