Wally's Desert Turtle
Gravad Lax, Horseradish Vinaigrette, Leek Fondue
Lake Superior Whitefish
Fennel Onion Compote, Citrus Segments, Lemon Beurre Blanc, Uni Mirin Sauce
Antarctica Sea Bass
Artichokes, Arugula Pure, Red Peppers, Meyer Lemons, Fennel, Tomato Confit
This fabled eatery continues to work hard during times of changing dining preferences. If you're looking for something gracious (if not a little "old school"), then this is the place to be. Hospitality is extremely competitive in the Coachella Valley, and there are many excellent choices for dining spots of nearly every desired category. However, Wally's Desert Turtle continues to provide gracious ambiance, an interesting menu (with steep prices -- worth the cost, but don't be surprised), and operated "with a heart."
Bravo to Wally's Desert Turtle!!! The entire staff made me and my guests feel comfortable and well taken care of during the entire experience. This is truly a world class restaurant and they do not rest on their laurels - the earn their reputation each time we dine here. Outstanding food and service. Thank you Wally's - a perfect evening!!!
Wonderful service, food, ambiance. We love this traditionally served cuisine and menu. A definite favorite!
The chef is amazing! Artistic AND delicious!
It our 40th anniversary. That was noted when the reservation when made.
Drinks were ordered, but before they arrived, our server handed menus and asked what we wanted. I said lets get our drinks first and then we will order.
Drinks arrived and behind that person was the server, asking, were we ready to order?
I said, give u a few minutes, he did, 7 minutes later he was back!
We ordered! Right then he handed us the desert menu and said, ready to order desert?
I said no.
Within the next 10 minutes, appetizers was presented, as they was being finished, the main course arrived, unfortunately, one of the guest had not finished their oysters. Main course plates were placed and, the server very clearly asked us again, you want to order desert now?
I said no
I ordered wine and when the bottle was presented, that server quickly passed the label under my nose and started to open the bottle. I said, wait
I would like to see the label again. He then showed me the label again. I said that's not the wine I ordered. He said, oh we are out of that year and we sub this one, its much better. Unfortunately, the wine was shallow, and boring.
We were at Wally's about 6 months before. The wine then, was recommended by the server. And that was the wine we ordered this time, that was listed on their wine list. I was never told of the sub.
Back to dinner, guess who came back, the server, as we were finishing, he pushed that desert menu again.
I said no thank you! He left and returned with the bill.
I mentioned, he had NOT asked if we wanted coffee or the water glasses refilled as they were empty.
Coffee was brought and the water glasses got refilled.
We paid the $370. bill and left.
For information we have gone to Wally's since 2001, certainly not monthly, but often.
I know their closing and up for sale. But to be treated the way we were, I hope they can't sell the place.
Oh, one more thing, no one said Happy Anniversary to us! And unfortunately, it was not this time.
Dear Robert, I wanted to first thank you for your detailed review. It is important that we receive this feedback so we can improve. I wanted to sincerely apologize about your experience. This is not our standard. We pride ourselves on being a place where you can come for a special occasion and have a memorable experience. I want to make this right for you and would love to discuss this further. If would please give me a call at your earliest convenience at 760-568-9321. - Madalyn Botello
All in all very good.
Great Staff - Greeted Upon Arrival - Promptly Seated As Requested In a Nice Booth in the Upper Level Corner. Service Was Attentive & Kind When Not Too Busy.
Drink Orders Promptly Taken & the Server With the Bread/Rolls Passed By Promptly, Several Times.
Red & Yellow Endive Salad - Very Good
French Onion Soup - A Bowl of Water with a dash of herbs and some onions, topped with cheese - Terrible @ $12.00
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail - Medium Size Limp Soggy Shrimp; Have Had Better from the Grocery Store - Terrible @ $18.00
OYSTERS Rockefeller - Soggy Spinach, Barely Baked - Terrible @ $24.00
Calves Liver - Good - Nothing Special @ $38.00
Rack of Lamb - 3 Medium Size Chops - 2 were a bit tough, 1 was good. Have had better at lower end restaurants for 1/2 the price. Just OK @ $60.00.
Carrot Cake - Dry & SuperMarket Quality @ $12.00
Baked Alaska - Basically A Cake with Ice Cream & Berries - Tasted Store Bought @ $12.00
I know Wally's was always much better. However, it seems everyone has been off since reopening during COVID19. I got the impression that all the food was frozen in February and thawed out for their reopening. For a $400.00 dinner (with wine) for -2- guests, of course we expected a fabulous dinner and this time around, that was not the case. Mediocre at best. Overpriced at Worst. I don't think I will be returning anytime soon.
One couple anniversary 67 years/ other couple 55 years. Great evening all around. Our favorite dining place.
Enjoyed a wonderful evening at Wally’s. Get here while there is still opportunity as Wally’s will be closing forever in early July
Hi Bob! We are so glad you came and dined with us! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your evening. We will be closing July 5th for summer. However, we will reopen in October! See you then!!
Best French Onion soup I have ever had. Our main enters were equal)y spectacular, perfectly tender beef and lamb, perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked and outstanding presentation. Service was a bit scant at times during our visit but probably due to the very recent re-opening post Covid19 shutdown.
our favorite restaurant in the desert. highly recommended
Anniversary but we KOVE Wall’s all the time.
WONDERFUL DINING EXPERIENCE AS ALWAYS. ONLY THING AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME WOULD TO HAVE MORE CONTROL ON GUESTS ON FACE MASKS. ESPECIALLY THAT THEIR GUESTS ARE MORE ON THE OLDER SIDE. OTHERWISE AS I SAID LOVE THE MEAL AND WILL BE BACK.
Hi! Thank you for coming in and dining with us! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your evening. We absolutely will make sure every guest comes in with a face mask on when they enter the establishment. We care about the health and well being of our guests. We have also made sure we are going above and beyond on our cleaning standards and sanitizing. Hope to see you again very soon!
Excellent restaurant. Fine service. Nice atmosphere.
Everything was perfect , the mood the food and the musics. Great staff and service
Wally's adhered to all the safety and health protocols while not sacrificing the elegance of the restaurant. The meal was outstanding as was the service.
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We are happy to be open and hope to see you and your family again soon!
We went for our Anniversary, since they had just reopened we got a booth that was away from everybody, and made it so romantic that it was just us on that side. surprised us with an Anniversary desert. Staff and food were great. We are so sorry that they are closing in October Our Anniversary made it just that much more special before they go Thanks.
Wally’s provides dependably good food and service in an expansive, curiously elegant room. It is perhaps our favorite restaurant in the desert.
One of the very few remaining truly gracious and elegant restaurants in the Coachella Valley. The pricing is on the high side, but the experience is worthy of the cost. There's plenty of "find dining" in the region, but few are as gracious as Wally's Desert Turtle.
Wally’s is one of the places in the desert to have a proper dinner not just to go out to eat.
Service, ambiance and food are all 5 star.
See you when you reopen in September!
Just perfect. No sacrifice in quality or experience while respecting the new requirements to open.
Probably the best fish I have eaten in ages!
I highly recommend Wally's ~
We love this restaurant; the live music, the ambience are always great. We went for my Birthday, the lamb and filet entrees were delicious. The service was very good until the end....we were finished with the meal for 35 minutes before the check was brought to us. During that time the busboy as well as our server seemed to go missing so we couldn’t get anyone’s attention.
Another amazing dinner at Wally's! The service and food are simply amazing. The staff listens to what you want and does whatever it takes to provide for that experience you desire. The food is not inexpensive however if you are looking for an exceptional experience in dining Wally's is certainly the place!
Food was delicious as usual. Service was very poor. After our food was delivered we never saw our waiter until our meal was over. Very disappointing
Wally’s is always on our list when vacationing in the area and never disappoints. Wonderful food, service and ambience. The Dover Sole Almondine is a must have complimented with a large soufflé for dessert! The best and my altimeter favorite restaurant
Fabulous experience iconic elegant fine dining in the desert. Extra stars for great Covid19 spacer table adjustments. Unlike some recent eery (and lonely) "where is everyone?" sit-in restaurant dining, Wally's still provided a warm pleasant ambiance with tablecloths and lights on the "spacer" tables. Recommend Short Ribs and Dover Sole. Hurry before they close for the Season.
We enjoyed our evening at Wally's, but the servers seemed disoriented. No one took charge of our table as far as we could see. A drink was ordered with the order for the food, but was not delivered. Another server came by to ask if we needed another drink and I told him one was ordereed, but not received. He immediately took care of that. When we were finished with ur meals and the dishes removed, we waited a long time and finally I had to signal for someone to just bring our check.
The food was outstanding. The host was excellent. And, the valet, without asking, assisted my handicapped partner into the car.
A “go to” restaurant to celebrate a special event. It’s worth the money.
Wally’s is always a special treat. Excellent food and service.
Hello Kevin! Thank you for coming and spending time with us! We look forward to seeing you again next season!
only wonderful....as always! Look forward to doing it again on Father's Day
So hard to beat Wally's. Food, atmosphere, service. It is always a special time to visit Wally's. We have been there a few times every year. Also now heard they are not going to close, or sell and plan to be open this next winter season again. Will be back soon
Hi Kim! We are so pleased to hear you enjoy coming and spending time with us! We enjoy seeing you as well. We will be open next season. We look forward to seeing you and your wonderful family!
Wally's hasn't lost a step. Food and service great as always and all the virus protocols followed.
Thank you Judy for taking the time to leave us a review. We are thrilled to be back open and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your dinner. See you again soon.
It was our first time out since the stay at home orders allowed It. Was lovely to be in a beautiful restaurant being served amazing food by a friendly and grateful staff. The tomato and burrata starter with balsamic pearls and basil was gorgeous and delicious. My sea bass and scallops were perfect as was my date’s veal chop. The chocolate soufflé for dessert is not to be missed. The staff was welcoming and we were all thankful to be there. The musician in the bar was playing the horn and it was the perfect background music allowing us to hear each other. Overall a special dining experience! Thank you Wally’s!
Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review. We take pride in making our food delicious so we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your dinner. And Michael, the saxophone player, is definitely an amazing performer. Hope to see you again soon!
Xoextationa were low having just reopened - but food was amazing and service was impeccable.
Hi Kevin! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your time at Wally's! We are grateful to be back open and hope you continue to come and dine with us!
Great food and service - wonderful place to celebrate a birthday with friends
As always we love dining in Wallys everything is always really good from food to service. Thank you.
Wonderful evening. Great food ambience and live music.
The food is OUTSTANDING with ambiance to match!
OpenTable ダイナー1977名によるWally's Desert Turtleの評価は4.7☆です。