About Wally's Desert Turtle
Wally’s Desert Turtle was established in 1978 by Mr. Wally Botello, the Founder of the famed fine-dining Velvet Turtle chain. The restaurant is now owned and operated by Wally's son Michael and granddaughter Maddy.
Wally’s serves dinner nightly, and hosts the wildly popular Friday Fashion Show Luncheon, prepared by our classically trained Chef. We offer nightly live musical entertainment in the Sahara Lounge, which has been enjoyed by many celebrities including Bob and Dolores Hope, Frank Sinatra, President Gerald R. and Mrs. Betty Ford, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Tom Hanks.
Wally's sources the finest in fresh ingredients from local vendors and purveyors. We offer premium, natural beef from Aspen Ridge and Hercules Ranches, Berkshire pork from Salmon Creek Farm, Sustainable seafood from Loch Etive, free-range and organic poultry from Shelton and Maple Leaf Farms, and prime lamb from Napa’s Superior Farm.
We specialize in private parties, special events, and catering, so you can experience Wally's at your home or other venue.
Whether you are a long-time local or a first-time visitor to the Coachella Valley, Wally’s Desert Turtle has a special taste of the Desert for everyone.