The Wallace

The Wallace

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thewallacela.com/
  • Phone: (310) 202-6400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Brunch
    Saturday-Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm

    Dinner
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Teich
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Venice Blvd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are currently working on a Valet station that will be located in the front of the restaurant.
    VALET Parking: best option on the weekends. Head South on Main St., turn right on Culver and the valet station is on the right side.
    PUBLIC LOT: One is located on Cardiff, one street west of Main and another lot by Trader Joe's. The one by Trader Joe's is a much bigger lot. The Cardiff lot is full most of the times, especially on the weekends.
A word from The Wallace
The Wallace is a true California restaurant serving seasonally inspired shared plates focusing on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Wallace reviews from OpenTable diners
133 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (104)neighborhood gem (86)hot spot (43)great for outdoor dining (43)good for groups (35)special occasion (34)vibrant bar scene (25)romantic (22)great for lunch (20)late-night find (15)notable wine list (14)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Great, vibrant atmosphere, and really good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    What a great find! Very lively atmosphere but not to loud. Great drink menu, especially small batch bourbons. Some of the best tapas style eats I've ever had. Beach dish was as good or better than the last. Friendly, helpful service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas Restaurant comparable to Animal or Ink
    Blubberbrix
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    If you are looking for a conveniently located, deceptively high-end looking tapas restaurant/bar this is your spot. And, I say "deceptively high-end" because it looks like it's un-affordable for the average Angeleno and the food is too good to be reasonably priced (right?), but no, it's just a great place to hang out on the patio and get 3-6 small plates to share with your date at a fair price. I've been to other great tapas bars in the area, like Animal and Ink to name a couple, and this place is right up there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual With Minimalist But Warm Setting
    Doorah
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Enjoyed a healthy lunch. This was my second time here. Recall first meal being great. This one wasn't as good but still good. A solid restaurant with reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • scottGW
    scottieatsVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    You can't go wrong for a nice relaxed lunch with great food. Dinner is also very good with different menu items. I have always found the wait staff to be very helpful, friendly and attentive. Good cocktails as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always fun
    jeffschoice
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Its always fun to be at the Wallace. Food is creative and delicious. The chef and staff enjoy preparation and servers pleased to present the fare. I suggest the signature drink, The Grommet with lots of rum and mezcal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Quirky cocktails with unique ingredients. Delicious food from our starters to dessert. Excellent service...our server, Ryan, was awesome & very helpful w/ menu recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Amazing food, great service, good invironment!!!! Must try the ribs ravioli and the duck! Also, the first desert on the desert menu!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, bad kitchen smoke
    Lolo
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food was delicious! A little expensive for tapas, but ordering a main dish and sides was filling enough if you enjoy eating light! The dining area was a cosy room and the restaurant had an energetic feel which was really fun for a Friday night out in Culver City. Service was always good and attentive. My only complaint that makes me not want to go there again is the smoke from the open kitchen was burning my and my friend's eyes...bothering them to say the least. It was very busy at 8:15 PM when we had reservations so maybe at a less busy day you can hope for less smoke, but it is honestly a deterrent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local gem in Culver City
    Hardtoplease
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We were greeted, when we came in the door, by a very personable hostess who seated us near the open kitchen. It was fun to watch the young chefs focused on their preparations. Our waiter was excellent! He knew the menu, made some recommendations, and made sure the food came out in a timely fashion. We had duck rillettes, gruyere and black pepper popovers, grilled cauliflower, local albacore tartare, and short rib ravioli. Everything was delicious! All small plates that the three of us could share. The menu was very innovative and interesting! The only drawback is the street parking near the restaurant. I recommend parking in the parking structure located one block west on Cardiff Ave. We're looking forward to retuning very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FrancesFoodie
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Went with another couple on Friday Halloween night..great atmosphere good food but the portions were a little too small & it was little too over priced. I would visit this place again for a drink & if I wasn't hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sadly disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I loved the story of the restaurant....husband/wife team...the menu read delicious online...but so disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rude hostess
    Anonymous
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Rude hostess. Just what the world needs. Another un-welcoming un-helpful young inexperienced hostess who's could care less attitude and negativity stained our evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    the small plates were way too small for what was charged.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday and the food and service were both great. We enjoyed it and will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambience and delicious food
    SassaFrass88
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I had a very important business dinner and so I picked the wallice from Yelp because of the good reviews. It actually turned out to be pretty great. I don't think I've ever eaten fine dining food like that, where everything is in tiny little proportions. The only thing I didn't understand, was how to add things to each person's plate without a serving utensil.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BuddyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Share plates. Food good. If you order everything at once, food comes fast and you feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The Wallace is great - the menu is varied and everything sounds delicious on the menu, and was delicious when served. Lots of options to suit any taste and/or restrictions (veg, gluten-free, etc.) The wines that we had were tasty and reasonably priced. The only caveat: noisy, like so many new restaurants these days - I was desperate for some acoustical dampeners tucked up between the joists of the ceiling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for brunch!!!
    OCFoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Lots of great choices for brunch. First time in after a recco from my daughter.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    Kimbo
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great dinner! Loved it- amazing food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch was outstanding!
    kaelspin
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I'm never surprised by lunch. A business lunch is a business lunch. But this past week I met a colleague at The Wallace for lunch on a recommedation from wherela.com. Blown away by the food. Excellent!! Wow. Just found. my "go to" spot for lunch. I had the Chicken Truffle Salad sandwich....mmm good. See you soon Wallace!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wallace-MAZING!!
    Annabella7
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I had absolutely wonderful time at The Wallace last night! The food is SO unique and delicious! Fresh! Unique blends of different cuisines to make what 'America' should really taste like! The chef is a genius and HOT! And I have never seen a cooler server in my life! Great skin! Amazing hip attitude (my friend and I took FOREVER to order because we were busy catching up) and very specific food knowledge. The manager obviously works his butt off to sustain such a harmonious, delicious, trendy, up-to-date dining environment. LOVE ALL AROUND!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Culver's Finest
    missmariab
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've been here a few times with friends and it's become a must-do with out of town guests. Friday nights are usually the busiest, but we can often get a reservation at the last minute without any issues. We've also just walked up and put our names on the list. The food is so delicious and fresh. The drinks are so yummy I can hardly believe there is any alcohol in them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Nini
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Such a varied menu of small plates, delicious and interesting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LAPhilattendeeVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The Wallace is a real gem! The food was again quite appetizing and interesting. While initially dishes (small plates) came out too fast, a gentle nudge to the waiter fixed the problem. In general, the food outshines the service, which can seem uneven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hoping for more
    CulverCityCJ
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is a beautiful, hip, and delicious addition to Culver City. I went for lunch a few days before, and it was great. I returned again for brunch, and unfortunately, they misplaced our order so we had to wait a terribly long time to be served. They comp'd us 10% and gave us mimosas, but I wish they did more. It didn't make any sense at all because the restaurant was nearly empty. I hope they get it together so it can restaurant that will last.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love The Wallace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Everything was fantastic. The service, the food, the ambiance, you name it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Culver City spot!
    Mare
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Needed a restaurant before the theatre and this was perfect. Small plates with lots of flavor. Highly recommend. Casual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wallace experience
    Foon47
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was good and not expensive but the wine by the glass was exhorbitant. $13 for a glass of wine is ridiculous and they should have told us what the price was. Artichoke and crab dip was not good, very fishy otherwise everything else grilled octopus, carrots, caulifower, trout dip & tuna tartar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricey but worth it
    bcky1224
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I really enjoyed The Wallace. Our server suggested ordering 3-4 plates per person (they're small). We ordered six between the two of us, plus a cocktail each and a dessert to share. The total was $110 + tip, so it wasn't the cheapest, but the food was worth it. Loved: white bean jar, wild mushroom ragout, ricotta dumplings, and short rib ravioli. We weren't crazy about the cauliflower, and the bacon, romesco and melted greens jar was good, but not extraordinary. The salted caramel pudding was delicious, but we were too full to finish it. My friend enjoyed a strong drink called the grommit, with mezcal, white rum & blackberry liquor. I loved my drink, the Teepee, with Campari, chamomile, grapefruit & cava. The place is really nice but loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring a cushion & earplugs!
    GourmetGalVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This place is just darling! Inventive food, great presentation, great service, BUT, with the exception of 4 banquettes, you'll be sitting on really uncomfortable wooden seats. My husband and I are both serious fans of small plates, so we made the long trek to try this place. We had been forewarned about the noise, so thought going early (6:45) would help. Not so much! The music is DEAFENING! If we could have scored seats outside, we would have been better off, except that the tables outside are tiny. We spoke to the manager who said he is ordering cushions, but we'll see. Ok- now back to that fabulous food! Culver City seems like the hot spot of LA at the moment, with this the hottest. Try it! There's serious talent in this spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Finally
    Jaz1VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is a great addition to Culver City. Food is interesting and delicious. Love coming here and trying new things and great cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Artful small plates
    MikeDLAVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We tried The Wallace on a whim and were thrilled with the quality of the small plates. Textures and flavors were artfully combined. Every dish was great including the deserts. We made an early booking and will go even earlier next time before they start cranking the music. We are boring middle aged folk who prefer the hushed ambience of Providence or n/naka. The Wallace has a loud brasserie ambience when full. The food and service could not be faulted. Bravo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LAPhilattendeeVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My first time at The Wallace went very well. The wine list is quite interesting and very reasonable. The food is simply terrific, interesting and well-prepare. It's definitely a place to eat well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best lunch in Culver City
    JohnnyMoVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I have no idea why there is a line at the larger restaurant around the corner from the Wallace. The Wallace is so much better, on every level, it is kind of shocking. I had their brown rice bowl and I am NOT a vegetarian or even particularly interested in eating "healthy". I am a cook and I like flavor and texture. The Wallace food is just amazing. The brown bowl is exactly the kind of thing you have and then think, wow, if I had like an hour and an half to make my lunch I could make maybe make something that tastes this good AND is good for you. The Wallace is, simply, a superb restaurant - service, atmosphere, price and (most importantly) the food are all perfectly executed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I took my friend here for his birthday and it was great, the server Diego was delightful, prompt and attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service, offers variety
    LaDining
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Cocktail, wine and food menus offer a lot of options. Portions are shareable and perfect for a group to pick a lot and lass around. The seiche was painfully slow and the food took forever to come. The waitress said she was lack us but no one wants a four hour dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    adventurousdiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Nice ambiance, Servers were nice but they got two out of four of the orders wrong. The two had to wait while we had our food. all four of us were disappointed with the taste. Presentation was there but less than fair food. would not return. Maybe just a off day for Sunday Brunch
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  • Good for a group
    ninibear21
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Went to the Wallace for a dinner meeting with a group of 6. The food and drinks were great, as well as the service. I was able to easily revise my reservation for a larger number, and was seated at my table when I arrived early to meet my group. It was fun to share a variety of small plates with others, however, I'd recommend that staff supply serving utensils when they know a table is dining in this way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a tad disappointing
    biffVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    the wallace had quickly become a favorite but the last visit failed to meet expectations. there was a loooong dry spell after the first 2 dishes were served. the flow improved but the lamb chops were waaay too salty and the fried chicken (which i love) was severely over breaded. hopefully this occasion was an aberration because they can ill afford to continue down this path.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good
    nicenight
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food,wonderful service,the food arrived in an odd fashion.not a place to go for a romantic evening,very noisy !! disappointing dessert.But will go back just to try the other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.