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The Wallace Details

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

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

    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
Diner Reviews
  • "Service was great! Drinks were small. Food had delicious ingredients, but it was either too salty or too boring. Disappointed overall."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Love love loved the Wallace! The food was superb, appetizers, mains and desserts.... Great cocktails and interesting wines. Good job all round!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The menu looked a little too smart for its own good, and while I don't mind "small plates" myself, my dining companion hates them. But we were both really impressed with the food we ordered. Just a wonderful experience and I would go back again. Hard call between this restaurant and Lukshon, but I now have two choices in Culver City!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I came with a group of 9. The food was amazing even the Dine LA Restaurant week prix fix menu."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, but the menu needs some work. It's very light on vegetarian selections (at least at lunch), and extremely limited appetizer/small plates/shareables (only sweet potatoes and salty cod fritters). Great location, though, and fab service. It has super potential as a business lunch spot, but it isn't there yet."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Very creative take on American classics and a fantastic specialty cocktail menu. Highlights - Dine LA flank steak with fried bone marrow. Cooked perfectly and the rub on the meat had a nice kick. Little gem salad with bacon, blue cheese and buttermilk dressing - absolutely delicious. The popovers, cauliflower and ricotta small plates are incredible. The Wallace is now one of our favorite restaurants. Oh! And the waiter we had was out of this world! He was incredibly professional, on point with is recommendations and timing and did not skip a beat. If the food wasn't as delicious as it is, I would still recommend coming here just for the excellent service!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I've noticed the small plates or tapas style dinner composition has been growing increasingly popular, and after my meal at the Wallace I'm further convinced that's the best way to eat! Every dish was fantastic and packed with incredible flavor combinations- the popover, soft shell crab, flatiron steak, and cauliflower were my standouts of the evening, which I finished off with a decadent piece of almond cake. Great atmosphere and style- very highly recommend trying it out!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Scallops were just amazing! We tried everything on the menue. We needed a larger table!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Very mixed experience. My friends had scallops and octopus and they were thrilled with their meals, found them very tasty. We shared a salad (forgot what it's called, mixed greens with farmers market veggies) that sounded delicious but there were a lot of competing flavors and way too much radish for me. We also shared an eggplant dish that was delicious. My halibut was way too salty and again there were way too many flavors going on to really be able to enjoy it. For dessert we had an almond cake with brown sugar crumble and a peach sauce - it was very good. I would go back one more time and try different things ..."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Pleasant space outdoors and in with tapas style dishes. Everything we chose was well prepared with fresh ingredients. The menu selection provides a lot of variety and a good selection of vegetables. We ordered the duck rillettes, which was paired with just a bit of goat cheese and fig jam. The Shrimp and Chickpea pancake was outstanding, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. We also enjoyed the Salt Cod fritters and the Indian eggplant. The dessert, Salty Caramel Pudding,was a perfect finish to a perfect meal. 4 dishes and a shared dessert served 2 hungry diners well. Nice beer, cocktail ans wine selection. Service was friendly and prompt. If you want a quieter spot, outside is better."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This was our second time here, brought my entire office here for an outing. Great food and great drinks! Definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "A great place to have brunch in Downtown Culver City. The flat iron steak and pork belly hash were particularly good and be sure to try the lemon ricotta fritters. The Morning Sex cocktail was also a favorite at our table. I will definitely be coming back to try out their dinner menu."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is our second time at The Wallace and both dinners were excellent. The service, ambience and food were wonderful."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "love the food love the service and love the cocktails!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Small plates? Family style? Either way, it seems like just an excuse to make service more convenient for the kitchen that for the dinner. We were served veggies "sides" 40 minutes before any protein's hit the table. Pointless. And we had to chase down our waitress to pay the check."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The Wallace exceeded my expectations in every way. Our server was an absolute pro, every plate was just as good as the one before and the place itself had a cool but comfortable industrial feel. I can't wait to return with friends."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "There are way better alternatives for high quality dining experience in this price range within a 5 mile radius of this place."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "On par w/the highest-rated food experiences in town, in a comfortable, friendly environment. Highly rate everything we've tried so far: bleu cheese popover, grilled cauliflower w/creamy parmesan bread crumb, roasted carrots w/honey, shrimp and chickpea pancake, charred lamb (even those who don't like lamb will enjoy). Slowly working our way thru the menu. Desserts look phenomenal. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The menu is small - consisting of a mix of small plates & entrees. The food is very creative and delicious. The descriptions on the menu didnt make me "have to" try anything so I asked the server about her favorites. She suggested some really fantastic dishes: ricotta with morel mushrooms & pea tendrils (to die for!), cauliflower with a yogurt, caper, citrus sauce (absolutely awesome), buttermilk fried chicken breast with a sort of hot wings sauce for dipping on top of a fennel & celery slaw (amazing!), and duck confit. Interestingly enough, the duck was delicious, but least impressive. Go with the more interesting items on the menu you can't find anywhere else."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The best things at this restaurant are the veggie dishes. And I'm saying this as someone who really is not a huge fan of veggies! Theirs are flavourful and interesting without losing the veggie's good qualities. This is my second time and it being a Sunday, the restaurant was lightly populated and the service was smooth (unlike first time when the system totally broke down)."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is a pleasant small-plate place, a la Paiche or Gjelina but definitely not as foodie as those. Efficient, friendly, but not precious service, and an acceptable noise level (so rare these days) are pluses. The wine list is interesting and eclectic, and, if the Rozak pinot we had is an indication, good value. Unfortunately, the food seemed a bit bland. Duck rillettes ("jarred" on the menu) lacked pizzaz and depth, the cheese board ("cured") was meager (but a yummy mustard sauce), a mild mushroom ragout was overwhelmed by a big slab of polenta, and the short rib ravioli, in a bland broth, lacked the taste of short ribs. Nice place for lunch or casual weekday dinner, but maybe not a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Very creative cuisine and quite delicious! We enjoyed sitting outside for a lovely warm evening. The service was a bit slow but we certainly enjoyed everything else."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I don't usually venture to Culver City, but I would go to The Wallace again. Fantastic !!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Wonderful pancakes, eggs and coffee. Great spot for weekend brunch. Another awesome option for culver city dining."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was delicious! Will definitely be back soon. And it's a great place to go for dinner with a group."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Interesting menu and drink list. It is great for sharing between a group; however, it is a bit pricey. The desserts are amazing !"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Very cool, unique, one off place that everyone should visit. The food is very good and definitely their own. Totally should hit this place up if you are in the area."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This was our second visit to The Wallace. We tried some new dishes. The Duck Rillette and the Shisito peppers were delicious. The service was very knowledgable and our orders came out quickly from the kitchen. A great place! We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Happening place. Not your usual food, but by no means weird. Solid interesting menu. Most dishes seem spot on. The pate in a small jar with relish is perfect w/ toasted bread. The same with the white beans in a jar, just great. Short rib ravioli, perfect. Full bar, good solid wine list. Professional relaxed service, just right. On busy nights, park the next street over in the public parking 5 story lot, directly behind the restaurant then walk throughout the side walkway out on to Main street (1 minute).turn left and there you are. We'll be back"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The uni, sorbets and popovers are amazing! Excellent dining all the way around! "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The Wallace is a welcome addition to the culver city scene! Great food and drinks, fun atmosphere. Can definitely see becoming a regular at this place!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Small plates restaurant - outstanding flavors. We went with a group of 5 people and ordered 10 dishes, and they were honestly all amazing. All the dishes are very flavorful, so they are great to just have a few bites of. Definitely go with a group so you can taste a bunch of dishes."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The Wallace always provides delicious food in a fun atmosphere. I love the Smoked Trout and Fried Chicken particularly, but nothing on the menu has disappointed. I will absolutely eat there again and recommend it to everyone! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Omg!! Squid ink pasta was to die for!! I could've licked the bowl clean if it was acceptable to do so... I would pass on the bone marrow, it was super tiny small!!!! Not with the $$, btw was too ovr priced for the size. Srvc was a Lil slow, table for two small,& too close to the next table, u literally need to suck in ur stomach & shimmy ur way btw the tables,...... but overall I think I had a good experience "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Loved the food for lunch. Our waitress was great. Fast service. Had the platter and tomatoe soup. Yummy ... Great quality"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I surprise find for our lunch group. Will return again, for dinner. Very good food!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Second visit to the restaurant liked it much better on the first visit. We sat on the patio since the noise level inside made it impossible to have a conversation. The service was slow and the food by the time it reached our table seemed to be lukewarm not hot off the grill, or out of the oven. We will return as I like the small plates but when we do we will sit inside hopeful the food will reach the table while still warm & know a conversation will not be possible. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food was great, and the service was attentive but rather slow. Unfortunately the noise level was way too loud - there is no reason why they had to have music BLARING when the noise level is already high from the great energy in the dining room and the kitchen."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Great new place in Culver...this was my 2nd time here and it was even better than the first. Good service, fun place to eat with a group and just pass around food. Oysters, popovers and eggplant were some of the highlights but everything was really delicious! Would come back anytime."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My husband and I were very impressed with each item we ordered. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. We especially enjoyed the jarred trout with grilled bread, grilled octopus and salted carmel pudding. Sadly, the noise level made it very difficult to converse. As inventive and perfectly cooked everything was, I'm not sure we'd return because of the loudness."
    Dined on 5/17/2014