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The Wallace Details

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

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

    Dinner
    Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "We love MB Post, but The Wallace is just as good and much closer. We tend to go crazy at a small plates restaurant. We had about ten dishes and they were all superb. At the Wallace, we can never get enough of the jarred smoked trout salad, not even the artichoke and crab jar could touch it. The lamb with faro and the duck confit were large enough and good enough to enjoy as small entrees. As always, the vegetables shine, especially the grilled cauliflower. Only complaint I have is that they have too few large tables. We've been twice with parties of five and been squeezed into a table for four. Nevertheless, will return with change of seasons to try new menu."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Amazing, eclectic locally sourced cuisine! I definitely want to keep coming back to sample all that Chef Michael has to offer!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Love the room, and the vibe, but the quality of the cooking available in LA right ow requires everyone to raise their game. The Wallace's fried chicken sandwich was over cooked and under seasoned all at once, and the homemade chips were greasy and limp. Maybe it was an off day, and I'd probably give it another chance, but I wouldn't order that again. Salads and other stuff might be the way to go."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "After three brunches at the Wallace I am ready to report it has the best brunch in Culver City. Amazing food, good drinks, and never a wait. It will be my one and only choice for brunch going forward."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Nice spot, good food & service, gets loud after 7:30"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My wife and I went to The Wallace on a rec from a friend. It started off great, but two of our entree plates were not. Scallops were very salty and the beef rib ravioli was served in a pool of butter. Very, very rich We had the halibut also and it was salty, too, but not as much as the scallop. The artichoke crab jar and broccoli were fantastic. We will probably go back some day. The chef probably just had one of the nights. The restaurant was full for a weds night so I'm sure the food is usually outstanding. Service was good!!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "A few of us went there for brunch to celebrate our friend's birthday. The food was so good! We shared a popover, which next time I probably won't share. :) 3 of us got the brisket hash skillet, and 1 got the chilaquiles. For dessert, we shared a jar of pudding, which was also, outstanding. I cannot wait to go back there to try the dinner menu. Service was excellent too. Ashley was very attentive and helpful."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We sat outside because it looked like so many new places, LOUD. The food was nice, I mean, I am a foodie and thought a couple of the dishes were nice but for the money, there is another restaurant nearby that I would go to instead hands down. The food tries to be innovative but does not quite cut it. This restaurant has small plates but the tables are so small, you need to give two people enough room to have more than two plates on the table at the same time. All in all, I give it a 7, but do I want to drop $100 for a 7? Maybe :)"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "the only issue is the restaurant is extremely noisy - the rest is fabulous!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "+ We were greeted with warm and friendly smiles. + We arrived at 8:05pm (for an 8:15pm reservation) and offered a table immediately. + Waiter was fantastic, knowledgable, courteous, as were the food runners. + Food was delectable, well portioned, a fantastic meal. - Our dining table was too small to accommodate our multiple dishes. This required constant rearrangement with each new dish. - Our dining chairs were uncomfortable and all four feat didn't touch the floor, causing the chairs to rock constantly. - Outdoor seating was requested via online reservation, but this was not acknowledged by the hostess upon arrival and we were seated indoors."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Went for the first time for a group dinner - great food, great service, very cute restaurant. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Not too many people there at 7pm , just half full. Received the first few plates in timely fashion, they were salad cups-very good, popover- nice and cured meats- not bad , (a little light in the quantity dept). The main course-bone marrow was the problem, (not the actual dish) but the service. Unfortunately the dish came 25 minutes after the others were fully cleared. Kind of like watching the "Godfather" with commercial interruptions. Anti-climactic. I then told the manager and she offered to take the entree off (I declined). The table next to us also complained to us that the service was way too slow and they had been there before. At one point the manager said that the kitchen was backed up, whatever that means."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "If you like small plates style dining, you will love having dinner here. Food was interesting, well prepared and skillfully presented. I had the "Morning Sex" cocktail (bourbon based) and it was excellent. I look forward to going back again to try more of their dishes and cocktails."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Amazing food! Reminds me a lot of Gjelina in Venice. They do small and medium sized plates. It's really about sharing. The best dishes were the vegetable dishes (I'm not vegetarian). They were just amazing! We were actually a little dissapointed with the steak and the snapper. But the short rib ravioili was awesome! Service is great. Drink the craft cocktails. They are delicious! Great service! We had Julie as our server. She is awesome. The host was very nice too! Really such a great experience!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This place is relatively new to Culver City so some friends & I decided to try it out! I wish we could have sat outside- the outside patios is really cute, but i happened to be raining. The inside is really great though too. Very cozy, but hip, modern feel. The staff was all very nice, very attentive, and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed everything we had! This is definitely a great new spot. Be sure to try the fried chicken and for dessert there was some salted caramel pudding. Delicioiusness!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The Wallace is everything it's advertised to be, farm to table, seasonal, creative, and pretty darned perfect,"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "From the service, which was slow and inattentive (even though they were hardly full) to the food which were tiny portions and not very good, this restaurant is more hype than value. I ordered the nicoise with salmon which was a tiny, severely overdressed bowl of mostly arugula and way way way too many green beans and a tiny piece of undercooked, bitter tasting fish--all for only $18. Our dirty dishes sat and sat and for a mid week, low volume early lunch it took 1 1/2 hours. Won't be back, won't miss it! I predict a slow and steady demise for this restaurant in a town full of gems."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Great vibe at The Wallace - this restaurant would be right at home in NY or Barcelona, but we get to enjoy it in Culver City! We sat in the back near the kitchen and started salivating the minute we arrived because there were so many tempting aromas wafting our way. In our group of 4 people, we tried a variety of dishes and everyone raved about all of them. We love the concept of small plates over several courses. Camden was our waitress and she was fantastic. The service overall was top notch. We never felt hurried. We went on a Friday night and it did get quite raucous - next time we'll come back mid-week to enjoy each other's company with lower background decibels. :-)"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant with my wife for our anniversary. We ordered a lot of small plates for sharing (they recommend 3 plates per person). The Gruyere Pop Overs were outstanding, and I could have eaten the entire order of the smoked trout myself. The only problem was that by the time our fourth plate arrived (we also order the blue cheese and onion dip -- so indulgent and delicious -- the cauliflower, the beets, and one other veggie) we were totally full. This place would be great for bigger groups (4+) of friends who want to share and taste everything. The small plate portions are pretty generous, and there's so much good food to try. We will definitely be returning. Also, the cocktails are top notch."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We went on a quiet Monday evening but still the staff was pleasant and each plate, mostly sharing, had wonderful, fresh & unique flavors."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went here for a belated Valentine's Day dinner. We were very pleased. It is on the expensive side, but all the dishes we tried were very good and unique; no real downers. Highlights were the duck confit, pork cheeks, and the scallops. Cauliflower was great too."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "An overall wonderful experience. Everything we had was scrumptious. Get the jarred goodies. And the caramel dessert. My favorites. Although the ahi was great, as was the veggies. The ambiance was a perfect relaxed but romantic style with a pretty decent noise level. I would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "My wife is allergic to wheat and they were clueless to a wheat-free menu. They were very apologetic and offered us extras but nevertheless we had a less than stellar experience. 2 of the three courses had wheat and had to be sent back. They should have reduced our bill. I think that they learned from our visit and we would try it again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Just off the beaten path, the bar was empty, the dining tables were mostly occupied, nearby restaurants were full and jumping. The food was fair at best and the portion smaller than similar small plate restaurants., The bar was poorly stocked, maybe why it was empty."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Went on a Sunday and they have a brunch but, it's not a buffet or fixed price limited menu. The menu they had was comprehensive and would serve anyone's needs. We will definitely go back another time. The dinner menu sounds divine."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The service was spectacularly bad. The hostess was rude and stuck up and the noise level was close to ear splitting. Don't come here. The food DOES NOT make up for its flaws."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Wow...tried about 6 dishes here and two beers from tap. Not one dish was bad at all. The service is great! Will return with friends and family again! The most memorable dish for me here was the bone marrow...if you are a fan of it...then this is the place to indulge in it!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The food was pretty good, but the portions were abysmally small. The plates were meant to be shared but my date and I are not big people, or heavy eaters by any means and we both were dismayed by the small portion sizes. But the food was good -- there just wasn't enough of it."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "well-curated menu of creative california cuisine. lots of options for veggie eaters. favorite dishes were salmon in chorizo sauce and sprouting broccoli. quite noisy though. i'll be back."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Had lunch here with a friend. Had a clean-modern, sparse vibe with some really delicious food. Really enjoyed our chicken salad sandwich and farro salad. Staff was very nice. Will definitely come back here."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Went to lunch with colleagues the other day and found the restaurant totally open at 11:30 which was nice, as it can get pretty crowded in Culver City, even starting a bit early as we did. I like the big communal tables inside, which are probably really fun at night when you are having a drink and want to meet up with a big group or meet other people. The menu was a bit small for my liking, but the potato leek soup I ordered was very good and my colleagues liked their salads. There is quite a bit of competition in Culver City and I am curious to see what (at least for the lunch crowd) how the Wallace is going to help themselves stand out."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "I really hate to give a bad review, but from start to finish our group had a really bad experience. Two of our orders were completely wrong and had to be sent back, the drinks were extremely weak (especially for the price they charge), and they were like vultures circling our table while we were trying to enjoy our afternoon and conversation so they could hurry us up and get us out of there. I do not expect to be treated like that especially when we are paying such a high price for lunch. This was our first time here and will definitely be our last."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We happened upon the Wallace by chance and what a treat! We were lucky to get a table now because I have a feeling it's going to be very tough to get a table if they continue to make the kind of food we had the other night. Incredible really. Simple but so flavorful. It's a charming little restaurant with a big heart and a huge amount of flavor coming out of the kitchen!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Food was amazing with excellent service. Can't wait to return. Went for restaurant week and had an opportunity to try many items."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "It's good, especially the beets and grapefruit, as well as the sweet potatoes, but i get the feeling it's just trying to be a hipster restaurant like the originals in Venice. Personally, if I want this kind of food i would go to Gjelina for the real thing. The duck confit also seemed pre-made and my friend sent his back. The lamb sounds juicy and good but is quite small. The fries accompanying the hangar steak were amazing. My friend also really liked his tequila cocktail."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "One of the challenges of serving lots of plates is that the diner expects each one to be a gem. The Wallace manages to produce really a lot of wonderful, diverse flavours. I was also impressed with the professional staffing. My usual complaint with small plates restaurants is that the plates come too quickly and I feel rushed but that was not the case here. Tasty food in a fun environment--The Wallace is a find."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "… And I don't say that lightly. I love my pudding. The place was a wee noisy for my taste and the tables were quite close. However, the hostess and our server couldn't have been nicer. The food is divine. The vegetable dishes (many of which contain bacon) can be made without meat for vegetarian. For the carnivorous, the meat dishes are quite adventurous. My small dog turned into a giant wolf when given the remnants of my bone marrow. But the desserts … ah! When I die, I want to go swimming in a vat of their caramel pudding."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "My friend and I recently went to lunch at The Wallace during DineLA week, and we really enjoyed everything we ordered. We were short on time and let the server know, and she was great at getting all of our food out as quickly as possible. The food, especially the dessert, was excellent. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "We went for restaurant week in LA, but it was not overly crowded, so there was no excuse for the slow service and interminable wait to get our food. Service was awful. We had to flag down the wait staff many times. Food was unimpressive and delivered at snail pace."
    Dined on 1/20/2014