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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "I took my friend here for his birthday and it was great, the server Diego was delightful, prompt and attentive."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My son always picks this restaurant for any special occasion that we are celebrating for him. He is 10 years old and a bit of a foodie already and loves some of the little bites that come in the jars. My other son who is super picky and 13 years on also can always find something here. My husband and I love the menu. I am vegetarian and can always find something delish. The waitstaff is always very informed about the menu. It's fun to sit by the kitchen and watch them do their thing."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I love to take my clients here for lunch! I l love the brown rice and salmon bowl!! Mmmm"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I went here for a birthday celebration with my parents. We had a wonderful meal. Each dish was very tasty and we enjoyed an excellent bottle of wine with our food. It's very nicely decorated, though a bit loud (not as loud as other places I've been recently, I should say). The dishes are small, but their small size allows you to try lots of different flavors without getting full immediately. Good, friendly service. Not cheap, but worth it."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The food is great! And the wait staff is pretty good. I've been 3x and sat outside twice. This past Sat was my first time inside. It's very loud, hard to hear your party and incredibly hot. They didn't install the proper AC system to handle the heat coming from the open kitchen and high open ceiling. The servers and food runners not tending to you bump your chairs which makes for a very unpleasant experience. Go to The Wallace because the food is good & house cocktails are great, but insist on sitting outside so you can have a good experience."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "this was our first time here and it was amazing! we ordered different cocktails, the cheese plate, the artichoke/crab dip and then the beet salad, pork belly, lamb, halibut and ravioli - everything was fantastic and cooked to perfection. and then the salted caramel dessert; to die for. our server was friendly and attentive as was everyone else. we will most definitely make this a regular spot."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Variety of flavorful tasty small plates. Drinks are also delicious."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "DineLA gave us a great opportunity to try out new restos like The Wallace which was fantastic. The food was amazing and the service was terrific. Will def be back as a regular!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "love the small plates to share, always more fun! very good and creative ideas on the menu"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "While the food was excellent and the service was good, the noise level made this a poor choice for people over 60."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The Wallace was a welcome surprise when I met my daughters there last week for dinner---right from the $6.50 valet parking right around the corner from the restuarant (at 6:30 pm when local public parking was full). Food was great, esp. tuna tartare, short rib ravioli, beet salad, and gelato/sorbet/sweet dessert to share. Service was friendly and attentive, drinks and wine list very good. Very nicely redone and updated dining space and fun atmosphere. We ate very well from shared plates, for the same or less $$ than several other similar venues in the Culver City/Helms Bakery area--including drinks. We saw several Blair Hills neighbors who come often. I understand why. We'll definitely be back and bring friends! Needs longer happy hour!!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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