The Wallace

The Wallace

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thewallacela.com/
  • Phone: 3102026400x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Wallace reviews from OpenTable diners
170 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (124)neighborhood gem (108)good for groups (57)great for outdoor dining (55)hot spot (44)special occasion (37)vibrant bar scene (30)great for lunch (29)romantic (26)notable wine list (23)great for brunch (21)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch was outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Artful small plates
    MikeDLA
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Familyof4
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and healthy
    MomsnightoutVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I love to take my clients here for lunch! I l love the brown rice and salmon bowl!! Mmmm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't sit inside!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happily surprised
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Variety of flavorful tasty small plates. Drinks are also delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lafoodie36
    lafoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    love the small plates to share, always more fun! very good and creative ideas on the menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for the Hard of Hearing
    Mudge
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Culver City Find on Main Street!
    Hrhtq
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • did not love it
    gggggghhhh
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Service was great! Drinks were small. Food had delicious ingredients, but it was either too salty or too boring. Disappointed overall.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Love love loved the Wallace! The food was superb, appetizers, mains and desserts.... Great cocktails and interesting wines. Good job all round!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambition Realized
    EricVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    ChowHoundVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I came with a group of 9. The food was amazing even the Dine LA Restaurant week prix fix menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bright and Airy
    Chrissy
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must go!
    Prego
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    iFood
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Scallops were just amazing! We tried everything on the menue. We needed a larger table!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too many flavors at once
    carolr
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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 ...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.