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The Wallace

604 reviews
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$31 to $50
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The Wallace is a true California restaurant serving seasonally inspired shared plates focusing on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

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

Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 202-6400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joel David Miller
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Cross street
Venice Blvd.
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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.
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2017

This was the best dining experience I've had in a long time.
It was really great too because I took business clients here, and it was an amazing experience for all of us. Part of the fun was the culinary adventure we went on. We had a buzz bud (sp?)(an edible flower) with our cocktail which was like pop rocks in your mouth to open your taste buds - felt like we shroomed together! Then, all the plates we ordered were incredibly delicious. On of our guests was vegetarian and we found plenty for her to enjoy. Our favorite dish was the Sea Bass (for the non-veggies). We got there slightly early so it was pretty quiet, but as the place filled up it definitely was harder to hear each other.

vipJorgeM (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Was almost perfect . Food and service excellent . To noisy .

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Too expensive! Certainly not two $. More like $$ !

Food was great. Service was ver good but not outstanding.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 21, 2017

Seriously some of the best food

vipLinda (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on September 20, 2017

Delicious small bites

JCRB (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on September 19, 2017

pricing was a bit high for the food but overall everything was very tasty. and the restaurant collects a 3% tax for the staff :(

Peter (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 18, 2017

The food was amazing but the service was not.

We had to ask for serving spoons for two dishes (corn and potatoes) and had to ask for steak knives for the steak & duck dishes. My wife ordered a second glass of wine and the server brought out the wrong wine.

A friend had called to pay for our dessert, as a birthday gift to my wife, which she was told the restaurant would be happy to arrange. Sadly the restaurant must have forgotten which led to an awkward conversation with our friend.

vipUpscaleCasual (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

I was disappointed upon entering yet another cement floor industrial space hipster wanna be restaurant. I miss a cozier restaurant environment, where you can have a quiet conversation, and digest your meal in peace.

The chicken liver mousse with carmelized onion was delicious but two slices of bread was not enough for an entire container of mousse. It would have been nice to have some flat bread to spread the mousse. The toast was fine but I don't think it complimented the mouse.

The baby octopus was delicious, however the accompanying veggies had an odd vinegar flavor.

The seared scallops were perfect but would have like to see more than two on the plate.

The noise level was not conducive to meaningful conversation.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Always great

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

We were disappointed by the overpriced average food. We ordered a few dishes and the only one that we really liked was the stuffed squid. We had to order bread separately to mop up the gravy. Bread was not really great either. Oh, the mushrooms were good also. We also ordered duck, which was accompanied by something that was way to sour. Pork belly was lacking spice of any kind. Pretentious, but food was meh.

vipTahoebound (Houston)
4.0  Dined on September 14, 2017

Visiting from Texas, just too weird! The food and menu were too different for my tastes and $$&

StanW (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 12, 2017

Love the Wallace and if you are in Culver City this is a must stop for dinner. The bar is amazing with a creative take on mixology with wonderful bartenders and amazing bar management. The Chef is as creative as one can be, and the changing menu uses the best local ingredients in in new and innovative recipes. You will be so pleasantly surprised as my guests were absolutely knocked out. Visit THE WALLACE!!

Belle (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was very good and the pastry chef is a genius! It is food to share so you are mixing and matching your proteins and vegetables and carbs. It is a bit on the loud side even though it was not full the Sunday night we were there. Would definitely return!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

Hip bistro with creative cuisine. Inventive, delicious and friendly.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

We found The Wallace on line, where it had a high rating and good reviews and we decided to give it a try. I mean it looked like a good fine... It was. Great food. We shared dishes among the four of us. All were good (including Chicken Kabob and the Scallops) but what was incredibly good to all four of us was the Butter Lettuce Salad and the Wild Boar Pasta. I think next time I'll order those two just for myself! I highly recommend a trip to The Wallace when you have the opportunity. And the service was great - brought to us by Diego.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

Good food, pricey, put an overall fun experience. dinner for two ran over $100

vipMary (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 6, 2017

The scallop dish blew me away. The scallops were perfectly cooked and paired with a velvety smooth corn puree and mix of sauteed vegetables. It was delicious! Everything else failed to wow me unfortunately. The Hamachi Crudo was underseasoned and lacked flavor, the duck was good, but nothing special, and the steak didn't pair well with the vegetables under it. It tasted like fajita steak filling. Most of the dishes were a little disappointing, but we would go back for 3 orders of the scallops.

vipavip (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

food is good but the portions are small and the prices high for the portion size. for example we ordered the small liver pate starter which was tasty and came with 2 small size of toast. when we asked for one more piece of toast we were charged for it.
service is friendly and timely. The noise level inside is very high. seat on the outside terrace if you want to have aconversation

vipGrannyk (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

This was last minute choice on a day we just wanted to get out for awhile. It turned out to be a great one. The service was excellent. The food was great, from the Parker House rolls to the "tiramisu". We will be back.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

We brought two friends from out of town who are foodies. The food was excellent and unique. We all loved the experience. The only drawback was that the seats were too hard and after awhile became uncomfortable.