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The Wallace

4.4
604 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

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

Dinner
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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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2017

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

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

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2017

Seriously some of the best food

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4.0Dined on September 20, 2017

Delicious small bites

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4.0Dined 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 :(

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Always great

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on September 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!!

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

No expectations but really impressed by
1. Exquisite taste adventure with fine ingredients.
2. Lighting
3. Every dish was a winner.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2017

Was a nice lunch, comfortable outdoor dining. Good food, excellent service.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

We met up with some friends for brunch at the Wallace. The food was tasty and they were very accommodating for our infants. Food was tasty, as were the brunch cocktails! The restaurant is also located on a cute little street - great for walking around after eating. Thanks, Wallace!

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2017

Greeted by friendly host and wait staff. Had a nice Thursday evening meal with my wife. Started with the Duck Rillette which was a wonderful way to begin. Great place. Highly recommend TW

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

The fried chicken sandwich was fantastic. Anthony our wait person was fun and I will definitely be back to try the dinner menu.

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2017

Love this place! Food is amazing, haven't had anything that I didn't love. Cocktails are creative, great wine list.

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3.0Dined on August 15, 2017

My wife and I visit the Wallace multiple times a year. We might be taking a break for a while. The check this time around had a 3% "kitchen love" surcharge. I just resent that as a matter of principal. If they need to raise prices to cover rising costs, they should do that in an honest way. It just leaves a poor impression when the check arrives for $100+, and there is this involuntary fee on there.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2017

My girlfriend and I went for a date night, we had a great time with fantastic food and a great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

This food was some of the best I've had in years. Truly delicious cuisine. A little pricey, but the meal and the ambiance were well worth it!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

The Wallace was a great experience. The food was very unique - I have never tasted rolls like those they gave! All of their dishes have an eclectic flare that I had never tried before. All of it was delicious. This is a great option for sharing smaller plates (though they also have big plates as well) so that everyone can try something new. The ambiance is very social and busy, and the kitchen is very close to many of the tables of the restaurant so you feel quite a part of everything. Highly recommend!

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2017

The food is good but I wish they had more options that are not spicy. The prices are way too high for portion size and not authentic tapas prices. My biggest complaint is the sound. It is way too loud and you have to shout to have a conversation. They need to invest in sound proofing to greatly improve the overall experience.

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2017

The food is good! The food service, however, was very slow. One plate came after a long wait, then 20 minutes later another and so on. By the time the last plate arrived after another long wait, I'd forgotten we'd actually ordered it and had been ready to leave. We ended up being there for three hours. I was catching up with an old friend so we still had a nice time. The wait staff are lovely. If you're looking for a quick meal though, this is not the place to go.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2017

Amazing...every single dish. Great menu, great service and great atmosphere. Loved it and will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Fish was great but must get thelamb neck - was amazing!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Come for the food, stay for the food! Yum Yum Yum!! Chicken liver pate a must!

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2017

The food was either over or under cooked

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2017

Our server was awesome!! (too bad I can't remember his name) he was very helpful and knowledgeable, great personality! The food was delicious! I especially loved the potatoes and cauliflower, as well as the bread with pesto. The drinks were ok, nothing too special for that kind of price (maybe depends on the Bartender). Great food overall! Totally worth it.

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2017

It was ok but unfortunately nothing was great. I would only go back for maybe a drink because the restaurant is pretty.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2017

Drinks were fantastic. Service was great. Food was tasty.

But boy, it is LOUD. It's almost impossible to have a sensible conversation with people because the noise level is just so high.

But had been there before and will be there again.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

I loved the chicken liver pate so much that I ordered a second helping to go, to have for breakfast the following morning. Excellent food and cheeky, interesting takes on favorite cocktails. This was a really fun night out with friends, and we all agreed we would go back for round two in a heartbeat.

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