A restaurant housed in a wine store, it's big, open, edgy and super stylish. You don't even have to ask prices to know it's expensive. The top bottles are stored in a vault (above), which you can see through a glass door if not going in to shop.
Restaurant hours are 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. The food is safe, not challenging, the way Westside food tends to be, and it can be pricey. Lunch for two, including a couple of appetizers, two entrees, one dessert plus two glasses of wine each, could be around $200. Even one appetizer and one glass of wine might come to $50.
There's avocado toast, if you insist. But a better choice would be wood oven baked Brie, a baguette filled with Brie, truffle honey and shaved truffle that is wrapped in foil and baked until the cheese is runny.
When it's time to leave, you'll find the valet fee is a steep $20. There isn't any other place to park around here, the attendant explains. That's not true. City parking (two hours free) is nearby. But if you need to game cheap parking, Wally's isn't the place for you.
Wally's Santa Monica, 214 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90401. (310) 475-0606.