Reservation Info

DINNER Reservations are taken FOR SEATINGS

at 5:00pM, 6:30pm, & 8:30pm.

Serving humanity, history, and good meals.
— Morgan Runyon

Duration of reservations are limited and enforced due to the size of our business.

We have 5 booths and three tables so reservations are usually for 4 or more only.

We have a 30’ long antique bar down the center of the restaurant that serves as a giant dining table.  Seating at the bar is on a first come first served basis.  We will take your name and reserve the next available spot once you arrive. Cornell Winery & Tasting room is next door, and   serves as a waiting area for our guests. 

 Long bar salvaged from Virginia City saloon.

Long bar salvaged from Virginia City saloon.


We accept CASH, MasterCard and Visa. We do not accept American Express!


The Old Place, 29983 Mulholland Hwy, Cornell, CA  91301



RESERVATIONS for dinner & brunch

Phone 818.706.9001, or Click Here to email. We try to respond within 24 hours to email inquiries.



29983 Mulholland Hwy

Cornell, CA




Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Saturday & Sunday only
9am - 2pm

Saturday & Sunday only
11am - 4pm

Thursday - Sunday 
4pm - 5pm

Thursday - Sunday
5pm – 10pm

11pm last call, we close the doors at midnight.

Private Gatherings

The Old Place is available for Private Gatherings on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more information or bookings please email Private Gatherings At The Old Place.

Things You Should Know About The Old Place

One thing that is important to know about our little gem is that we are just that, LITTLE.

Seriously, we are the size of a shoebox. What does that mean to you? You have to go outside to get to the bathroom, it’s loud inside, we have to use somewhat unconventional methods to accomplish our goal, and we need to direct people in all aspects of their visit to make it work. The best thing about it is that we are honest, hard-working people that will do their best to make sure you enjoy your visit.

We have been in business for 45+ years and we hope that you are not offended if we do not change the way we do business for you. We sincerely love to interact with our customers, and forge long-lasting relationships as we all love the Old Place with a zeal that is not often found in today’s climate. With 5 booths, three tables, The Mailroom and bar that runs the length of the restaurant.  Our seating times are designed to accommodate our customers.

The interior of the restaurant.

Dinner reservations available at:

  • 5:00 seating allows and hour and a half for dining, please don't be late.
  • 6:30 seating allows for two hour dining.
  • 8:30 seating, no time limit.

The soul of our kitchen is our grill, which burns local red oak.

We do not have a freezer

...nor do we have an abundance of storage space, therefore we run out of things. It is very difficult to gauge how many orders of clams, bone-in-rib eyes and or fish specials will be ordered before you arrive, so if this is something that you just can’t deal with then I suggest you try one of the multitude of chain restaurants that have all of their food delivered frozen and have a warehouse in the back. Here at the Old Place we have no other choice but to offer you one of our other delectable offerings.

Our bar is a first come first served scenario. 

The good news is that we are located in one of the most beautiful places on earth, so having to wait outside - weather permitting - or better yet at the Cornell Winery, which sits just next door, is a perfect scenario.  We do not allow our patrons to wait inside the restaurant, as there isn’t enough room for us to work and navigate around you. We have a bar wait list that we will place your name on, and then seat as space become available. As seats become available at the bar we will come find you out front or inside the Cornell Winery.

If anyone gives you a wait time, please understand that this is only an estimate. We have no way of knowing how long it will take as we do not have seating times at the bar, and we can only guess when people will leave. You are more than welcome to come back and check where you are on the list at anytime.

Please be quiet! We are located smack dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood. We have signs everywhere asking our patrons to please not yell across the parking lot. Respect is an important quality in people, and we hope that you exercise yours when you visit us. Our neighbors are truly unique people that have fallen in love with the serene beauty that our area offers, and we would like to protect their serenity as much as possible.