The Restaurant at The Getty Museum

The Getty Museum

The Getty Museum

Sometimes I think you all get tired of me saying it, but I really do think Los Angeles is a city with so much to offer. Since plopping myself down here 32 years ago, I feel as though I’ve been on a constant vacation. It’s not just Kardashians and Justin Bieber here in the City of Angels, but a wide array of spectacular cultural activities. The one place at the top of my list for anyone to visit, whether you live locally or are visiting from out-of-town is the Getty Museum.

Guys, go visit just for the architecture alone. Flawlessly designed by Richard Meier, it boasts 16,000 tons of stunning travertine stone imported from Italy, gardens, fountains and an outstanding collection of art from the Middle Ages to present time. My personal favorite is the Renaissance Art…just sayin’. The campus is so expansive, you never at any time feel as though it’s crowded. Admission to the museum is free, but parking is $15.00. Guests are shuttled from the parking lot up to the museum by a nifty little train, so they make it very easy for you to get around.


Nifty little train

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you guessed it…there’s a restaurant there. The Restaurant at the Getty melds perfectly with the museum itself. It’s walls of glass expose the view of the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. The food is fresh, modern and artistically prepared. It’s really very civilized. White tablecloths, shimmering glassware and a very attentive staff make it an extremely enjoyable experience.  As soon as we were seated a plate of fresh breads and olive tapenade were placed on the table, and between the four of us, it was gone in 3 minutes. So they brought more.

Fresh breads and olive tapenade at The Restaurant at The Getty Museum

Fresh breads and olive tapenade at The Restaurant at The Getty Museum

We all tried to order something different, and passed the dishes around the table so everyone could have a taste. We started off with the Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Toasted Croutons. It was fresh and flavorful, and so we gave it a thumbs up.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Toasted Croutons

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Toasted Croutons

A group favorite was the English Pea Risotto. It was the perfect springtime dish as it was light in flavor and not overly rich like a risotto can tend to be.

English Pea Risotto

English Pea Risotto

We followed up with two salads. As I order Cobb salads everywhere I go I consider myself a bit of an expert on the Cobb and this one was great. The other salad was a Roasted Beet Salad with Toasted Pistachios, which I have to say had so many really tasty elements in it.


The Cobb Salad at The Restaurant at the Getty


Roasted Beet Salad at The Restaurant at the Getty

Since the four of us are major sweets eaters, we had to end the lunch with a bit of dessert. We didn’t feel guilty since you definitely will walk off your meal at the museum, so we ordered the Citrus Tart with Edible Flowers. I can’t say that I ever had edible flowers before, but it made for a lovely presentation. Appetizers at The Restaurant range from $9 to $16 and entrees were $17 to $28. I have spent more on meals at other Los Angeles restaurants that were not as good as this. Between the museum and the restaurant, it’s really a very special day. I hope you’ll get a chance to check it out some time.

Citrus Tart with Edible Flowers

Citrus Tart with Edible Flowers at The Restaurant at the Getty

The Getty Museum   1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles CA 90049 310-440-6810

The Getty Museum

The Getty Museum

27 thoughts on “The Restaurant at The Getty Museum

  1. This posting alone is enough to make me take the cross-country trip. Gorgeous, inspiring and so tasty. Who could ask for more?

  2. Who did you go with? Besides it was so much fun to see you in Scottsdale and enjoy a breakfast together. I wish we lived closer, I miss my girlfriend lots! Love you, Ron

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  3. My FAVORITE place to visit in LA! The Getty Villa is also a special place but the restaurant is not at ALL like the Getty Museum–don’t waste your money. There is also an amazing trail to hike near the Villa. I wish I could have experienced the Getty like Richard Meier’s children. They lived on the premises while building and when the doors opened they asked, “Why are all these people coming to our house?”

  4. The museum looks gorgeous… wish I had gone during my 2 visits to LA. And the food looks fantastic, thanks to your great picture-taking!! Funny how we both posted about great restaurants in our city at the same time…

  5. LOOK at that stunning photography! I could almost TASTE that food.

    Well, I see a trip to LA is a must. I was there early last year, on a whirlwind tour of movie studios, but there is still so much I want to see, including the Getty Museum.

  6. Great pics, as usual! The restaurant at the Getty is really a hidden jewel in L.A. I love the tram ride from the parking lot to the museum — one of the best views in town! My favorite work at the Getty is their collection of illuminated manuscripts and their incredible photography collection. Sheryl, have you eaten at Audrey’s Cafe at the Skirball Museum? It’s nearby the Getty and has a very simple menu, a more casual atmosphere, and the food is always delicious, plus they have a great museum store, too. 🙂

    1. That’s funny, a friend just told me about that place the other day. I suppose I should give it a try! Plus I’ve never been to the museum. I guess I have my next field trip planned for myself!

      1. The Skirball has free admission on Thursdays. I “misspoke.” It’s called Zeidler’s Cafe — Audrey’s Museum Store is the name of the great little museum shop. Let me know if you’d possibly want to meet there. I want to see the Gary Baseman show currently on view and would love to have lunch with you. 🙂

      2. The Baseman show runs through August 18. Why don’t you email me when you get back from the reunion? I think you’ll really enjoy the Skirball, another L.A. gem. 🙂

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