I had lunch with my 3 teens at 1PM on a Friday afternoon.
I reserved the day prior through Getty.edu. You may be able to get a table as a walk in but I would recommend making a reservation.
The dining room is beautiful with sage green velvet chairs, high ceilings, and a solid wall of glass along the west and north sides of the room. You look through a framework of Richard Meier's architecture to the green hills of Brentwood and further to the Pacific.
The crowd is a mix of museum-going tourists in casual clothes, attractive LA diners, and sophisticated museum professionals.
I have eaten at the restaurant numerous times and always enjoy it. I think there is no better way to spend a day than walking through the galleries, looking out at the expansive view of the city, and eating the Cobb salad.
Here is what we ordered:
We shared 2 orders of the flatbread. It is served with fig jam, prosciutto, arugula, pomegranate seeds, and goat cheese. The combination of green lettuce and red pomegranate made it a lovely holiday plate. We all loved it. The prosciutto was nice and lean.
The Cobb salad is a variation on the traditional with cranberries and a cider dressing. It has a little tang to it and it is served in a nice flying saucer-like bowl...not too big, not too small.
The cauliflower risotto was a really pretty dish but maybe too many onion tastes for my liking with scallions, onions, and leeks. My son enjoyed the steak but it was a modest sized portion with 3 strips; he could have eaten more.
Service is friendly.
Note: The downstairs cafeteria has good food but your day will feel special if you eat here!