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“Elegant museum meal”

Getty Center Restaurant
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Ranked #35 of 10,192 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $80
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Westside
Cross street: Sepulveda Blvd
Transit: Public Transit Stops - Getty Center Drive
Reviewed January 5, 2013

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!

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

You must make a reservation to enter here.
The getty has other less formal eating options but for the restaurant you book ahead.
A dragon lady will let you pass after a wait - and in no uncertain terms let you know what a priviledge it is for you to enter these hallowed halls. this was the only drawback here. We only saw one waiter ever smile and engage with the customers - and fortunately he served us, but all the rest seemed both hurried and condescending in their attitude towards customers. The room itself is otherwise light , airy and with stunning views of the center and the surroundings.
Now the food on the other hand is just wonderful - creative, full of colours and taste - and not overly expensive. Don't mis dessert - it rocks . We really enjoyed our meal here - attitudes excepted.

Thank nikolai69
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

The restaurant at the Getty is highly recommended in many L.A. guides. It's definitely worthwhile to visit. We were there during a recent family vacation. We got there for lunch shortly before noon and the place quickly filled up. We had an excellent table in a corner and had a great view. Service was uneven. We waited a long time for a waiter after we got seated. When he arrived, we was very helpful and friendly. Our two teens ordered the steak $24 each) and found it to be very good. Portions were a bit small for teens but as expected for lunch in this type of restaurant. I started with the beef carpacio ($12) and then the Cobb salad ($17). Both were very good--- especially the beef carpacio. My wife started with the Halibut cheeks ($16) to start and then really enjoyed her bouillabasse ($24), which was filled with delicious seafood. Coffee ($3.50) and Espresso ($4) were excellent and flavourful.

The wine list looked excellent and not totally overpriced. The price for the four of us, with taxes and before tip, was $156.77.

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Thank LikethetripFantastic
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Decent value very good healthy ingredients. Big emphasis on health. Older wealthy good looking crowd. One table of absolute stunners.

Thank JohnScott9000
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

This is a high-end restaurant located at the Getty Center. Reservations are highly recommended, even for a party of one at lunch. The food is high quality with fresh ingredients. I highly recommend the flatbread and scallops. Each table also gets a selection of bread and live tapenade, which was freshly made. Do expect high-end prices (e.g. $60 for one person at lunch), but the price is well worth it. They also offer a price fixe menu if you would like to sample a selection of their foods. Service was a bit slow for a restaurant of this calibre - that is the only thing that prevented me from giving an Excellent rating. The view was fantastic.

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Thank cemckeon
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