About Restaurant at the Getty Center
Featuring one of the best views in Los Angeles, The Restaurant at the Getty Center offers a fine dining menu in a simple and elegant setting. The Restaurant's Chef focuses on using the freshest local and regional ingredients and presenting them beautifully and tastefully. The Mediterranean-California inspired menu utilizes global influences to create an experience that is delicious, ambitious and creative. A distinctive wine list and full bar are also available.
The menu is market driven, using produce from local growers and the Santa Monica farmer's market. The Chefs have worked closely with local farmers to ensure the best possible product. Careful attention is given to sustainability with regards to seafood. The menu changes weekly to keep up with market changes as well as seasonal changes. Food service at the Getty Center is managed by the Bon Appétit Management Company.
Californian, Continental, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30 - 2:30pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a $15 parking charge per car in the Getty Center lot, $10.00 after 5:00pm. Guests must take a 5 minute tram ride from the lot to the Museum and the Restaurant. Please allow 30 minutes prior to your reservation to accommodate for parking and tram ride.
Public Transit Stops - Getty Center Drive
Private Party Facilities:
As part of the regular extended Restaurant service, The Private Dining Room can be used by groups up to a maximum of 54 people. Extended Restaurant service is defined as taking place during the following Restaurant hours with choices made from the Restaurant pre-set menu.
LUNCH - Tuesday - Sunday - 11:00am - 3:00pm
BRUNCH – Sunday only - 11:00am - 3:00pm
DINNER – Friday (through 9/21/12) and Saturday - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
All requests must be approved prior to booking and are subject to room availability.
THE PRIVATE DINING ROOM CAN BE BOOKED UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 8 WEEKS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR DESIRED DATE.
Private Party Contact:
Ms. Erica Block Bon Appetit@getty.edu: (310)440-6213
Banquet, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Restaurant at the Getty Center Ratings and Reviews
Can't one just relax and unwind at a res ...
Can't one just relax and unwind at a restaurant anymore. The scenery and decor are so lovely here but it seems as if the server couldn't wait for us to get out of there.It was NOT crowded. Must one always put the bill on the table while one is still enjoying and relaxing and then check the folder to see if a credit card has been put into it. What's the rush. Can't they learn from the European waitstaff (professionals) that one doesn't present the bill until it is asked for? It ruins the ambience.
This used to be my FAVORITE restaurant i ...
This used to be my FAVORITE restaurant in LA - which says a lot. We arrived there for a special birthday celebration to find a new chef and a new menu. The waitress was absolutely apologetic at the choices as we combed the menu and tried to get clarification of all the oddities. The menu was sparse yet items overlapped onto multiple dishes (an egg on top for example). Three of the four entrees we ordered came in small bowls with miniature servings. There wasn't one "go to" item on the menu to save the day. Not a soup, not a sandwich, not a salad. It was the most disappointing lunch I have ever looked forward to.
Even the drink menu changed. There used to be a signature "Getty Old Fashioned" which I deemed the best in LA. Nope, couldn't even keep that. The Old Fashioned they now serve is the same as any other restaurant around. We should have stayed in Pasadena. So sad. I have no plans to go to the Getty Restaurant again. It's just not worth the risk.
Great venue. Interesting lunch menu not ...
Great venue. Interesting lunch menu not actually the same as shown on line but some items are included. Suckling Pig was delicious but my starter was a big disappointment as the artichoke was incorrectly trimmed and tough leaves were included. Surprised me but didn't seem to bother the waitress when I pointed this out.
Never mind venue wins out every time so we will return.
Lovely spot for out of town visitors as ...
Lovely spot for out of town visitors as well as locals. The food is very good but very expensive for the amount on your plate. OK for special occasions. The service is correct but could be better to match the prices
Lunch at the Gettysburg has always been ...
Lunch at the Gettysburg has always been a highlight of our trips to Los Angeles to visit our daughter's family. The meal, while pricey, was always worth it. We looked forward to the fixed price luncheon special based on one of the travelling exhibits. That has all changed. The lunch menu has radically changed. It is very limited, and very costly. The quality of the food and service was excellent, but we left hungry and a lot poorer! Note: Open Table does not show the correct menus on their website.
We have often gone to the Getty Center f ...
We have often gone to the Getty Center for special occasions, or something tied to the exhibitions at the Museum, and have rarely been disappointed. The views are fabulous and the location unique - the new chef is doing a splendid job of creating menus that are tasty, thoughtful and flat out fabulous. Bravo! Wait staff was helpful, encouraging and engaging - we would go back in a heartbeat and look forward to doing so again soon
Very disappointment in the direction the ...
Very disappointment in the direction the new chef is taking it. The new menu is confusing, the waiter said they need to explain it to everyone. Food was minimal and lukewarm, service was indifferent. We had to take supplies from other tables. The manager did listen to us, and comped the meal, but we not be returning as long as the current chef is there.
This has always been a go-to restaurant ...
This has always been a go-to restaurant while visiting the Getty Center Museum. After this meal we are changing our venues for lunch. There is a new chef who is creative and uses apparently quality ingredients and the prices reflect this. The standard Cobb salad that was very popular is no longer on the menu. The appetizers are very expensive. The entrees come with no accompaniments. We had fish that was tasty and pricey with nothing on the side but some sauce.
Of course, the view is great!
We have been up to the Getty many, many ...
We have been up to the Getty many, many times and we were shocked to see the limited menu and limited food. In addition, the menu did not separate courses. There were very few choices and the choices offered had to be explained by the waiter. In the past, there was a variety of bread and entree choices. Now, not at all. We were very disappointed and don't plan to come back unless there is a change in the menu.
We were at The Restaurant for lunch, as ...
We were at The Restaurant for lunch, as we wanted to see a couple of the new exhibits at The Getty. We had been to this restaurant a few times over the years for lunch or dinner. Our memories were of very good food with great views but very expensive. This time the food was not good and I would have sent it back and ordered something else, but we were with another couple and did not want to make a fuss. However, at that price I should have. My wife and I both ordered the lamb. The portion was not very large and about 1/3 of it was fat! Our knives would not cut through the meat and so we requested steak knives. Those knives were little better. In the future, we will eat at the Cafe or, even better, before we go to the museum.
We left without eating. They had run ou ...
We left without eating. They had run our of seafood (the dinner menu is primarily seafood) and lamb by 7:00, just before we arrived. The only remaining choices were salads and roast suckling pig. They were apologetic, but offered no alternatives. We used the restrooms, which were clean. Won't go back. It not being possible to award "no star" on the Open Table rating system, I cannot give that as the appropriate "no stars" rating for our experience.
The service was great and the ambience w ...
The service was great and the ambience was very nice. The waiter told us all about the food options and there was even a prix fixe option with wine pairings. The scenery was amazing, the blinds were drawn up when the sun was just setting and you really had a beautiful view of the mountains. I think it's a great place for a special occasion or a nice date (or really any event). Nice place to stop after enjoying the museums and the garden. Will definitely be going again.
The restaurant at the Getty Art Museum ( ...
The restaurant at the Getty Art Museum (not the Getty Villa) has a wonderful view on three sides to the mountains and the ocean. The staff was very accommodating when my party was late for our reservation time. I appreciated that. I found the lunch menu to be very limited. I like vegetarian meals, but also eat fish. I don't eat dairy. There was only one dish on the menu that met my vegetarian needs, a melange of green vegetables and fruit ($16). It was very tasty. I also tried a bit of the fish that was on the menu. It was very good (over $20). One member of our party ordered the lamb dish and asked to have it cooked well done. The waiter said that wasn't possible, because the lamb would get tough if it was cooked well done. My friend should have ordered something else in that case, because the lamb came out bloody. I would have sent it back, but he went ahead and ate it. I'm not sure how much he enjoyed it.
This was a special occasion, getting together with friends on a visit to the Getty. Normally, when I go to the Getty, I eat in the cafeteria-style restaurant downstairs from the more formal dining room. However, that wouldn't have worked out with my friends -- one member of our party has limited mobility and wouldn't have been able to stand in line, waiting to order and for the food to be prepared, let alone trying to find a vacant table. So the formal dining room was the best choice in this case. And we did enjoy the setting, the scenery and the ambiance. As described above, the food was expensive and left something to be desired.
I would have given the service a higher rating than "good," except that I think the waiter should have been more accommodating when asked to have the lamb cooked well done. At least it should not have come out bloody. That was just rude or very careless.
Having read a number of reviewers' disap ...
Having read a number of reviewers' disappointment with the cuisine since the change of chef, I was careful to inquire about the preparations and presentations of each of the dishes of our interest. Not only were none disappointing in the slightest; all were pleasing in the extreme.
Those critical reviews are unmerited.
This is a wonderful restaurant in a one-of-a-kind building on a one-of-a-kind setting with a one-of-a-kind view.
The food is excellent. Everything we ordered excelled in flavors and presentation. Each dish was a work of art.
The wines available by the glass married beautifully---including with what was perhaps the best cheese plate we've had anywhere in the world.
The service was good, very good, not excellent, but the suggested wine marriages proved excellent.
The Restaurant at The Getty succeeds, beautifully, as a special occasion restaurant in one of the premier art museums of the world.
Service was terrible, food was expensive ...
Service was terrible, food was expensive and pretentious, one of our meals came cold so was returned and after 45 minutes still not served again. The Waiter ignored us completely, we had the bus person get the Manager, to hear that "well if you send something back it takes an hour"?
Seriously.... save a lot of money $$$, enjoy the art/ the gardens, and the snack bar/cafe!
We spent a week traveling that area and it was the only bad time we had.
The food was hideous. The lunch menu was ...
The food was hideous. The lunch menu was so limited. Nearly everything had egg in it, so you better like egg. My dish didn't even slightly resemble the waiter's description. It showed up with 2under cooked poached eggs sitting in what appeared to be a green goo. Once stirred together, it looked and tasted disgusting. They gave me a fork to eat this mush with, which didn't work at all. On top of that our waiter had no finesse or manners and kept rudely interrupting our conversation. My date's dish was basically a drop of scrambled eggs with some vegetables on top. Final bill was $60. I have been here a few times in the past and have always enjoyed it, but I don't think I will ever go back after today. Just far too broken.
Hello! Everything was okay, just not as ...
Hello! Everything was okay, just not as wonderful as I had expected for the price.
Everything was good, but there just didn't seem to be a lot of choice -- and some of what was served (the dessert comprised of 2 sherbet scoops and pieces of fruit) was just not particularly special.
I know there is a new chef -- but we also could not quite tell what exactly offerings on what the menu exactly entailed.
Anyway -- we were grateful to be at such a beautiful place, but I don't think in its current offerings/menu incarnation dining at the restaurant will be something for me.
I wish you the very best and I may have just hit an off day.
My wife and I come here a few times a ye ...
My wife and I come here a few times a year for the restaurant and to stroll the gardens. A great place to treat yourself to an afternoon of champagne, great food, wine and a beautiful room with views of the surrounding hills and canyons and ocean. Reserve a few days early and request a window seat. Weekdays are, obviously, the best way to avoid the crowds. Do yourself a favor and make a date of it!
What an adventurous menu! We had fun sel ...
What an adventurous menu! We had fun selecting our brunch choices. Everyone was amazed at the presentation and deliciousness of their food. We shared desserts as well, and they were equally delectable. The menu is unique; never saw shrimp and grits created with mushrooms, but it was fantastic!! Thank you, Restaurant at the Getty, for a memorable and delicious meal!!
The avocado and crab dish I had was an i ...
The avocado and crab dish I had was an interesting concept. But the concept sacrificed the taste. The avocado was not ripe enough and almost tasteless and kind of tough. The crabmeat was ok but it should be lump crabmeat (large lumps). The garnishes of the dish were good, and varied, which made me look forward to what was next in every bite.
The room at the Getty Center Restaurants ...
The room at the Getty Center Restaurants is truly lovely. If only the food and service could match the splendid setting. A Sunday brunch with friends was a disaster. The only merit that can be given is to the delicious French toast. Service was abysmal with dirty main course dishes still in our table our dessert coffe arrived as if that was business as usual.
It is a great restaurant located on a pr ...
It is a great restaurant located on a prime place, everything is fine but they have change the menu, it is not set for the California market, I have been going there for years, and you can not have a menu so drastically different, for me it was terrible, the menu describe some ingredients and at time of service they were replaced for others because they run out of them without consulting the client, I love good dining and this time it was below my standards, change the cook or change the menu again
Food is very expensive doe to the qualit ...
Food is very expensive doe to the quality. They do not offer good vegan options. The Shakshuka was $18 with 1 one undercooked egg. The Getty restaurant is a profit center unconcerned about a culinary experience. It's a pity.
They should take lessons from MOMA, SFMOMA or the MET.
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