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Mar 15, 2007 12:38 PM

High tea near the Getty?

My mother-in-law is in town, and I'm looking for a place to have tea (with all the scones and sandwiches). We will be going to the Getty, so anywhere in the vicinity. Hopefully not too stuffy and expensive?

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  1. The Getty has a nice restaurant with great views. They don't serve "tea" but I know you can order tea and they have a nice cookie plate. I know it's not perfect, but if for some reason you couldn't find anything else...

    1. Hum. Map Quest shows Getty to Tudor House at Santa Monica as 8.66 miles. Close enough (although with traffic it's anybody's guess)?

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      1. re: notmartha

        In the afternoon, eastbound traffic in Santa Monica take for-f***ing ever to get even past Bundy! Better to try the Bel Air.

      2. Hotel Bel Air does high tea. Beautiful setting, and I think less than 3 miles from the Getty...

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        1. re: Dave and Stuff

          second this, but stuffy and expensive. somehow, i can't imagine a good tea that's not.

          you might be better off having a nice lunch at the Restaurant at the Getty. reserve through

          1. re: revets2

            Tudor House is not stuffy, but maybe on the other extreme. If you are looking for elegant high tea with musicians playing instruments, Tudor House isn't. It seems to be a mid-price true British tea shop.

            1. re: notmartha

              If you're going on a weekday and having tea in the late afternoon, the drive fr: Tudor House to the Getty will probably be horrible (endless freeway traffic). It would not be my definition of a relaxed afternoon of art & tea. I second the recommendation of either going to the elegant Hotel Bel Air (very close, easy drive to Getty), or taking advantage of the museum's great views & eating lunch @ the restaurant there.

            2. re: revets2

              GREAT choice...the Restaurant at the Getty is terrific!

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