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Jun 10, 2009 12:52 PM

"The Restaurant" at the Getty

Greetings All,

Our out-of-town guests are interested in visiting the Getty. Can anyone speak to the food at the museum's sit-down (more formal) restaurant ? We're considering either lunch or brunch.

Many thanks in advance.

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  1. I had dinner there a few months ago and I wouldn't go back. The view is sensational and the service delightful, but the food was barely passable. Very bland and poorly executed. And as I'm sure you know it's expensive. Not worth it IMO unless ambiance and convenience outweigh food for you.

    1. For out-of-towners, I think it's worth the visit.

      On a clear day, you can enjoy your food and see forever. It's not spectacular food, but as one of my dining companions once said, "order the salmon and get a gratis side of SoCal view".

      1. Just wanted to report back about our visit to the Getty Restaurant. We went for Sunday brunch this past weekend and had quite a nice time. The view was spectacular and the service was very good. I would describe most of the food we had as solid but not inventive. I thought it was slightly overpriced. This said, I would return for Sunday brunch with out-of-towners for the view, good service, decent food, and a quiet afternoon on the museum grounds. I think the average (read non-particular "foodie") diner would be very satisfied with their meal.

        One last note- the kitchen was very accommodating to the tastes of our nearly-3 year old. There did not appear to be a "children's menu" so I asked if we could order for her a poached egg, brioche, and sausage (all items that appeared elsewhere on the menu), which the kitchen accommodated. Perhaps they could do this since we arrived when they opened (it was slow until noon) . Furthermore, our server brought out a dish of ice cream and berries for my aunt after hearing me mention that it was her birthday; a nice, surprising touch.

        All in all, a good experience.

        3 Replies
        1. re: cakewhole

          what is the avg cost for sunday brunch? off the menu or sunday buffet?

          1. re: rickym13

            Sunday brunch entrees run in the $15-$20 range. Here's the address for the Getty's current brunch menu:


          2. re: cakewhole

            I meant to write in my "report back" that I think the average diner (NON-foodie) would be perfectly satisfied with their meal.