Museum food? Getty in mah belly!
What comes to mind when you think of the Getty? For me, it’s not just about the 18th century rococo tapestries or the anatomically correct bronze sculptures. I love the Getty because of the food. And I’m not talking about a Fabergé egg.
Both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa are great places to go to satisfy your artistic soul as well as your belly. Along with spectacular views and beautiful grounds (perfect for a post-meal walk) both locations offer first-rate dining that you might not expect to find at a museum.
I love the Cafe at the Getty Center and their daily changing selections. I’ve had excellent udon from their Global Dish menu as well as a great turkey burger with homemade balsamic aioli, and their cafeteria-style setup means you can wander the different food stations and check out what’s on the menu before you decide. And of course you can’t beat their cavernous, airy dining room for a gorgeous view of the surrounding hills. I also love to end my meal with a cappuccino from the outdoor coffee cart, that I take with me while I wander the famous Central Garden.
The Getty Villa has something even more unique – Tea By The Sea, an authentic Mediterranean tea that’s inspired by the herbs, vegetables, and fruits that are grown in the Getty Villa’s own gardens. Along with a variety of teas, a nice selection of sandwiches is served (my favorite was the prosciutto and brie with fig jam) and a variety of delicious scones and breads. It’s the perfect ending to a leisurely day spent wandering the gorgeous grounds and watching the sun set over Malibu.
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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Photo: Marsha Takeda-Morrison
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