The place you probably should try…instead of the Getty Cafeteria.
We like those airy, high-end places in Los Angeles. Dollops of fancy and refined as far as the eye can see. And if they have a nice view…hell, they’ve got to have a nice view, otherwise…
Welcome to the Restaurant at the Getty Center.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. (Granted, I’m probably doing something else while you’re reading this but I still know what you’re thinking.) Museum? Restaurant? Good?
Yes. Yes. And…uh, yes.
The Restaurant at the Getty Center is a first class establishment that can hold its head up high against any place in Los Angeles. The best in L.A.? Heck, the best in West L.A., probably not, but something you should make a part of your visit, and something that Locals should make a part of their rotation.
Yes, it is everything those West L.A. snobs like in their restaurants. It’s light. It’s airy. It’s got a new Californian Menu (which for even snobbier snobs means it’s a blending of French of Italian, with a comfortable “go your own way” by the Chef de Cuisine.)
For me, the danger is that it’s heavy on Seafood…which I’m allergic too, but since many of my friends are not, this is going to be a great place to bring them. The service here is wonderful. First class all the way. They are very attentive, not a slip up amongst that crew, even among the other tables, and believe me, I was watching.
They do look after you.
Hell, they may look after you too much.
When I walked in the door, there were these two old ladies at the hostess station with the intention of planning an event, and they were just chewing the Hostesses’s ear off about…well, everything. Does this happen? Will that be arranged? Can I have that as well?
Like I said, West L.A. Snobs. (Oh, come on. You know you’re like that.)
I don’t think the Hostesses was ready to do anything more than hand them a brochure and say “My Manager will be right down to see you”, because she was looking at me with eyes that almost said “help”.
Finally, she broke free, and got me to a table, and the show began. I got in just ahead of the lunch crowd, and saw the place fill up with remarkable speed. In fact, if you go to the Website, and check in on the place, you’ll see they recommend you get reservations for this place.
I sit down, go through the menu…and try not to focus on the fact that I’m staring at a picture of Carmen Miranda across the way.
Seriously. Carmen Miranda. No lie.
What she’s doing here? I don’t know.
The Kitchen is a little slow but since I arrived five minutes after the doors opened I don’t think I should complain about that too much. I know my Short Rib will be coming at me piping hot and fresh from the oven, and it does.
I spent 30 bucks total in this place, which is an exceptionally good value for this part of town. Granted, I didn’t have any alcohol, but still…good deal.
The only thing this place needs is a bar, a bar that takes advantage of the view.
If you did that, I can only imagine it’d be packed 24-7.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: As I said, I had the Short Rib. The Hoisin Glazed Beef Short Ribs, to be exact. They come with asian slaw, marble potatoes, glazed vegetables sesame, and mustard greens. The Short Rib was cooked tender, delicious perfection. The addition of the Hoisin was something that read like a Chef affectation, something that’s the trendy thing to do, until you bite into it, and you wonder why someone else hasn’t tried it before.
Your meal comes with a wonderful selection breads, which I gotta say were so good, almost finished me off they were so delicious.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Okay a couple things
For one it’s an older crowd. That may not mean much to you but it does alter the vibe little bit from what you used to most restaurants, especially on the west side. Just know that going in, the vibe is not that electric. It’s quiet and super low key.
The hours are odd. Basically it’s it’s one of those restaurants that starts for lunch stop for couple hours, shuts down, then opens up again after the Museum is closed.
Again, can’t stress this enough, make sure you make a reservation.
PARKING: Like the Udvar-Hazy Center, the Museums themselves are free, but Parking is expensive. But, the Getty has a post discussing its own parking options, so:
Parking is $15 per car, but $10 per car after 5:00 p.m. for the Getty Center’s evening hours on Saturdays (when we are open until 9:00 p.m.), as well as for all evening public programming, including music, film, lectures, and other special programs held after 5:00 p.m.
Parking is based on availability. Parking reservations are neither required nor accepted.
Street parking in the surrounding neighborhood is restricted.
For more parking information, see frequently asked questions.
Parking for Visitors with Disabilities
There are designated handicapped-accessible spaces on the entry level of the parking structure.
Parking for Electric Cars
Parking with plug-ins for electric vehicles is available.
Parking for Oversized Vehicles
Parking for vehicles between 6’10” and 12’6″ tall and of standard car length and width is available on level P1. There is no parking for RVs, motor homes, limousines, and other larger vehicles.
Parking for Tour Buses and Other Group Vehicles
See Tips for Groups for information about accommodations for groups of 15 or more.
The Restaurant at the Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr.
Los Angeles, 90049
Tel: (310) 440-7300
Tuesday–Saturday: 11:30am – 2:30pm