excellent food, great service, amazing gorgeous view, love place, great plate, amazing appetizer, awful experience
Great food with a view.
I live in Vero Beach, Florida and was visiting my adult children in LA. We went to Batali's Monza restaurant, overrated, Keller's Bouchon in Beverly Hills, superb, and the new LA branch of Fig & Olive, which was pretty good, and a hot place now.
Now for the Getty Restaurant: This was the best, not just the view and the art and the enjoyment of getting there and walking around, but the food was sensational. They said they had a new chef, I think from the Philippines. My daughter had the salmon which was great, and I had a short rib dish with the most interesting tasty vegetables, a dab of seasoned mash potatoes, and most of all, the presentation and taste of the ribs, served like a filet mignon, and the best I ever had. Service was also good. The wine list was excellent.
Fabulous setting and delicious food!. Imagine the most breathtaking views, stunning art and delicious food in one place. That place is Getty Center Restaurant. As I sat at a lovely table, sipping a champagne cocktail and tasting foods that were thought provoking, made from local, sustainable ingredients, I realized that this was one of those experiences that should be shared by all!
Lovely spot for a special celebration.
My girlfriend was celebrating a big birthday and wanted to check out the PST exhibition at The Getty Center. So, we spent the day in the haze of the art and architecture which would have been enough, but I took it a step further and surprised her by making reservations for dinner at The Restaurant, and invited 6 of our closest friends to join us.
The woman who I made the reservation with on the phone was accommodating to my request that it was a surprise party, and that some of the guests would be arriving prior to the birthday girl. They set us up at a perfect table by the window so we could take in the spectacular view.
By the time she and I walked in - the party had started, and the wine expert had got the table all set up with a bottle of Duckhorn Sauv. Blanc from Napa (great wine list by the way!) and our server brought the table some freshly baked artisan breads to nibble on until we arrived.
We were seated immediately by a pleasant hostess and our server greeted us right away and acknowledged the special event.
In our group, we had a "foodie" a vegetarian, a "locavore", and a "meat n' potatoes guy" ... NOT an easy crowd to please by any means - but all of us were able to find something PERFECT on the menu! From the butternut squash risotto (vegetarian) to the local heirloom tomato and burrata salad (locavore) to the flat-iron steak and whipped potatoes (meat n' potatoes guy)
We loved it.... oh, and the chef even brought out a complimentary "amuse bouche" for us - which even impressed our "foodie".
Based on our great experience, I would definitely recommend celebrating a special occasion at the Restaurant at the Getty Center!
Interesting note: out of our group - my friend and I were the only ones who actually visited the museum that day, the rest of the group just came for dinner, which I was a little nervous about - asking them to make the trek up the hill just for dinner... but one of them jokingly said "oh, was there a museum there?" which was confirmation to me that it was worth the trip for such a special experience!
good to note: The Restaurant isn't open every night - so make a reservation so you don't show up in the evening to find it closed.
Another fine dining expirience at the Getty.
So my friend says let's go to the Getty... Well I'm not so into it but I say sure, as long as we can dine in the restaurant again. So we "visit the art" which is beautiful and inspiring of course, but I'm hungry so I say ok, we've visited the art, can we eat now?
We arrive at the host stand and are greeted by a friendly girl with a warm smile followed by a handsome gentleman (accent and all). We don't have reservations but it's a Wednesday in December and they sneak us in with no problem.
I start asking the server the tough questions like what's the newest item, what does he enjoy the most, what is the most frequently ordered item...you know the questions that show whether they can think on their feet and sound reasonably educated in dining. He does a great job making me even more hungry so we order.
I go for the newest chef creation, the Albacore Tataki with seared local sustainable tuna and a perfect balance of citrus and yuzu vinaigrette over mache greens, beech mushrooms and blood oranges with a yellow pepper coulis strategically placed in the corners...total yum! They didn't teach this in culinary school.
Then onto some Sea Scallops over Butternut Squash Risotto, I guess by now you can tell I'm a seafood lover. This was perfectly done too, "to the tooth" for you other foodies. The scallops we tender, no grit, nicely caramelized you know...the good stuff.
Once I'd had my way with that, I was off to dessert. Still feeling seasonal, I chose the Pumpkin Brulee and some espresso to keep me awake for the rest of the afternoon. Again, a fine representation of how things should be done right down to the crisp butter cookies along side the brulee.
The server did a good job handleing my testing of his knowlege and my friend's lack of interest in the food. My friend is all about the art, and stuck to more traditional menu choices. He liked what he had, but I say When in Rome... it takes all kinds I guess.
Absolutely horrible!!. My mother was here from England and an uncle wanted to take her to the Getty for fine dining!!! We had been to dozens of restaurants in LA and SF but as my mother had never been to the Getty we went there. The restaurant is very nice and the views are beautiful. The service was good but the food was asbolutely disgusting. All 3 or us couldn't eat our food and we each ordered something different. My mother's pasta was swimming in thick pea like green soup/sauce, my uncles fish was dry and put on top of something unrecognizable and my turkey burger was absolutely tasteless. The petite fours we had with coffee were not petite fours. They were some kind of sweets but definitely not the aforementioned. I have read 4 and 5 star reviews for this restaurant and cannot believe it..This was an experience I will never repeat and the bill was very high. Sorry folks I do not recommend.
Getty Restaurant Decline.
The room still looks good, but the service and food was so disappointing. We had a waiter who was brisk snippy and complained to us about another party etc.. We were celebrating a birthday and were not up to hear his distress.
The twins now 5 with napkins on their laps awaited their brunch choice of French toast, they were presented with a platter of toast smothered in vanilla pudding,diced banana bits, and a scoop of whip cream mixed with more banana bits. Yikes, we selected a chicken sausage hash, with poached eggs; we waited and waited and waited, while the boys ate some toast, finally served our hash; huge chunks of sausage and potatoes with hard boiled eggs on top. Atrocious what can we say. Is it the kitchen, the chef????
Dinner overlooking LA. How romantic..
I never dined at the Getty previously thinking that it was some lame overpriced cafe style restaurant with mediocre food. Much like the restaurants at Disneyland or any public attraction.
I was wrong.
If I was an older Brentwood cougar, i'd dine here with my Sex and the City girlfriends all the time. This had all the makings of a perfect weekend/weekday lunch. The amazing view. The prompt, professional service. The quiet patrons. The Restaurant = full of class. I was even offered a black linen napkin as opposed to the regular white because he didn't want me to get white lint on myself. (thoughtful points!)
We went with the Mussels and Clams and Chorizo Sausage for our app and the lobster risottos and the bay scallops pasta for our mains.
The Mussels and Clams dish was such a hit. The broth was flavorful and garlicky. The portions were huge - we each had 10-13 clams/mussels each. The mussels are quite tender and soft rivaling Tasca as best cooked mussels ever. She didn't give us a 2nd look when we requested more bread (after an initial bread platter AND the bread that came with it) to soak up the delicious soup.
I admit. Our mains fell a bit short especially in comparison to the amazing appetizer. The lobster risotto had way too many peas and the rice was a bit undercooked. Lots of lobster chunks though. The bay scallops pasta was too 'soupy' and creamy. Again - plenty of scallops - what they lacked in flavor they made up for in abundance of ingredients.
Luckily the menu is seasonal and changes frequently so there's plenty of new things to try. I would love to come back for dinner. The view would be amazing.
love this place great service and food.
I am suprised to see some of the reviews here. So I will make a point to write something nice. People can be sooo negative and just plain mean. I for one love this place. I have had a great time everytime my family and I go. Service and food is always great. They do tend to get busy though. I have learned that a reservation helps. Try their foi gras fantastic! Beautiful view too.
I suggest to anyone that if you are that dissapointed in food and service you should let a manager know while you are there. Anyone who dines pretty much knows that. Why wait and write a nasty review, shameful if you ask me. I see people complain all the time about things that can be easily solved.
Remember it's just food and drinks; dining with friends is supposed to be fun
I love this place and look forward in returning
HORRIFIC service, terrible for special occasions. I happen to be the friend who always ends up planning the birthday dinners and such... I had a friend that was not into drinking or the typical Los Angeles scene, so we went to The Getty Restaurant for dinner... I heard it had great views, and amazing food. It was my best friends birthday, and we decided to sit down about ten minutes before our reservation to order drinks and appetizers while we waited for our fourth to arrive... The hostess said it was no problem, and welcomed our party to our table, asking who the special birthday girl was. The Waitress didn't come for like 15 minutes. And it took her another 15 minutes just to bring our waters. Then 10 more minutes for our drinks. Then we never even got a salad we ordered as an appetizer. She was rude to us the entire meal, and she never even checked on us once when we got our food (which came out extremely dry....) It was an awful experience. The restaurant was not even busy. The server's name was Lauren, so if you get her, ask immediately to be seated else where....
My Husband decided to surprise me and booked table on Sat night. When we arrived at the restaurant, I felt that very typical smell of food that you can smell at any bad diner place. We were seated by the window where the air was better. I have ordered "orange glazed duck breast" in about 20 min the waiter brought a nice looking dish with plain duck breast resting on some rice and oily tasteless souce. When I cut the meet I saw red juice coming out, the meet was raw. I love rear to mid. stakes but poultry MUST be cooked well!
I asked the waiter to take my meet and cook it properly. In 10 min I got exactly same meet!!!
I was hungry and dissapointed.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!