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The Getty Center presents the collection of Western art, including paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and European and American photographs. The center has a cafe in Los Angeles. It features a cactus garden and fountains. The Getty Center also includes The Central Garden, which covers an area of more than 130,000 square feet. The center conducts lectures and family programs. In addition, it provides reservation, parking and dining options. The center organizes a variety of group tours, as well as dance performances. The Getty Center presents collections from the J. Paul Getty Trust, which is an international cultural and philanthropic institution.
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Research Library: (310) 440-7390

The Restaurant: (310) 440-6810

Fax: (310) 440-7779

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Parking: Lot

Wi-Fi: Free

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

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Trilby's Svengali was a character of fiction. Conversely, Marc Breed, has captivated a generation with such a unique and engaging personality that we've allowed him the ultimately luxury of a true freedom. The Art he has created, as a result of this, only seems odd; in that we view it while tinged with envy. That we in Cleveland possess such a close-up look, should be a source of extreme pride. For we may live vicariously through his artistic rampage among us.
-Dr. Stanley Workman,
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Amazing architecture, gardens and views. Bringing friends and family visiting from out-of-town is a must. The art collections themsevles are nice and I particularly love the French rooms and furniture. Nice cafe with decent selection of sandwhiches and salads. We avoid the crowds waiting for the trams and walk to the museum which is especially nice when the weather is beautiful.

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I came in search of Christian art on Holy Thursday and found some high above the 405 parking lot.

I'll say it now: I'm hopelessly biased toward the Huntington, but it cannot be denied that the Getty has the more extensive and wide-reaching collection and the better views. This sidetrip was, without a doubt, far superior to class. But it's just so freaking busy! There's no such thing as quietly pondering the interplay of light, shadow, and subject when you're stepping on busloads
...view moreof kids and listening to 30 foreign languages a minute.

The museum is famous for its labyrinth, but in reality the whole place is just one big labyrinth, designed to allow the visitor to completely lose himself in a raptured state of mind. It's an island of white travertine rising above a sea of scrub brush on an LA mountaintop, and indeed stepping off of the tram and into its massive courtyard does elevate the spirit a bit. And there are more than a few steps to climb. And yet for all the effort everywhere you turn you find something beautiful, something thought-provoking, or something just plain strange (for this last point that's usually the architecture of the place itself.)

For the benefit of the uninitiated, there are several galleries each covering a swath of history, ranging from before 1700 to the present day, as well as a selection of photographic works and furniture. Hand illuminated Byzantine Bibles, stained glass, and holy ornaments are to be found in one, while furniture, romantic portraiture, and landscapes are to be found in another. A "terrace" containing a deceptively large selection of photographic art (including a lovely Ansel Adams exhibit) is also to be found hidden off of the main cafe deck. And everywhere you look there seems to be a view - whether it's a gorgeous vista or a precious work of art.

They have a wide array of food and drink to offer, including wines and beers. But because of the impossible lines that proliferated at all hours of the day (and the fact that I prefer to enjoy my artwork while sober) I did not partake and therefore cannot comment on their quality.

The scope of the complex is positively massive, befitting the extensive collection of art that resides within. An intriguing blend of modern architectural sensibilities and eons old stone, for what it lacks in comforting welcoming quality it more than makes up for in distinction and energy. Like any great gallery, the Getty invites a spirit of adventure and exploration. It may at times feel a little sterile, and the surroundings a bit spartan for some of the more opulent and religious artwork contained within the collection, but its breadth and the promise of more discoveries around the corner make that shortcoming an easy one to overlook.

The crowds, however, are insane. Even on a Thursday. You have been warned.
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George Allen
02/19/2012Provided by Citysearch - 
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
...view morethe 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.view less

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12/20/2011Provided by Citysearch - 
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!

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CA Cupcake
12/15/2011Provided by Citysearch - 
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?\r
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 w
...view moreith no problem.\r
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 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. \r
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 yum! They didn't teach this in culinary school.\r
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.\r
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.\r
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.
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12/15/2011Provided by Citysearch - 
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
...view more 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.
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06/15/2011Provided by Citysearch - 
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...view more 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.view less

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