There are few places in the world that ignite the profound beauty in life and in art. In the historical hills of Los Angeles exists such a place: The Getty Center Museum. While rich with some of the most exquisite pieces of art by the world’s greatest artists in existence including Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh, Renoir, and Monet, The Getty, amidst its extraordinary grounds, offers some truly art-worthy fare. While I wanted to eat at the Restaurant, the Garden Terrace Cafe was a lovely surprise. I looked over the menu which includes something for everyone of every age and culinary range (impressive!). I wanted to taste a bit of everything so I started with a glass of Pinot Noir and an ice cold bottle of water. Between my guest and I, we ordered a Tabouhleh salad, Veggie Wrap in a Spinach Tortilla, Fire Roasted Hummus, Chipotle Chicken sandwich, and a bag of Kettle Classics Natural Chips. The salad was so fresh, hummus was flavorful, Pinot was wonderful. Imagine that meal sitting at a table that overlooks an artistic garden, various sculptures, and the most incredible view of Los Angeles AND the Pacific and you have a plentiful haven.
The Garden Terrace Cafe is nestled between Buildings housing art that spans history. The stone architecture that houses the Cafe is beautiful in and of itself. The menu incorporates Kid-friendly fare like peanut butter and jelly sandwich and grilled cheese, fresh fruit, and had healthy AND organic alternatives like varying salads and more “grown-up” house-made sandwiches. While it wasn’t the fine dining at the Getty Restaurant, it softened the blow of not being able to stay long enough for our reservation. If you’ve never been to The Getty Center, Los Angeles, run-don’t-walk. It is a truly magnificent Museum that has incredible art, historical exhibitions, glorious gardens, art classes, private events, and places throughout where you can simply sit and breathe. The fare is not run-of-the-mill. It is carefully chosen and created much as the architecture, collection of masterpieces, and gardens that will leave you in a world of imagination. Please go and enjoy the tram ride up the hill where you will arrive at a place that encourages creativity and opens the door to possibility.
The Getty Center Museum, Los Angeles
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, California 90049
Cafe Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.