Dine in chic ‘L.A. Style’ at the Getty

"Wrapped Torso" Los Angeles, 1989, Herb Ritts, platinum print. © Herb Ritts Foundation


The Restaurant at the Getty Center is offering special menu in connection with the gorgeous Herb Ritts: L.A. Style – a stunning photographic exhibition that is not to be missed. This landmark exhibition illustrates the career of photographer Herb Ritts and is currently on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center through August 26, 2012.

While you’re there, enrich your experience of Southern California’s glamour and beauty with the locally sourced cuisine created by Getty Restaurant executive Chef Mayet Cristobal and Chef de Cuisine Matt Lee, using Herb Ritts’s stunning black and white photography as their muse.

Cristobal and Lee’s prix fixe Dine L.A. Style menus feature a palate of black and white sauces, reductions, vinaigrettes and creamy desserts that express L.A.’s inimitable flair and flavors.

For lunch, the menu begins with a pork belly tostada and continues with squid ink and sweet potato ravioli with black Tuscan kale, followed by house-made dark chocolate and vanilla bean ice cream with black and white shortbread cookies for dessert.

The prix fixe lunch is $34 per person; $52 with beverage pairing.

The dinner menu begins with yellowtail crudo, then burrata alla panna, followed by sea scallop with English pea risotto, featuring black garlic, pancetta, and black trumpet pea tendrils, finishing with Colorado lamb belly.

For dessert, enjoy a delicious malted dark chocolate bombe paired with Café Obscura.

The prix fixe dinner is $85 per person; $115 with beverage pairing.

Each selection is paired with California wines.  Before dinner, set the mood with the Garden Martini, a signature cocktail featuring fresh muddled cucumber, basil, Bombay Sapphire gin, lime and simple syrup shaken with ice.

As a special flourish to the prix fixe lunch and dinner, each table’s server will snap a black and white Polaroid for a personal memento of the meal and the exhibition – a timeless takeaway from a photographer’s unforgettable show.


The exhibition Herb Ritts: L.A. Style is sponsored by Lincoln.

The Getty’s Restaurant offers full service in an elegant setting with views of the ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains.

1200 Getty Center Drive,

Los Angeles, CA 90049

Cuisine: Californian

Lunch hours:

Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Dinner hours:

Saturday 5:00-9:00 p.m.


Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Restaurant menus change seasonally. 

Reservations are recommended. Call (310) 440-6810, or make reservations online.




About the Getty Museum:

The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations:  the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.


Visiting the Getty Center:

The Getty Center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Monday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 5 p.m. on Saturdays and for evening events throughout the week. No reservation is required for parking or general admission. Reservations are required for event seating and groups of 15 or more. Please call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish) for reservations and information. The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is (310) 440-7305. The Getty Center is at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California.

Sign up for e-Getty here to receive free monthly highlights of events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa via e-mail, or visit their official site for a complete calendar of public programs.







Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

1 comment

  • I remember going to a Herb Ritts exhibition at Fahey/Klein Gallery on La Brea Avenue in the early 90s. They were mobs of people, but I got to rub shoulders with Christy, Linda, Tatjana and other beautiful faces and bodies featured in this exhibition. I think the Getty acquisition of the collection is a coup for dealer David Fahey.


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