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Tea by the Sea

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17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, The Getty Villa, Los Angeles, CA 90272-4170
+1 800-369-3059
13:00 - 14:30
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Southern California
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84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

My friend & I loved everything about our day at the Getty Villa and Tea By The Sea. Reservation process (several months in advance) was easy and followup regarding a dietary restriction was prompt & very helpful. The day of the tea, we arrived around 11am and had a wonderful time looking at all of the Roman & Greek Antiquities... More 

Thank OH2CA
Malibu, California
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

What a great way to spend part of the day,. Intimate museum and one of the best museum cafes I have encountered here or abroad. Fresh, healthy and tasty choices, lovely ambiance. Highly recommended to get children acquainted with museums because it is small. My 8 year old has been going for 2 years now and loves it!

Thank kellyp400
Los Angeles
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153 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2016

My daughter took me to Tea by the Sea as part of my Mother's Day celebration a few days later since we were busy having fun somewhere else on Mother's Day itself. We love the Getty Villa and an afternoon of tiffin and the new mosaic exhibit sounded very appealing. The booking system wasn't very responsive, but daughter got there... More 

1 Thank KiwisLA
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59 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2016

We only found out about the tea when we arrived early to the Villa, but we booked immediately and luckily got in. The yummies were very well prepared and delicious, a good blend of savorys and sweets. And there was a copious amount: we ended up taking some of ours home for later. I had a glass of bubbly and... More 

Thank DianaRae
Boise, Idaho
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362 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016

My wife and I ate at the Cafe at the Getty Villa, the same location as Tea by the Sea, while we were touring the Villa. The Cafe serves casual Mediterranean fare. We shared the penne with wild boar ragu, one of the best ever, along with the insalata della Casa, a very delicious salad. You do not need reservations... More 

1 Thank Dale H
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1,360 reviews
583 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,304 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

There are two parts to this cafe - there is an expensive Tea by the Sea menu which requires reservations and is only available on Thursday and Saturdays ($36 for set menu + service charge). Then there is also the cafe in the same location with the a la carte menu which you can choose anything from, order at the... More 

1 Thank Belgo96
Rockville, MD
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267 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

This cafe is pretty good as museum cafes go, and it's nice to sit outside with a view of the Getty Villa and ocean in the distance. There is an interesting (and pricey) menu. The portions are huge, so you could probably save money by sharing a dish if you are not overly hungry. My husband had a very good... More 

2 Thank freedshop
Wellington, New Zealand
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509 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2014

If you're looking for a break during your visit to the Getty Villa (and you'll need one as the Villa needs 3-4 hours to do it justice) then stop at the cafe for lunch. Really excellent mediterranean cafe cusine - lots of fresh ingredients and well prepared. We had a very nice portobello mushroom carprese sandwich and the Villa salad.... More 

2 Thank AllanJGJ
Los Angeles, California
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76 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Tea by the Sea connotes some sort of sea view. We were disappointed that there was none. The Tea by the Sea room looks like a small portion of a hilton hotel undecorated banquet room overlooking the Getty Villa's restaurant and some grounds that were not particularly exciting or sunny. There was zero charm. The actual tea service was ok.... More 

5 Thank Dateleaf
Santa Ana, California
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550 reviews
427 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2014

We had no idea what to expect when we decided to have a bite to eat at the museum, and were a little surprised at what we thought were high prices for "just a sandwich". But, when the food was delivered to our table we were astounded how wonderful the lunch was. The chicken/salad wrap was outstanding, and the portobello... More 

2 Thank Fatbird1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
13:00 - 14:30
13:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, The Getty Villa, Los Angeles, CA 90272-4170
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles
  • Phone Number: +1 800-369-3059

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?