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Casual Food – Afternoon Tea

Getty Villa’s Tea By the Sea

September 16, 2013

Tea By the Sea
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy,
Los Angeles, CA 90272
(800) 369-3059

http://www.getty.edu/visit/events/tea.html

After living in Los Angeles for over three years, I knew I had to visit the Getty Villa before finishing my senior year and leaving the city. The villa was built as a replication of a Roman villa that was buried after Mt. Vesuvius erupted.

After finding out about the Getty Villa’s Tea By the Sea, I had even more of an urge to visit the Getty Villa. The Tea By the Sea is only served Thursdays and Saturdays at 1 PM. I tried making reservations a couple of times before but they were completely booked until yesterday, when I finally got the chance to try their afternoon tea.

Their tea room is quite small with only a few tables, which explained why it was so hard to make reservations. My suggestion is to set a Saturday you are completely free and designate that day to touring the villa as well as having the tea and making reservations one week in advance.

The afternoon tea itself was pretty disappointing. The hostess suggested that I get there a little earlier to get a table with a better view. When I got there, I realized we did not get the sea view that I was hoping for. Instead, we were greeted by a floor-to-ceiling glass window that overlooks parts of the Getty Villa. The food served were not that great but it’s a decent complement to the whole Getty Villa tour experience.

Happy Eating List:

  • Lavender Tea
  • Lobster and Corn Profiterole
  • Heirloom Tomato Brulee: Crispy prosciutto, burrata, basil oil and balsamic gastrique on baguette
  • Passion Fruit Dark Chocolate Truffles

The Getty Villa is a place I’ll want to revisit, after I make my trip to the Getty Center in LA. The villa is a nice, relaxing place that I would recommend for anyone to spend some time there. The tea is something “been there, done that” for me.

Happy eating,
Joey Wong ♥