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Where to Grab Great Eats Near LA's Best Museums

Getting in touch with your artsy side can make you hungry

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Los Angeles doesn't just boast great restaurants — the city also has a pretty outstanding collection of art museums and galleries. When you're feeling inspired to add some culture in your life, there are few better ways to get in touch with your artsy side than with a day trip to some of the best collections in the country.

And what's more? Those museums also have some pretty great eats nearby too. Some have their own restaurants on property, like LACMA's Ray's & Stark Bar and Hauser Wirth & Schimmel's Manuela. Even more interesting is when art permeates the restaurant itself, as can be seen by Otium's Damien Hirst mural and GiorgiPorgi's hip-as-hell design.

Eater has found some of the best restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance of LA's most celebrated art galleries, and have presented them here for your day of leisure needs. Without further ado, here are the best museum-adjacent restaurants in LA, presented in no particular order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Getty: The Restaurant at The Getty Center

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1200 Getty Center Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7860
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Admission to the Getty Center is free, which means you have all the more to spend on a lovely lunch at The Restaurant. With views of the Santa Monica Mountains, white tablecloths, and an elegant menu that runs from cobb salads to duck confit to Peruvian steak and potato, you’re sure to have a pleasant all-around experience.

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2. The Hammer: AMMO

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10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-7037
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Admission to UCLA’s Hammer Museum is also gratis, which makes a meal in the tranquil courtyard restaurant, AMMO, all the more enjoyable. While lunch has a nice selection of sandwiches and salads, the real star is happy hour, where draft beers and wines are only five bucks, with plenty of sub-ten dollar plates to soak it all up.

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3. LACMA: Ray's & Stark Bar

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5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6180
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World renown art doesn’t just grace the walls of LACMA, but also serves as the inspiration for the museum’s restaurant Ray’s & Stark Bar. Beyond burgers and pizzas, executive chef Fernando Darin has incorporated global flavors into the revamped menu with beautiful dishes like Spanish octopus romesco with lomito Iberico and Caledonian prawns with salsify.

Patina Restaurant Group

4. The Broad: Otium

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222 S. Hope St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 935-8500
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Art permeates every aspect of Otium, from the Damien Hirst mural on the wall to the affiliation with The Broad next door. Most importantly though are the thoughtful dishes by decorated chef Timothy Hollingsworth that showcase the multicultural influences that define Los Angeles.

Wonho Frank Lee

5. MOCA: Grand Central Market

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317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 624-2378
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For a not-so-bougie museum day meal, Grand Central Market is an ideal choice for MOCA and Broad visitors. With more vendors than you could possible visit in a day, there’s plenty to keep all your artsy friends satisfied.

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6. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel: Manuela

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907 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

This massive new art gallery in the Arts District has a hip new restaurant built right in. Manuela, named after owner Manuela Wirth, is like a gallery in its own right, with artwork that rotates often and materials largely sourced from the 1930’s building and surrounding warehouses. Dishes take inspiration from the North Texas hometown of chef Wes Whitsell, and are especially delicious after exploring all the art on display.

Joshua Targownik

7. Japanese American Museum: GiorgiPorgi

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137 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Okay, so GiorgiPorgi isn’t actually a restaurant, but this coffee shop may be the most archetypal hipster hangout in all of LA. Sip a pour over from a tilted ceramic cup, Instagram a photo of the moss wall, and head over to the Japanese American Museum for a true cool-kid experience.

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8. The Getty Villa: Taverna Tony

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23410 Civic Center Way
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 317-9667
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While the stretch of PCH across from The Getty Villa is largely populated with chain restaurants, a short drive north brings you to Taverna Tony. Though it may not be the best Greek food of your life, you’re sure to have a good time in its festive digs. Bonus points for belly dancers and celebrity sightings.

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9. The Huntington Library: 1919

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1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100
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The Huntington Library has plenty to keep you occupied from its art collections to beautiful gardens. Well now there’s quite a bit to snack on too, thanks to Border Grill’ Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. Sort of like a mini version of the modern Mexican classic, Huntington Library’s primary café 1919 offers the duo’s classic dishes like tacos on handmade tortillas, ceviche, and agua frescas.

10. Norton Simon: Union Restaurant

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37 E Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 795-5841
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Pasadena’s Norton Simon museum has an astonishing collection of European and Asian art, with big names like Van Gogh and Rembrandt gracing its walls. Celebrate the art with a California-inspired take on Northern Italian cuisine at Union. After all, there’s no better way to end a day at the museum than with a perfect plate of spaghetti alla chitarra and thick slice of porchetta.

Elizabeth Daniels

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1. The Getty: The Restaurant at The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Yelp

Admission to the Getty Center is free, which means you have all the more to spend on a lovely lunch at The Restaurant. With views of the Santa Monica Mountains, white tablecloths, and an elegant menu that runs from cobb salads to duck confit to Peruvian steak and potato, you’re sure to have a pleasant all-around experience.

1200 Getty Center Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90049

2. The Hammer: AMMO

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Yelp

Admission to UCLA’s Hammer Museum is also gratis, which makes a meal in the tranquil courtyard restaurant, AMMO, all the more enjoyable. While lunch has a nice selection of sandwiches and salads, the real star is happy hour, where draft beers and wines are only five bucks, with plenty of sub-ten dollar plates to soak it all up.

10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

3. LACMA: Ray's & Stark Bar

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Patina Restaurant Group

World renown art doesn’t just grace the walls of LACMA, but also serves as the inspiration for the museum’s restaurant Ray’s & Stark Bar. Beyond burgers and pizzas, executive chef Fernando Darin has incorporated global flavors into the revamped menu with beautiful dishes like Spanish octopus romesco with lomito Iberico and Caledonian prawns with salsify.

5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

4. The Broad: Otium

222 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Wonho Frank Lee

Art permeates every aspect of Otium, from the Damien Hirst mural on the wall to the affiliation with The Broad next door. Most importantly though are the thoughtful dishes by decorated chef Timothy Hollingsworth that showcase the multicultural influences that define Los Angeles.

222 S. Hope St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

5. MOCA: Grand Central Market

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Yelp

For a not-so-bougie museum day meal, Grand Central Market is an ideal choice for MOCA and Broad visitors. With more vendors than you could possible visit in a day, there’s plenty to keep all your artsy friends satisfied.

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

6. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel: Manuela

907 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Joshua Targownik

This massive new art gallery in the Arts District has a hip new restaurant built right in. Manuela, named after owner Manuela Wirth, is like a gallery in its own right, with artwork that rotates often and materials largely sourced from the 1930’s building and surrounding warehouses. Dishes take inspiration from the North Texas hometown of chef Wes Whitsell, and are especially delicious after exploring all the art on display.

907 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

7. Japanese American Museum: GiorgiPorgi

137 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Yelp

Okay, so GiorgiPorgi isn’t actually a restaurant, but this coffee shop may be the most archetypal hipster hangout in all of LA. Sip a pour over from a tilted ceramic cup, Instagram a photo of the moss wall, and head over to the Japanese American Museum for a true cool-kid experience.

137 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

8. The Getty Villa: Taverna Tony

23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265
Yelp

While the stretch of PCH across from The Getty Villa is largely populated with chain restaurants, a short drive north brings you to Taverna Tony. Though it may not be the best Greek food of your life, you’re sure to have a good time in its festive digs. Bonus points for belly dancers and celebrity sightings.

23410 Civic Center Way
Malibu, CA 90265

9. The Huntington Library: 1919

1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108

The Huntington Library has plenty to keep you occupied from its art collections to beautiful gardens. Well now there’s quite a bit to snack on too, thanks to Border Grill’ Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. Sort of like a mini version of the modern Mexican classic, Huntington Library’s primary café 1919 offers the duo’s classic dishes like tacos on handmade tortillas, ceviche, and agua frescas.

1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA 91108

10. Norton Simon: Union Restaurant

37 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103
Elizabeth Daniels

Pasadena’s Norton Simon museum has an astonishing collection of European and Asian art, with big names like Van Gogh and Rembrandt gracing its walls. Celebrate the art with a California-inspired take on Northern Italian cuisine at Union. After all, there’s no better way to end a day at the museum than with a perfect plate of spaghetti alla chitarra and thick slice of porchetta.

37 E Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103

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