Tea by the Sea ~ The Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, CA

When you plan your visit to The Getty Villa, check their web site for information about making reservations for Tea by the Sea (currently offered twice a week). The web site has extensive information about the menu, price and parking. Reservations must be made in advance.  Check their website for hours of operation, parking, special events and calendar: http://www.getty.edu/visit/villa/

You will enjoy walking about the magnificent art collection in the villa and the gardens both before and after your Tea. After the Tea, you can join a docent tour of the gardens. Browse their interesting Museum Shop with a terrific collection of books, jewelry and unique gift items.

The Tea is in a function room, on the third floor, overlooking the Villa. When I went, there were 10 tables set up for various size parties, from solo dining to a group of eight.

The staff is very attentive, the service excellent. Your Tea starts with a marvelous selection of ten teas (champagne, wine, beer, soda, sparkling water are available for purchase) plus a scone and tea bread with strawberry preserves and clotted cream.

Your server brings a three-tier serving dish to your table filled with marvelous goodies from mini sandwiches to desserts. You are given the menu as a memento plus a recipe card for the marvelous Mrs. Garrett’s Carrot Cake.

Note that I went solo, hence one of everything. It was a delicious Tea and I would recommend with a few caveats:

  • Note that there is an administrative service charge of 18% which is not the tip or gratuity.
  • The room would be inviting and more comfortable if there were paintings on the wall.

While visiting Southern California, I went to another Tea which will be in an upcoming post. It was fabulous.

Do include the Getty Villa on your journeys in this beautiful part of our world.

Photos ~ Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, CA







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