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Feb 16th, 2007, 04:35 AM
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Tell me your favorite museum or art gallery restaurant?

At which museum or gallery would you lunch?
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Feb 16th, 2007, 04:36 AM
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Baltimore Museum of Art.

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Feb 16th, 2007, 04:41 AM
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Clark Institute in Williamstown serves a nice lunch.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 04:47 AM
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Definitely the main restaurant in Musee d'Orsay in Paris. Very good food in a magnificent environment.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 05:00 AM
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Cafe at the Gardner...Isabella S. Gardner Museum in Boston. I pretend I'm in Venice.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 05:04 AM
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Feb 16th, 2007, 05:17 AM
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For the view: the National Portrait Gallery.

For the food: the Admiralty in Somerset House

For best furnishings etc: Cafe Bagatelle at the Wallace Collection (where the food's surprisingly good)

For most unpleasant experience in a place that cost us more than enough to at least expect a decent cup of coffee: the places in the Great Court at the British Museum

Cheapest and most surreal experience: the British Library (bring your own and nibble it next to the extraordinary glass-walled Kings Library, where the books are stored inside-out so you see the antiquarian bindings from the restaurants)
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Feb 16th, 2007, 05:21 AM
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Musee d'Orsay
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Feb 16th, 2007, 05:36 AM
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Since my favorites , the d'Orsay and the Admiralty at Somerset House have already been mentioned, I tell you the WORST one. The cafe at the Petit Palais in Paris. I swear my baguette was made on an American hot dog bun!
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Feb 16th, 2007, 06:11 AM
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I forgot: the experience you'll never forget.

Drinking nectar on Mount Olympus. The (otherwise utterly forgettable) bar in the ruins of Dion sells nectar (a technical term for a certain kind of diluted fruit juice). Ambrosia, sadly, isn't on the menu.

Though Britons of a certain age might well find the absence of that particular ten-second treat (delicious to eat, they tell me) something they might be able to cope with.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 06:14 AM
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My birthday often coincides with my kids' spring break, so I have had some pretty cool birthday lunches and dinners. My favorite to date has been eating right under the clock at the Musee D'Orsay. I frankly don't remember what I ate, but the setting was fantastic.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 06:51 AM
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The Cafe at Winterthur in Delaware is nice.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 06:57 AM
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The Art Institute in Honolulu. The setting is beautiful, the food good and look where you are when you leave!
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Feb 16th, 2007, 07:15 AM
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Thank you for all the wonderful responses!
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Feb 16th, 2007, 07:18 AM
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The Musee Jacquemart Andre in Paris has a lovely tea salon/cafe.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 07:22 AM
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I will say that, although not exotic or historic, that lunch at the restaurant at the Dallas Museum of Art is a very nice experience....good food in a lovely setting.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 07:36 AM
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We had a lovely lunch at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow - the restaurant looks out on a beautiful green swath where people were out enjoying the sunshine.

The Portrait Restaurant in the National Portrait Gallery in London, mentioned by flanneruk, provided a memorable pre-theatre dinner at sunset last March. The food was quite good.

We found the lunch at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna to be very slow, expensive, and mediocre. Nice setting, though.

I have to agree with wanderful; we enjoyed a tasty lunch at the Clark last year.

Lunch at the Metropolitan Museum in New York was a tradition when I was growing up. I enjoyed thinking I could be like the children in From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler. We also frequently ate at the restaurant at the Whitney - many, many years ago.

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Feb 16th, 2007, 07:52 PM
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For good cafeterai food, try the cafe on second floor of Gemaldegalerie, Berlin.

For the most magnificent view, the Peach Valley restaurant in Miho musuem (designed by I.M.Pei, built in the middle of mountains)in Shiga, Japan, take a look at www.Miho.org.jp.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 08:04 PM
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Tell me your's or you're question is affected.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 09:00 PM
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First choice: Musee d'Orsay dining room, not the snack bar. The Louvre is lousy.
Jacquemart Andre is passable to good.

The National Gallery in DC is acceptable, but not outstanding.
Met Museum of Art I recall as being indifferent.

I don't recall the eatery in the Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna being anything to rave about.

So in my experience, the dining room at the Musee d'Orsey wins.
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