Art on the Menu: Restaurants Near Art Museums
Courtesy of Dean Tomlinson
Museum Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
The name of the restaurant at AGO honors Frank Gehry, who redesigned the gallery, and Frank Stella, whose sculptures adorn both spaces. Chef Anne Yarymowich serves locally driven comfort food like braised rabbit; all of the wines are from Ontario producers.
© Benjamin Benschneider
Seattle Art Museum–goers have a new place to stay nearby: the Four Seasons, decorated with works from Northwest artists. At ART, its restaurant, chef Kerry Sear sends out kampachi (yellowtail) with paintbrushes and a palette of 15 sauces so diners can channel their inner Impressionist.
Museum Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
Restaurant Sensing at the Fairmont Battery Wharf
Fairmont’s new waterfront property near the ICA is home to the first U.S. venture from star French chef Guy Martin.
Museum The Art Institute of Chicago
Restaurant Lockwood in the Palmer House hotel
The Institute’s Renzo Piano–designed modern wing opens May 16. At Lockwood, chef Phillip Foss serves modern American food to match.
Museum San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Restaurant Heaven’s Dog
After viewing works in the sculpture garden, opening May 10, museum-goers can head up the road to chef Charles Phan’s affordable new noodle shop.
In Portland, Oregon, Urban Farmer at the Nines hotel shows Matt McCormick’s beautifully bleak video of the Fremont Bridge. thenines.com.