Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA
Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA

Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.raysandstarkbar.com/
  • Phone: 3238576180x
  • Hours of Operation:



    BRUNCH: Saturdays and Sundays 10AM–3PM

    LUNCH: Weekdays 11:30AM–3PM

    DINNER: Nightly 5–10PM

    BAR: Open Daily Til 11PM

    Closed Wednesdays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Kris Morningstar
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfax
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Self-parking is available in the museum parking garage, enter on 6th Street. $10 flat rate with a minimum purchase before 5pm, free after 7pm.



    Museum admission tickets are not required to join us at Ray's and Stark Bar.
A word from Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA
Ray's offers a bold, farm-to-table Mediterranean menu based on seasonal, local ingredients and the restaurant's wood burning oven and grill. A separate bar and lounge, Stark Bar, offers handcrafted, seasonal cocktails and a dynamic menu of small plates.
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Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA reviews from OpenTable diners
184 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (113)fit for foodies (85)great for lunch (83)neighborhood gem (47)vibrant bar scene (47)great for brunch (46)special occasion (40)hot spot (27)scenic view (25)good for groups (24)romantic (20)notable wine list (14)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (11)Show More
  • Not as good as I remembered
    FoodXplorer
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We enjoyed the cheese plate, but they were a bit stingy on the amount: 3 thin slices. The Diver Scallops were delicious. We were disappointed that, having made reservations well in advance, we couldn't be seated outside with the music (it was jazz night), but that was my fault for not specifying that in the reservation. Inside, the ambiance was pretty blah. I might eat here again if I happen to be here for an exhibit and I could eat outside, but otherwise, no.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Restaurant at the Museum
    fabrixx
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I was very pleased with the restaurant, great food, interesting drink menus and excellent service. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I can't even think of the words to describe just how great our experience was. A great wine list that could please any palate. Excellent service from ALL (wait staff, water-menu!!!, bussers, runners, everyone!). The food was to-die-for. The homemade pasta dish are amazing. Thank You LACMA to provide us with these amazing restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place at the LACMA
    MarcLA
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Ok place to meet when at the LACMA. What kills me is that they don't validate for parking anymore. That $12 added to the tab. Food is pricey
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not llke it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We've been there several times and enjoyed the food, service, ambiance, etc. This time was a total disappointment. The food was excellent, but the rest: poor. The dining room was closed so we ate outside with lots of bar noise and traffic near us, plastic tables, water served without ice, very limited menu, slow service, mischarged on the wine, mix-up with credit card (ours temporarily charged to another table). We won't go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great find
    Mable
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We decided to have lunch at Ray & Stark Bar at LACMA after the Expressionists show. The food was excellent...we had roasted romaine salad and a pizza. Both wre absolutely delicious. For desert, rum cake. Wonderful. Great wine and beer list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Patina gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I'm one Angeleno who appreciates that Patina has raised the bar on event cuisine in our city. This was our first visit to Ray's and it won't be our last! Superb service, superb bar, superb food. My starter was sauteed cauliflower -- I could have consumed a bucket of it. Crispy, flavorful with a touch of heat. Followed up by the hanger steak -- beautiful on the eyes and on the palate, it melts in your mouth like a fine filet. Husband had a 3-cheese (choose your own) plate and the heirloom tomato/burrata plate were absolutely delicious works of art. Diverse bar menu and the only water menu I've ever seen in L.A., we look forward to returning! Soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • just weird food
    critic
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    this restaurant has too weird of a menu to make this a functional and useful restaurant at a museum. This restaurant is on the premises of a public institution and should not be so veeerrry offbeat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • veggie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    we had a 5pm reservation, they were not ready to seat us at 455, no one asked for our name or never came to get us as after we told them we were there, We left. bad service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OccasionalReviewer
    OccasionalReviewerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant did not honor my request to sit outside. We were seated inside and the air conditioning was not working properly. Plus, they were understaffed and our food was not served as ordered; i.e., our first and main courses were served together despite instructions to the contrary. No one checked to see if our meal was served to our satisfaction until we were finished. We had to "hunt down" a bus boy to ask for salt/pepper and plates for the pizza (which never came). Despite the very hot temperature this last weekend, it was cooler on the patio than inside the restaurant. And, to top things off, the restaurant double charged my friend on her credit card which she discovered by checking her statement on line the next day.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a destination restaurant
    plumdumplings
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Nice that it's at the museum and I'll go again, but it is looking worn out - starting to have a Denny's vibe, not fine dining. Service was good, food overall decent. Only two larges dishes available and they were out of one of them. We had one amazing dish - pork belly (or was it lamb?) with compressed watermelon, tons of mint, a little chile, black vinegar - beautiful looking and amazing contrasting tastes and textures. Near the top of my list of best dishes for the year! Nice panna cotta, too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very Loud and boisterous due to friday night Jazz! Food was good but pricey.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    great place to eat and listen to jazz on friday evenings...we had a great time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointed
    Booked2DineVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    While our food was good, service was s..l..o..w. Our waiter was not attentive and surly. We felt ignored. We waited for 10 minutes before he took our order, and then another 10 minutes for our drinks to arrive. My wife enjoyed her chopped salad. My Benedict burger was tasty though much rarer than I'd ordered. We were running out of time or I might have sent it back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegance Indeed!
    Anthea
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The French Maitre d' (lady) was wonderfully friendly and helpful and chose her favourite table for us - special! We loved the cutlery in the table drawers and the red decor. The food (we had pizza, peppars, and chocolat mousse) was particularly tasty, the service courteous (only took a bit too long once), and the whole experience very elegant and tasteful. Lovely ambience for our intimate birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited but nice menu
    CathiVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Was heading to a film event and decided to try Ray's based on the reviews. The menu was limited but the Mediterranean pizza was nicely cooked and tasty. The wine options were reasonably priced and a generous pour. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Museum Lunch Place
    MvO1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Creative menu. Nicely served. No pressure. Better food than last time we ate here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food was poor and very over priced. I would never eat there again and would not recommend anyone to eat there. After leaving a voicemail for the manager to contact me no one called. I called again and no one answered the phone.
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  • Great food, inconsistent service
    AbbodanzaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have had several meals with good service here, but this time our waiter was disorganized, intrusive, and oddly inappropriate. He was the only impediment to a wonderful outdoor dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Service
    PSP1
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    As always great food, especially the Wurst menu. Bad service, in-attentive waiter, interested more in his fellow workers than his tables. No knowledge of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Toast
    Ward
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    How can you run out of French Toast for a Sunday brunch before 1pm? That is what happened to us. Our second choice was quite good but one wonders how such a simple dish can run out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, music too loud
    4Pleasure
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Four of us enjoyed a rare outing together to LACMA and Rays on a Friday evening. We would have liked to have been able to include all 4 in one conversation, but the live music outside was so loud, we could barely hear the person next to us talking. While the atmosphere was energetic and lively, we would have preferred the outdoor music to be toned down. We all enjoyed our very tasty entree choices and service was very good, including explanations of the unusual menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Same old...same old....
    MashaDasha
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Same old carb laden menu, same old good waitstaff & service, same old waste of a potentially great eatery beautifully located on the LACMA campus. What is offered - pizzas and pastas are well prepared....but boring. With the departure of their executive chef, let us hope for a new vibrant menu of stuff you want to eat rather than just settle for.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu Needs More Regulars
    Cheetahish
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Too many odd choices for people to pick from. Squid Ink Pasta? Could have better pizza choices and pastas. I like the menu at The Getty the best.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It was great. Took the babe out there and she loved it. My bank account didnt like it much but at least my date did. Beautiful scenery
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    overpriced, terrible service, mediocre food. have tried before was hoping for better experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super pasta dish!!!!!
    Texascountess
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Loved my pasta dish. Forget about the pizzas which are generally soggy. The bread was amazing. Great to have a restaurant of that quality when you are visiting the museum.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive and unusual...
    2travelersVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    R&S is almost always a good choice for something different. An inventive (some would say quirky) kitchen is continually producing some distinctive menu items (Sea scallops in broth, risotto-stuffed pasta as examples) are excellent, as are regular favorites like the pork belly and the spectacular seasonal tomato/burrata saled. They've wisely lessened some of the emphasis on small plates, and the menu size remains somewhat limited. Service staff is highly skilled and appropriately attentive. An additional distinguishing feature is their fascinating knowledgeability on the subject of sparkling mineral water (of which more than a dozen brands are on offer, along with a brief education to go with them). Thoroughly worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jazz, Food, and Great Service
    Goodartandfood
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    From our hostess Cindy to our waiter Shalimar and even the attentive bus staff, Ray and Sktark Bar at LACAMA provided us a wonderful experience for a Friday evening. With our gallery visit before hand, followed by the wine and food and accompanying jazz in the LA summer evening it was hard not to have an iconic LA evening on all counts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mostly good
    lisa
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The Benedict Burger was genius and every bite a pleasure. The Roman, no cheese, pizza was a little soggy and salty--the olives--but not terrible. Rum butter cake wasn't as good as I anticipated--cake was dry and the sauce a little gritty with sugar. Service was efficient but not gushy despite the lunchtime crowd. I'd go back to try some other items on the menu and to people watch at the LACMA visitors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    halibut was delicious but a TINY portion- -bread was good. It was a pleasant place to relax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistency
    HalpVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Quality and originality in food prep and presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Loved our lunch...great salad great cocktail and just a fun lively spot at LACMA
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't bother! Definite Pass!
    KellyO
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Expensive, loud, well below average. We were excited for this ressie, but the table was crammed in & crowded by the bar. The menu was nothing great, very average food. Service was slow. Night was ruined by price gouging at bar. They added $2 per martini on a line item called "DC". When we inquired, we were told this was "dealers choice", and is a standard up charge on martinis (making it a very small cocktail glass pour for a whopping $18)! Rather than remove the charge management was condescending & dismissive. Dinner: $300 for 5ppl, lacked charm & all else special. Service was slow & mediocre, management was rude. We would have been better off @ the food trucks on Wilshire! Will not be returning. Shame! Ruined a lovely summer night.
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  • RAY'S DELIVERS
    HapaHaole
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Fabulous dinner. Wonderful setting. Cocktails with the Calder!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dine LA Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had Ray's Dine LA dinner menu. I was impressed with the quantity and quality of the food. It was definitely a satisfying meal and a great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the perfect break from Art viewing.
    ACES
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    After 4 hours of looking at some fabulous art it was an ideal spot for a delicious lunch. Glad I checked Open Table on my way to LACMA...when we got there for our 1:00 reservation they were turning people away, The hot day made the "Water Menu" a boon....though a bit pretentious! The food was great ...especially my Himachi.... and a lovely glass of pink wine made the final push through the galleries a breeze.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this room
    Duncan23
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This is one of the nicest places to have a summer dinner. I just wish the menu was it bit broader.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely evening!
    mbm23
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    My friend and I celebrated her milestone birthday by dining at Ray's and attending the museum on a member's night. It was a perfect evening. We participated in the Dine LA menu and would recommend it in the future. The price was reasonable, the portions were generous, and the food was unique and tasty,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • where was the waiter
    Marty
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Although there were not many people there, and the waiter knew we had a time constraint, he disappeared and was very slow in service. Thank goodness there was an attentive bus boy who gave us water and refills for tea. Our meal came out late and although it was good, we felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet