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: (323) 857-6180
  • 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: Viet Pham
  • 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. $12 flat rate,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, local artisan beers a California based wine list, and 20 different mineral waters.
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Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (120)fit for foodies (102)neighborhood gem (79)great for lunch (78)hot spot (62)notable wine list (45)vibrant bar scene (42)great for brunch (41)kid-friendly (40)special occasion (25)romantic (23)good for groups (19)scenic view (17)late-night find (7)Show More
  • Will try again but will avoid Wurst Night
    GratefulForGoodCooking
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We came to Ray's for a sociable family dinner prior to an evening event. Had no idea it would be a special sausage-based menu. The dishes were thuddingly uninteresting. The only one of us happy with her meal was my sister, who ordered a salad and two very good vegetable side dishes. I'll be back to Ray's out of sporadic necessity and will order as she did.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Cuisine was exceptional, service was excellent, and the atmosphere was wondeful for our anniversary dinner. I highly recommend Rays as a wonderful way to edify and thank someone important in your life.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Rays was a fantastic restaurant. The food was recognizable yet often with a twist like the brussel sprout salad. It was the best we've ever had but aren't sure exactly what else was in it besides brussel sprouts. We were a party of 2 and ordered 6 things to share plus dessert. Loved that we each got to taste a variety of dishes. Great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food was delicious, service excellent - a wonderful spot for any kind of special dinner out - really and truly lovely! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our lunch was "succulent", delicious and tasty. Congratulations to Viet for the quality of our meals! Thank you for the Waiters who took care of us and did a great job. The meals elaborated by the Chefs are wonderful at a very bargain price for the high quality of the ingredients used and the passion provided by the cooks for preparing our plates. The homemade chicken pate was awesome, then the salmon was cooked perfectly as the duck so tasty, the home made bread has the exact same taste than the ones sold in Germany! Same consistency: crunchy outside, soft inside. A pleasure! We would suggest the banana dessert...it is just the best!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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  • Love, Love, Love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This is my go-to place when company comes to visit. We love this restaurant. The food, the atmosphere and the staff are wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Have eaten here on several occasions. Never had a bad meal. The service is outstanding. You can never go wrong eating here. Our table was ready and waiting for us when we showed up.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining that suits artistic mood
    heycamsterVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Dining at Ray's is always an experience of discovery. The menu changes to reflect the season or the current exhibits at LACMA. The bartenders offer inspired drink temptations which complement the dining or just drinking fancies. After several visits of dining inside the Renzo Piano "lean to" glass walled restaurant building, I chose to dine outside this time to soak in more of the twilight and early evening air - a perfect al fresco experience! Do stop Sean and say hi when you order your drink from Stark's and take the time to read all the menu items and the ingredients. Ask about the things you read that don't sound familiar - this is a great restaurant that whets the curiosity while it satisfies hunger!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jmk2VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Terrific food in museum setting with excellent service. Will be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wanda
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We had two pizzas, which were very good, but difficult to cut. Pre-cut would have been nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Had a fantastic dinner at Rays. The service was top notch, and the food and ambiance was just about perfect. We both had their great Neapolitan pizza, and the flavors were perfectly balances. I would definitely highly recommend this restaurant for a nice evening out. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Rays is known locally as a great weekend brunch spot. But you're missing out if you're not having dinner there. We're Miracle Miles locals and have lots of dining options, but Rays has earned being our favorite place with consistently great service (thanks Martin!) and outstanding food. In the LA sea of celeb chef restaurants Chef Viet is quietly putting out amazing food for these town. Some current notable selections: the asian chicken salad, burrata cheese, best grilled salmon in the city, and the signature agnolotti pasta. Don't miss the bread. Bonus? Gorgeous & quiet indoor dining and energetic outside bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My birthday lunch at Rays was one of the very best dining experiences that I have ever had, and that says a lot, considering that my husband and I are huge foodies. The food and service far surpassed our expectations. The entire staff made me feel so special and all had great senses' of humor. It is certainly one of the most special days (first Urban Light at LACMA then lunch at Rays) I have had and will remember for years to come. I'm already making plans to go back with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My husband and I were there for lunch and it was one of the best dinning experiences I have ever had. We were welcomed by Martin who sat us, and from there our server took over and recommended great dishes like the pilot and hamachi. Food was outstanding and Everyone was kind, friendly and efficient. Pricing was a little high but all in all it was worth it. We will definitely be back and would recommend it to all of our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT!!!
    FoodnikVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I had a beautiful lunch at Ray's and Stark at LACMA the other day. Everything about it was exceptional - the service, the comfort of having a choice between outside and in, and the food. We had lamb burgers which were perfectly seasoned and grilled, served with Cucumber and feta cheese. The creme brûlée for dessert was the best - (and the largest portion!!!) I ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Ray's is a regular on my business lunch rotation; great food (don't miss the bread ), great and fast service and very convenient location right off of Wilshire at LACMA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We enjoyed an awesome meal here. We had a reservation and were seated right away. Although our reservation was late, we never felt hurried or rushed. Our server, gave us great recommendations which we followed. We split a salad and each enjoyed an entrée, then split a dessert. Again, we were never hurried or rushed, servers were there to refill water when needed (They have a water menu, for me who doesn't drink alcohol a huge benefit), and our server checked on us just enough. Overall a great experience and a great meal. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location & food, slow service
    KatandRichVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We are members of LACMA and we come often for cocktails and snacks. This was our first time for dinner. First cocktail took a while. Waiter was difficult to find. Bar service was also slow. Food is always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food and service were great as usual. Don't forget to order the brussels sprouts they are awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This gem is perfect on so many levels. A very creative and well-executed menu is only one of the elements that makes the dining experience memorable. The staff is attentive, knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating and helpful. We were asked if we were celebrating a special occasion (our 44th wedding anniversary) and felt the added effort to make our evening special. Rays is a lovely venue for a delightful lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Chef?
    sunsetpattyVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We go often to Ray's after Sunday music at LACMA and have always found it cutting edge. We noticed several months ago that they had discontinued their wonderful "BTOs" - better than Oreos, served to all after the meal. After missing a few months we were back on Sunday and notice now that they no longer serve an "amuse bouche." The service seemed a bit spotty in a very uncrowded restaurant. The bread is still the best in Los Angeles. My octopus was just so so, when it used to be excellent. My husband's pasta was very good. We are wondering if there has been a change of chefs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Best selection of interesting waters in California. You guys took it to the next level, thank you for that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Impeccable service from the bouncer the moment we set foot on the property, to the hostess, wait staff, and bartenders. Although we frequently dine out at upscale restaurants, this was one of the finest experiences we've ever had, thanks to the outstanding service. The ambiance of the lounge, where we had a cocktail while waiting to be seated, was very hip. Not too loud to talk, but energetic. The crispy pork belly is a delicious entrée, and the sauce makes it superb. The hanger steak was also top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Rays is fit for everyone, any size, or any occasion. If you're dining alone, the bar offers the full menu and the bartenders and locals will keep you entertained. Rays is the best place to celebrate a special occasion, you can see the lamp posts from the bar. Everyone was satisfied and thrilled and kept raving about Rays the rest of the weekend. Thank you again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great ambiance, great food, great for large groups. The staff is very friendly and professional. Overall it was an amazing day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Museum dining spot
    View2eat
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    As far as museum dining spots go this was one boasts good food and smooth service. Just wish in a museum setting it didn't appear as an afterthought. The space is at best a nothing too special dining room. Tables are interesting with a pocket drawer for your knife and fork. The space could be enhanced by a space designer with some imagination to bring the visual dining experience on oar with the food. Menu is imaginative and well executed and delivered. Wine list covers all the bases. Just need to zip up the contemporary look.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Watch the waiter
    dineoutVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Dining in a glass box with strange tables with a built in silverware drawer that the hostess dropped the silverware out of twice. Ordered house wine, drank what was served, fine not great, but ok. Ordered another glass-.Waiter brings it, saying it was not the same wine (the original not available), but was the same price. Ok, whatever. The bill arrived, we were charged for two glasses of a way more expensive wine. When questioned the waiter was shocked that we complained. Really, "we wanted a price adjustment?" You betcha! How dare he! What a stupid experience for any restaurant. Shame on them
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Rays is a fantastic spot! Great food! Great drinks! Great service! Great atmosphere! Very clean! Martin is an outstanding manager! I noticed him go by every table to make sure everyone was doing ok! He was also running drinks and food to tables which you don't see a lot of managers do! Very exceptional!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were in Los Angeles for the LACMA and the restaurant was packed, though we were seated within a few minutes of our reservation time. Although we were warned that our food might take a while, we were served pretty quickly. The food was good and the service was very good, considering how very busy the restaurant was. We would definitely try Rays again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Fantastic food, great wine! Excellent service! The staff was so friendly and the service was quick. We placed our order and it came quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A complete day at LACMA
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Nothing better than a very nice lunch before or after spending time at LACMA ... Ray's provides great food and exceptional service to make the day complete ...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • generally love it
    comfortfoodie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    When crowded it is quite noisy, but the decor, service and innovative menu almost make up for it--not to mention the location at the museum. Wish there were some way to tone down the noise at busy loud times (more fabric?). Service is impeccable. The tables with their silverware drawers always intrigue. So beautifully done. And my delightful server even brought me a black napkin "lest i get white lint on my black dress." How cool is that? Great for a lady's lunch or a nice lunch with the husband.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014 I had an important introductory business meeting (a career opportunity) in Beverly Hills with the corporate president from an East Coast based company. We needed a restaurant that was convenient to his hotel, was opened late and would make an impression of LA iconic dining. Our experience exceeded all of my expectations from the follow-up on my reservation; the accommodating our need to be able to conduct some important "meet & greet" discussions (we were seated at a back corner table with a more subdued noise level) and a memorable dining experience. Rays provided all of this! And as it happened, my visiting guest was born in Italy and found the menu choices high quality of authentic Italian cuisine. 5 Stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Amazing Cocktails, went to the Hollywood Costume Exhibition and afterwards to the Stark Bar. Great themed cocktails and fast service. We will come again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Love it there, interesting menu, fast and knowledgeable service
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great One
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Loved it. It was my second time. Great service and very friendly staff! The food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Everything was great I have been to Italy several times and it brought back memories . The food and what the waiter recommended was perfect . We will go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The food is always excellent, the service attentive - just an all around lovely place to dine when you're at LACMA
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok
    DaisyMae
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Over priced. Menu trying way too hard. Portions small. Food quality borderline. We were at the museum and that was the restaurant. Room is nice. Setting is nice. Service pretty good but trying to up-sell. let's leave it at this: they are offering the first ever WATER tasting for $50/person.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I took my boyfriend out for his birthday and it was amazing. We were promptly greeted when we walked in, they pulled up my reservation and wished him a happy birthday. Our wait staff was very helpful giving us great suggestions and more detail about the menu items. We started with the grilled romaine salad, the dressing was exceptional. He had the spaghetti which he was very impressed with; I had the tuna also very delicious. The best part though was the dessert & candle they surprised him with. It was a beautiful day at LACMA filled with amazing food great and fast service & wonderful memories!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.