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
198 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (121)fit for foodies (95)great for lunch (91)neighborhood gem (54)vibrant bar scene (54)great for brunch (50)special occasion (42)hot spot (37)good for groups (25)scenic view (25)romantic (23)notable wine list (20)kid-friendly (18)late-night find (13)Show More
  • NO BRUNCH ITEMS
    FoodnikVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I expected at least one egg dish, omelet, pancake item on a Sunday at 11:30 am. Nope. The only likely dish was chilaquillas and it was disgusting. No salsa or cheese, just spices on limp tortilla chips on top of shredded meat of some kind. Whole thing topped with a crumbled haed boiled egg. Dry, spicy and inedible!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Wife and I had lunch Saturday - steak was perfect, johnny cakes was exceptional and the cocktails were awesome. Zero complaints about anything - service was impeccable - we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The waiter Paul was super friendly and made the experience more enjoyable. The mushroom pizza was to die for! Everything our group ordered exceeded our expectations. The squid ink was a very good pasta option with a different flare. It was my birthday and they brought me out a dessert from the restaurant. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food and Service was Great, only size of Food was really small
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Everything was amazing, from out specially made cocktails, the bread, salads and finally pasta dishes. We ordered way too much food but couldn't stop eating. Ray's is a bit out of the way for me, but will be returning soon and would celebrate a special occasion there for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Excellent food choices including plenty of vegan and vegetarian fare. Creative dishes. I have never had even as much as a mediocre meal at this place. Great beer selection. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peolpe watching
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I have been going there for the past 2 yrs. I love this place. Food is great. Service is awesome, and the ambiance is the best. Nice for people watching
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food here was delicious. The crispy farro salad was flavorful, and filling without being too much. My date's romaine salad was equally delicious - really flavorful, not too heavy. It's rare to find a place that can do clean food that is really well seasoned and exciting to eat, and that's exactly what Ray's has done. Service is attentive - I'll be coming back soon for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice LA restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I was recommended Ray's as was visiting LA from London for a few days and it didn't disappoint. The food and atmosphere were great and the staff were really friendly and gave great food suggestions. I'd highly reccomend Ray's and I was ever in LA again I'd definitely be trying to book a table again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    fabrixx
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Good food, good service, hot vibe, good art. What else do you need to enjoy a great day at LACMA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Brunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It is always nice to combine a good meal and a trip to LACMA for a wonderful day. My friend and I shared the short rib sandwich (delicious) and the Farro/brocolini ( good- but a tad sweet for me) and the panna cotta with berries was fantastic. I always enjoy my meals here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time at LACMA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great time for us. Each dish was prepared beautifully with great flavors. Noise level was perfect. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant is just so good. We booked through Open Table, I was sent an email and received a phone call to confirm, was contacted again to double check on my food allergy. The service at the restaurant was above and beyond, attentive and so friendly. Our waitress was amazing and super fun, she helped guide us through the food and drink menus (as we could have ordered everything it all looked so good). Food was incredible, everything so delicious, and small portions so we got to try a lot of different things, each bite we took oozed with unique flavors that were completely unexpected. The downside: the price, if you're looking for a cheap dinner, this is not the place for you.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    First time for lunch with mom then brunch with my hubby. We started with a great Bloody Mary - nice spicy. Loved the celery and the big ice cubes. I had the Chopped Salad and my hubby had the Hamachi. Both were delicious and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Hostess and server were very attentive and friendly. Very personalize service of the manager Martin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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!
    FoodisTheatreVIP
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic