Ray’s and Stark Bar

4.6
1553 reviews
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Hailed by Travel + Leisure as “One of the best museum restaurants around the globe” and by the Los Angeles Times as "a feast for the senses," Ray's and Stark Bar offers a globally-inspired, California fresh menu including dishes from the restaurant’s wood-burning oven and grill, with an emphasis on farm-to-table and seasonal fare. Located behind Chris Burden’s iconic Urban Light installation on Wilshire Boulevard and offering views of the iconic Levitated Mass sculpture, Ray’s and Stark Bar is an urban culinary oasis surrounded by some of the most celebrated artwork in the world. MOTHER'S DAY – May 12 Celebrate Mother's Day with family and friends at Ray's and Stark Bar featuring scrumptious Mother's Day specials by Executive Chef Fernando Darin. Menu subject to change | Price includes tax and gratuity. RESERVE NOW
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Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good. The service was spotty, need more servers at rush time. The host desk needs to think a little more out of the box in terms of flexibility in seating - too milataristic and uninviting.

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P
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for jazz & music

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n
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

I've been to Ray's many times. This was a bit of a disappointment. The food is still excellent. Very creative menu and delicious choices. This time the service was bad. I was seated by myself, but soon they sat a pair right next to me, though there were many open tables on the patio. One of the two was a loud mouth and soon I knew she was a loud stream of consciousness. I look forward to a quiet meal next time.

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GG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful except for the tremors!

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DZ
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to get together with our son and five-year old granddaughter. The children's menu was a big hit, and dining on the patio was perfect.

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P
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great cocktails and good food al fresco in the middle of LACMA’s energetic plaza. Score a table during Jazz Fridays for a chill evening.

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W
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, as usual.
Carmen was a very good, attentive server.

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AK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far one of my best dinning places to go to . I absolutely love the Chicken Milanese. It's the only entree I get every time. Giovani, the server is always on top of it and just the best. The fresh squeeze grapefruit juice always makes my Greyhound delicious. I love the atmosphere and when the weather is beautiful, it makes the whole dining experience even better.

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r
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We love it and have gone post-LACMA for years interesting drinks too

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b
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The ambiance is the restaurant's strength. The service is fine. My companion and I had relatively inexpensive options for lunch, and the server, while polite, conveyed his disinterest in our dining experience. The food, however, is heavy (even the salads). The lightest option I, a vegetarian, could find was a 10" pizza; I left two thirds of it there.
But it's a nice space - open and airy.

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The shrimp and avocado salad was awful. The shrimp smelled and was soft and kind of mushy. Sone of the lettuce was fresh but some was not. I ate the avocado and the croutons and covered the shrimp with lettuce. I didn't complain because I was with a group. Usually your food is delicious.

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HW
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Super tasty food, super potent cocktails, super friendly staff.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely fabulous, and a great unique dining experience in the heart of Los Angeles. During the summer, on Friday nights there is a jazz hour going on and that is absolutely wonderful. The management team and the wait staff are five star here, and the food is really good.

Honestly I can’t say enough good things about the overall experience here, and again the management team in the hostess staff and all the waiters and waitresses are just super nice.

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D
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made my 50th Birthday something special

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VD
20 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent here. The service is great as well. They always make you feel so welcome. I had a remarkable shrimp and avocado salad...sounds very simple but it was delicious! It is so fun to have a fine meal and then an afternoon of art and culture. What a treat!

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h
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dishes Well Plated and Delicious,Drinks Complemented Flavors, Service and Ambiance, Warm Friendly and Inviting

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MA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best thing about Ray's and Stark Bar was Giovanni our server. He is energetic, fun and has a beautiful grasp of all the menu items including the wine list. The food was nice, but Giovanni was the best part of the experience. Also if you love jazz, definitely go there on a friday night so you can be right in the heart of the jazz concert. it's loud so bring your outdoor voice!! ;)
Thanks again, we will be back!

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MR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

except for the unruly texting mother who was too preoccupied to attend to her screaming kid. And she was finally shamed out of the room. after which all was lovely

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PT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous dinner at Ray’s as part of Friday night jazz. We always have the best service- thank you, Carmen and staff! And this trip we tried the new salmon entree; it was healthy, tasty and delicious... just need a spoon for lentils next time. And we always enjoy the cheese board and the rose, so we were very grateful to again have such a great food, wine and musical experience!

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PT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

The staff were very nice, but appeared a bit scattered and overwhelmed.
The food was expensive and of very poor quality. We ordered the Pizza Margarita and Pizza Fungi. The outer crust was excellent. The rest, completely tasteless. My passion fruit iced tea was plain iced tea with lemon. Our server insisted that WAS their passion fruit and that they didn’t offer plain iced tea?
Fellow diners appeared to be equally depressed by the quality of their choices which were entirely different from ours.
The only reason we EVER go there is that it’s handy to the museum and well placed for jazz nights. Otherwise, I would never recommend it.

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f
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The attention decor is striking . We loved the table with the hidden drawers and the glasses were beautifully shaped. The food was delicious though the portion of salmon was small. Dessert was decadent! Our cocktail and wine were a lovely treat.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding salmon salad with a variety of flavors and textures, making every bite a burst in my mouth. Really loved it!

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JK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pizza and wine Service was outstanding. Jazz festival with great music just out side

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n
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been there probably 20 times, and each meal has been a great experience. The food is delicious, the menu creative, the service is perfect and the ambience wonderful. This time was Friday jazz night and we were serenaded by a talented jazz big band. Another great experience away Ray's and Stark Bar!

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E
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff, food, quality for price. Makes me remember every time I have the best meals here all
The time!

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C
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

I ordered the Chitarra pasta with shrimp, crab, brown butter and preserved lemons. The chef forgot the crab, and the preserved lemons. When I requested them, they sent out a bit of cold crabmeat and some diced lemons. Obviously chef has not a clue what preserved lemons are, nor is he knowledgeable about beurre noisette. The dish did not taste bad, but it was definitely not as advertised. Chef certainly needs more training on how to execute dishes as described on the menu. Chef seems to be lacking basic culinary techniques and education.
Pasta was also served a bit stuck together, (not drained properly), and not hot. Service by Andrew was great, but he could not make up for the inadequacies of the food, even though he tried his best. There were not enough heaters to go around. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone who knows food. Also, paying $16.00 for parking was alot on top of the cost of the drinks and food. I feel that the restaurant should validate at least a large portion of the parking.

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JK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Jazz night - always fun!

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RF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed no soup and no longer hamburger.
Our waitress was okay; she seemed preoccupied.
The French fries were good until they cooled down and then were dry and pithy.
Just not what I remembered as recent as 1 month ago when I dined there.
In any case, I love the interior environment.

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t
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Overall impression abysmal! Peculiar cut “steak” blunted steak knife.Further, listed as $28on menu- charged $29. Hostess claimed it was a new menu- no adjustment made. Appetizers never arrived. Water bottle removed from our table for use elsewhere. Coffee was undrinkable- like old powdered ‘Nescafe’

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MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grateful for the space given to us even though our group shrank due to flu. It's always a great experience at Ray's and Stark Bar.

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m
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating Mothering Sunday, as they do in England. Our day was perfectly blended with the ambiance of LACMA and the delightful menu and food at Ray’s. Thank you so much for the pleasurable experience!

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A
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great people watching and passable (if overpriced) food.

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AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the outdoor seating with no cars around. Open views to the park. Healthy, tasty, normal portions. All great. Waiters have a habit (happened to me 3 times already) of forgetting part of the order, usually a small bit like an appetizer to be shared or a side order. I am not fussy but it is their loss. Otherwise, great location, friendly staff, really tasty food.

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W
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed your pizzas.
The server was great.
Jennifer is a very hard working and a very accommodating hostess.
Good atmosphere.
Good food.
Good value.
I always return and bring friends.

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PN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ordered two pizzas. Both were excellent. Good selections of wine. The service was attentive and much appreciated. Highly recommended.

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MT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hostess and wait staff were amazing! They accommodated our large group and were so friendly. The food was fantastic. A great LA experience.

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H
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative menu. The cauliflower appetizer was delicious. Lots of vegan options. Service was very attentive and polite. Great location right at the LACMA. Thank you for a great meal!

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was a disappointing experience. Service was ridiculously slow - it took an hour to get our meals. The food was below average in taste. It seems like the kitchen is trying to be innovative but the flavors aren't good. The croque had way to much mustard and the "sous vide" chicken was tasteless. Chocolate dessert was just okay. Overall my feeling is that LACMA's restaurants and shops are sliding in quality while the building is under renovation/expansion.

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was friendly but abut slow. A hostess noticed us waiting and took over our service. Did a great job! Overall nice place to sit down and eat at the museum and food was very good.

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy getting lunch or snacks at Ray's and Stark Bar when I come to visit LACMA. The staff is excellent and the food is delicious. I'm always excited to try something new each time I come. On this latest visit, there was unfortunately a very loud child and with Ray's being such a small and intimate space, the sound did carry a bit. But other than that, it was a wonderful experience and I will definitely go again!

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