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Ray’s and Stark Bar, Los Angeles, CA

Ray’s and Stark Bar

4.4
4.4
1698 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian

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. Please be informed: WE'VE GONE CASHLESS! Vaccination verification required to dine indoors per LA City mandate.

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Booked 20 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Thu 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–7:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (323) 857-6180

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Fernando Darin

  • Private party facilities

    Ray's offers a bold, farm-to-table California 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.

  • Private party contact

    Mara Girvin: (866) 943-1520

  • Neighborhood

    Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.

  • Cross street

    Fairfax

  • Parking details

    LACMA's Garage: Located on Sixth St. at LACMA Way, one block north of Wilshire Blvd and one block east of Fairfax Ave. $16 flat fee before 5pm, $8 after 7pm.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Only available during Father's Day Brunch on June 19th

    Brunch

    • Short rib sandwich$28.00

      Braised Short ribs, Pickled Onions, Provolone Cheese, Arugula, Ciabatta, Frites

      • Steak and Eggs$36.00

        Marinaded steak, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Sunny side Eggs, Chimmichurri

        • Meat pizza$25.00

          Pepperoni, Italian Meatball, Bacon, Red Onion, Mozzarella

          Last updated: May 24, 2022

          What 1,698 people are saying

          Overall ratings and reviews

          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

          4.4
          4.4 based on recent ratings
          • 4.3Food
          • 4.4Service
          • 4.3Ambience
          • 3.8Value

          NoiseModerate

          Loved For

          • West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

            Great for Lunch

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          1. l

            luv2eat

            Los Angeles

            5 reviews

            5.0

            5 reviews

            Dined 2 days ago

            overall5food5service5ambience4

            Reservation time kept. Even though the menu was short there were several gluten free options. Wonderful service! Delicious food. Very short wine list but reasonable for today.

          2. DS

            DavidS

            Orange County

            6 reviews

            4.0

            6 reviews

            Dined 7 days ago

            overall4food4service5ambience4

            Good but expensive. Convenient right outside the museum. Staff work hard to make it nice

          3. DS

            DianeS

            Los Angeles

            25 reviews

            4.0

            25 reviews

            Dined on May 19, 2022

            overall4food5service5ambience3

            The hostess was warm and welcoming. Our server was attentive and made excellent suggestions. The food was delicious! But the tables and chairs and umbrellas are a little long in the tooth and could use a little sprucing up.

          4. CK

            CKventura

            Los Angeles

            13 reviews

            4.0

            13 reviews

            Dined on May 15, 2022

            overall4food3service3ambience4

            If you order the beets salad, you might also want to order a salad. There are hardly ant greens served with it.

          5. SM

            SMarieG

            Los Angeles

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on May 14, 2022

            overall5food5service4ambience5

            Very accommodating and friendly staff. Always good food and service.

          6. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            San Francisco

            3 reviews

            1.0

            3 reviews

            Dined on May 14, 2022

            overall1food2service1ambience2

            *Experience may be different if you’re not dining solo*. I had a reservation for 1 and seated right away. I was completely overlooked and had to flag down a waiter for service. He said something like “I’m not your waiter but can take your order.” I then had to ask for water from another staff person (which was charged $6 for a bottle). The food tasted basic and wasn’t seasoned well. Had to ask for salt to try and redeem the overcooked lobster pasta. The vinegar dressing on the side salad was good. Upon returning from the rest room, my table had been cleared as if I hadn’t even been there. My half bottle of $6 water and my gift shop merchandise were gone. I wasn’t even sure if I could pay. There was a scheduled Jazz night on the LACMA patio which made things busier and I couldn’t enjoy it due to the awful service and subpar food. You’re better off bringing a picnic like I saw other people do.

          7. ES

            ElizabethS

            Los Angeles

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on May 14, 2022

            overall5food3service5ambience5

            Friday night Jazz at Ray’s and Stark Bar on the patio is great. We always enjoy it; the service is great, the food is good.

          8. RM

            RochelleM

            Los Angeles

            2 reviews

            3.0

            2 reviews

            Dined on May 9, 2022

            overall3food3service4ambience2

            We ate inside on Mothers Day. The carpet was filthy. Outside, they were a bit slow clearing tables as well. Just felt like they didn't really care. I eat at museums for their ambience, curated menus and people watching. My steak was a bit tough, but the chimichurri was divine. What was troublesome: it's hard to feel the ambience or people watch when the place isn't clean.

          9. J

            Jlstcui

            Los Angeles

            1 review

            4.0

            1 review

            Dined on May 8, 2022

            overall4food5service4ambience3

            The food at Ray's was terrific, beautifully prepared, and tasty above and beyond what one might expect. The crispy brussels sprout appetizer was a winner, and both entrees were wonderful too, both in terms of taste and presentation. I got a kick out of the little drawer at each seat of the table, within which were our napkins, fork and knife. But the ambience inside the long dining area is not far from what you'd get at a train station coffee shop, and though the people waiting on tables seem extremely nice and helpful, it often took eons of time to have someone come see us. At one point, I had to get up and stroll over to the kitchen area to see if anyone might be able to serve us the dessert that came with my wife's prix fixe meal. Considering the prices, which are reasonably appropriate, given the quality of the food, but still rather high, the service has to be better. Overall, a "yay," but with some misgivings.

          10. J

            John

            Los Angeles

            4 reviews

            5.0

            4 reviews

            Dined on May 8, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            All around solid dining experience. Top notch service. Delicious meal. Awesome setting.

          11. LA

            LANative

            Los Angeles

            12 reviews

            5.0

            12 reviews

            Dined on May 8, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Outdoor seating enjoy the LACMA surrounding with excellent Food and Service never disappointed.

          12. T

            Tony

            Orlando

            131 reviews

            vip
            4.0

            131 reviews

            Dined on May 7, 2022

            overall4food4service4ambience3

            Fish and chips was very good, but Mary’s chicken was over priced for the small portion that you got.

          13. a

            amzoomer

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on May 7, 2022

            overall5food4service5ambience5

            Terrific lunch. Really great server: super friendly and helpful. Really enjoyed our outdoor lunch.

          14. KK

            KaliKid

            Los Angeles

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on May 7, 2022

            overall5food4service4ambience5

            The chicken wings are excellent. The salmon was very good. The Steak was a little tough but overall everything was good. Will be back for another visit.

          15. D

            Dennis

            Los Angeles

            1 review

            3.0

            1 review

            Dined on April 30, 2022

            overall3food4service4ambience3

            Don't allow dogs, particularly pit bulls wearing muzzles!

          16. S

            Sandyjk

            Los Angeles

            320 reviews

            vip
            3.0

            320 reviews

            Dined on April 24, 2022

            overall3food3service5ambience4

            Having a spot to grab a bite while visiting the LA County Museum of Art is convenient. The tuna melt was over mayonnaised and the cheese was not melted. The skinny French fries were tasteless. The beet and pear salad was a disgrace. Four small chunks of beet and 4 skinny slices of pear. Big disappointment and over priced.

          17. A

            Artlover

            1 review

            3.0

            1 review

            Dined on April 24, 2022

            overall3food2service3ambience4

            Sitting in the courtyard of the LACMA, taking a break for lunch between exhibitions was a really nice thing to be able to do. It took 40 mins for our food to arrive, when I pointed out to the server that my steak was over cooked (Not the Med rare requested) she offered (in a lack lustre manner) to take it back - but having waited all that time & wanting to get on with my visit to LACMA I declined, she did not offer any comps & sighed in a way that suggested this was not the first time she had heard either complaint from a customer. Chicken in my partners chicken salad was dry & over cooked & my cocktail was mainly ice. Overall poor value for money, this place relies entirely on its location.

          18. c

            cheri

            Los Angeles

            2 reviews

            5.0

            2 reviews

            Dined on April 21, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            My guest and I were treated exceptionally well by the wait staff. They were very personable and professional and catered to all our needs. The food was wonderful as usual. I particularly enjoyed the lobster pasta dish. I always enjoy my experience at Rays. It is a pleasure to sit outside and watch all the people enjoying the musuem.

          19. C

            francisC

            1 review

            4.0

            1 review

            Dined on April 19, 2022

            overall4food4service5ambience4

            good location, could use more shade when sun is out. Food was good great. Service was excellent.

          20. PD

            PaulaD

            Los Angeles

            18 reviews

            3.0

            18 reviews

            Dined on April 17, 2022

            overall3food1service2ambience3

            Good location and atmosphere. Food is only so so but it may not matter

          21. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on April 14, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience4

            Excellent steak !

          22. SO

            SteveO

            Los Angeles

            29 reviews

            vip
            5.0

            29 reviews

            Dined on April 14, 2022

            overall5food4service5ambience5

            Great outdoor dining in a vibrant and pleasant venue.

          23. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            1 review

            3.0

            1 review

            Dined on April 5, 2022

            overall3food4service3ambience3

            Food was delicious, but service very very slow!! Waiter showed obvious signs of being annoyed when making requests and it was also obvious as he treated other patrons the same way at nearby tables.

          24. DC

            DoubleCuffs

            Atlanta

            7 reviews

            5.0

            7 reviews

            Dined on March 26, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Really enjoyed the service and ambiance of an outside cafe at the museum! The quality of the food and the attention to detail was very much appreciated!

            Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on March 31, 2022

            Hi DoubleCuffs, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback. Thank you for taking the time to review us. We will share this with the team!

          25. GO

            GreggO

            Los Angeles

            7 reviews

            vip
            5.0

            7 reviews

            Dined on March 24, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Another perfect meal at Ray's! I always eat there when I visit the museums nearby. Skip the one at the Academy Museum! Come to Ray's! The food is creative, it's perfectly prepared, and the service is excellent! They also have a 3-course fixed price menu that is a great place to start. But the pizza is amazing!

            Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on March 31, 2022

            Really glad you had a positive experience, GreggO. Thanks for reviewing. Hope to see you again soon!

          26. MM

            MaryM

            Los Angeles

            11 reviews

            5.0

            11 reviews

            Dined on March 21, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Great place to refresh and dine after visiting any of the nearby museums. Our server was kind and attentive. The food was delish and sitting outside in the open air courtyard setting was perfect. Thank you!

            Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on March 31, 2022

            Hi MaryM, that’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a review. Hope you have an amazing day!

          27. g

            gallopout

            Los Angeles

            12 reviews

            5.0

            12 reviews

            Dined on March 19, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Great place to have dinner and a cocktail after seeing an exhibit at LACMA!

            Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on March 24, 2022

            Hey Gallopout! Thank you for this awesome review. We are so pleased you enjoyed yourself. We hope to see you again soon.

          28. RM

            RayM

            Greensboro

            1 review

            4.0

            1 review

            Dined on March 14, 2022

            overall4food4service4ambience3

            Over all OK. Steak was not prepared to requested internal temperature. Server did a great job to correct the situation.

            Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on March 24, 2022

            Good morning RayM. We are sorry that your steak did not come out at the temperature you ordered the first time. I'm glad our server was able to correct the situation for you. Thank you for your feedback.

          29. J

            Jess

            Los Angeles

            13 reviews

            vip
            1.0

            13 reviews

            Dined on March 12, 2022

            overall1food1service3ambience1

            Food was terrible. Ordered $4 bread they brought out 4 pieces of rye toast.

            Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on March 15, 2022

            We are very sorry to hear about your experience. Please check your private messages.

          30. BL

            BobL

            Los Angeles

            5 reviews

            4.0

            5 reviews

            Dined on March 11, 2022

            overall4food4service5ambience4

            If you're visiting LACMA, this is a nice place for lunch. We chose inside. There is also outside seating. The menu is a bit limited, with fewer choices than before.

            Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on March 12, 2022

            Hey BobL. Thank you for your feedback and we are glad you had a nice time dining with us. We hope to see you again soon!

          31. TK

            TomK

            Los Angeles

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on February 26, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            The food is great and the service is outstanding! We'll dine there again next time we visit!!

          32. r

            richardk

            Los Angeles

            4 reviews

            3.0

            4 reviews

            Dined on February 26, 2022

            overall3food3service2ambience2

            Service is a little disappointing. Cleanliness need improvement. Napkin in the drawer was all tainted. Looks like it hasn’t been cleaned for a while. Fortunately, food is still good!

            Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on March 8, 2022

            Hello RichardK. We sincerely apologize that your experience was not up to standard. We have already taken steps to make these improvements. We really appreciate and value your feedback. Hope you come back and dine with us soon.

          33. KH

            KathleenH

            Los Angeles

            9 reviews

            5.0

            9 reviews

            Dined on February 26, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience4

            Fabulous to be out & about again. Can I say, this is a little weird maybe, the bread was really, really good. I have the bitter salad, added chicken which was perfectly cooked. Just a nice little lunch. Can’t wait until the whole museum is back….

            Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on March 8, 2022

            Hi Kathleen! We are definitely glad you enjoyed your meal. And we really appreciate your positive feedback.

          34. k

            karenl

            1 review

            4.0

            1 review

            Dined on February 25, 2022

            overall4food5service3ambience5

            Really good food, service a bit slow but understandable, understaffed.

            Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on March 8, 2022

            Thank you Karen for your feedback. We are constantly doing our best to improve the efficiency of service and happy that you enjoyed the food. We hope that you come and dine with us again soon.

          35. PB

            PatriciaB

            New England

            8 reviews

            vip
            4.0

            8 reviews

            Dined on February 21, 2022

            overall4food4service1ambience4

            We had miserable service. It seems the system "dropped" our order and it was a full 40 minutes before our waiter notified us about the mistake and retook the order. Another 20 minutes passed before food arrived -- one pizza and one salad. How hard is it to process a rush order once an error has occurred? Meanwhile all around us people were being served far more complicated menus. Happily it was a beautiful sunny day which helped take the edge off our total frustration as we had a table outside. Probably this was a one-off, but still it was maddening.

          36. DL

            DavidL

            Los Angeles

            3 reviews

            2.0

            3 reviews

            Dined on February 21, 2022

            overall2food2service2ambience3

            My guest’s salad had a large bug halfway insterted into one of the fruit slices. Totally disgusting. Now, I understand that this can happen, but I expect a pretty good apology and a deduction of that item from the bill. I got neither.

          37. FR

            FabienR

            New England

            1 review

            4.0

            1 review

            Dined on February 18, 2022

            overall4food4service4ambience4

            Convenient when you go to LACMA, the food is okay

          38. J

            Jules

            New York Area

            8 reviews

            vip
            5.0

            8 reviews

            Dined on February 8, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Just stopped by on my birthday and the waiter overheard it was my birthday and surprised me with a dessert and candle!

          39. R

            Rick

            Los Angeles

            5 reviews

            5.0

            5 reviews

            Dined on January 31, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            very good very good very good very good very good very good

          40. CF

            ChuckF

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on January 31, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Great place for conversation and a pleasant environment and great selection on the menu....

          Safety precautions

          • Cleaning & sanitizing

            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
            • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
            • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
            • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
            • Contactless payment available
          • Physical distancing

            • Limited number of seated diners
            • Distancing maintained in common areas
            • Extra space between tables
          • Protective equipment

            • Waitstaff wear masks
            • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
          • Screening

            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

          FAQs

          Ray’s and Stark Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 857-6180.

          Ray’s and Stark Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 1698 OpenTable diners.

          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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          Google Map for Ray’s and Stark Bar

          5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

          Dining areas

          Additional information

          • Cross street

            Fairfax

          • Neighborhood

            Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.

          • Hours of operation

            Mon, Tue, Thu 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–7:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm

          • Cuisines

            Californian, Contemporary American

          • Dining style

            Casual Dining

          • Dress code

            Smart Casual

          • Parking details

            LACMA's Garage: Located on Sixth St. at LACMA Way, one block north of Wilshire Blvd and one block east of Fairfax Ave. $16 flat fee before 5pm, $8 after 7pm.

          • Payment options

            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

          • Executive chef

            Fernando Darin

          • Additional

            Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

          • Phone number

            (323) 857-6180

          • Private party facilities

            Ray's offers a bold, farm-to-table California 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.

          • Private party contact

            Mara Girvin: (866) 943-1520

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