Ray’s and Stark Bar

4.3
1512 reviews
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VALENTINE'S DAY – February 14 | FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD, enjoy a four-course prix-fixe menu at Ray's, including a complimentary glass of Patina Cuvee and a special sweet takeaway from Chef. RESERVE NOW

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.
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MK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional and matched by delicious food and minimal noise level which enabled us to have a conversation. Would definitely go again. Low noise level is my primary variable in choosing a restaurant. I will not go to restaurants, no matter how highly rated, if I can’t hear the person across from me. So having having outstanding food, service, and low noise level like Ray’s and Stark is truly an exceptional find.

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j
Orange County
93 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A extra LACMA bonus!!!!
Delicious - food AND service

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LA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food quality is excellent but I wish there was greater variety. On the negative, the wine by the glass pours are stingy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is the focus, and it doesn’t disappoint. The squash soup and pan salmon were delicious, well prepared, and served with great presentation. The prosciutto pizza was easily elevated with some red pepper flakes. Not that is was bad, coming from New York it just wasn’t as good as I’m used to having. The Malasa chai latte was amazing. The atmosphere is loud and bright. We sat in the indoor dining area, though the patio and bar outside were open with heat lamps. I visit the LACMA every time I come to LA. Now Ray and Starks with be added to the routine.

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 5

Took 45 minutes for a pizza, wasn’t even busy, server was ok, the food was very good!!

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PH
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Presentation is fitting for LACMA! Delicious culinary art.

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GW
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

If you're going to LACMA, it's a perfect place to have a drink, or a meal. The food is great. The people watching is outstanding. You've got a great view of the wonderful Urban Lights. BUT the place is BADLY MANAGED. Staff do not seem to know what they are doing. They can't seem to get people into empty tables without huge delays. Service is slow and erratic. It's a shame.

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HF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A Perfect place for the art lovers. The scrumptious food and ambience are great.

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TW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food here! Very impressed with everything.
Pizza is notable. Great crust:)
Would eat here again next time at the museum!

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JS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The host was very accommodating for us - we booked an outdoor table but were faced by unexpected strong wind. We initially sat outside with three heat lamps near us, but the host ended up moving us inside. The food was fresh and delicious - don't forget to get some bread before your meal. Their bread is very tasty as well! The only reason why I took one star off was because of the slow service. It didn't look like they had enough staff to cover the lunch crowd (it was MLK Jr day) or need better training. We waited for a long time to request our bill and pay.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday experience

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TG
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

A disappointing night of so-so to slow service on a not-so-busy evening, starting at 6 pm. Food brought out "as ready," rather than in courses. A glass of wine and cocktail took 15 minutes, water even longer, and once initial course were served, we had to remind that we needed silverware and napkins. (No, they weren't stocked in the drawers hidden in the table.) One of us ordered Dine LA but we were in a hurry to get to a screening and skipped the dessert included and a second cocktail, which they graciously took off the bill as an apology for the delays. Too bad. This restaurant needs to be good. The museum in the center of L.A. should have a quality spot for dinner.

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TA
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Reasonably tasty food, not too overpriced for the location, but slow/inattentive service.

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MI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The beef burger was too salty. My guest ordered the veggie burger and though it was too salty also. This is the second time I have experienced excess salt in my burger. I hope this can be adjusted.

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L
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I liove nearby and like to use this place for late afternoon meet-ups.

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TL
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

As you can see the food was great and the service was terrible. It took us forever to get our food and almost missed our tour.

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A surprisingly peaceful, delicious and friendly New Year's Eve dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were the first guests at the restaurant (12:00 noon), we had a reservation, and still we had to wait 45 minutes for our food. The quality of the food is not worth the price. Our waitress was very nice but the rest of the people were rude. I asked for ketchup and they never brought it, so I had to go look for it myself.

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f
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always artfully prepared without lacking in depth and taste. And the servers are always so genuine and thoughtful. I will go out of my way to eat here if in the mid-Wilshire area.

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JY
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good, and servers were on point! The wood fired cauliflower was really nice with its Smokey, charred flavour, and so was the duck breast, which was cooked perfectly.

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GL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I am one if your best diners. I always give great reviews. However thus place was horrible. The service was bad. The seat next to a window that was leaking. The food not hot. Just awful. And we enjoy the corporate sponsor patina who is great. But this place does not meet the grade of a patina restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pleasantly surprised on this visit that the food service (when the food actually came) was much better than in the past when it seemed to take forever. Waitress and servers were very efficient, as well. Great improvement.

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OT
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great waiter . Really long time to get our food and it wasn’t crowded

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TD
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu never disappoints; staff describes it all well and service is excellent. If going to LACMA, it could not be a better rest spot for dining and conversation.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 5

I generally love this place but we were promised a table inside on a cold night, while there was a ultra loud jazz concert nearby. I received a call on my way there to tell me that they had forgotten they had booked a private party for the interior space and we would have to sit on the patio.

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RB
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great. Service was not very good. Had to ask more than once for items and then we got a little attitude.

Price was reasonable since we had a 20% discount.

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J
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu and friendly service! I wanted to order one of everything on the menu, but I settled for a pizza funghi misti, which was delicious (but too much crust -- I wish they would make pizza like Roman ones). My husband had a chicken roulade which came with three great vegetables (braised cabbage, kale and something else, very healthy). We had a glass and a half of Riesling. We sat outside, which was very pleasant on a Sunday afternoon. Our server, Kaitlyn, was wonderfully informative and friendly, and the new manager, Francesco, was charming and debonair. We had not been to Ray's in a long time, because our favorite manager, Martin, had moved to Patina. But I am glad we came back.

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CK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service before a screening at LACMA. Very attentive and considerate service as we were on a strict time line for an event. Accommodated vegan guests with no issues and very pleasant on the phone going through those options. Highly recommend.

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CF
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We just celebrated our 18th anniversary at LACMA and went to Ray's and Stark for wine and appetizers. It's a great place to sit outdoors and they have a good wine selection. The olives and artisan cheeses are fantastic. The service is friendly and not too intrusive. It was a perfect cap to our fun time at LACMA and our tour of the Korean art. The only thing I would change is that I would limit the age of children allowed into the bar area to maybe 10 years and older. People take up the lounge space with strollers and screaming babies. There are also too many toddlers running and screaming in the table area where we were.

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MP
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I go to Ray's simply because it's in LACMA and I'm going to see an exhibit. But it's going downhill fast.
The food is absurd and overpriced: how about just a decent salad or omelette or sandwich instead of these "clever" dishes or hamburgers soaked in sauce so that you can't pick them up???

It needs a major overhaul. the service is usually terrible!

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SK
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is actually great! I was actually surprise the quality, presentation and taste are all fabulous

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was curt and inattentive
Chicken was undercooked

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting LACMA can be a handful. There’s a lot to see and only so much time. Ray’s is more than a cafe. Ray’s got style and great pizza. This isn’t your typical pizza laden with cheese and processed meats. Really, you need to try Ray’s pizza to understand what a unique experience it is.

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CF
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I brought our 2 friends from North Carolina to Ray’s to share a delicious dinner of the cauliflower appetizer, 2 different pizzas, and 2 different desserts. As usual, the service, food, and atmosphere were all great! We lingered inside over our desserts after an unexpected thunderstorm broke out and we felt welcomed, well-fed, and cozy...

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AF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great to enjoy great food while listening to the wonderful jazz at LACMA. The service was very good.

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SQ
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great to grab an indoor table for LACMA Jazz night. Music is easily enjoyed inside as well as outside. If you want outdoor seating for Jazz Nights there is a $100 minimum. That seemed very steep, but I guess if you are sitting at a table for 2 hours it is fair. Food here is always good; drinks well made. Would like the pizza crust to be a bit more crispy. Service was a bit slow I think because outdoor service was hectic. However been to Ray's and Stark Bar previously and always enjoyed the atmosphere. Good to have such a fine restaurant on the LACMA property.

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TR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. They heard that it was our anniversary and treated us to a dessert. You can hear the music on Friday nights on the patio at LACMA. This makes for a lovely experience.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. Highly recommend it.

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HD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been here several times, and tried different entrees on each visit - and all have been delicious. There are lots of vegetarian friendly options, and the plating is really beautiful - like you have to take a picture before you eat. The fun water menu is unique, they aren’t cheap, but some are choices I’ve never seen anywhere else. A really great place to have a relaxing meal with a date or friends who enjoy good food that’s just a LITTLE bit fancy!

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RN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic fun for date with husband (and my birthday). Dinner fell on same date as free jazz Friday at LACMA so extra bonus! Meghan the manager is exceptional. Giovanni the waiter was wonderful. Blood Orange Margarita yum. Burger Au jus great. All perfect - highly recommend

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