Ray’s and Stark Bar
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Smoked Salmon and Potato Pizza
smoked salmon, crème fraiche, bacon, arugula, shallot, chives, espelette pepper, lemon vinaigrette
flor di latte mozzarella, goat cheese, honey, crispy sage. Vg
Always delicious and so happy to be back. LACMA is a perfect location for outdoor eating, people watching a lovely glass of wine. Chose the prix fixe-excellent
We had a great early dinner for our graduate from UCLA! Our food was delicious, especially the salmon and potato pizza! Our specialty cocktails were also perfect. Our service was a little off but not terrible. We ate and drank at a more leisurely pace than anticipated, but it all worked out. Thank you for a terrific time! We will be back!
Very good Bianca pizza. Prices are a bit high, but hopefully LACMA gets a cut.
Limited menu and spotty service. Short of waiters and therefore short of service. The waiter tried as best he could but was overwhelmed with tables and other responsibilities.
The menu wash 1/2 of what it used to be. I look forward to post pandemic days!
Suited the purpose. Easy museum venue.
Very ecxpensive for small portions. Food and service excellent . Atmosphere non existant
Soup was not good, spaghetti was marginal. Service was good.
Happy to be back at Ray’s. With a few of the doors open, a couple of the folks in my party were a bit chilly, but we appreciate why this is necessary. But we had a lovely time and never felt rushed.
Starks is not cheap but the food is refined and delicious. Our waiter was excellent and considerate. We will return for special occasions.
It was so lovely. Thanks for making my Mother’s Day so lovely.
This place was right outside LACMA so there is a lot of foot traffic. The ambiance is alright, nothing fancy. The food was pretty good but nothing amazing could have been bigger especially for the price. Service was good
Host was rude, waiter was rude, food took an hour to get, they gave our cheeseboard to another table, and the steak was tough and well done when we asked for medium well.
Host and most staff so lovely- BUT waiter super rude- food was meh at best- like the crappy but acceptable food at a wedding or large catered event .my cocktail had minimal alcohol- super watered down. my bf couldn’t really finish his food bcs it was rubbery - he did not complain but when waiter asked he was honest. Waiter’s response was “well there’s nothing I can abt that now” and walked away. Shocking-I will never eat there again.
Perfect spot to rest , have lunch or coffee, before entering the museum. Is outdoors, great food.
All was good! Food, service, drinks, and ambience.
This isn't a fair review because I didn't actually eat there - the restaurant randomly closed that single Friday and didn't even tell us! We showed up for our museum reservation, excited to have a bite and a drink before and/or after, and were quite disappointed to see that it was closed.
My rating is based on the fact that we weren't given any acknowledgment whatsoever about this closure; I imagine the food would be good as usual, and the ambiance would be excellent (except for the overly militarized etiquette policing going on during these end-of-lockdown days.
Such a pleasant experience, everyone was very courteous, the food was excellent, and a perfect way to begin getting back to the museum.
Nice casual place with decent food and great people watching. Service was also good.
What a find. Beautiful setting on LACMA campus. Two of my dining partners had pizzas which they said were terrific! Prices reasonable. But on site parking is expensive and not validated. Park on the street. My chopped salad was tasty.
This restaurant always makes the list of the top museum restaurants in the country, often makes the lists worldwide. And I know why. It's excellent! The salads are creative and tasty, main courses are delicious, and the pizzas are classic. I enjoy coming here but it's been a while since the museum has been closed. I'm so glad it's back open again!
A long time favorite and will remain so.
there was construction noise that was disturbing.
What a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It really felt good to be back!
We felt safe and comfortable eating outside. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. The food and drinks were great!! Love that Kentucky Mule
Can’t wait to return
This place seems to be full of activity because it’s right outside the museum but it really isn’t great at all
I had a reservation the day before L.A. restaurants had to shut down again for outside dining. Ray's closed early that day and I was not informed that my reservation was outside of their hours for that day BUT on arrival, they very graciously made us some of the most delicious pizza we have ever had even though the kitchen had just closed. They also comped our meal and drinks. Now that's a class act plus the food was excellent!
Nice cheese plate and wine. Wine a bit high at 15 a glass...would have appreciated an extra ounce...but lovely ambiance and so thankful just to see a few outdoor installations as everything is closed. Wanted to support LACMA as all museums are struggling during COVID. The installation of Prager was so fun....farewell Christmas party installation...and urban lights so nice. A great way to kill a few hours...
I've been going to Ray's since it opened and am glad to see the menu has improved after a very weird period a couple of years ago. I had the lobster salad, which featured most of a head of Boston lettuce and a decent amount of lobster. However, the lobster was overcooked and the dressing was dismal--lemon juice and so little oil that it tasted as if someone had just squirted it with lemon. The only other thing I ordered as a glass of rose, which the waiter forgot to bring. After asking a bus boy and then the waiter for my wine, I was subjected to an excuse by the latter. I really don't care what the problem was; there's no excuse for forgetting half my order. Nevertheless, Ray's is better than nothing when you're spending hours at LACMA
So, been coming here for years. They catered my wedding so I am a big fan of Patina Group. We never have any issues but last night was just awful.
So they changed their menu and took off 2 of the best dishes which makes no sense but ok, fine I can get over it. Steak Frittes and the Shrimp Salad to be exact.
So, I am pregnant & have a toddler. Was so looking forward to coming to eat here as I was craving those 2 dishes. But again, dealt with it. We ordered something else. My husband opted for the Duck Dish and I the new york steak (both new dishes on menu) and my daughter got the kids cheese pizza (asked for it to be sliced smaller ) and she got the chicken finger with fries, all which are on the kids menu. The kids menu actually should be updated in my opinion. So the fries and chicken came out first before the pizza, ordered pizza to come first. Then once the pizza finally arrived it was not double cut as I requested. We also asked for it to be cooked well done bc the kids pizza has a tendency to be very watery and one bite and all cheese is off and the tomato sauce is like water and of course it was watery, all cheese fell off before u even got it in your mouth. But we didn’t say anything.
Now we are sitting patiently waiting for our food to come....tick tock tick tock. The place was empty btw. Maybe 3-4 tables of people whom all came after us. We came at 6 pm. Finally, our food arrived, after a looooooong time and both our dishes were cold. Who wants to eat a cold steak and cold duck. Gross. So they waitress came over and said they will re-warm them. Ummm, re-warming duck will make it over cooked and a well done steak will be dried out. They brought it back and the duck was bearable as my husband was starving. Mine was rubber. It was awful. I asked for a new one to be made. But keep in mind it is now almost 8 pm with a 3 year old toddler who finished an hour ago, my husband who is almost done and myself, pregnant still has not eaten. My new steak was pink.
I have eaten at Rays almost every time I visit LACMA. It it always excellent. The food is delicious and the staff accommodating.
Not up to the standards of museum restaurants.Was not unique or special in any way.
Francisco is Fabulous! Our service was excellent and his oversight made our evening even more fun and enjoyable. Looking forward to returning soon.
We were the only ones in the restaurant yet had to try hard to get server’s attention.
Stellar as always1 My favorite place to have brunch in LA.
Very overpriced for what you get.
Some of the menu selections are quite good but a museum restaurant should not charge so much!
$15.00 for a mediocre pizza is a bit much!
Vegetable soup was less than expected.
Pasta was wonderful. Yes convenient for museum attendees but we will look elsewhere next time!
This is a lovely spot to eat with good to very good food, a great setting, and excellent service. You may get a dollop of continental attitude or ennui (indeterminate) upon arrival, but once seated it's a delight. It's lovely being on the LACMA campus before the wrecking crews arrive for the rebuild.
Meeting friends from out of town
It took over 7 minutes to be greeted at reception. Although I had a reservation I was taken to a taken to a table that was adjacent to the kitchen door while other, better tables were available. The server didn’t seem very interested in serving us and It took over 35 minutes for the food to arrive. It is only the quality of the food and location that would ever make me return to this restaurant. LACMA deserves better than this.
Lousy service and they had no idea what they were doing. However ended up giving us 3 dinners although we only paid for and had ordered 2. Out of a lot of rntrees
I really wanted to enjoy this experience with my family. Unfortunately I cannot recommend. We had an early, 5:00, reservation and two hours later I had to find our waiter to correct our bill. 5 times we had to ask for water - we finally took our glass to someone to fill it up. While waitstaff came to our table several times to see if the food was ok, we would ask for water or a correction to the meal and they would disappear, without bringing tea or bringing a condiment. In the end the bill was WAY wrong and we felt we couldn't/wouldn't ask for them to correct it again. Gratuity reflected our displeasure.
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 4.2 stars by 1628 OpenTable diners.
Ray’s and Stark Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.patinagroup.com/gift-cards.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.