Ray’s and Stark Bar

4.2
1628 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 that WE'VE GONE CASHLESS!

Support Ray’s and Stark Bar during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
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
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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modijo
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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!

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Bonzodog
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good Bianca pizza. Prices are a bit high, but hopefully LACMA gets a cut.

RB
vipRedondoBeach
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Suited the purpose. Easy museum venue.

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vipgwen
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Very ecxpensive for small portions. Food and service excellent . Atmosphere non existant

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vipHelenM
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Soup was not good, spaghetti was marginal. Service was good.

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Nancy
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

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SassySusan
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Starks is not cheap but the food is refined and delicious. Our waiter was excellent and considerate. We will return for special occasions.

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AlmaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so lovely. Thanks for making my Mother’s Day so lovely.

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KevinC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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

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AlisaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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.

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vipImhungry
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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.

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tere
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot to rest , have lunch or coffee, before entering the museum. Is outdoors, great food.

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DuaneN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All was good! Food, service, drinks, and ambience.

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Keith
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

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.

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FlorenceM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a pleasant experience, everyone was very courteous, the food was excellent, and a perfect way to begin getting back to the museum.

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julinejuline
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice casual place with decent food and great people watching. Service was also good.

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vipRobW
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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JamesG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A long time favorite and will remain so.

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Adrienne
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

there was construction noise that was disturbing.

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vipDeborahD
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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crystall
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place seems to be full of activity because it’s right outside the museum but it really isn’t great at all

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Mefranc
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipMatthewL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Overpriced

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vipaglobalnomad
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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...

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vipHopeA
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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

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NicoleS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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.

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vipLuncher
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have eaten at Rays almost every time I visit LACMA. It it always excellent. The food is delicious and the staff accommodating.

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TerryN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Not up to the standards of museum restaurants.Was not unique or special in any way.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francisco is Fabulous! Our service was excellent and his oversight made our evening even more fun and enjoyable. Looking forward to returning soon.

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Oysters
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were the only ones in the restaurant yet had to try hard to get server’s attention.

SC
SelenaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar as always1 My favorite place to have brunch in LA.

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vipCowboy
Los Angeles
159 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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!

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vipBeverlyHillsDiner
Los Angeles
117 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Meeting friends from out of town

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LSand
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience2

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

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vipElvis
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

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.

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 4.2 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.

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