Ray’s and Stark Bar
Valentine's Day Special Menus & More
Celebrate the most romantic day of the year at LACMA with a three or four-course menu by Chef Phillip Martin. Valentine's Day menu available February 14-16 all day. Three-Course Prix Fixe $80; Four-Course Prix Fixe $110, priced per person.
Friday, February 14, 2020
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.
Did this year's winter Dine LA lunch. Staff was friendly, happy and recommended the dishes I was eyeing to order (confirming they were their favorite selections). They were totally right -- especially about the starter pasta (Okinawa Sweet Potato Agnolotti). That dish was spectacular, and now my friend and I are addicted to it. Thankfully, it's a regular menu item so I'm definitely going back to get that in the full entree portion! The setting and design of the restaurant is so cool, I'm a little sad it's not usually open for dinner (it is open til 8 or 9 on Fri/Sat, though, for early dinner).
Because of the rave reviews I was expecting something more elegant but it had a cafeteria feel to it rather than a restaurant. Food was good reviews online were not consistent with my experience. Staff were rather brusque which also made the experience less pleasurable then i like or expect from a well recommended dining experience.
The food is amazing, inventive, tasty. Often go to LACMA to meet friends at Ray's...and not necessarily to look at art.
We have had better experiences here than we had this time. The restaurant staff seemed a little overwhelmed and it took a long time to get any attention. Three of four meals came out at the same time, but the fourth meal took at least another 15 minutes. The explanation was that the "pizzaiolo" was inundated with orders! The pizza, when it did come, was just OK. The inside was too soggy and the outside was too bready. Others had the steak salad, and rated it about a B-. Also, not the restaurant's fault, but there was a periodic very loud demonstration of Japanese drumming just outside the restaurant, which rather ruined any chance of conversing. But I will recommend it, since we have had other good experiences here in the past.
This restaruant is convenient to LACMA and that's about all that is good about it. The room is "stark" with tables with no clothes or silverware (they are in a drawer), no flowers or centerpieces. The food was only fair and the prices set by people who know that they are the convenient place to go. P.S. The musuem's exhitibits were awful, with the permanent collection mostly in mothballs until 2024 when the new building is completed.
The waitress took too long in coming too our table to ask for our order, and also forgot what we had ordered. I had to remind her of what we had ordered!
I enjoy the food and the service here very much. The quiet is welcome But the ambience leaves me cold.
It's so stark and bare. But then it's the Stark Bar, isn't it? In spite of that I do return, fairly often.
The heirloom tomato and watermelon salad with saba was amazing, pizza was great, their crispy fries are done just right. Just needed a bit more air conditioning inside to be more comfortable in the hot weather.
The pizza was very good, olives were a great deal, shrimp and avocado salad was ample! The wine pour was minimal. The atmosphere was cool, would definitely recommend and go there again. Seemed to be a little shy on waitstaff, but we weren't in hurry so was fine. Fun to sit outdoors.
Great spot to stop and eat a great meal with tasty cocktail in between exhibits!
Tons of bussers but only one server for all tables. Everyone was kind and respectful but they could have had more support. thanks!
The restaurant was empty on a Saturday night. The carpet inside smells so bad we chose to move outside. Service was good. Food was good. But we were kicked out at 8:30pm because no customers so they closed early.
It’s wonderful to have a delicious dinner & hear the amazing jazz at LACMA.
Great place- indoors or out and the food is fabulous.
Beautiful day for outdoor dining and the food was terrific. Everyone enjoyed their meal and we were impressed with the sizes. Very satisfying.
Exceptional dining experience. The food is quality, flavorful and nicely presented. We enjoy the alfresco dining experience.
I made early 5:00 dinner reservations at the restaurant, but ended up staying in the bar for drinks and small plates. Great service, innovative bar menu (peppers and cheese, prosciutto, (sweet/savory) wings), delicious food. Perfect for meet and greet after work. Highly recommended. Everyone is attentive, helpful and service-oriented; couldn't/wouldn't ask for more. Thank you!
The gazpacho was excellent, the perfect food for a warm summer day. The waiters were all efficient and professional.
I ALWAYS enjoy the vibe and service at Ray's and will recommend it and return there whenever I can....
Food took more than 30 minutes to arrive. Restaurant was not too busy. Waiter didn’t say anything about it.
We waited for 20 minutes for a waiter. We tried to get the attention of any waiter, to no avail and finally had to go find the manager, who took our order himself. When our food came there was no attempt at making amends. And this is NOT a cheap restaurant.
Warm summer night at Ray and Stark sounded lovely. We sat down at 7:30 pm (they close at 8). I had fond memories of a creative cocktail menu and innovative dishes (which is always fun given it’s at LACMA). However, our server was anxious for us to order and came by twice to tell us that the kitchen closes at 8. Needless to say, we had one drink and left for another restaurant. So sad.
Great vibe for families. Yummy food and drinks. Okay service.
The great museum and wonderful food. The best! Thank you.
The best food and service Wish it were closer to pasadena
Good service, good food, good atmosphere, excellent location
Food was great and the service was even better. Will definitely come back soon.
Outstanding service & food!
The food at Ray's is always original and delicious. Our service that night was extraordinarily good, and we loved hearing the Jazz performance. We do this at least once every summer and love the whole experience. We recommend Ray's to friends all the time.
House made lemonade was so refreshing. Coffees, chais, and cappuccinos were delicious. Seating in the shade on the patio with a wonderful view and room for the littles to have a corner of containment was a blessing for everyone. Each person enjoyed their meal and the specials were top of our list... good thing we got two breakfast pizzas!
A lovely evening with good food, great service and a wonderful jazz concert to boot!
Very good except the Americano tasted like Earl Grey tea and soap. Waiter disappeared until he gave us the check so I was unable to make an exchange.
It was great, however I set it up so a group of 8 could have a meeting-like social conversation, but the overall noise level was challenging, and when the perhaps unknown to the people making the reservation, there was a very loud music event just across "plaza" from the bar, which made it quite difficult to hear. We tried shutting the doors, which helped a bit.
This restaurant is about one, and only one thing - location, location, location. The bar part is attractive, the restaurant half less so with the outdoor section fine and the inside a no-no. Together, however, they are the only lunch/dinner option at or near LACMA. The food, from the first day Ray's and Stark opened, was less then stellar, boringly predictable, and pricey. For example, a recent lunch for an adult and child, consisting of a salad and chicken nuggets and fries, plus a lemonade and an ice tea ran ca $45. The service fluctuates from attentive and good to absent minded. In sum - its a great location that deserves better food.
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.
Went for jazz & music