Ray’s and Stark Bar

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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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4.3
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4.3
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vipHopeA
Los Angeles
42 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
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

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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vipJudithH
Los Angeles
50 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.

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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
158 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
115 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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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 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.

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IrvingO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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).

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Perishable
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

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.

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vipKelleneA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing, inventive, tasty. Often go to LACMA to meet friends at Ray's...and not necessarily to look at art.

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vipJulie
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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.

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viplarsand
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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.

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EricP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

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!

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sassy
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

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.
Elaine Madsen

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JulieL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

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vipGoodrich
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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JuanA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to stop and eat a great meal with tasty cocktail in between exhibits!

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NicoleS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Tons of bussers but only one server for all tables. Everyone was kind and respectful but they could have had more support. thanks!

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AndiC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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.

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AnnaF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s wonderful to have a delicious dinner & hear the amazing jazz at LACMA.