Ray’s and Stark Bar

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$30 and under
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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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy seasonal specials at Ray's to celebrate the season! Take in the sights of LACMA with friends and family this Christmas Eve while noshing on delicious dishes and sipping on seasonal cocktails. Menu subject to change. Full a la carte menu available.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us this New Year's Eve at Ray's. Enjoy seasonal specials at Ray's before ringing in the New Year! Take in the sights of LACMA as the sun sets on 2019. Menu subject to change. Full a la carte menu available.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1587 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.2
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P
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

KA
Los Angeles
9 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.

J
New York Area
76 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.

l
Los Angeles
59 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.

EP
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!

s
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

JL
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.

G
Los Angeles
2 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.

JA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NS
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!

AC
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.

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

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

DS
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place- indoors or out and the food is fabulous.

m
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful day for outdoor dining and the food was terrific. Everyone enjoyed their meal and we were impressed with the sizes. Very satisfying.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Exceptional dining experience. The food is quality, flavorful and nicely presented. We enjoy the alfresco dining experience.

SQ
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gazpacho was excellent, the perfect food for a warm summer day. The waiters were all efficient and professional.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Simply perfect

DO
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ALWAYS enjoy the vibe and service at Ray's and will recommend it and return there whenever I can....

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food took more than 30 minutes to arrive. Restaurant was not too busy. Waiter didn’t say anything about it.

TH
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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.

OT
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

MC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Great vibe for families. Yummy food and drinks. Okay service.

TL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The great museum and wonderful food. The best! Thank you.

MB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and service Wish it were closer to pasadena

r
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good service, good food, good atmosphere, excellent location

FM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great and the service was even better. Will definitely come back soon.

JA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service & food!

SS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

RM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

NM
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A lovely evening with good food, great service and a wonderful jazz concert to boot!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

AL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

MD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

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.

T
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

P
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for jazz & music

n
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience3

I've been to Ray's many times. This was a bit of a disappointment. The food is still excellent. Very creative menu and delicious choices. This time the service was bad. I was seated by myself, but soon they sat a pair right next to me, though there were many open tables on the patio. One of the two was a loud mouth and soon I knew she was a loud stream of consciousness. I look forward to a quiet meal next time.

GG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful except for the tremors!

DZ
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to get together with our son and five-year old granddaughter. The children's menu was a big hit, and dining on the patio was perfect.

P
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great cocktails and good food al fresco in the middle of LACMA’s energetic plaza. Score a table during Jazz Fridays for a chill evening.

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