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About Ray’s and Stark Bar

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.

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
SUNDAY 10AM-8PM
MONDAY-TUESDAY 11:30AM-8PM
THURSDAY 11:30AM-8PM
FRIDAY 11:30AM-10PM
SATURDAY 10AM-8PM

HAPPY HOUR | Monday-Thursday 6 - 8PM
BRUNCH | Saturday-Sunday 10AM - 3PM

CLOSED ON WEDNESDAYS

CHRISTMAS EVE – DEC 24 | SHARE THE MERRIEST MEAL OF ALL Enjoy a $60 Three-Course & $75 Four-Course Prix-Fixe by Executive Chef Fernando Darin, plus a special winter Absolute Frost cocktail $15 addtl. Menu subject to change; tax and gratuity addtl.

NEW YEAR'S EVE – DEC 31 | EAT WELL AND RING IN THE NEW YEAR Enjoy a $60 Three-Course, $75 Four-Course & $85 Five-Course Prix-Fixe by Executive Chef Fernando Darin, plus a special Cranberry Aperol Spritz cocktail $14 addtl. Menu subject to change; tax and gratuity addtl.

Cross Street:
Fairfax

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(323) 857-6180

Website:
http://www.raysandstarkbar.com/

Parking Details:
LACMA's Garage:
Located on Sixth St. at LACMA Way, one block north of Wilshire Blvd and one block east of Fairfax Ave.
$14 flat fee before 5pm, free after 7pm.

Executive Chef:
Fernando Darin

Private Party Facilities:
Ray's offers a bold, farm-to-table Mediterranean menu based on seasonal, local ingredients and the restaurant's wood burning oven and grill. A separate bar and lounge, Stark Bar, offers handcrafted, seasonal cocktails and a dynamic menu of small plates.

Private Party Contact:
Mara Girvin: (866) 943-1520

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
To receive more information about our catering and private event options at this location, please contact special events at:

Catering and Special Event Sales | 323.857.4797
lacmaevents@patinagroup.com

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Share the merriest meal of all with Executive Chef Fernando Darin's $60 Three-Course & $75 Four-Course Prix-Fixe, plus a special winter Absolute Frost cocktail $15 additional. December 24, 2017 | 5-8pm. Menu subject to change; does not include beverage.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

NEW YEAR'S EVE – DEC 31 | EAT WELL AND RING IN THE NEW YEAR | 5-8PM | Enjoy a $60 Three-Course, $75 Four-Course & $85 Five-Course Prix-Fixe by Executive Chef Fernando Darin, plus a special Cranberry Aperol Spritz cocktail $14 addtl. Menu subject to change; tax and gratuity addtl.

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Ray’s and Stark Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

People Watching (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Casual (11)
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Fit for Foodies (10)
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Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Fun (5)
Scenic View (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Live Music (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

As always the food was AMAZING. However, service was spotty. Our waiter greeted us warmly and then scuttled between too many tables. We ended up placing our order with a bus boy, who noted we were sitting and sitting and sitting. We ended up flagging down another bus boy to get the bill after sitting and sitting and sitting.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We walked up to the Hostess and asked if a table were available. The Hostess asked us if we had a reservation. We said no. We could see many empty tables in each section of the restaurant. She said that there was no table available. I walked a few feet away and used my open table app to make a reservation to see what I could get. I got now. I reserved it and walked back. I told her I had a reservation and showed her my reservation and we were seated at a table.
I learned that she only sat people with reservations regardless of availability.
Our waitress was fine. The food was fine if over priced, but we accepted that as a given because of the location.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Room was cold. Waiters were overworked and had little time for our table. Overpriced

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great burgers, not a good pasta, very slow and unprofessional service

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great service every time.
Good wine
Limited menu but nice choices

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Friday night from late spring to early fall is open air concert time at LACMA featuring great musicians from all over the country making Ray's and Stark the place to be for an early Friday dinner. On warm evenings dine outside to best appreciate the music but escape to the warmth of their indoor setting on cooler evenings. Considering the nature of the venue, the restaurant offers a reasonable selection of entrees and a good selection of wines to pair them with. For those not into the wine scene there is also an interesting selection of beers and a full service bar offering cocktails for every taste. All in all a very good dining experience on any evening LACMA is open but especially on Fridays during outdoor concert season. A reservation is recommended.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Too many managers stopped by to ask about our meal. Unfortunately it took a while to get hot tea, a plate for my pizza, and our check.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The menu was small and underwhelming. It wasn’t terrible I️ just wasn’t impressed. The service was good and we still had an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Everything was fine but not in th category of superb. But Ray's is a scene place and, given that, it excelled.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Nice little alternative to the previous appt we had at another restaurant. Our service was very nice and pleaseant to speak with.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Lobster salads with Arnold Palmers. The perfect summer lunch delight. And thank you for having black napkins. I have to ask in San Francisco.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great meal if you are catching a show at LACMA. Kale salad was best I ever had. Pizza a bit soggy on the crust, but still falvorful. Lovely waiter-- and a decent bottle of wine. Sunday lunch couldn't have been better.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Love to eat here when we go to LACMA. It is relaxing , food is good and staff are helpful and friendly.

Tags: People Watching, Quick Bite, Casual, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great service - one of my favorite restaurants for the last 7 years. We were literally the only ones seated inside for the entire meal. Super attentive server with a great attitude.. I just don't think we got checked in on open table for my reservation because I received an open table email saying "sorry we missed you". We were very much there, table of 3. Just got home 20 mins ago.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Food was OK, although $24 for a cheeseburger is a bit dear. We ordered a wine and a beer. The beer never came, until I asked the food server for it. Overall, pretenscious.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I have had lunch here many times while visiting the museum. Lunch yesterday was a big disappointment. The crust of the toasted bread underneath the smoked salmon was so hard I could not cut it, even after requesting a sharper knife. Service was very slow even though there were quite a few servers circulating around the outdoor and indoor dining spaces. Although convenient when visiting LACMA, I hesitate to dine here again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

A good friend I hadn't seen in months and I had a lovely dinner on Friday night. There was a jazz band playing which was wonderful, but it was so loud we found it hard to talk…so the noise made conversation a bit trying-- but the people watching (made us both fall in love with LA again!), the service, and the food were all great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

The prices are outrageous compared to the size, taste and appearance of the food. $24 burger has cold fries, the $28 lobster salad had very little lobster and too much lettuce.
Their pizza is good but usually takes a long time. It is a shame that for the only restaurant at LACMA, they should have better tasting food, amount of food and prices.
We will not go back.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

was really excited about coming here, had been once before. food was avg, sent desert back cause it was terrible. great service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

I have eaten at Ray's three times in the last 6 months. My husband and I really like the ambiance. We are members of the museum and we often eat there when visiting LACMA. We have met friends there on many occasions. It is a great place to people watch.

The food is good but I think it could have a more varied menu. I had the salami pizza, my husband had the soft-shelled crab and our friend had the sea bass. Everybody enjoyed their meal. Aside from the pizza, the servings were on the small side.

We have always had great service. This last visit, it wasn't as good. Our waiter seemed new, a little overwhelmed and not as knowledgable or friendly as our previous waiters. Overall it was good service and a positive experience for all.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on September 1, 2017

When we visit LA lunch at Ray Stark's and a visit to LACMA is a regular event and Ray Stark's never disappoints. Sitting out on the plaza really is a great, fun way to enjoy the LA scene.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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vip
 (México)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Went there on a Friday night to listen to the Jazz at LACMA. Sent back soft shell crab-had a very mediocre pizza and a not very good coffee dessert. Manager was very good about taking back the crab.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food and service were very good but on the pricey side. Returned for a drink at the bar during the Jazz performance in the commons and were hit with a $150.00 cover charge! Very pricey for an outdoor venue at LACMA.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Fantastic meal on Jazz Night. Wonderful service, unique strawberry and fennel salad, eggplant risotto, and a tasty pizza. Couldn't ask for more!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Prices are high and there are few choices on the lunch menu. Two of us chose the less expensive Kobe cheeseburger that was dry, overcooked and virtually tasteless. French fries were dry and salt-free. Desserts were all prohibitive at $11 each. And we were not an impoverished group!

Service was efficient and satisfactory. It is normally pleasant to dine there before an exhibition, but food quality and prices need to change. The room was moderately full, but not at capacity.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

A great way to enjoy LACMA with cocktails & really tasty food.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 12, 2017

WE had a lovely Sat. brunch. Waiter was very helpful and let us know the pizza was big enough to share. We had the breakfast pizza with an egg in it - delicious! Excellent salad as well. The service was excellent, ambiance lovely, food delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Organic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 8, 2017

The restaurant was very helpful and the waitstaff are amazing. They really took the time to make us feel welcome. Food was great. Lots of options for kids on the kids menu. Great selection of wines.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Tea, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Authentic, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Live Music
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 7, 2017

A very classy place, surrounded by the environs of the art museum. The singer/harpist was a real surprise. We love to see her again.

Tags: Live Music, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 7, 2017

An inventive, always changing menu is only one of the attractions at this chic restaurant in LACMA...stimulating galleries at this world-class museum are just steps away. Definitely recommend dining here as part of any visit to LACMA. Service is excellent, too.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I love this place but I wish the brunch menu had more non breakfast choices.

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

So family friendly!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

My girlfriend and I had lunch here before seeing an exhibit at LACMA. I had been there several times before. The food, service, etc. is always good. We ate indoors because there was a heat wave and needed the air conditioning but the outside tables are more fun for people watching.

Tags: Healthy, Quick Bite, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Not enough servers at lunch time inside so we ate outside on their patio area. It was very pleasant

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

It's a good spot to eat before or after visit to LACMA.
The food is generally fresh and seasonal.
For our dinner, we ordered several dishes to share: a season salad, the soft -shell crab, and a prosciutto pizza - all delicious.
The only drawback was the noise level was VERY high, so if you are interested in having a conversation, Ray is not the place. But for people watching, Ray is perfect.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I had high hopes for this place, since dining here about a year ago, and was looking forward to trying other things on the menu...
They've since cut the menu in half, and service was indifferent & inept.
And, terribly overpriced for what they offer.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The martinis were weak the service was fair the pizza was yummy

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2017

It has become greedy and overvauled. Very pleasant now. I'll go back after the Friday night entertainment is finished.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Good food, good service. A little pricey, but makes a visit to LACMA into a complete afternoon.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 11, 2017

We ordered 3 dishes to share, yellowtail, sea bass and watermelon salad... all we're so delicious... exceeded expectations

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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