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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)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 10, 2013

I've been to Ray's (but not Stark Bar) quite a few times for lunch while visiting LACMA. The staff is friendly and attentive, and they don't hover or rush you. Their flatbread pizzas are very good, the bread they serve is delicious, and the pasta I tried on my most recent visit was excellent. Their salads leave something to be desired. My mom tried their chopped salad and it had almost no oil in the dressing, leaving a very vinegary salad experience. She was turned off enough by this that I won't suggest Ray's again the next time I bring her to LACMA, though I will almost certainly be back and warn people away from their salads.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 7, 2013

Even when they are busy, you feel as if some one is looking out for you. The food is always good or excellent, and there are always interesting things on the menu. The bread- and the butter, for that matter- are sublime. Ray's has always been a good choice for us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 7, 2013

A nice spot for lunch if you're visiting LACMA. We sat outdoors and enjoyed watching the school groups on their museum field trips as they were passing by, delighting in seeing their enthusiasm, energy and obvious joy at not being cooped up in a classroom. At Ray's, food quality and presentation was good. Service was professional and efficient. An overall good experience but not without a cost.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 5, 2013

What an extraordinary meal we had at Ray's and Stark Bar! First, the decor is so stylish. modern but warm and whimsical, and in the setting of the museum grounds, it's lovely. Our food was astoundingly delicious with unique ingredients like black sesame seeds, favas, faro, truffles. The desserts literally took our breaths away--pistachio and lemon cake with bergamot, date cake with homemade ice cream and caramel etc. And such helpful and knowledgable service! Before we were even finished we were talking about going back again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 4, 2013

Visiting LACMA is always a treat, but plan to stay a little longer and enjoy a nice meal and/or a creative cocktail at Ray's and Stark Bar. We've had some nights with less than stellar food, some nights with great food, some nights with less than optimal service, some nights with great service. With the validated parking, it's totally worth the gamble, odds are you'll hit them on a good night.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 4, 2013

This restaurant at LACMA was a big disappointment. The lunch menu was so pretentious that it was almost a parody. I ordered the Benedict Burger which was just plain bad - my lunch companion had the spaghetti/blue prawn concoction which he said was ok but he was surprised at the spicy seasoning. The fussy fussy food is expensive but not worth it. From what we saw, the place seemed to be primarily a bar hangout.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 3, 2013

It was great fun to people watch and listen to the jazz a LACMA's Friday night event...It does get a bit noisy but that is part of the evening. We were looking for something a bit different and this was great. There is a minimum $ on the food for the jazz evening...but that was fine for us. The food was very good. I had the Turbot and thought it was excellent.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 2, 2013

Out-of-town guests were delighted with the food, service and ambiance - praised everything, even the chairs! Lovely experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 27, 2013

The pig ears were interesting and the hamachi was delicious. The mixology bar was amazing. I recommend the G Funk Era and the Risky Sour.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2013

My wife and I attended the jazz concert at LACMA and afterwards had dinner at Ray's, all to celebrate our 44th anniversary. The setting is modernist unique. The people watching, especially on a concert evening, is grand. The food was very good but can't say that about the wait staff. Apparently smiling and personality are optional and after indicating it was our first time at the restaurant we still needed to inquire about silverware only to be told, "look in the little drawer at the tables edge", who knew.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Boise)·Dined on April 25, 2013

Solid restaurant. Limited menu but everything good. Friendly service. Great before or after visiting the museum.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 22, 2013

The waiter recommended the almonds as a starter. The small dish arrived with what appeared to be olives but were very young almonds still in their light green fuzzy skins steamed with a delightful lemon and spice sauce. I applaud the chef for serving these as I have never seen them and his pairing with lemon and spices was perfect. We then shared the asparagus and greens salad both of which were just plain tasty. I loved his/her dressing with the sunflower seeds and pickled red onions. Our main was the hamachi which the chef lightly poured soy sauce and thinly sliced kumquats. I only wish I was more hungry....I forgot the amuse bouche of a tempura battered broccoli was delicious and the home made oreo cookies the perfect size.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 20, 2013

Inventive, but somewhat limited, menu offerings, and nice wine list. Convenient dining right on LACMA premises, with relaxed atmosphere. Service was attentive at start, and then disappeared later, as my small group was finishing entrees; had to flag down someone for water, and then the check, skipping coffee or dessert due to the lack of time by the time we got attention.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 20, 2013

Fresh and tasty. Terrific location at LACMA. Just pop in after viewing the exhibits. It is expensive. The Stark's Bar attached is a huge success, very busy and noisy. Daily changing dishes use only the freshest ingredients, some from the herb garden.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 19, 2013

Went there during Friday Jazz Night at LACMA. Food was good, as was service. A bit pricy but the food was (mostly) good enough to justify it. Pizzas are especially good. Enjoyed the experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2013

After years of having only an indifferent cafeteria and a so-so Wolfgang Puck outlet as the dining options at LACMA, at last there is a really good restaurant and bar, which is outdoors, as a choice.
The staff are hip, knowledgable and courteous - attentive but not intrusive.
The menus for both food and drink are adventurous, though a bit pricey ($14 for a beer, though artisan, seems a bit steep).
Still, it is a terrific addition to the total Museum experience.
My 2nd visit was as good as the first, a few months earlier.
Had no trouble with the reservation at a busy lunch time.
Definitely recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 6, 2013

Delicious pizzas and desserts and great service

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 5, 2013

Simply, the food was outstanding, the service impeccable. Our waiter's description of an entree was given in such detail and endearing tone you'd have thought he was the chef. Lovely experience!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 31, 2013

I love the contemporary feel of the restaurant and although it was Easter Sunday and there were quite a few small kids the noise level was amazingly low! The staff was attentive yet didn't intrude on our conversation---we had an out of town guest with us who just loved it ! The food was attractively served---two of us had the quiche which was delicious.
I have eaten at this restaurant a number of times and always find the bread especially delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 31, 2013

Unreal. Worth every reason to go.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (London)·Dined on March 29, 2013

Pork belly my wife had was outstanding. Hanger steak was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 29, 2013

For a Museum Restaurant it was fair. The fish selection was bland and the gnochi were defenitely not excpetional.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 22, 2013

Very good great location. Too noisy . Does not offer sparkling mineral water!

Food is excellent. Service us uneven

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 18, 2013

Ray's is in the Los Angeles County Msuem of Art and is somewhat informal while having excellent service. The menu is somewhat limited at lunch, but each item is unique. My ""hamburger," a gigantic, delicious mound of beef served pen face and topped with a sunny-side up fried egg, was scrumptious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 16, 2013

Very pleasant and relaxed restaurant at LACMA, food was very good, smaller plates so you can easily have a couple of courses. The service was excellent and the bar quite good and barmen friendly and interesting. The bar not a scene but a cool open air place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 15, 2013

Really enjoyed the outstanding look and feel of this place. Really special to go from looking at the art at LACMA right inyo this restaurant. The food was uneven though. Some of us in our party of 5 loved our meals and others found their dishes totally inadequate. I would sefinitely go back though. It is a great scene and i thought my entree was terrific.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 15, 2013

Had a great time at dinner. All the food was delicious and the drinks tasty. The service was amazing!! Would definitely go back again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 14, 2013

Great professional service, feels relaxed, and friendly. The museum right there which has really come up in all ways. Would go there without museum as well!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 12, 2013

The menu was interesting, the decor modern and fun. My teenage daughter loved it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 11, 2013

It is always great. Being open on Monday is a real plus!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 10, 2013

Fabulous pasta and fish dishes. The desserts we tried were top drawer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 9, 2013

Service was professional, prompt, friendly. The squid entree my friend ordered seemed to be the size of an appetizer. He was very happy that I had ordered the Marguerita pizza and shared with him. But I will probably not order the pizza again. It was very floppy and soft and wet. Not my style.

But we had a good time because the restaurant seemed unhurried, the waiter was attentive and. . .I forgot to mention. . .the dessert was spectacular: a pistachio-lemon concoction. Delicious.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 9, 2013

Great spot to dine while exploring the art at LACMA, the Tar Pits next door or visiting the Page Museum. Excellent service, very good wine list and cocktails are delish. Some of the best chilaquiles I have ever eaten, pork belly is also very delicious. Our 3 year old enjoyed it as much as we did when sitting outside. Look forward to a return trip here.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 8, 2013

service was not good, the food was bland , they forgot cocktails a we had 3 different waiters, only one responded with a smile, and it was not busy so we couldn't understand the problem with service. Loved the restuarant they had a LACMA before Ray Stark.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2013

Right off the bat the waiter made a terrible faux-pas by putting his hands on, leaning on, and practically massaging my mother's Issey Miyake jacket that was on the back of an empty chair. He must have mistaken it for his own jacket the way he was touching it. Gross. Why should the waiter be leaning on the back of a chair anyway? He was the only waiter in the entire place who was clearly a masquerading busboy.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 2, 2013

The staff is incredibly nice and strives to make everything perfect.
The food a delicious treat!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 2, 2013

the blue ink pasta was delicious!
the burger was great, liked the watercress touch

very interesting menu. will plan to eat there everytime we go to the museum.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 1, 2013

You can make this place what you want it-- Romantic or family-friendly, snazzy for groups or just for 2. Innovative menu including exceptional cocktail creations. Lots of locals and not touristy.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2013

Absolutely amazing meal cooked by an incredible executive chef. Truly creative and delicious food. Kris Morningstar stuffed us and introduced our palates to several new flavor and texture combinations. Ask for the Chef's Tasting menu when you go! I will be back, and I will recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants an excellent meal at a good price.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 22, 2013

Very pricey lunch but the food is excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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