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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.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Californian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
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.
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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.
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
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
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Ray’s and Stark Bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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