Ray’s and Stark Bar

4.2
1646 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
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. Please be informed that WE'VE GONE CASHLESS!

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1646 people are saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPhilipB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This used to be one of our favorite spots for lunch in LA. This time the service was inattentive, the food was very slow coming out and the overall sense was that things had gone downhill fast. Hopefully, this is temporary and it will get back to its previous form in the near future.

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vipNorma
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and it's nice to have a quality place to dine on the LACMA campus.

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JayH
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server, Natalia was amazing. She was friendly, quick, and helpful. The ambiance was great for the occasion. My niece had the spaghetti and she LOVED it. The special, which was a lobster salad was delicious. We didn’t enjoy the cheese as much, but our overall experience made up for it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant anniversary museum date and great dinner

JT
JudithT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Table wobbled and we tried to get it fixed but they could not. When the sun came on us, it would have been nice to have an umbrella. Asked for water with lemon and ice, got the jar of water, had to ask for ice. Never got the lemon. Food was very good- had chopped salad and Italian meatballs.

Was a bit pricey but not unusually so for LA.

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GwenH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a great dining experience at Ray’s and Stark Bar. Good food and good times!

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vipDrPatsy2
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always lovely to come to the Museum, see the beautiful reinstalled Modern Galleries and then have a delicious lunch!

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vipkatye
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to the bar side many times pre pandemic. Always just ok. Today our waiter was great and our food (cheese board and meatballs) were so good.

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GloriaM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good service and ambiance, but the portions were shockingly small. My daughter’s pizza was the thinnest I’d ever seen. All in all though, it was a positive experience.

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foodoperator
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice ambiance, but the portion size to value is weak and the chicken added to the salad tasted weird/old. My lemonade was not fresh- tasted like a mix. I was disappointed because I had fond memories from the past and the setting is pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

LACMA has a great good option

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vipRichardP
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

THis restaurant is on the grounds of LACMA and serves California cuisine.

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Skeew
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's great that LACMA has reopened and Ray's is a convenient place for a bite and drink while digesting the art just viewed.

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vipcorey
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was nice to be back at Ray's... always an enjoyable meal.. and had a wonderful salad with a full lobster ....yum yum

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch before a visit to LACMA to see the new modernist installation.

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Trish
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The servers were very nice and courteous. However, we had to wait for some time to receive our food orders. I even noticed that another table who was seated after us received their food orders first. We ordered 2 entrees and we had to wait more than 30 minutes to finally eat. The food quality itself was pretty good: the spaghetti was a good portion and the pasta was cooked very well. The steak my sister ordered was cooked as she liked, medium rare. Overall, for the price of the food, it wasn't all that great and isn't something we'd try again.

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nola
London
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was incredible, the maitre d was so friendly and accommodating and our food and cocktails were amazing !!

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MarthaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food, especially the flavorful vegetable soup, lox plate and luscious bread pudding.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Went here after enjoying the museum on Father’s Day. Food was great. Service was meh. I’ve given restaurants a lot of grace since I know most places are having difficulty finding employees and are understaffed. This day was not very busy and felt that service was pretty slow and the employees could have been more attentive. We weren’t in a rush and are very patient so it didn’t bother us too much but could see it making others annoyed.

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vipScottM
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was extremely slow and the menu is more limited than previously, but food was very good and we enjoyed sitting outside watching people as much as ever. Have been here dozens of times and always a good experience.

MB
vipMarciaBee
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I thought it would be lovely to sit outside. It was. The wine was delicious…food meh. Pretty expensive for not loving the food. $85.00 per person. Oh well…it was an apres Covid dinner out. Felt good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always delicious and so happy to be back. LACMA is a perfect location for outdoor eating, people watching a lovely glass of wine. Chose the prix fixe-excellent

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modijo
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had a great early dinner for our graduate from UCLA! Our food was delicious, especially the salmon and potato pizza! Our specialty cocktails were also perfect. Our service was a little off but not terrible. We ate and drank at a more leisurely pace than anticipated, but it all worked out. Thank you for a terrific time! We will be back!

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Bonzodog
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good Bianca pizza. Prices are a bit high, but hopefully LACMA gets a cut.

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vipRedondoBeach
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Limited menu and spotty service. Short of waiters and therefore short of service. The waiter tried as best he could but was overwhelmed with tables and other responsibilities.

The menu wash 1/2 of what it used to be. I look forward to post pandemic days!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Suited the purpose. Easy museum venue.

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vipgwen
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Very ecxpensive for small portions. Food and service excellent . Atmosphere non existant

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vipHelenM
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Soup was not good, spaghetti was marginal. Service was good.

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Nancy
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Happy to be back at Ray’s. With a few of the doors open, a couple of the folks in my party were a bit chilly, but we appreciate why this is necessary. But we had a lovely time and never felt rushed.

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SassySusan
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Starks is not cheap but the food is refined and delicious. Our waiter was excellent and considerate. We will return for special occasions.

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AlmaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so lovely. Thanks for making my Mother’s Day so lovely.

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KevinC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This place was right outside LACMA so there is a lot of foot traffic. The ambiance is alright, nothing fancy. The food was pretty good but nothing amazing could have been bigger especially for the price. Service was good

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AlisaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Host was rude, waiter was rude, food took an hour to get, they gave our cheeseboard to another table, and the steak was tough and well done when we asked for medium well.

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vipImhungry
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Host and most staff so lovely- BUT waiter super rude- food was meh at best- like the crappy but acceptable food at a wedding or large catered event .my cocktail had minimal alcohol- super watered down. my bf couldn’t really finish his food bcs it was rubbery - he did not complain but when waiter asked he was honest. Waiter’s response was “well there’s nothing I can abt that now” and walked away. Shocking-I will never eat there again.

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tere
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot to rest , have lunch or coffee, before entering the museum. Is outdoors, great food.

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DuaneN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All was good! Food, service, drinks, and ambience.

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Keith
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

This isn't a fair review because I didn't actually eat there - the restaurant randomly closed that single Friday and didn't even tell us! We showed up for our museum reservation, excited to have a bite and a drink before and/or after, and were quite disappointed to see that it was closed.

My rating is based on the fact that we weren't given any acknowledgment whatsoever about this closure; I imagine the food would be good as usual, and the ambiance would be excellent (except for the overly militarized etiquette policing going on during these end-of-lockdown days.

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FlorenceM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a pleasant experience, everyone was very courteous, the food was excellent, and a perfect way to begin getting back to the museum.

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julinejuline
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice casual place with decent food and great people watching. Service was also good.

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vipRobW
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find. Beautiful setting on LACMA campus. Two of my dining partners had pizzas which they said were terrific! Prices reasonable. But on site parking is expensive and not validated. Park on the street. My chopped salad was tasty.

FAQs

Ray’s and Stark Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 857-6180.

Ray’s and Stark Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 1646 OpenTable diners.

Ray’s and Stark Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.patinagroup.com/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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