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Ray’s and Stark Bar, Los Angeles, CA

Ray’s and Stark Bar

4.5
4.5
1677 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: WE'VE GONE CASHLESS! Friday Night Jazz Series: $150 Minimum for the Lounge Tables. $100 F&B Minimum for the Patio Tables. Vaccination verification required to dine indoors per LA City mandate.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Thu 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (323) 857-6180

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Fernando Darin

  • Private party facilities

    Ray's offers a bold, farm-to-table California 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

  • Neighborhood

    Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.

  • Cross street

    Fairfax

  • 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. $16 flat fee before 5pm, $8 after 7pm.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,677 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  • West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

    Californian

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  1. MS

    MarthaS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mary's chicken is always good here and the tuna melt was delicious. Nice place to meet a friend and chat.
  2. K

    Kirsten

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Ray's and Stark has an extremely limited menu that is very overpriced for the quality and quantity of foid that is served. Their website shows pictures of flatbread pizzas but their are no pizzas on their actual menu. This is very misleading!! We ordered the spaghetti with meatballs. It was served luke warm. The sauce was mediore and the meatballs were flashed cooked from a frozen bag. I've had better frozen meatballs from.the grocery store. The other entree was the melon, tomato and burrsta cheese salad. It was interesting with nice presentation. However, the cook got carried away with the spice they sprinkle on it. Overall, other than the convenience of the restaurant, I would recommend going somewhere else. Disappointing.
  3. a

    asbnsc

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A very pleasant surprise! The food was excellent and the setting (outdoors) on the plaza wonderful. Only wish they had more heaters!
  4. CA

    CAKdine

    Las Vegas

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food and service were good. Will defiantly return when any LACMA.
  5. c

    cheri

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On December 16th there was a problem with the door opening,so it took extra time to be seated. The staff performed wonderfully with the unexpected problem. The food was excellent and the service was exceptional.
  6. B

    Bill

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Brussels sprouts are amazing and the tomato soup is fantastic.
  7. B

    Brandi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff was fantastic, food was delicious, and overall love the retro vibes the restaurant gives!
  8. k

    katherineo

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nice, visually, but food took quite a while to arrive & our waiter seemed annoyed we were there. Food was meh.
  9. d

    dlhr

    Los Angeles

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Hosted family from out of state at the museum and then dinner. Food was great. Three of us ordered a daily special
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, relaxed meal with very good service
  11. PF

    PeterF

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food, limited menu. No longer serving their great pizza.
  12. MR

    MarcellaR

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostess was especially nice going out of her way to get me a togo bag
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated with friends at the Jazz night concert. The sound level was high, but to be expected because it was a concert!
  14. DW

    DebW

    Palm Springs

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite of mine for Friday night Jazz at LACMA! Service outstanding, food is Yummy and the music is right there but not so loud that you can’t have a decent conversation with your guest!!
  15. LK

    LKrantz

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Except for construction noise it was very pleasant eating outside. Menu is varied and interesting and portions are very generous. Service was very attentive.

    Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on October 16, 2022Hi LKrantz, delighted to learn your experience was a positive one. Hope to see you again soon!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful outdoor ambience. Receptionist was friendly. Server was excellent .

    Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on October 16, 2022Thank you so much for the review. Have a great day!

  17. JB

    JenniferB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good - my mom and I split the wings and spaghetti with meatballs for lunch (based on the server's recommendations). My stomach was a bit "funny" from the wings later, but that could be from not having had that specific dry rub spice previously. The music started off too stuffy but became a bit more lively, and the interior design was awesome. We wish that we had sat outside (rather than inside) for better people watching. Last, there were a couple of flies that made it indoors, and they never left:(

    Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on October 8, 2022We appreciate the feedback. It means a lot. We will use it to help make every guest experience better. Have a wonderful day!

  18. DW

    DebW

    Palm Springs

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always friendly from the hostess to the wait staff. Food is very yummy, wine too but the martini’s could do a bit better!

    Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on October 3, 2022Thanks so much for the kind words. Hope to see you again in the near future!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All four of us thought the food was amazingly delicious—from the Brussels sprouts and cheese tray to lobster pasta and dessert. Server and staff were very attentive and efficient. Highly recommend! Will return.

    Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on October 3, 2022Really glad you had a positive experience. Thanks for reviewing. Hope you have an amazing day!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The dining room felt like a cafeteria, needs music, a/c, also lots of flies

    Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on October 3, 2022We are sorry that you are disappointed but appreciate your feedback. We are committed to providing you with a great experience and hope you give us another chance in the future.

  21. KK

    KaliKid

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The chicken wings are excellent; well seasoned and tasty.

    Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on October 3, 2022Hi KaliKid, thanks for the great review. Hope to see you again soon!

  22. e

    emkay

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    if you order a steak dish there should be a bit of greens or some such on the plate

    Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on October 3, 2022Thank you for the feedback. We’re sorry your experience wasn’t the best it could be. We’ll use this as a learning experience as to how we can improve.

  23. A

    Alissafoodie

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the Friday night jazz. The tables have a $150 minimum if you want to sit in the nicer comfy chairs up front. We had a great leisurely dinner and then stayed and enjoyed the jazz. The beet and pear salad and Brussel sprouts are delicious starters. We also shared the lobster pasta which was also great. Highly recommend if you like jazz and a nice atmosphere.

    Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on October 3, 2022Thanks for the review, Alissafoodie. Hope to see you again soon!

  24. HB

    HiramB

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Very good consistent restaurant. Service was lacking on this visit.

    Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on September 10, 2022We really preciate your feedback. We are sorry to here that the service was not up to your expectation. Could you pleasxe provide more detail so that we can improve. Hoping to see you back again soon.

  25. ML

    MarieL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting menu, delicious food, and a great setting!

    Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on September 6, 2022MarieL, thanks for taking time out of your day to review us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  26. MM

    MarjorieM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Just so-so. Menu very limited. Noisy and more bar-like atmosphere than restaurant like.

    Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on September 6, 2022Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, MarjorieM. Very sorry your experience wasn’t what you’d hoped. Your comments will be shared with the rest of the team.

  27. PT

    PatT

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WE always LOVE coming here on Jazz nights and it always exceeds our expectations. Food and service were all excellent and we had a perfect view to the band. Our most slight comment was that the white chocolate pot a creme was not as chocolaty as expected. Otherwise a wonderful experience and we always come back for the food and the music. THANK YOU!
  28. MO

    MaryO

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We weren't planning to eat at LACMA but saw great reviews. We had a very fresh, healthy lunch in a great midcentury modern design space. Love the tables with the silverware drawers!
  29. f

    foodiegurl

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First, I was late due to traffic! So, I of course called and they waited! So very kind! And what a way to accommodate a customer! My friend and I were the only ones there.
  30. j

    justkurtis

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Ray's and Stark bar has one of the most perfect locations & seems to have some magical power over the breeze. No matter how hot the day is, a wonderful breeze always seems to blow through the outdoor lounge & dining area which elevates the experience naturally. Some changes to how you can order in the lounge vs the restaurant areas are odd - you can't get the same thing in both places even though they sit right next to each other. And in the lounge, there is no service - it's a walk up situation. If you sit down for a meal, there is regular service which is good. 3 of us had the special hanger steak salad, and the salad portion was quite good. The steak was just a bit off - I can't explain it, but it didn't settle right with me. I wouldn't order that again. But I've had other menu items in the past that have been just fine.
  31. RL

    RonLA

    Los Angeles

    94 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely place to have dinner and listen to live jazz on Friday nights!
  32. T

    Terri

    Los Angeles

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    This is our third time dining at Ray Starks Bar during the Jazz Series on Friday night. The first two episodes were a breeze no hassles -wonderful service. We Talked to our friends about it and this time they joined us after we raved about it -we had reservations all three times. But this was a little bit more of a hit and miss- when we got there there was only one other table dining and they sat us in the direct sun, right next to the only others diners, and we asked if we could be next to the umbrella and they said there was absolutely no movement at the tables, they couldn’t couldn’t sit at anywhere else because they were all reserved( we had a reservation too, so strange). We had to ask speak to a manager to be get moved over two tables over(in an empty restaurant ). We ordered appetizers and drinks and my friend was asking about their special of the day and they brought her it with our appetizers (even though she was only inquiring about it ) so she was served her entrée as we ate our appetizer -very awkward. Dinner was good, but ordered coffee afterwards, which was lukewarm at best. They replaced with hot coffee upon request. So nice atmosphere and food, but timing and our reception on arrival threw off the evening.
  33. V

    Visitor

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Not sure what’s in your spaghetti but if there’s heavy cream or dairy please disclose that. I had a very unpleasant experience following the meal
  34. DS

    DebbieS

    Los Angeles

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful outdoor setting. Really good salads.
  35. SE

    ScottE

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first visit. I go to steakhouses all over the country, and I already put this at the top of my favorites on all counts. Worthy of its legacy and fame. Here’s to many return visits. Was with friends but also fine for solos. Waiters couldn’t be better
  36. m

    masamichii

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect outdoor dining option during jazz concert series on Friday evening during summer.
  37. CH

    CuisinHeart

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything we ordered was delicious and creatively prepared. We had excellent brussels sprouts that were drenched with olive oil, a refreshing tomato soup, a fantastic beet and pear salad, then two desserts that perfectly capped off our dining experience. The croissant bread pudding was rich and sweet, and the brownie and ice cream paired the slightly bitter taste of the rich chocolate with the sweet flavor of the ice cream. Altogether a dynamite day at Ray's!
  38. BC

    BenCrandel

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were superb. It was Jazz night at LACMA, and there couldn’t be a better way to enjoy it than dining on the patio during the event.
  39. p

    paulinen

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our lunch
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    THEY AUTOMATICALLY CHARGE 20% SERVICE CHARGE FOR LUNCH!! I had lunch with my husband. Just two of us. It was not a special occasion. Our server was not friendly and attentive, but we enjoyed the food itself. We were surprised to be charged 20% gratuity, but we paid. After having read so many reviews here, I realised no one mentioned about the service charge. We checked the receipt again, and it said BQT GRAT. Banquet Gratuity!? We are foreigners( we live here though ) and not good at speaking English. So sad, they did this intentionally...

    Ray’s and Stark BarResponded on July 19, 2022Hi, we sincerely apologize for the experience you had, but thank you for bringing this to our attention. Please see private message so that we may look into this matter with more detail.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

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 4.5 stars by 1677 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Ray’s and Stark Bar

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fairfax

  • Neighborhood

    Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Thu 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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. $16 flat fee before 5pm, $8 after 7pm.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Fernando Darin

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (323) 857-6180

  • Private party facilities

    Ray's offers a bold, farm-to-table California 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

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