Ray’s and Stark Bar

4.4
1669 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! Vaccination verification required to dine indoors per LA City mandate.

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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 1669 people are saying
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CJCJ
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing, tasty food and great service

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vipPaulB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Took 40 minutes to get a cheese plate appetizer and the meatballs we ordered were over cooked / burned on outside. My wife received her soup on time along with bread and drinks, the waiter did the best he could but said there were kitchen issues which ultimately cut our experience short and we opted not to have dinner entrees. $100 for what we did get seemed expensive.

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vipregulardiner
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

High prices, little selection and terrible service have to be balanced with location adjacent to LACMA is a lovely venue. I waits over a half hour for an order of two salads and one order of chicken with dressing dressing on the side. After having to go to the kitchen to ask what happened to order we were brought two orders of chicken and one salad. you guessed it, dressing was on the salad. After finally getting the ordered straight we were charged for extra unordered chicken! On a positive note, weather was beautiful so sitting outside was a pleasure. Bill was adjusted! Probably best to order pizza!

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TracieB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! I felt very bad for the wait staff as they were short a lot of help. All in all, we had a wonderful time there.

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vipScjim
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent place for a casual lunch after a stroll through the galleries at LACMA.

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vipJudithB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

It took almost an hour and a half from the time we arrived WITH RESERVATION for food to be served. (We were seated within 10 minutes.). We inquired about food delay multiple times and were repeatedly told food would be out soon. After an hour, we were told there was lobster preparation delay. Had we been told that earlier, we could have easily ordered something else. This was VERY unfortunate!

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BobL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our visit was lunch in conjunction with a museum visit.
We've eaten here a number of times in the past, so knew what to expect.
The menu is a bit limited, but that makes sense since the restaurant is not large.
I'm always able to find something of interest to order.
I do recommend it.

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FoodloverAnn
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Described above, all good

KB
KrisB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The bianca pizza was a little disappointing. Used to be our favorite. :-( We'll keep coming back though.

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vipJanet
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, great food, and so very good to be back! Thank you!

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Paul
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Noise level rating only because museum was constructing for gala next night.

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MarthaS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bread pudding is wonderful!
Be sure to leave room for it.

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vipLindaC
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service and good food

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marco
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Outdoor dining only; on cool evenings get close to a heater. Service was excellent. Food was good, not great.

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KatherineS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time after an evening at LACMA. Jazz at LACMA was happening, which gave a wonderful ambience for a solo dinner. The California Ranch Water is also a cocktail hybrid.

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DebraF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have nailed safety protocols and outdoor dining. The tables are far apart.
Noise level is very low. The food is consistently tasty and the ambiance is always lovely.

DJ
DeJoZa
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friend would like more vegan choices

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Betty
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best service ever! After visiting the museum exhibitions, it was a relaxing and pleasant experience at the outdoor seating dinner. Jazz at LACMA was happening and it was great! I will definitely go back to wine and dine there.

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GlendaG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance

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vipPatT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jazz at Lacma

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RikiR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

My food was fine, my wife's chicken was dry. Service was sporadic and slow when it happened. This was early so it wasn't a full house. Overall we like Ray's but the service was well below par last night.

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LisaG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Perfect spot to listen to Jazz night at LACMA when tickets are sold out. Quintessential Los Angeles balmy evening to enjoy cocktails and meal alfresco!
Service is soooooo slow, but we were in no hurry so it was not a huge deal, but it was a bit annoying waiting 15 minutes for our drink order to be taken and another 15 minutes to receive it. 4 drinks, dinner for two with tip = $180.00. We only go to Ray and Stark's during the summer during LACMA Jazz nights. You can hear the music perfectly while you talk and dine, you just can't really see the musicians.

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KennethP
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ray and Starks, such a wonderful place to sit and relax in between enjoying the exhibits at LACMA and now the Academy Museum. The food is always great. We are hoping they bring back their pizzas as they were delicious and the perfect companion to a nice glass of wine. The food we had from the current menu was also delicious and the service, as always, is consistently friendly and appropriately attentive. We are so happy that it is a survivor of all the construction happening at LACMA!

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SDinLA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Cheese plate, olives, cauliflower soup, pasta, tea and coffee. Cheese plate was the best, everything else good, but nothing to write home about. Espresso was not great.

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robinw
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience1

We ordered 4 different meals (spaghetti, steak, chopped salad, chicken), none very good & way overpriced for what we got. Also ordered the cheeseboard, which turned out to be our favorite thing.
No ambiance when dining outside & no one adhered to the dress code. Why have it?
However, our waitstaff was fabulous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always happy at Rays. Only thing I wish they didnt change the steak frites…needs the Chimichurri back Asap…and PIZZA. What happened to the pizza.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

No way. Not worth it.

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LorriT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great time last night. Our server was EXCELLENT!

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vipHelene
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great time! Extra fun with the Friday jazz crowd.

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GiaP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Ray's and Stark Bar is a perfect food option in the middle of the LACMA campus. We were headed to Peterson Autot=motive Museum across the street and the whole experience was uplifting.

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LAfoodie
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

beautiful outdoor setting with very good food and very attentive and welcoming staff.

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ThomasM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for jazz at LACMA.

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TerryF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to go after an exhibit at LACMA. The poor waitress was so swamped. I felt so bad for her. Shame on management for not having adequate staff on a very busy night. Makes me second guess about going again.

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Mjs1234567
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

There were no lights outside. They clearly wanted us to leave

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judith
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The pizza was delicious

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Heidi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Our server was very rude. He shamed us for inquiring if there was non-bottled water which cost 8.50. He did not say thank you. It was very evident that he is not happy. Other staff were fine except bartender who angrily delivered cold and bitter espresso. Yes it is a museum restaurant, so perhaps should not expect too much, but the host and the busser were both amicable.

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RobinF
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn’t expect to be wowed, but happily surprised! I would eat at here even if I wasn’t heading to LACMA. Meatballs were incredible!!!

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tova
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food was not very tasty. Bread Pudding was the worst ever tasted. Thankfully they took it off the bill. Server wasn't very attentive.

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vipJeffS
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great setting and service, but the menu is limited, fancy and very expensive for lunch and the food was OK, not great. Still, the ambience was very nice. Not sure I would return for dining, but maybe for cocktails.

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JudithT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was great but the service was too slow, especially with two young children waiting for their meals. The waitress suggested ice cream for dessert, which of course the kids wanted and then it took at least 10-15 minutes for it to arrive- way too long on kid-time.

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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 4.4 stars by 1669 OpenTable diners.

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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