Ray’s and Stark Bar

4.4
1658 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 1658 people are saying
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DebraF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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DeJoZa
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
5 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
11 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
10 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
2 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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vipJeffS
Los Angeles
17 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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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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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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was horrible and my dish was dirty...they replaced it but it was disgusting.

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FreddyW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The food was on the pricier side but they weren't anything too special. We ordered a medium well steak and fries, in addition to others, and the steak came out bone dry. Although the waiter was quick to return with a properly cooked plate, it was disappointing to see this mistake.

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RyanP
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Service took a long time, 20 minutes before our table was checked on. Drinks came about 40 minutes after we were sat, and a visit that should’ve taken 45 minutes stretched into an hour and a half. Museum still took our tickets even though we were late, they seemed used to it once we said that the restaurant took a while.

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Dsue
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our salads were lightly and perfectly dressed.... very nice.

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vipPhilipB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
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 on July 31, 2021
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 on July 31, 2021
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

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JudithT
Los Angeles
4 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
6 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
17 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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FaizahR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The pizza here is delicious, especially the Bianca and the Margarita pizza. I've once had the most delicious carrot and ginger soup, but it was not offered on the day I visited. There also used to be a barrata salad and bread on the menu, whish was exquisite. All in all a pleasant experience. The cocktail menu could do for a fresh revamp, while the sangria is a pleasantly consistent.

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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.

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 4.4 stars by 1658 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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