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Ray's & Stark Bar

Ray's & Stark Bar

New American Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
  • Has a stamp of approval from Los Angeles Times and Men's Health Mag
    • Los Angeles Times
    • Men's Health Mag
  • Greta A.
    "Yummy Cocktails-The Ginger Rogers is one of my faves- So Very Tasty!"(3 Tips)
    Vanity Fair Agenda
    "seasonal fare from executive chef Kris Morningstar."(3 Tips)
    "... the Roses, Wishes & Lavender dreams is more refreshing than sweet, delicious!..."(2 Tips)
    Annette O.
    "Get the Pork Belly, it's deeeelish!"(4 Tips)
69 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • ginger rogers
  • pork belly
  • museums
  • lavender dreams
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  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    This renowned restaurant-bar gets everything right: refined Mediterranean bites, great cocktails (you'll have the "Far (east) Manhattan," made with masala-infused rye and amaro), and outdoor seating. Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagSeptember 16, 2014
    This restaurant-bar gets everything right: Mediterranean bites from chef Kris Morningside, great cocktails like the Far (east) Manhattan, and outdoor seating next to LACMA's street light installation.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    Although the menu is vegetable-intensive, it is far, far from butter-free, but Ray's, named in honor of the late film producer Ray Stark, may be the restaurant that this plaza deserves. Read more
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesNovember 12, 2013
    Cool weather offerings might include his haute version of a chile relleno: a poblano pepper, charred to black, stuffed with zippy housemade venison chorizo, and napped in a suave corn sauce.
  • Sean B.
    Sean BesserFebruary 4, 2013
    Casual place in the courtyard of the LA County Museum of Art. Great spot w/ excellent food. Highly recommend spending an afternoon checking out art and relaxing at the restaurant & bar.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KJuly 28, 2015
    I used to recommend cocktails here. Who doesn't love getting slightly tipsy and wandering through modern art? However, they've revamped the cocktail menu to be much shorter, with cheap spirits at $15
  • Doug d.
    Doug de WetNovember 14, 2016
    The breakfast pizza is ridiculously good. Studded with ham and caramelized onions, topped with a soft poached egg, I wish I was eating it right now.
  • Gail H.
    Gail HDecember 4, 2012
    Sit at the bar, the pre prohibition cocktails are a specialty of the bartenders here. Also midweek they will let you sample all the scotch you want, if you play nice!
  • Annie D.
    Annie D.June 10, 2012
    Delicious and savory items to eat: hanger steak, pork belly, chile, asparagus salad. Drinks: dirty harry & rose wish and lavender dreams- yum! Top of the line service!
  • Vanity Fair Agenda
    Vanity Fair AgendaJanuary 30, 2012
    The Mediterranean-inspired menu includes dishes from the restaurant’s wood-burning oven and grill, with an emphasis on farm-to-table, seasonal fare from executive chef Kris Morningstar.
  • Lisa
    LisaMay 9, 2012
    The Ginger Rogers has zing, the Roses, Wishes & Lavender dreams is more refreshing than sweet, delicious! The BTO's (Better Than Oreos) live up to their name!
  • Los Angeles magazine
    Los Angeles magazineJanuary 24, 2012
    His lamb’s tongue with beans and niçoise olives is a crunchy evocation of carnitas, while his farro salad is spared the vegetarian blahs by a dice of turnip and crushed pistachio. Read more
  • Pooja N.
    Pooja NairAugust 17, 2014
    Great cocktails and fresh food. Always new additions on the menu. Service is good too!
  • Vanity Fair
    Vanity FairDecember 7, 2012
    Star chef Kris Morningstar whips up farm-to-table Mediterranean cuisine at this restaurant, which is adjoined to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
  • Damien N.
    Damien NavarroMarch 27, 2011
    The chili first course is insane and go for the hangar steak. Can't wait for this place in the summer. The patio is incredible wither the views of the hills and LACMA.
  • Vik S.
    Vik SanchezOctober 29, 2011
    Food comes out faster than the drinks... But the drinks are good! Try the morning glory fizz and the owl & the pussycat drink... But the owl & pussycat is SPICY!
  • Los Angeles magazine
    Los Angeles magazineJanuary 19, 2012
    The Must-Have Dishes: Wood-roasted chile stuffed with chorizo and dates, young chicken, squid ink pasta with chile, mint, opal basil, and bottarga. Read more
  • Los Angeles magazine
    Los Angeles magazineJanuary 19, 2012
    The Must-Have Dishes: Wood-roasted chile stuffed with chorizo and dates, young chicken, squid ink pasta with chile, mint, opal basil, and bottarga. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 22, 2011
    Ray's Swizzle: With lime juice, pineapple syrup, muddled blackberries, and oranges. Skews more tart than sweet, which allows the subtle but smooth Don Q Cristal rum to shine through at the finish. Read more
  • Chris L.
    Chris LesinskiJuly 13, 2014
    The complementary chips at the bar are homemade. They melt in your mouth.
  • Jane F.
    Jane FriedmanApril 4, 2016
    Good for a small nosh or small plate sharing: bread, olives, cheese. And the bread is really quite excellent.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 18, 2011
    Designed by Renzo Piano and headed by chef Kris Morningstar (District, Mercantile), Ray’s and Stark Bar have Mediterranean farm-to-table dishes waiting for you. Read more
  • Wanda C.
    Wanda ChanJanuary 12, 2014
    Pasta stuffed with truffle rice and almond is delicious.
  • Winnie K.
    Winnie KhooFebruary 1, 2015
    Faves: Atlantic salmon, beef tartare, chocolate mousse. Skip: bread
  • Victor Z.
    Victor ZDecember 28, 2013
    The Smokey and the Bandit is one of the smokiest drinks I've ever had and it's amazing.
  • Adriana V.
    Adriana VelezSeptember 4, 2011
    Great service around lunchtime. They let us order from the restaurant menu from the bar tables. Ginger Rogers is marvellous.
  • Susan O.
    Susan OutlawDecember 15, 2013
    Fantastic brunch offerings with a beautiful variety of cocktails. Definitely a repeat.
  • Jamil Amir B.
    Jamil Amir BadamiAugust 20, 2013
    A cute and chill outdoor bar with such ambiance & free parking. Definitely will be returning.
  • Melinda J.
    Melinda JacksonAugust 24, 2014
    Great service. Great cocktails. Get the chips. If you are cold, they hand out blankets.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesOctober 17, 2011
    With Kris Morningstar's ambitious tinkering in the kitchen and a view of the Resnick Pavilion, the new Patina Group project at LACMA is a feast for the senses. Read more
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzMarch 9, 2015
    Great spot in the museum courtyard, cool off here with a glass of local cider
  • Mike P.
    Mike PrasadSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Pork belly app is amazing, even more so, the craft cocktails by Cherish are epic!
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXApril 4, 2011
    Sit at the bar. Ask Mr Dozois to make you something spectacular. OH, and DEMAND LOTS OF BIG ICE!
  • Lanell
    LanellDecember 17, 2012
    Love the seasonal menu and large cocktail selection!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMay 9, 2011
    "Lamb sweetbreads with artichokes? Why not — Roman spring. Pork belly? Of course, with yellow beets and arugula." - Jonathan Gold Read more
  • Mike P.
    Mike PrasadNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for a Mike's Medicine Cocktail, named after me, I promise it's just what the Doctor ordered :p
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoFebruary 11, 2015
    Grab a 329 Lager by Golden Road and relax before you enjoy some art.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KMarch 17, 2013
    The Coffee and Cigarettes smells delicious and has a refreshingly bitter bite.
  • Nikki
    NikkiDecember 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    convenient and classy bar establishment perfect for museum patrons
  • Noura S.
    Noura S.August 21, 2016
    The pizza is great!! Honestly everything is great!
  • Greta A.
    Greta AndersonMay 30, 2011
    Great wine list, innovative cocktails, delicious food ,friendly &attentive service. Read more
  • Simple F.
    Simple FoodieMarch 19, 2012
    Go here for drinks and appetizers and then check out some of the cool exhibits at LACMA.
  • Caroline
    CarolineJuly 29, 2013
    If you come after a concert in Bing, you're likely to see the performers!
  • Karri N.
    Karri NorthropNovember 25, 2012
    Rose wishes cocktail is the jam! Don't wait for a table, grab a seat in the bar area :)
  • Pedro C.
    Pedro CarrilloFebruary 22, 2012
    Pizza good. Olive plate perfect with glass of the Zin.
  • Annette O.
    Annette O DJune 26, 2011
    Get the Pork Belly, it's deeeelish! Not happy with the service though. It took an hour for our food to arrive - maybe because we didn't look wealthy at all? Haha.
  • Greta A.
    Greta AndersonAugust 27, 2011
    Yummy Cocktails-The Ginger Rogers is one of my faves- So Very Tasty!
  • Wade S.
    Wade SheelerMarch 3, 2013
    The Foursquare Mayor checked in here 6X in the last 6 days. What a life!
  • Matt H.
    Matt HarrisMarch 3, 2011
    The decor is cute and modern. The food is great.
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoFebruary 2, 2015
    The potato chips are top notch.
  • Régis C.
    Régis Chan-HaumaniAugust 7, 2014
    Excellent ! Food and Cocktails
  • MJ D.
    MJ DinoJuly 20, 2013
    Free jazz in Fridays great drinks
  • Luzma P.
    Luzma PlazaAugust 21, 2011
    Try the Ginger Collins - sooo good.
  • Annabel Lee E.
    Annabel Lee EnriquezJanuary 19, 2012
    Best place for cultured day drinking.
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HartApril 14, 2016
    Some good food and drinks I guess. Ok for working but a lil pricy 🤑
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SandsJune 15, 2011
    Service is terrible--especially if you dont look wealthy enough for their time
  • Alana
    AlanaJanuary 28, 2013
    Cheese plate and merlot. That is all.
  • Julie G.
    Julie GiorgadzeAugust 1, 2013
    They are definitely trying, but not enough. Too salty some stuff, too burnt the others. Or maybe it's just me?
  • Danielle "Norm" F.
    Select cocktails are $6 for happy hour.
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa BucklandJune 11, 2013
    Have The Bijou
  • Amanda
    AmandaMarch 4, 2012
    Beautiful cocktail menu
  • Amy S.
    Amy SNovember 18, 2011
    Get the Owl and the Pussycat...delish!
  • MO7S
    MO7SNovember 1, 2011
    Expensive but exotic drink selection.
  • Tobie C.
    Tobie CMarch 6, 2012
    Food came before the drinks. Seriously poor service. At least the service staff was apologetic. Bar menu not offered in the restaurant at all.
  • Caroline O.
    Caroline On CrackApril 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They have free wifi!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KleinNovember 29, 2011
    Get the Murder by Death. Trust.
  • Mac
    MacDecember 18, 2011
    Try the drinks!
  • Acácia L.
    Acácia LimaSeptember 29, 2012
    Imperdível! Excelente para ficar e papear, bebericar e comer.
  • Cinthia S.
    Cinthia Salado VegaApril 4, 2016
    Rico pero caro la cerveza al tiempo
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