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Rays & Stark Bar

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4504 (Wilshire)
323-857-6180
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Ranked #296 of 8,558 restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Wilshire
Cross street: Fairfax
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English first
Santa Monica, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Never been in Rays, the sit down restaurant attached to the Stark Bar so I wont comment on that. The stark bar is a really awesome spot. Amazing hand made cocktails. A huge cocktail menu to chose from. The food is really good here too. Really nice pizzas for sharing with a bottle of wine. Great lunch spot. One of... More

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Irvine, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

A friend visiting from New York and I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see the special exhibit, "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky." The exhibit was marvelous (too bad the free admission card my friend's bank gave him didn't apply to special exhibits). I digress. Ray's and Stark Bar is... More

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Los Angeles
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109 reviews 109 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Both the restaurant and bar are excellent for reflecting and talking about the LACMA art. We recently had lunch after the Van Gogh to Kandinsky exhibit. There is a nice wine list and an extensive cocktail menu. The lunch menus is very interesting but somewhat limited. One caveat, the chef is prone to turn up the spice heat. The Bloody... More

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Austin
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164 reviews 164 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Los Angeles County Museum of Art is an architectural surprise in its layout -- open and exciting, and on the way to the ticket booth is Ray's. Definitely stop for a glass of wine and a small plate -- really quite good, and it will set the tone for a wonderful outing.

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Didn't expect a lot when friends suggested this place after a visit to LACMA. I couldn't have been more wrong! I think this turned out to be one of the best culinary experiences I've had lately in LA. The variety of food combinations and flavors was as creative as delicious. The cocktail and wine list is superb, the bar tender... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

Lovely place to see the LACMA light installation. On my own first full night in la and was made to feel welcome by lovely bar man who took tine to chat to me would definitely recommend it.

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Bellevue, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Visiting LACMA with my family and stopped in for a late afternoon nosh and beverage. What a delightful surprise. The bites were world class. We had the cheese plate, a couple of dishes from the garden, the Charcuterie plate. The vegetables were so savory and delicious I now have to remake my go to dishes that I make for holidays... More

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Zamora de Hidalgo, Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

It's a nice place in a great location and great view. I had a good time chatting with friends, but unfortunately couldn't eat anything, because the menu is not coeliac friendly...

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Wellington, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We had a quick lunch outside, we had little time and shared a cheese board featuring 5 stunning cheeses accompanied by a superb pair of white wines. Everything was matching the wonderful surroundings until it came time for us to pay. In spite of going to the counter and offering to pay cash directly, we had to wait for a... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Visiting LACMA again... We enjoyed the bar ambiance. Drinks were nice. Scotch toddy, Great! Grapefruit Mimosa, Nice twist on the traditional mimosa. We had the Soppressata pizza. (Thin crust, goat cheese, soppressata sausage, green onions, spices). Yummy! The only hiccup was the fact that the bartender forgot to place our food order. So we were there longer than expected. He... More

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