Museum Restaurants Worth Their Own Trip

By Celia Shatzman - 2014-01-27T14:11:33Z

Photograph by Patina Restaurant Group

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Ray's and Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

There's enough art on display at Ray's and Stark Bar—textiles by Bernard Kester, video art by Brody Condon—that you don't even have to hit up the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Designed by modernist architect Renzo Piano, the restaurant and bar is named after the late movie producer and former LACMA Trustee Ray Stark. The three floor-to-ceiling glass walls allow guests to admire the museum's scenic surroundings while chowing down on the Mediterranean farm-to-table fare conceived by Executive Chef Kris Morningstar. The wood-burning oven and wood grill, along with the on-site herb, vegetable and fruit garden, are used to cook up plates like Ricotta Gnudi with basil pesto and Grana Padano and a Chile Relleno with venison chorizo, goat cheese, and cherry tomatoes. They also boast an extensive water menu, curated by the in-house water sommelier—you can sample twenty waters from ten countries from the tasting menu.

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