Best Museum Restaurants in the U.S.

Across the country, ambitious empire builders have turned boring museum cafeterias into destination restaurants. From a New Orleans soda ...
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Ray’s and Stark Bar, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Designed by Renzo Piano, this restaurant is a contemporary work of art unto itself. Floor-to-ceiling windows make it look like a jewel box; inside, glass displays of teacups spanning 1850 to 1950 zigzag throughout the space. Outside, artist Chris Burden's "Urban Light" installation of 202 decommissioned L.A.-area street lamps makes for a striking backdrop. In August 2013 the restaurant and bar sparked headlines by launching a water menu. But there's nothing gimmicky about chef Kris Morningstar's bold food. The wood-fired ovens turn out rustic pizzas with luxe toppings like bone marrow, and pastas including the staff favorite squid ink bucatini, layered with cooling mint, fiery Calabrian chiles and soy sauce for extra umami.

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