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Food for the Gods at The Ritz-Carlton

Discover tantalizing treats with one of the best views in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Local Expert

In Los Angeles, your dining choices are as varied as the stars in the sky. Choose to spend your evening with our very own celebrities — the LA Kings ice hockey team and Wolfgang Puck — by dining at the Nest at WP24.

Stunning nighttime views from the Nest on the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton
Photo courtesy of Don Riddle / The Ritz-Carlton

The Nest is a premier dining location located on the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, next to the Staples Center. Here, you can “Puck and Play” before you watch the 2014 Stanley Cup Champions take the ice. Enjoy the stunning view and a special pre-game menu, with a choice of three unique dim sum creations.

Options include the shrimp and lobster spring roll and pork belly bao bun, and main course favorites include jumbo prawns, jidori chicken stir fry and lap chung sausage fried rice.

Delightful dim sum creations for “Puck and Play”
Photo courtesy of Nest at WP24

WP24 Restaurant, which houses the Nest, is the fine dining restaurant on the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, and like the unique luxury of the hotel, Wolfgang Puck is serving a special Alaskan King Crab menu.

Delicious appetizers for starting your meal at the Nest
Photo courtesy of Lisa Ellen Niver

Do you like to see your dinner first? Your evening begins with a tableside presentation of the live crustacean in the traditional Asian fashion, which is also to guarantee the freshness of preparation as your five-course menu gets underway. One king crab will generally feed four to six guests.

After four seafood courses, your fifth course includes the Red Cooked Pineapple Cheesecake with lemongrass, passion fruit and coconut.

As Chef De Cuisine John Lechlediner says, “We wanted to offer guests the ultimate king crab dining experience, rich with bold flavors and spices that bring out the best in this delicacy.”

Most king crabs are caught off the coasts of Alaska and Russia in some of the most dangerous conditions in the world. King crabs can have legs up to three feet long and weigh up to three pounds.

WP24 Restaurant showcases Wolfgang Puck’s award-winning modern Chinese cuisine. Klaus Puck, Wolfgang’s brother, is the operations partner at Bar&Grill and WP24 Restaurant of this location. More than 400 labels of wine complement the intricacies of the food and the fresh herbs from the garden.

Basil grown in the garden comes to your plate freshly picked from one floor up!
Photo courtesy of Nest at WP24

Senior Bartender Alonso Jones has been creating new specialties for your libations, which include herbs from The Ritz-Carlton garden. His signature “OMG” includes orange, mint and ginger; it can be served with or without gin.

Step into the Nest at WP24, with its stunning panoramic views of the city, and discover the other new cocktails specifically fashioned by the local team from the garden.

Locals know that the Nest at WP24 and WP24 Restaurant are perfect for a small gathering of friends or a larger event. Enjoy the luxury of this location, and make it to your seats in time to cheer on the championship Kings!

Enjoy the Nest at WP24 during daytime
Photo courtesy of Nest at WP24



Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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