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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 Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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