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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 is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have nearly 2 million views. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. 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 times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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