Summer Rooftop Dining at the Ritz-Carlton
Outdoor rooftop dining has long been a refreshing indulgence in Europe and other parts of the world, but until recently, it hasn't seemed to be as popular in America. Some of our fondest memories include dining al fresco on the roof of a hotel next to the Roman Forum or in Paris -- time-honored traditions that have now begun to make it to the U.S., particularly in the sunny climes of California. This summer, Angelenos can head to the Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles for a spectacular dining experience at WP24, Wolfgang Puck's signature restaurant in downtown. Enjoy a signature summer menu of cocktails and light bites from Wolfgang Puck while listening to live jazz music featuring a breathtaking panoramic view of Downtown L.A. Reservations required, call (213) 743-8824. Located on the 26th floor terrace of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, the popular WP24 Rooftop Patio returns for a second summer of delicious seasonal cuisine against a backdrop of panoramic views. Open to both hotel and outside guests with a reservation, the WP24 Rooftop Patio debuts on June 3 and continues every Friday and Saturday through September 5, 2015. The rooftop menu from WP24 Chef de Cuisine John Lechleidner includes a rotating selection of fresh-to-order, summer inspired plates such as Confit Pork Belly Sliders with cipollini onions, arugula and apricot mustard; Thai Spiced Grilled White Corn on the Cob with Thai basil, red chili and cilantro; Housemade Bratwurst with toasted bread, sage mustard and brown butter aioli; and Maine Lobster Roll on a toasted brioche bun with lemon chive aioli and Old Bay chips. Pastry Chef Megan Potthoff brings a touch of summer nostalgia to rooftop desserts, including Peaches & Cream with peach compote, vanilla bean ice cream and almond crumble; Caramilk Crunch Bar with puffed rice, caramel nougatine and milk chocolate; and a selection of old- fashioned Ice Cream Pops in flavors such as toasted coconut and dark chocolate. Typically reserved exclusively for registered hotel guests, the 26th floor rooftop terrace is only open to outside visitors during the summer patio dining series. The deck overlooks the downtown Los Angeles skyline and features views of the iconic landmarks such as the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory. The WP24 Rooftop Patio is open on Friday and Saturday, from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m., and features a rotating selection of live entertainment. Reservations must be made through the WP24 restaurant hostess at 213.743.8824.