About Us


We are entirely dedicated to providing our guests with the very finest quality cuisine, exceptional service and genuine hospitality at our extraordinary landmark locations and award-winning restaurants. 

Our award-winning culinary innovation, hospitality and personalized services are the foundation of what make us a leader in the premium segment of the restaurant industry. Our connection to culture and the arts is also a fundamental component of our company.

Patina Restaurant Group was built on the belief that culinary excellence is an art form, and that a superb visit to a cultural venue should be matched with equally inspired cuisine. Museums, cultural centers and art-filled landmark locations provide the ideal environments for experiencing our high level of quality and service—after all, a visit to view a Marc Chagall art display is commemorative in its own right, but an exceptional culinary dish completes the package perfectly.

Patina Restaurant Group’s founders, celebrated restaurateur Nick Valenti and leading chef Joachim Splichal, shared a common vision of a premium, world-class restaurant and food service company. Now showcasing approximately 60 locations in restaurants and performing arts centers across the country,
Patina Restaurant Group offers elegant fine dining and personalized service for special events, weddings, catered affairs and corporate gatherings of any size. The amalgamation of these two culinary innovators has presented the world with an unsurpassed level of service and unrivaled culinary talent.

History


  • 1948
    Restaurant Associates Established
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    Restaurant Associates began serving premium food services to museums, performing arts centers, aquariums, corporate dining, educational facilities and off-premise catering events in New York City, Boston, Hartford, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Toronto in 1948. Growing out of a 1950s coffee shop chain, Restaurant Associates is acclaimed for developing the concept of theme restaurants in the 1950s and 60s. The company would soon prove its success by the mid-century, operating restaurants around the world. With its ambitious drive in the hospitality and fine dining sector, Restaurant Associates brought forth a new commitment to upscale corporate dining, subsequently becoming the nation’s premier hospitality company.
  • 1989
    The Restaurant That Started an Empire
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    What began as an exciting store opening for Chef Joachim Splichal has now become an instrumental culinary mark for Los Angeles, helping shape and grow how LA diners eat today. Since relocating to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003, Patina Restaurant showcases an attractive space and is noted for prix fixe menus. More than 25 years later, Patina remains a top-rated, Michelin-starred restaurant with exceptional service, food and ambiance.
  • 1992
    World-Class Catering Launched
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    The commitment to bring Splichal’s impeccable food and quality service to remarkable occasions began in 1992 and has made Patina the premier caterer on the West Coast. With a loyal and longstanding clientele, annual events include the Television Academy’s Emmy® Awards, Creative Awards and Governor’s Ball, the Academy Awards, Los Angeles Philharmonic gala, the City of Hope Spirit of Life Dinner, Heal the Bay Benefit dinner, as well as numerous entertainment and fashion events. Patina Catering holds the esteemed honor to be the exclusive caterer for some of the finest performing arts and cultural centers in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and New York City.
  • 1993
    Nick Valenti Named President and CEO of Restaurant Associates
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    Nick Valenti served as a long time Restaurant Associates executive before transitioning to his role as CEO. Navigating the company during a struggling New York economy, Valenti rose to prominence by striking a deal with Compass Group USA, the $2.3 billion division of Compass Group, the world’s largest contract caterer. Ultimately, the company began a lucrative and evolving business streak when it opened three restaurants in Rockefeller Center and steakhouses in Madison Square Garden.
  • 1999
    East Meets West
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    Patina Group, having a strong presence on the West Coast, merges with Restaurant Associates, a leader of culinary institutions on the East Coast. Coming together as one, Restaurant Associates/Patina introduced the world to a whole new echelon of personalized service and unrivaled
    culinary artistry.
  • 2007
    Partnership with Disney® Epcot Italy Pavilion
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    Now known as Patina Restaurant Group, the Company partnered with Walt Disney World, leading to the opening of Via Napoli, Tutto Italia, and Tutto Gusto. Epcot Italy’s first fine-dining spin on authentic Italian pizza from Naples, Via Napoli was voted Critic’s Choice for “Best Theme Park Restaurant” by Orlando Sentinel.
  • 2009
    The Reprise of La Fonda del Sol
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    Reopening 47 years after its inception, La Fonda del Sol offers modern Spanish cuisine with a focus on tapas. The original restaurant opened in 1960 on the ground floor of the Time & Life Building by Joseph Baum, serving Pan-Latino favorites. Now located in the MetLife Building, La Fonda del Sol continues to maintain its upscale, modern backdrop that is perfect for a mid-century
    Mad Men atmosphere.
  • 2010
    4 stars for Patina
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    Patina Restaurant in Los Angeles is given a rare 4 stars by The Los Angeles Times. The 4 stars, meaning outstanding on every level, were awarded based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. “The chef certainly has a talent for creating beautiful compositions, marshalling ingredients into geometric precision. Every note he hits rings true” says LA Times’ Restaurant Critic, S. Irene Virbila.
  • 2014
    Welcome, Delaware North
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    One of the world’s leading hospitality groups, Delaware North, acquires a majority share in Patina Restaurant Group. Delaware North’s already impressive list of high-profile cultural and entertainment venues continues to grow. Existing venues for their global hospitality and food-services include Busch Stadium, Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa, Kennedy Space Center, and Niagara Falls.

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Executive Profiles


Joachim Splichal

Chef and Founder

Matt King

President, Delaware North, Patina Restaurant Group

Nick Valenti

Chief Executive Officer