Restaurant Associates: A Culture of Care

Innovators in culinary, hospitality, and well-being for over 75 years. 

At RA, food is inspiration. Since the 1950's, we've delivered culinary excellence and unparalleled hospitality to some of the most recognizable institutions and brands in the world. Our reputation is built on our ability to continuously evolve and innovate. Our work goes beyond the excellence of our food and hospitality. It extends to industry-best wellness and sustainability practices and a commitment to integrating human-centered technology throughout our company.

In all that we do, people matter. We value our guests, our communities, and most importantly, our own.

History & Heritage

RA has a rich history of restaurant and hospitality heritage with culinary luminaries such as James Beard, Julia Child and Joe Baum, the iconic restaurateur and innovator who created the country's first themed restaurants and defined our DNA. At the heart of RA is:

  • A commitment to fresh, seasonal and responsible sourcing.
  • Honest, scratch cooking with wellness at the foundation.
  • Simple, unfussy styling and presentation.
  • A diverse and hospitable team of chefs and managers with the talent and expertise to customize an experience unique to each client. All with decades of experience from our dedicated support team.


Headquartered in New York City, and with a heritage steeped in quality and innovative dining, Restaurant Associates operates a premier portfolio of corporate accounts, prestigious law firms, educational facilities and landmark cultural centers.

We pride ourselves in serving over 160 clients in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Hartford, Knoxville, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and areas surrounding these key cities.

View a list of our restaurants and cafes open to the public.

To learn more about our event catering, visit CxRA's website.


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