Our Chef Leo

Before opening RiceBox, Chef Leo was born and raised in Mexicali, Mexico. At a young age, he showed a budding interest in cooking while working at his family-owned Chinese restaurant. Influenced by his grandmother, he left everything behind in Mexicali and took off to upstate, New York alone to pursue his dream in cooking.  Upon graduating at The Culinary Institute of America, his aspiration took him south to Miami, Florida, where he spent another two years refining his palate and skill set. After his culinary growth in the East coast, Leo moved to California, and continued his passion at the Patina Restaurant Group.  During his time at PRG, he worked closely with renowned Chef/Owner Joachim Bernard Splichal to further polish his culinary knowledge and ran multiple concepts for the restaurant group. 


It's what's on the inside that counts

Husband and wife duo, Leo and Lydia Lee, both share a rich culinary background spanning three generations. The diner pays a warm and enthusiastic tribute to a favorite childhood memory – Cantonese BBQ.


Our modern approaches

Committed to serving the best organic ingredients, the meat at RiceBox is ethically sourced and organic, as well as antibiotic- and hormone-free. Produce is from local farms that use sustainable practices. Sauces and seasonings are made in-house, without any MSG.



541 South Spring Street, #131

Los Angeles, CA 90013



(p) 213.988.7395

(e) riceboxla@gmail.com


ADA Compliance

RiceBox is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities can access all of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, and accommodation offered by RiceBox through its website, www.ricebox.net.  Working with an accessibility consultant, RiceBox is actively working to bring its website into compliance with the W3C WAI's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines  2.0 Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA).  Please be aware that our efforts are ongoing.  If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular we page on www.ricebox.net, please contact us at riceboxla.@gmail.com.  If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the exact web page by including the full URL address, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page accessible for you



Monday - Friday:

11:00am - 8:30pm


11:00am - 3:00pm

Sunday:        Closed

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