Restaurateur Raymond Taix dies

Raymond M. Taix, whose Taix French Restaurant in Echo Park is among the oldest family-owned restaurants in Los Angeles, died Sunday night. Taix, who was 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Pasadena, said his son Michael Taix.

Raymond Taix began a six-decade long career in the restaurant business at age 23. By the early 1960s, Raymond Taix was the manager of the family restaurant, which was founded by his father, Marius Taix, Jr., in 1927 on Commercial Street in downtown Los Angeles.  When that restaurant and the rest of the block it was located on was bulldozed for new development, Raymond Taix and other family members opened a new location on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park in 1962.  Michael Taix, who is now the third generation of his family to operate the restaurant, said his father never considered selling the family business.  His father’s favorite meals included short ribs and coq au vin, Michael Taix said.

The family declined to identify the cause of death. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Photo from Taix restaurant


  1. Aw man. 85 is a good life. Gonna get the special of the day and eat it in Raymond Taix’s honor tonight. Filet Mignon!

  2. My family and I used to frequent Taix when it was located on Commercial St. There were long communal tables or booths, if one preferred. Later we followed Taix to their Echo Park location. My sond are now approaching age 50 but I married when I was eight.

  3. My condolences to Mr. Taix’s family. Anyone want to hear my prediction regarding the Taix-restaurant property? At some point when real-estate values pick up and financing starts flowing again, the owners of the Taix restaurant will sell the land to a developer who will put up a very large residential apartment complex with retail on the ground floor. (Just my prediction; I could be wrong. But look at the size of that parking lot!)

  4. My condolences to the Taix family as well.

    James, I hope you’re prediction is wrong, but yeah, that is quite an enviable parking lot.

    I would miss the cocktail lounge.

  5. As a musician who has been lucky enough to play at Taix, and as someone who has spent my last few birthday’s there, I say thank you to the entire Taix family, condolences to you.. what a lovely treasure your family restaurant has been to our city.

  6. I honestly feel that a few of the above comments are totally out of context at this time.

  7. My wife and I had our rehearsal dinner at Taix 2 years ago. We were also there to watch our current president win the election. Taix is probably our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood because it has an old feel to it unlike a lot of the newer hip restaurants/bars. The food has always been delicious as well.

  8. What a shame. My daughter and future son-in-law had their rehearsal dinner there over 10 years ago. Lovely place. My condolences to the entire Taix family.

  9. Lovely Restaraunt ….. My Condolances To The Taix Family ….

  10. 85 years old is a good and fair, long run at life. Condolences to the family on the loss of your patriarch.

  11. Taix is our go-to date night, martinis at the bar. We’ll be toasting to him next time we’re there. It’s a great place.

  12. My condolences to the Taix family. My friends and I spent many Monday nights at Taix in the 90’s. I have moved away from LA and every time I return, including a long stint last year, I make Taix my go-to place for old friends to see me and get together. I love the atmosphere in the cocktail lounge, the people who work there, the food and the martinis.

  13. The Taix family has always been very supportive of our EP community. They were always there for us when we needed a little extra help with prizes when I organized the youth art shows and workshops with the Echo Park Arts Festival. My condolences go out to them and kudos to you for providing a comfortable place with good, hearty food, great staff, and a welcome smile all these years.

  14. Yesterday (1964) when I was young, Taix was my “getting to know you” meeting place with my future husband Rene.
    Ah, the memories.

  15. So sorry Mike. I’ve been dining at Taix for 50 years. One of my favorites.

  16. Very sorry to hear of this, I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Taix, but have enjoyed a long run of performances both on and off stage, especially under the booking of Mason. the food and ambience are a winning combo, a real hold-out from earlier days. My condolences to the family.

  17. I have loved Taix since sharing dining with other guests at picnic tables in their downtown location.

  18. Grimaud Taix Pierre FRABNCE

    Quelle triste nouvelle.J”ai rencontré Raymond en France about 1945/46 mais il ne paarlait pas le Françaisi Il n’en est pas de même pour Marius et Claudia retour aux sources qui sont restés plusieurs semaines au début de l’annèe 1959.Ils noius ont offert un beau cadeau de mariage célébré le 10 avril 1959 avec qui j’nous avons eu trois filles et six petis enfaznt,l’ainé part dans deux mois à l’université à Ame Desmoines dans l’iowa.Nous sommes restés très attachés aux USA car mon grand père faisait patrtie du voyage avec Urbain et quatre autres frères au début boulanger.Mon grand père est rentré en France avec un fils Auguste né à Los Angelès Ma mère est nèe en 1893 .
    j”ai vu que vous ne connaissiez pas trop la généalogie de s Taix Je vous donnerai tyos les renseignements avec une photo de la maison familiale qui est dans l’état où elle était en 1870!!!Moi je suis a la retraite depuis 1996 J’ai fait toute ma carrière comme avocat à Gap
    salut à tous et cordialemnt Pierre

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