PHOTO: Vespertine. Designed by EOM. Detail of an image by:Casey Dunn

Entering its fifteenth year, the AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards honor and celebrate the delicious design of restaurants, bars, cafes, nightclubs, and lounges.

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The program is an opportunity for both owners and designers to showcase the design of their premises that is as tantalizing and tasty as the culinary hotspots the architecture envelops.

An esteemed interdisciplinary jury reviews and selects the award finalists. Past jurors have been the late, great LA food critic Jonathan Gold, chefs & restaurateurs Nancy Silverton and Barbara Lazaroff, marketing gurus, foodies, chefs, and AIA members who have since become FAIA; including Barbara Bestor, Steven Ehrlich, Joey Shimoda, Ann Gray, Mark Rios & Frank Clementi, and many more!

Finalists are revealed for People’s Choice Voting, which has attracted national and global interest, and invited to present their work in person. This year the awards ceremony will be part of the LA Design Festival, held at ROW DTLA. There, the judges provide insightful notes for a crowd of interested attendees and then reveal the winning projects that are commemorated with a custom-engraved NotNeutral award.

Talk about tasty!

Scroll through this page for all eligibility and conditions of entry information.

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KEY DATES / 2019

Call for Entries Opens / Fri. March 1

Registrations Due / Mon. April 1 *Extended to April 8*

Submissions Due / Mon. April 29

Jury Day / Fri. May 17

People’s Choice Voting Opens / Fri. May 24

People’s Choice Voting Closes / Fri. June 14 at 12PM

Awards Ceremony / Sat. June 22


Restaurants: projects designed for full food and drink table service.

Cafés/Bars: projects designed for counter, or informal, food and drink service.

Lounges/Nightclubs: projects designed for entertainment, typically serving drinks and offering seating, music, dancing, etc.


A distinguished jury will convene to review this year’s entries and designate projects for recognition. Evaluations will be based on function, ambience and visual impact. The number of projects awarded will be at the discretion of the jury.

The jury’s top selections will be revealed as finalists for open People’s Choice Voting. The highest recipient of votes in each category will be announced and awarded at the Restaurant Design Awards Ceremony.

PHOTO: Banner: ATX Cocina by Michael Hsu. Detail of image by Casey Dunn.