The Restaurant Design Awards took a break in 2020, but is back to honor eateries, in two different ways, for offering up food and comfort during a challenging year that has demanded resilience and ingenuity.

The first: this year we celebrate the ingenuity of restaurants, cafes, and bars–large or small–and their designers, as they met the moment with the design of outdoor dining experiences. The 2021 AIALA Restaurant Design Awards goes al fresco, only, featuring two new categories, only, accompanied by a major price slash.

The categories are:

+ Built Al Fresco Restaurant & Cafés/Bar

+ Unbuilt Al Fresco Restaurant & Cafés/Bars

(Submissions in the unbuilt category include: commissions for existing restaurants to update their design in light of the time, new needs, terraces and balconies; and simply proposals that might never be built but that might inspire our community to adopt design for outboard eaters more and more.)

Two: we’ll honor the restaurants who kept serving-up food (take-out or outdoors) through the ups and downs of the last twelve months. Whether theses eateries are still open or not, you’ll find their names on this page and in a number of outgoing communications. For example,  Salsa and Beer in North Hollywood. Scroll down for the full list; to submit yours, click here.

To read the press release on the 2021 AIALA Restaurant Design Awards, click here.





RD Awards 2020 | Hiatus Year

RD Awards 2019

RD Awards 2018

KEY DATES / 2021

Call for Entries Opens / Thursday, March 18, 2021

Registrations Due / Friday, April 16, 2021

Submissions Due / Monday, June 14, 2021

Jury Day / TBD

Awards Ceremony / TBD


AIALA Members – $25
The Public – $35


This year we will be honoring winners in the following categories:

+ Built Al Fresco Restaurant & Cafés/Bars

+ Unbuilt Al Fresco Restaurant & Cafés/Bars

Scroll Down to View: Eligibility Requirements and Conditions of Entry.


2021 Call for Entries
2018 Finalist: Coffee for Sasquatch by Dan Brunn Architecture. Photo by Brandon Shigeta.
Categories, Qualified Project Location, and More
+The AIALA Restaurant Design Awards are open to owners, architects, designers; AIA Members and Non-Members alike.

+Project Categories are: Built Al Fresco Restaurant & Cafés/Bars and
Unbuilt Al Fresco Restaurant & Cafés/Bars 

+You may register & submit any number of built projects or unbuilt projects.

+Built projects must have been completed in the last four years - finished no earlier than January 1, 2017.

+ Unbuilt work originating no earlier than January 1, 2017. Projects can be in any state of construction, however if completed by time of judging (June 2021) it must be submitted to the built category.

+Projects by any 2021 AIALA RDA jury member (or that jury member's firm, regardless of location) are not eligible.

+An entry will be eligible even though the submitting architect is not the sole author, providing the submitting architect credits all other participants who substantially contributed to the design of the project.
2018 Finalist: Dekkadance & Sora by AC Martin. Photo by Eric Laignel
Conditions of Entry
+A non-refundable entry fee must be paid online at time of registration. No entry fee will be refunded for entries that are disqualified, late, or not completed.

+In order to submit, registration must be completed no later than Friday, April 16, 2021.

+Projects submitted to other awards programs are eligible.

+An additional form will be sent via Submittable after registration closes.


The AIALA is sharing restaurants that have served-up dishes, nourishing individuals and communities–whether open now, or closed due to the pandemic.

Thank you to the dishwashers, sous chefs, chefs, prep crew, delivery people, wait staff and restaurateurs.

To include your own favorite eatery, click here.

Featured Eaterie this Week:
With Love Market & Cafe (Pico Union/Adams-Normandie)

bar restaurant (Silverlake)
Blasteran (Beverly Hills)
By Brazil (Torrance)
Coopertunity (Santa Monica + Culver City)
El Cholo (Los Angeles)
Gingergrass (Silver Lake)
Sonoratown (Downtown Los Angeles)

Hinterhof (Highland Park)
Hogwash (San Francisco)
HomeState (Silver Lake, Highland Park)
Hurry Curry of Tokyo (West Los Angeles)
Il Forno (Santa Monica)
India’s Grill (Beverly Grove)
Ma’am Sir Los Angeles (Silver Lake)
Miziala (West Adams)
Night Market Sahm (Venice)
Pine and Crane (Silver Lake)
Pizza Buona (Echo Park)
Porto’s Bakery (Burbank)

Pura Vita (West Hollywood)
Salsa & Beer (North Hollywood)
Simpang Asia (Palms)
Sushi Dan (Studio City)
Sushi Sazanami (Sherman Oaks)
The Anchor (Venice)
Tomato Pie Pizza Joint (Silver Lake)
Zeki’s Bar (San Francisco)