Restaurant Design Awards 2021


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 new and fresh indoor and al fresco dining solutions. The categories are: + Built Restaurants & Cafés/Bars + Unbuilt Restaurants & Cafés/Bars  + Built Al Fresco Restaurants & Cafés/Bars + Unbuilt Al Fresco Restaurants & Cafés/Bars.

We’ve just announced the 2021 AIALA Restaurant Awards Finalists. You can discover them here, along with a link to the RDA People’s Choice Awards.

The 2021 AIALA Restaurant Design Awards is presented in partnership with the Latino Restaurant Association.

*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.

KEY DATES / 2021

Call for Entries Opens / Thursday, March 18, 2021

NEW DATE **Registration Closes / Friday, May 14, 2021**

Submissions Due / Monday, June 14, 2021

Jury Day / July 8, 2021

People’s Choice Awards/ Voting opens Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Closes at Noon, Friday, July 30, 2021.

Awards Ceremony / TBD


Entry Fee:

AIALA Members – $25

The Public – $35

2021 RDA Eligibility and Conditions of Entry found HERE.

2021 RDA Winners Announced
View the recipients of the 2021 Restaurant Design Awards, as bestowed by the jury, and one recipient of the People's Choice Awards.
What the Jury Said
The press release announcing the 2021 AIALA RDA winners includes jury notes from: Sarah Kuta – Writer and Editor; Michael Hsu, FAIA, IIDA – Founder and Principal, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture; and Timothy Hollingsworth – Restauranteur & Chef
CLOSES 12N | 07.30.21
2021 RDA People's Choice Is Open for Voting

2021 JURY
Sarah Kuta
Writer and Editor
Michael Hsu, FAIA, IIDA
Founder and Principal, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Timothy Hollingsworth
Restauranteur & Chef


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)


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