At a ceremony at Hugo’s by JBF Award winner Hugo Ortega in Houston, we announced the 2019 James Beard Award nominees in our Restaurant and Chef, Media, and Restaurant Design categories. See the full list below, and a map of all the nominees above!

The 2019 James Beard Awards Gala will take place on Monday, May 6, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The 2019 Leadership Awards will be held on Sunday, May 5 in Chicago, and the 2019 Media Awards will take place on Friday, April 26, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Tickets are now on-sale at

2019 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards
Winners will be announced on May 6, 2019.

Other Eating and Drinking Places
Firm: AvroKO
Project: China Live, San Francisco

Firm: Schwartz and Architecture (S^A)
Project: El PĂ­pila, San Francisco

Firm: Summer Ops
Project: Island Oyster, NYC
James Beard Foundation (03.27.19)