James Beard Foundation Restaurant Design Awards

James Beard Foundation Restaurant Design Awards

Entries for the 2018 JBF Restaurant Design Awards are now being accepted. The submission deadline has been extended to February 8, 2018. The 2018 Restaurant Design Awards will be bestowed at the James Beard Awards ceremony at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 7, 2018.



Established in 1994, the JBF Design Awards recognize beautiful, functional design that seamlessly melds the setting and theme of a restaurant environment.

The Restaurant Design Awards consist of two categories: Outstanding Restaurant Design: 75 Seats and Under; and Outstanding Restaurant Design: 76 Seats and Over. For the 2018 Awards, any restaurant or design project that was completed or redone in North America after January 2015 is eligible. Architects, interior designers, and graphic designers may submit their projects for consideration. There is a $100 entry fee for JBF members, $150 for non-members. See our winner archive.


2018 Restaurant Design Awards Jurors

  • Annie Block, Deputy Editor, Interior Design
  • Jeff Guga, Guga Architecture
  • Dorothy Kalins, Director, Dorothy Kalins Ink
  • Mark Ladner
  • Michael Maharam


2018 Restaurant Design Awards Committee

The Restaurant Design Awards Committee is made up of architects, interior designers, writers and graphic designers. The committee both chooses the jurors who will judge the winners and oversees the process.

  • James Biber, Chair, Biber Architects
  • Craig Dykers, Founding Partner and Executive Director, SnØhetta
  • Kristina O’Neal, Principal, AvroKO
  • Chee Pearlman, Chee Company Inc. 

James Beard Foundation Restaurant Design Awards