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2019 James Beard Award Winning Restaurants and Chefs

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by The OpenTable team
Updated May 04, 2020

At OpenTable, we’ve got the right restaurant for anything – including an award-winning meal. The James Beard Foundation announced the honorees of its annual awards on May 6th, and we’re thrilled to celebrate their accomplishments. Join us in raising a glass to – and snagging a reservation at – the 2019 James Beard Award winners.

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4.8 (6840)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Partners Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm took home the Outstanding Restaurateur award for their collection of acclaimed eateries including BOKA, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro, and more. Two of Chicago’s most respected operators and visionaries, their forward-thinking restaurants continue to stand out in the city’s stellar dining scene, thanks to their dedication to detail and distinction.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
It was on our list of “final restaurants” before we leave Chicago for Miami, and we are so happy that we re-visited Boka tonight. So sad to leave it, but so thankful for it.
A photo of Parachute restaurant
4.5 (1718)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark serve fare from the heart, or rather, hearts. The married couple has melded Korean and American cuisines together to the delight of diners and critics, one of whom called it the most exciting restaurant to open in Chicago in 2014. The menu changes daily (save for the delightful baked potato bing bread) but expect excellence in every bite from the two new Best Chef: Great Lakes winners as these two cultures mix and mingle in creative, flavorful dishes.
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Dined on Mar 22, 2024
We LOVED everything we ate at Parachute. We shared the Korean fried chicken, haemul pajeon, 30 day dry aged bulgogi, yukgaejang, and s'mores patbingsu. The vibe ws really fun and our service was great. When they open again, I'm certain they will bring the same care and expertise to another excellent experience.
A photo of Uni restaurant
4.6 (2099)
$50 and over
Contemporary Asian
Back Bay
About the restaurant
File this under “Local Boy Makes Good.” East Boston native Tony Messina completed his culinary education and training in and around Boston at some of the area’s finest restaurants, including AKA Sushi, Clio, and Menton. As his star rose and opportunity knocked, he partnered with Ken Oringer at UNI and has continued to shine in his own backyard, where he regularly earns accolades, including UNI being named the best restaurant in the city. Order the lubina (and thank us later).
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Uni never disappoints, excellent food and service! Truly one of the top Japanese restaurants in Boston.
A photo of Canlis restaurant
4.7 (2749)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Canlis has a storied and starry (four of them from The Seattle Times) history in its nearly 70 years in business. When the baton of executive chef is passed down, the decision is not taken lightly. In 2013, Brady Williams became the sixth-ever chef at Canlis, and, six years later, has been named Best Chef: Northwest. Chef Williams ensures that he remains true to the Canlis spirit in ways old and new, from crafting the signature salad to bringing Asian influences back to the menu.
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Dined on Jun 10, 2017
First, I want to say that service there is EXCELLENT! I have had the best service everyone I go there. The best patt was when my daughter was able to go into the kitchen and choose her ice cream with th e server. Nice touch! With that said, the selection of food was less to be desired... or more of a select taste. Presentation was excellent however. We will reserve a return visit for sure... when we are up for trying something out of norm.
A photo of Snackbar restaurant
4.6 (333)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
It took multiple nominations and a decade of dazzling diners at this Oxford destination beloved by foodies, but Viswesh Bhatt captured the award for Best Chef: South for his cooking at Snackbar. His menu is French bistro fare with a north Mississippi point of view (you’ll find French onion soup alongside rabbit and andouille gumbo and housemade charcuterie served with southern flourishes, like spicy BBQ sauce). The experience is definitely more than a snack.
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Dined on Apr 10, 2024
The oysters were great and our meal was exceptional--we had the grilled shrimp and the veal piccata.
A photo of Providence restaurant
4.9 (4241)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
This sustainability-first seafood temple has long been ahead of the curve when they started serving nearly 14 years ago, and, after years of tireless pursuit, chef Michael Cimarusti earned the Best Chef: West award. He grew up fishing and then developed his culinary skills alongside legendary chefs, such as Larry Forgione and Paul Bocuse, ultimately wedding his hobby and his profession at Providence. His win comes after multiple nominations and decades in pursuit of perfection. Don’t miss the iconic uni egg.
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Dined 5 days ago
Incredible Experience! Amazing food, outstanding service!!
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