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The 2020 James Beard Awards Nominees

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by The OpenTable team
Updated 05 May 2020

The 2020 James Beard Awards nominees are here, marking the arrival of the short list of who could win one of the food world’s most prestigious honors. See the list below for which OpenTable restaurants were nominated, and head to our blog for how to best support these restaurants and help celebrate the moment.

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4.7
4.7 (10296)
$31 to $50
Spanish
Penn Quarter

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About the restaurant
Outstanding Restaurant
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Love the food and lively atmosphere but we were crowded in beside two other tables and could not hear our companions. Service was great and food yummy!
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4.8
4.8 (6767)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lincoln Park

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About the restaurant
Best Chef, Great Lakes: Lee Wolen
Top review
JonathanCvip
Dined 2 days ago
Amazingly talented chef ! Roasted trio of chicken was brilliantly done and the braised turnip salad was amazing!!
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4.7
4.7 (3590)
$31 to $50
Japanese
West Loop

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About the restaurant
Best Chef, Great Lakes: Gene Kato
Top review
Nickvip
Dined 2 days ago
Always an amazing experience! Food is always amazing!
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4.7
4.7 (4928)
$50 and over
French
Hollywood

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About the restaurant
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Margarita Manzke
Top review
DeezeeTravels
Dined 5 days ago
Great food, great environment. Nice by the glass wine selection
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4.7
4.7 (2902)
$50 and over
Californian
Western Addition

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About the restaurant
Rising Star Chef of the Year: Gaby Maeda
Top review
AnnPvip
Dined 5 days ago
Yum and fun! Such gracious and personable servers too … and those passed dishes in the carts and trays… way cool.
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4.7
4.7 (75)
$50 and over
American
Financial District / Embarcadero

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About the restaurant
Best Chef, California: Joshua Skenes
Top review
WWCHvip
Dined 3 days ago
Lunch prix-fixe was excellent price, offering same items as on regular menu. Frog legs were tender, juicy, lightly fried yet crispy. Sea bream was perfectly grilled, perfectly cooked and moist, crispy on outside. Lovely ambience, excellent service. Only observation was salad was a bit on the acidic and salty side, but very fresh. It could use with less dressing. Oysters were exquisite, very fresh and full flavored - I believe Big Cove from Washington. Looking forward to returning for dinner, to take advantage of the warm ambience and glow from embers in the kitchen, and view of Bay Bridge.
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4.7
4.7 (3234)
$50 and over
American
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Best Chef, Texas: Kevin Fink
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We had a great experience last night! Food was amazing and the hospitality was fantastic! We celebrated our 5 year anniversary at the chef’s counter and couldn’t be happier with the overall presentation.
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4.8
4.8 (1980)
$50 and over
Southern
Central Austin

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About the restaurant
Best Chef, Texas: Michael Fojtasek
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Best meal we’ve ever had. Order the cabbage, fish and pork chop.
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4.8
4.8 (1263)
$31 to $50
Southeast Asian
Central Business District

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About the restaurant
Best Chef, South: Michael Gulotta
Top review
DocB
Dined 5 days ago
Fantastic food. Prompt service. Quiet atmosphere. Even when the place filled up, one could easily have a conversation and hear the other person, had I had anyone with me. Lol. Food was five star with prices more at a four star level. So excellent value. 
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4.7
4.7 (2306)
$31 to $50
Cajun
Mid-City / City Park

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About the restaurant
Best Chef, South: Isaac Toups
Top review
McKensieK
Dined 5 days ago
Always one of my favorite culinary experiences! The food is impeccable - you have to be willing to be adventurous, and it won't disappoint. The flavors are a Cajun chef's kiss!
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4.2
4.2 (1628)
$31 to $50
Market Cuisine
Design District

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About the restaurant
Outstanding Restaurant Design, 76 Seats and Over
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The food was very good on this visit, however the service could have been better. Also, a restaurant with these prices should have tablecloths, and the glasses of wine are very skimpy for $30 dollars a glass. They charge an 18% service charge, but do not tell you this. It’s obvious they want you to not inform you of this so you tip them again. This happened to us every time we have dined here. Out of courtesy and professionalism, the server should tell the table when they deliver the bill, the service is included.
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4.7
4.7 (1272)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Wallingford

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About the restaurant
Best Chef, Northwest & Pacific: Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi
Top review
SLCdinervip
Dined 1 day ago
We had an amazing dining experience at Joule last night. The food was fantastic, very inventive and innovative combinations. We loved the atmosphere and the service was fantastic. We’ll be back for sure.
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4.6
4.6 (4312)
$30 and under
Contemporary Asian
Downtown

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About the restaurant
Best Chef, Northwest & Pacific: Gregory Gourdet
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great atmosphere and wonderful food! Service was good and servers are very knowledgeable about drinks and menu items.
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4.8
4.8 (1577)
$31 to $50
Italian
Las Vegas

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About the restaurant
Best Chef, Southwest: James Trees
Top review
Tsjake
Dined on 5 Jan 2020
We enjoyed a late night meal at Esther's Kitchen and were so happy we chose this fantastic restaurant! My husband ordered the Old Fashioned and said it was the best he had ever drank- this is high praise coming from him as he has sampled quite a few in his lifetime! I ordered a version of the Moscow Mule and it was spicy and delicious. We started with the mcgrath beets/ ricotta gnudi/ pistachio pesto/ sorrel+basil appetizer and it was fabulous. We ended by sharing the rigatoni carbonara/ guanciale/ peas/ egg yolk/ grana padana and it too was out of this world.
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4.5
4.5 (1217)
$31 to $50
Italian
Highlands

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About the restaurant
Best Chef, Mountain: Carrie Baird
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing first experience. Delicious pasta and wine. Will definitely be going back soon! Thanks!
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4.5
4.5 (1969)
$31 to $50
American
Asheville

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About the restaurant
Rising Star Chef of the Year: Ashleigh Santi
Top review
KevinM
Dined on 18 Feb 2024
delicious unique food and charming atmosphere, definitely recommend for brunch
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4.7
4.7 (3155)
$50 and over
Italian
Wauwatosa

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About the restaurant
Outstanding Restaurateur: Paul Bartolotta
Top review
thirdwardfoodievip
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent dinner!! Each course of the meal was outstanding. Delicious flavors, presentation was very appealing, and service was attentive without being too intrusive. Overall, another wonderful experience.
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4.7
4.7 (7845)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Milwaukee

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About the restaurant
Outstanding Restaurateur: Paul Bartolotta
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
As expected, Harbor House overdelivered! The service was outstanding, and the food was impeccable.
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4.7
4.7 (5637)
$50 and over
French
Milwaukee

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About the restaurant
Outstanding Restaurateur: Paul Bartolotta
Top review
AnthonyB
Dined 2 days ago
Another perfect evening at LPB !! Food outstanding and our server made the evening.
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4.7
4.7 (2297)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Milwaukee

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About the restaurant
Outstanding Restaurateur: Paul Bartolotta
Top review
CharlesR
Dined 3 days ago
Attentive, staff, good food, and a nice ambience for celebrating anniversary
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4.5
4.5 (4924)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Brookfield

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About the restaurant
Outstanding Restaurateur: Paul Bartolotta
Top review
Icepicker
Dined 2 days ago
Service was outstanding, we were served by Nancy assisted by Star. Both were well equipped to answer our questions and helped in assisting our entree choices. Our food was served in a timely manner, prepared to our wishes, and both entrees exceeded our expactations. A memorable evening.
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4.5
4.5 (1487)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Mequon

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About the restaurant
Outstanding Restaurateur: Paul Bartolotta
Top review
LisaO
Dined 5 days ago
Food was amazing! Got the chicken dish with potato purée and brussels sprouts, and it was absolutely delicious
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4.5
4.5 (3723)
$30 and under
American
Greendale

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About the restaurant
Outstanding Restaurateur: Paul Bartolotta
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
This is the place we come to for our anniversary every year. The staff and service go above above and beyond. Our meal was amazing and the dessert provided by Joey Gerard’s was an added touch to end our dinner for my birthday and our 40th wedding anniversary. Thank you for always going above and beyond our expectations
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