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2019 James Beard Award Winning Restaurants and Chefs

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by The OpenTable team
Updated 04 May 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
4.8 (6760)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lincoln Park

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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.
Top review
Adrivip
Dined 2 days ago
I had the pleasure of dining at Boka (1 Michelin Star) in Chicago, IL and I must say it was an unforgettable experience. From the moment I stepped inside, I knew I was in for something special. If you’re a fan of American upscale cuisine (or simply a lover of good food), Boka is a must-visit. The menu boasts upscale American dishes prepared with care and authenticity. I savored every bite of my meal—the flavors were rich, hearty, and utterly satisfying. Whether you’re craving short rib, delish beef tartare, or chicken liver mousse and scallop, Boka's delivers. The staff went above and beyond to ensure a delightful dining experience. Attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable, they made me feel right at home. My server (the bartender) provided excellent recommendations, and my glass was never empty. Kudos to the entire team for their warm hospitality.   Boka strikes the perfect balance between cozy and lively. The old/modern American-inspired decor— perfect cozy light, exact volume of the music, gold Decoratives, and wood, unique designs—creates an inviting atmosphere.   I was seated in the corner having a great view, which allowed me to enjoy my meal without any noise disruptions. The attention to detail in the decorations, especially in that area, impressed me.   In summary, Boka’s is a gem. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want a memorable meal, this restaurant delivers on all fronts. I wholeheartedly recommend it to fellow food enthusiasts.
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4.5
4.5 (1709)
$31 to $50
Korean
Avondale

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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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RobG
Dined 7 days ago
The kimchi pajeon and whole grilled mackerel were outstanding. The server recommended a makgeolli that I probably would not have tried and it was perfect. Parachute is welcoming and completely unpretentious.
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4.6
4.6 (2061)
$50 and over
Contemporary Asian
Back Bay

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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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Webb
Dined 6 days ago
Service was great. Everyone was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the food. Would definitely go again
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4.8
4.8 (323)
$31 to $50
Southern
Oxford

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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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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I have been eating here since it opened. I can remember one not so good experience. Last night was wonderful as usual and my steak was perfect. The Butter Chicken was delicious and that Banana Foster was over the top. Another great evening at Snackbar. Oh, the oysters!
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4.9
4.9 (4219)
$50 and over
Seafood
Hollywood

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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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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We had a great experience here celebrating my uncle’s 70th birthday last night. Food was amazing very tasty, delicious and beautifully made. I’ve been to many fine dining in the past but this One is my favorite. The experience throughout the course was exquisite. The staff was incredible too and we had the best service. I would like to thank all the staff for accommodating my request from making my uncle a personalized birthday menu and seated us the best room in the house which we had to witness behind the scenes how they beautifully crafted each food they served to us it’s truly a work of art. We enjoyed dining here with my husband and my uncle it was one of the best experiences yet.
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