20 James Beard Award-Winning Restaurants

The 2016 winners from the "Oscars of the food world"
May 3, 2016
by Zagat Staff

The annual "Oscars of the food world," aka the James Beard Foundation Awards gala went down at Lyric Opera House in Chicago this week, hosted by The Chew star Carla Hall. Below, check out 20 restaurants around the country that won big at the 2016 ceremony.

Mexican · Flatiron · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

"Creative, brilliant" contemporary Mexican cuisine from chef Enrique Olvera comes in "chic" , "modern" quarters at this "über-trendy" Flatiron "scene" ; you’ll "spend a bundle" – assuming you score a "hard-to-come-by" reservation – and the "quintessentially ‘buzzy’ room" gets "loud" , but most hardly notice after an "original, delicious" cocktail or two.
Rose's Luxury
American · Capitol Hill · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

A "happy dining experience" awaits at this Capitol Hill New American that wins accolades for an "over-the-top delicious" menu that’s small plates–centric and "not afraid of bold flavors and some heat" ; from its "hip, farmhouse style" to the "sweet" servers that steer the table in "all the right directions" , it’s no wonder that most find it "worth" the wait.