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Entering the Restaurant Awards

If you've got a good wine list, you deserve the credibility and publicity that comes with a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award. The links below tell you everything you need to know about our Restaurant Awards program, including how to enter, how to renew and the criteria for each award level.

Attention all 2020 Restaurant Award Winners

If you have not renewed your award for 2021 prior to the August 31, 2021 issue due to reasons related to COVID-19, we are offering you a second opportunity to renew your award. Online applications for renewals are being accepted now until November 2nd , 2021 at the discounted fee of $200. All late renewals will be reinstated to our online listings and Restaurant Awards app upon renewal. Click here to begin your renewal application.

The 2022 application season for both new and renewing restaurants will open January 4th, 2022.

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If you have any other questions or concerns about the 2021 Restaurant Award application, please email Cassia Schifter, Director of Restaurant Awards, at

Renewals: Restaurants that earned a Wine Spectator award in 2020

To renew your 2020 Restaurant Award for 2021 you are required to complete the online portion of the application for which you will need the following:

  • A form of payment for the entry fee (check or credit card)
  • Three images of the restaurant (optional)
  • Headshot of the restaurant's wine director or sommelier (optional)

Once you have finished the online portion, you will be sent an updated information form. Please ensure the details on that form are correct, sign the form and then either mail or email back to us along with your signed Headshot Release Form (where applicable).

New Entries: Restaurants that did not earn a Wine Spectator award in 2021 or are applying for the first time

General Information

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