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Entering the Restaurant Awards

2021: Special Procedures for a Challenging Year
This past year, the coronavirus pandemic has brought personal and financial challenges to the restaurant industry. As a gesture of support to this important community, Wine Spectator is reducing the entry fee for our 2021 Restaurant Awards program to $200, from the regular fee of $475.

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.

The application window will open Jan. 5, 2021 


Please click here to begin your 2021 Restaurant Award application.

If you have further questions or concerns, please email Cassia Schifter, Director of Restaurant Awards, at restaurantawards@mshanken.com.


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 2020 or are applying for the first time


General Information

Where to Find Award Winners