Outstanding Community Service
This award recognizes outstanding community service. Please vote for whom you think is deserving of this award, and share why.
Please note these two categories are reserved for the local restaurant industry to vote on
Chef of the Year
This award recognizes an outstanding culinarian who stands out. This chef stands out amongst a crowd of excellent chefs, he or she not only possess stellar culinary skills, but also someone who gives back to the industry through time, training and/or inspiration.
Pastry Chef of the Year
This award recognizes excellence to a chef that specializes in the production of pastry work. They demonstrate style and innovation in what they produce. He or She is someone with not only stellar culinary skills; they stand out amongst a crowd of excellent pastry chefs.
Best Entree in Orange County
This award recognizes cravability and food excellence. This entree is consistently delicious and your favorite dish at an Orange County restaurant.
Best Cocktail in Orange County
Where do you have the BEST COCKTAIL in Orange County? --
Name the cocktail and the restaurant.
Best Beer Program
The Best Beer Program Award is designed to recognize restaurants whose beer lists offer interesting selections and appeal to a variety of beer enthusiasts. A restaurant with an excellent beer program will have staff that can suggest beers that will work in harmony with the cuisine.
Best Lunch Spot in Orange County
This award recognizes the art of an excellent lunch. This eatery offers excellent options with fresh and delicious results a restaurant that you suggest friends try at lunch time.
Rising Star Chef of the Year
This award recognizes an “up and coming” chef who has demonstrated outstanding talent, innovation and leadership.
Restaurateur of the Year
This award recognizes a hard working restaurateur that continually sets high standards and demonstrates originality, quality, and service. He or she is very successful in the eyes of his or her fellow operators, employees, and customers. This talented individual has contributed a positive image of the local hospitality Industry.
Best Bar Program
An excellent bar program should be just as thoughtfully created as the dining menu. Many restaurants in Orange County have outstanding bar programs that offer knowledgeable food pairings, cocktail suggestions, and friendly service and well-rounded menus to suit all palettes.
Best Brunch in Orange County
Brunch, that beautiful late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch. There's nothing better than a great brunch to kick off, or end the weekend. What restaurant in Orange County offers the best brunch.
Best Service Award
Service can make the difference between a terrific meal and a terrible experience. Truly stellar service will make a restaurant unforgettable and have you clamoring to come back. What Orange County restaurant offers exceptional service?
VOTE HERE: The 2019 Voting Dates are August 11 - 17
Best New Restaurant
A new restaurant must have been opened no longer than 12 months from the voting month, meaning it would have opened between August 2018 and August 2019. This restaurant has shown that it has made a great impact on the restaurant scene and offers excellent service and cuisine.
Best Dessert in Orange County
This award recognizes the favorite dessert choice in Orange County.
Name the dessert and the restaurant.
Bartender of the Year
This award recognizes excellence with the counties best bartenders, one who showcases his or her craft through the art of cocktail creation. This person has excellent knowledge and skills with: the classics, creativity, innovation, and hospitality.
Best Wine Program
The Best Wine Program Award is designed to recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections and appeal to a variety of wine enthusiasts. A restaurant with an excellent wine program will have staff that can suggest wines that will work in harmony with the cuisine.