A fried egg on toast dripping into a bowl of grits at Miller Union in Atlanta, Georgia

Miller Union in Atlanta, Georgia

Eat at These James Beard Award-nominated and Winning Restaurants

The James Beard Foundation, the standard-bearer for most things culinary, selects outstanding chefs and restaurants around the country to award them for their excellence. Georgia has been proud to have many restaurants and chefs receive James Beard Awards over the years.

What does that mean? For starters, it means that you can plan your next vacation around some stellar food and drink! With winners and nominees from Atlanta to Savannah in categories like America's Classics, Best Chef, Best New Restaurant, Outstanding Bar Program, and Outstanding Wine Program, you can't go wrong.

Look below and decide which restaurants you plan to dine in, cocktails you plan to sip, and chefs you'd love to meet.

James Beard Award Winners and Nominees in Georgia

Category: Outstanding Chef

A chef who sets high culinary standards and has served as a positive example for other food professionals. Eligible candidates must have been working as a chef for three or more consecutive years.

Chef Mashama Bailey sitting and looking out the window at The Grey in Savannah, Georgia
Chef Mashama Bailey in Savannah, Georgia

Winner:
  • Mashama Bailey, The Grey, Savannah (2022)

Category: America’s Classics

Given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of its community. The establishment must have been in existence for at least 10 years.

Fried chicken, black-eyed peas and greens at The Busy Bee Cafe in Atlanta, Georgia
The Busy Bee Cafe in Atlanta, Georgia

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Category: Best Chef: Southeast

Chefs who have set new or consistent standards of excellence in their respective regions. Eligible candidates may be from any kind of dining establishment and must have been working as a chef for at least five years with the three most recent years spent in the region.

A server holding a selection of food at The Grey in Savannah, Georgia
The Grey in Savannah, Georgia

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Category: Outstanding Restaurateur

A restaurateur who uses their establishment(s) as a vehicle for building community, demonstrates creativity in entrepreneurship, integrity in restaurant operations, and is making efforts to create a sustainable work culture. Eligible candidates must have been in the restaurant business for at least five years and they must not have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past three years

Hugh Acheson at Five & Ten in Athens, Georgia
Hugh Acheson

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Category: Outstanding Pastry Chef

A pastry chef or a chef who makes desserts, pastries, or breads served as part of a meal. Candidate demonstrates exceptional skills and can be affiliated with any food business and does not need a brick-and-mortar presence. Eligible candidates must have been working as a pastry chef or chef who makes desserts for the past three years.

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Category: Outstanding Hospitality

A restaurant that demonstrates consistent and excellent hospitality and service to its dining community, while also making efforts to provide a sustainable work culture. Eligible candidates have been in operation for five or more years.

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Category: Outstanding Service

A restaurant in operation five or more years that demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service.

Exterior of Elizabeth on 37th in Savannah, Georgia
Elizabeth on 37th in Savannah, Georgia

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Category: Outstanding Wine Program

A restaurant in operation five or more years that serves as a standard-bearer for excellence in wine service through a well-presented wine list, knowledgeable staff and efforts to educate customers about wine.

People dining at Miller Union in Atlanta, Georgia
Miller Union in Atlanta, Georgia

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Category: Best New Restaurant

A restaurant opened in the calendar year before the award will be given that already displays excellence in food, beverage and service, and that is likely to make a significant impact in years to come.

Garden outside Canoe restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia
Canoe restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia

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Category: Outstanding Bar Program

A restaurant or bar that demonstrates excellence in cocktail, spirits and/or beer service.

The bar at Kimball House in Decatur, Georgia
Kimball House in Decatur, Georgia

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Published: June 2022
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