Best New Restaurant - Finalists

If you're a new restaurant that opened in 2012 and demonstrated unsurpassed expertise in terms of food, drink and service, the Beard board put you on this list.

Empellon Cocina - New York, NY
Grace - Chicago, IL
The Ordinary - Charleston, SC
Rich Table - San Francisco, CA
State Bird Provisions - San Francisco, CA - WINNER!

Outstanding Restaurant Award - Finalists

Considering most restaurants open and close in their first two years, it's no small feat to stay open for a decade. But these places have. That they also demonstrate quality and excellence in food, atmosphere and service is just icing on the proverbial cake.

August - New Orleans, LA
Blue Hill - New York, NY - WINNER!
The Slanted Door - San Francisco, CA
Highlands Bar and Grill - Birmingham, AL
Spiaggia - Chicago, IL

Outstanding Service Award - Finalists

We all love good service, which is why these restaurants scratch more than the surface when it comes to exhibiting high standards of hospitality and service for five-plus years.

Del Posto - New York, NY - WINNER!
Quince - San Francisco, CA
The Restaurant at Meadowood - Saint Helena, CA
Vetri - Philadelphia, PA
Topolobampo - Chicago, IL

Outstanding Chef Award - Finalists

These gods of gastronomy are defined as being working chefs for at least five years -- who have helped set an industry standard, while serving as an inspiration to other food professionals. No small order.

Sean Brock, McCrady's - Charleston, SC
Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko - San Francisco, CA
David Chang, Momofuku Noodle Bar - New York, NY - WINNER!
Paul Kahan, Blackbird - Chicago, IL - WINNER!
Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza - Los Angeles, CA
Suzanne Goin, Lucques - West Hollywood, CA

Outstanding Chef Nominee, Suzanne Goin