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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.


The 2022 application season for both new and renewing restaurants will be from January 4 to March 15, 2022, with early bird entry fee pricing available until February 15, 2022.

If your restaurant did not receive an award in 2021 and would you like to receive email reminders about the application, please fill out this form.

Renewal applicants are already signed up to receive notifications, but if your contact information or personnel have changed please fill out this form.

For more information email us at restaurantawards@mshanken.com.

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


Renewals: Restaurants that earned a Wine Spectator award in 2021

To renew your 2021 Restaurant Award for 2022 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

Where to Find Award Winners