For the sixth year, AIA Los Angeles's Restaurant Design Awards will be announced at Dwell on Design. Jurors that include chef Mark Peel, architect Dean Larkin, and writer and publicist Haily Zaki have selected finalists in three categories: restaurant, cafe/bar, and lounge/nightclub. Now it's up to you, dedicated readers and eaters, to vote for your favorites in the People's Choice Awards. Voting closes Monday, June 20 at 12:00 p.m. so don't delay, vote today! The winners will be presented Friday, June 24 as part of the AIA|LA Design Conference at Dwell on Design. You can attend the Restaurant Design Awards ceremony either by purchasing a Dwell Conference Plus ticket or, if you are verified Design Trade, you can purchase the free Design Trade Friday Plus ticket. Register at dwellondesign.com and check out this slideshow of the nominees!
EDAMAME SUSHI + GRILL
Restaurant designed by Bass Studio Architects
This vibrant oasis in Columbus, Ohio features sushi and grilled seafood in a sleek, narrow box that combines traditional Asian design cues with a contemporary aesthetic.
Restaurant designed by R. Dean Bingham, AIA & Tivi Design
One of the few Gothic Revivial buildings in Portland, Maine, this 1857 church was painstakingly transformed using natural and era-appropriate materials for a dramatic, inspired dining experience.
Restaurant designed by MASS Architecture and Design
A Culver City, California dining destination by restauranteur Sang Yoon combines eclectic Southeast Asian flavors with modern details like teak wood and stainless steel.
Restaurant designed by Bestor Architecture
The newest location of this Los Angeles-based mini-chain serves artisanal pizzas in a stripped-down environment filled with unfinished woods and exposed ductwork. The space was also nominated for a 2011 James Beard Award.
TWENTY FIVE LUSK
Restaurant designed by CCS Architecture
This restaurant in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco transformed a former meatpacking and smokehouse facility while leaving hints of the warm brick and aged wood beams.
CITY CENTER'S ARIA POOL DECK
Cafe/bar designed by Graft
One of several hotel pools in the megadevelopment CityCenter in Las Vegas features drought-tolerant landscaping, sculptural shading elements, and 52 cabanas.
Cafe/bar designed by Rothschild Shwartz Architects & Mister Important Design
The freewheeling bohemian aesthetic that shrouds this San Francisco wine bar draws from a variety of design eras, from mid-century modern to 70's glam.
EARL'S GOURMET GRUB
Cafe/bar designed by FreelandBuck
This sandwich shop in West Los Angeles uses architectural computation and digital patterns to create the unique textures and shapes running throughout the space. Courtesy of ?? 2010 Lawrence Anderson. All Rights Reserved.
Cafe/bar designed by Poon Design Inc.
Fresh, clean lines and rustic details echo throughout this Marina del Rey, California deli that's an homage to the legendary Northern California county prized for its local produce.
SPRINKLES CUPCAKES NEW YORK
Cafe/bar designed by a l m project inc
The first New York outpost of the legendary Los Angeles bakery uses bright colors and round stools to play upon the iconic dot that tops each Sprinkles Cupcake.
THE SPARE ROOM
Lounge/nightclub designed by FER Studio, LLP & Studio Collective
Located in the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, this lounge evokes an ornate game room in a Robber Baron mansion, complete with two functioning bowling lanes.