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June 3, 2011

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!

<b><a href="http://www.edamamesushiandgrill.com/" target="_blank">EDAMAME SUSHI + GRILL</a></b>
Restaurant designed by <a href="http://www.bassstudioarchitects.com/" target="_blank">Bass Studio Architects</a>
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This vibrant oasis in Columbus,
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.
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<b><a href="http://www.restaurantgrace.com/" target="_blank">GRACE RESTAURANT</a></b>
Restaurant designed by <a href="http://www.deanbingham.com/" target="_blank">R. Dean Bingham, AIA</a> & <a href="http://www.tividesign.com/index2.php" target="_blank">Ti
GRACE RESTAURANT 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.
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<b><a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/gyenari-culver-city" target="_blank">GYENARI RESTAURANT</a></b>
Restaurant designed by <a href="http://www.chunstudio.com/" target="_blank">Chun Studio, Inc.</a> & <a href="http://robertweimerdesign.com/" target="_blank
GYENARI RESTAURANT Restaurant designed by Chun Studio, Inc. & Robert Weimer Design This upscale twist on the Korean barbecue restaurants that populate L.A. featured an industrial, warehouse-inspired look. Sadly, the restaurant closed earlier this year.
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<b><a href="http://www.lukshon.com/" target="_blank">LUKSHON</a></b>
Restaurant designed by <a href="http://www.anahentondesign.com/" target="_blank">MASS Architecture and Design</a>
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A Culver City, California dining destination by restaurant
LUKSHON 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.
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<b><a href="http://www.pitfirepizza.com/locations/" target="_blank">PITFIRE PIZZA</a></b>
Restaurant designed by <a href="http://www.bestorarchitecture.com/" target="_blank">Bestor Architecture</a>
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The newest location of this Los Angeles-bas
PITFIRE PIZZA 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.
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<b><a href="http://www.thewrightrestaurant.com/home/default.asp" target="_blank">THE WRIGHT AT THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM</a></b>
Restaurant designed by <a href="http://www.akarch.com/" target="_blank">Andre Kikoski Architect</a>
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Nestled into a c
THE WRIGHT AT THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM Restaurant designed by Andre Kikoski Architect Nestled into a curve of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, this upscale cultural dining experience echoes architect Frank Lloyd Wright's original design intentions.
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<b><a href="http://www.25lusk.com/" target="_blank">TWENTY FIVE LUSK</a></b>
Restaurant designed by <a href="http://www.ccs-architecture.com/v3/" target="_blank">CCS Architecture</a>
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This restaurant in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco
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.
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<b><a href="http://www.arialasvegas.com/amenities/pool.aspx" target="_blank">CITY CENTER'S ARIA POOL DECK</a></b>
Cafe/bar designed by <a href="http://www.graftlab.com/" target="_blank">Graft</a><br /><br />


One of several hotel pools in the megadevelop
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.
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<b><a href="http://www.gitanerestaurant.com/" target="blank">GITANE</a></b>
Cafe/bar designed by Rothschild Shwartz Architects & <a href="http://www.misterimportant.com/" target="_blank">Mister Important Design</a><br /><br />


The freewheeling bohemian
GITANE 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.
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<b><a href="http://earlsgourmetgrub.com/" target="_blank">EARL'S GOURMET GRUB</a></b>
Cafe/bar designed by <a href="http://www.freelandbuck.com/" target="_blank">FreelandBuck</a>
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This sandwich shop in West Los Angeles uses architectural comp
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.
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<b><a href="http://mendocinofarms.com/" target="_blank">MENDOCINO FARMS</a></b>
Cafe/bar designed by <a href="http://www.poondesign.com/" target="_blank">Poon Design Inc.</a>
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Fresh, clean lines and rustic details echo throughout this Marina
MENDOCINO FARMS 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.
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<b><a href="http://www.sprinkles.com/" target="_blank">SPRINKLES CUPCAKES NEW YORK</a></b>
Cafe/bar designed by <a href="http://www.almproject.com/instantdays.html" target="_blank">a l m project inc</a><br /><br />


The first New York outpost of the lege
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.
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<b><a href="http://www.icenhauers.com/" target="_blank">ICENHAUER'S</a></b>
Lounge/nightclub designed by <a href="http://www.hsuoffice.com/" target="_blank">Michael Hsu Office of Architecture</a><br /><br />


This Austin, Texas lounge takes up residence
ICENHAUER'S Lounge/nightclub designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture This Austin, Texas lounge takes up residence in an 1895 "wing and gable" house that was salvaged and renovated to incorporate a porch and entryway.
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<b><a href="http://www.spareroomhollywood.com/" target="_blank">THE SPARE ROOM</a>
Lounge/nightclub designed by <a href="http://www.ferstudio.com/" target="_blank">FER Studio, LLP</a> & <a href="http://www.studio-collective.com/" target="_blank">Studio Co
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.
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<b><a href="http://www.edamamesushiandgrill.com/" target="_blank">EDAMAME SUSHI + GRILL</a></b>
Restaurant designed by <a href="http://www.bassstudioarchitects.com/" target="_blank">Bass Studio Architects</a>
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This vibrant oasis in Columbus,
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.

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