Shortlist Nominations

Big Plates Shortlist

Arrival of the Year

For new restaurants opened Sept 1, 2017 - Sept 30, 2018.

Atmosphere of the Year

Considering restaurant service, acoustics and overall ambience.

Collaboration of the Year

Rewarding restaurants for their work with suppliers.

Enduring Classic

Exceptional restaurants open for at least 50 years.

Ethical Thinking

Rewarding environmental and social responsibility.

Event of the Year

Recognising restaurant residencies and pop-ups.

Forward Drinking

Focusing on fresh ideas in liquid refreshment.

House Special

Restaurants defined by one particular dish.

No Reservations Required

For places where it's possible to turn up without a booking.

Off-Map Destination

Remote restaurants where the journey to get there is a story.

Original Thinking

Highlighting envelope-pushing creativity and artistic expression.

Restaurant of the Year

Chosen from the inspected winners of the other 2019 'Big Plates'.

Small Plates Shortlist

Instagram Account of the Year

Picked from the restaurant world's social media platform of choice.

Long-Form Journalism

Because the world still needs in-depth restaurant writing.

Red-Wine Serving Restaurant

For those who shun current fashion by still championing the red grape.

Tattoo-Free Chef

For toque stars whose bodies aren't canvases.

Trolley of the Year

For those that believe tableside service should always be in fashion.

Tweezer-Free Kitchen

Searching for a more hands-on style of plating.