Welcome to the ninth annual Eater Awards, honoring the most talented restaurant and bar industry gurus in cities across the world. Here’s how the Eater Awards work: All 24 Eater cities and the national site will grant prizes in multiple categories, including but not limited to Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Design of the Year.
In each category, there will be an editors’ choice winner (chosen by the editorial staff of each Eater site) and a readers’ choice winner (chosen by poll) — all to be announced on December 5, 2018. The readers’ choice winners get unlimited bragging rights as Eater fan favorites. The editors’ choice winners will each receive an illustrious tomato can trophy, as is the tradition around here.
And that’s not all. Over the course of the coming year, stay tuned for features highlighting what makes each of the editors’ choice winners so great.
A few notes on nominee eligibility: As with all Eater Boston coverage, the Eater Awards cover not just Boston proper but Cambridge, Somerville, and a bit beyond. Secondly, the Awards focus solely on restaurants that opened in the past year (including openings from late 2017, after nominations closed for that year’s awards, which means that late 2018 openings will be considered next year). And thirdly, nominees are not repeated among the five awards categories, so if you’re wondering why your favorite restaurant isn’t included today, keep an eye out: It may appear in one of the other categories, which will all be announced over the course of this week.
But first, Restaurant of the Year.
Eater Boston’s 2018 nominees in the Restaurant of the Year category serve everything from Peruvian ceviche and pisco to local, seasonal tasting menus, from Uruguayan-meets-Basque small plates to Japanese-influenced cuisine made with New England ingredients.
Brush up on the details on today’s nominees before voting, if you’d like:
- Celeste Is Your Friendly New Home for Ceviche and Pisco
- Get a Sneak Preview of La Bodega in Watertown
- Talulla Restaurant to Open in Former T.W. Food Space in Cambridge
- Whaling in Oklahoma Puts a New England Spin on Japanese Food
Now, without any further ado, it’s time to vote for the readers’ choice winner in the Restaurant of the Year category; come back each day this week to vote in four more categories. Polls will be open for 24 hours (beginning at 10 a.m. each day) and will be strictly policed for funny business.
Cast your vote for Restaurant of the Year now; the poll closes at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27:
Note: If you cannot see the above poll, please try again in a different browser or on a different device; there is a known issue regarding the poll not showing up on AMP and Apple News platforms.