The James Beard Foundation announced the nominees for its annual restaurant design awards program. The 2016 nominated restaurants are located in four cities: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Wellington, Ontario. The Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards recognizes projects in two categories: spaces that seat 75 people or less, and those that seat 76 or more. The winners will be announced at the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago in May.

The nominees for outstanding restaurant in the 75 seats and under category are: Bruno in New York City, designed by Demian Repucci Design; Jon & Vinny's in Los Angeles designed by Jeff Guga, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, and Helen Johannesen; and Untitled in New York City designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Cooper Robertson.

Nick Solares Bruno
Jon & Vinny's
Wonho Frank Lee Jon & Vinny's
Filip Wolak Untitled

In the category of 76 seats and over, the nominees are: Cherry Circle Room in Chicago designed by Land and Sea Dept. and Mode Carpentry; Cindy’s Rooftop Restaurant in Chicago by Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors; and Drake Devonshire Inn in Wellington, Ontario, designed by +Tongtong.

Cherry Circle Room
Andrea Bauer Cherry Circle Room
Cindy’s Rooftop Restaurant
Cindy's Rooftop Restaurant Cindy’s Rooftop Restaurant
Drake Devonshire Inn
Nikolas Koenig Drake Devonshire Inn

Last year's winners of the Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards went to Brindille in Chicago by local firm Bureau of Architecture and Design, and Workshop Kitchen + Bar in Palm Springs, Calif., designed by New York's Soma Architects. Earlier this month, the James Beard Foundation also announced that New York's Four Seasons Restaurant is the first recipient of the new Design Icon Restaurant Award.