39th Annual Gold Medallion

San Diego Chapter
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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association is celebrating it’s 39th year hosting the Gold Medallion Awards Dinner! Each year, this premier industry event brings together an audience of San Diego’s most prominent restaurateurs to celebrate culinary excellence.

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38th Annual Gold Medallion Winners

BEST AMERICAN CASUAL

Ketch Grill & Taps

Best American Modern

Mister A’s

Best American Traditional

Vintana Wine & Dine

Best Bakery / Café

Bread & Cie

Best Bistro / Wine Bar

Vin De Syrah

Best Breakfast / Brunch

Great Maple

Best Brewery Restaurant

Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Best Burgers

In-N-Out Burger

Best Californian

George’s At The Cove

Best Casino Restaurant

Barona Oaks Steakhouse | Barona Casino

Best Casino Restaurant

Hell’s Kitchen | Harrah’s Resort SoCal

Best Caterer

Urban Kitchen Catering

Best Diner

Corvette Diner

Best Fast Casual

Urban Plates

Best French Cuisine

The Smoking Goat

Best French Cuisine

Bleu Boheme Restaurant

Best Greek Cuisine

Café Athena

Best International

Melting Pot – Gaslamp

Best Italian Traditional

civico 1845

Best Mexican Casual

Lolita’s Mexican Food

Best Mexican Dinner House

Coasterra

Best Nightclub

Belly Up Tavern

Best Pacific Rim Cuisine

Bali Hai

Best Pub Tavern

The Waterfront

Best Seafood Casual

The Fish Market

Best Seafood Fine Dining

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

Best Seafood Fine Dining

Eddie V’s

Best Sports Bar

Eastbound Bar & Grill

Best Steakhouse Fine Dining

Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop

Restauranteur of the Year

Sarah Mattinson

Chef of the Year

Chef Alfie

Lifetime Achievement

Diane Powers

Title Sponsor

Rincon

Title Sponsor

Shamrock

 

NOMINEES

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BEST AMERICAN CASUAL

Board & Brew
Ketch Grill & Taps
Terra American Bistro

BEST AMERICAN MODERN

Farmer’s Table
Kettner Exchange
Mister A’s

BEST AMERICAN TRADITIONAL

Beaumont’s Neighborhood Eatery
Firehouse Restaurant & Lounge
Vintana Wine & Dine

BEST ASIAN

Kingfisher Bar and Eatery
Sushi Lounge
Taste of Thai

BEST BAKERY / CAFÉ

Bread & Cie
Dropkick Coffee
Extraordinary Desserts

BEST BBQ

Coaster Saloon/Del’s Hideout/Pioneer BBQ
Coop’s West Texas BBQ
Kansas City Barbeque

BEST BISTRO / WINE BAR

The Wine Bar by the Winery
Vin De Syrah
Wine Vault & Bistro

BEST BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

Breakfast Republic
Great Maple
Hash House a Go Go

BEST BREWERY RESTAURANT

Coronado Brewing
Gravity Heights
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

BEST BURGERS

In-N-Out Burger
The Habit Burger Grill
The Hills

BEST CALIFORNIAN

George’s At The Cove
JRDN Restaurant At Tower 23
Juniper & Ivy

BEST CASINO RESTAURANT

Barona Oaks Steakhouse | Barona Casino
Italian Cucina | Barona Casino
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza | Seven Mile Casino

BEST CATERER

Terra American Bistro & Catering
The French Gourmet
Urban Kitchen Catering

BEST DINER

Corvette Diner
Descanso Junction Restaurant
Kensington Café

BEST FAST CASUAL

Chick-fil-A
Everbowl
Urban Plates

BEST FRENCH CUISINE

Bistro du Marche by Tapenade
Bleu Boheme Restaurant
The Smoking Goat

BEST GREEK CUISINE

Café Athena
Georgia’s Greek Cuisine
Meze Greek Fusion

BEST HOTEL CASUAL

ARLO San Diego | Town & Country
Humphreys Restaurant | Humphreys Half Moon Inn
The Grill at Torrey Pines | The Lodge at Torrey Pines

BEST HOTEL FINE DINING

A.R. Valentien | The Lodge At Torrey Pines
Hell’s Kitchen | Harrah’s Resort Southern California
NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar | Grande Colonial

BEST INTERNATIONAL

Bandar Restaurant
Café Sevilla Restaurant
Wolf in the Woods

BEST ITALIAN MODERN

Cori Trattoria Pastificio
CUCINA enoteca Del Mar | CUCINA Urbana
LAVO Italian Restaurant

BEST ITALIAN TRADITIONAL

civico 1845
Solare Ristorante
The Godfather Restaurant

BEST MEXICAN CASUAL

Lolita’s Mexican Food
Puesto
Roberto’s Mexican Food

BEST MEXICAN DINNER HOUSE

Café Coyote | Coyote Cantina
Miguel’s Cocina
Casa De Bandini

BEST NIGHTCLUB

Belly Up Tavern
Fifth & Rose | Pendry San Diego
Humphreys Backstage Live

BEST PACIFIC RIM CUISINE

Bali Hai
Duke’s La Jolla
The Grass Skirt

BEST PIZZA

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
Leucadia Pizzeria
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

BEST PUB TAVERN

Barleymash / Ginger’s
Dirty Birds Bar & Grill
Waterfront Bar & Grill

BEST SEAFOOD CASUAL

Anthony’s Fish Grotto
C Level
The Fish Market

BEST SEAFOOD FINE DINING

The Brigantine
The Fishery – San Diego
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

BEST SPORTS BAR

Bub’s at the Ballpark
Draft Republic
Eastbound Bar & Grill

BEST STEAKHOUSE CASUAL

Bully’s East Prime Bistro Sports Bar
Outback Steakhouse
The Butcher Shop Steakhouse

BEST STEAKHOUSE FINE DINING

Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop
Island Prime
Morton’s the Steakhouse – San Diego

 

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