Best Design
Glamorous, minimalist, rustic, vibrant, casual, warm, balanced, simple. A truly distinct restaurant ambiance creates a lasting impression on traveling foodies. The International Restaurant and Hotel Awards wants to see the creative construction and design that makes your eatery stand out. Submitted images and marketing material should reflect the overall unifying design concept and detail main interior and exterior features.

Best Views
Magnificent mountain or ocean view? Panoramic of the city skyline, lively town center, or a breathtaking sunset? Show IRHA what your restaurant overlooks and the Jury will select the best views of the year.

Best CAFÉ
Does your cafe overlook a bustling park, piazza or square? Show IRHA where the locals gather in your city for a coffee break or long relaxing stay, to meet with friends, read a book, study, surf the web or relax in comfortable furnishings. Include if your cafe is a center for the community, hosting special events, live musical acts, poetry readings or other festivities. Why should foodies and travelers place your cafe at the top of their travel itineraries?

Most Organic/Sustainable

Guests can experience natural and refreshing dishes at truly organic eateries. If your restaurant rejects produce exposed to pesticides, radiation and sewage, or your ingredients come from local organic farmers, your establishment qualifies for consideration for the Most Organic/Sustainable Award. Show IRHA how your restaurant refreshes the mind and body of guests with nutritious and health-conscious alternatives.

Best Restaurant Bar
The IRHA Best Restaurant Bar title is awarded to restaurants that feature a destination for locals and travelers alike to socialize over cocktails or a post-dinner drink. Show IRHA the exciting atmosphere and design at your establishment. Include a link to bar menus and detail happy hour specials, live acts, entertainment and the crowd that frequents your restaurant.

Best New Restaurant of the Year
Buzz generates before the debut, energy surrounds the restaurant name before the signage is up, the Best New Restaurants of the Year were ready for success before burners were installed. These packed restaurants and coveted tables are famous for impeccable service, extraordinary food, and a sensationally long wait for a reservation. IRHA wants to know how your new, high demand addition to the culinary world makes everyone’s must-taste list. Restaurants open for business as of November 2007 qualify for the 2009 Best New Restaurant of the Year.

International Restaurant of the Year
All restaurants submitted to the International Restaurant of the Year category are considered to receive the coveted Grand Award title and IRHA statue. All first place submissions from each restaurant category are also considered for the International Restaurant of the Year Awards.

IRHA Grand Award restaurants receive the coveted title of International Restaurant of the Year, an IRHA statue, certificate of achievement and maximum exposure to the hospitality industry and public for one year on the IRHA website, in promotional marketing and through IRHA media partners and sponsors.

 

HOTEL CATEGORIES ARE SEPARATED UNDER THREE MAIN RATE BRACKETS
(Rates based on average price of dinner, drink & gratuity for one)


VALUE RESTAURANTS  ($34 or less)

Best Design
Best Views
Best Café
Most Organic/Sustainable
Best Hotel Restaurant
Best Restaurant Bar
Best New Restaurant of the Year
International Value Restaurant of the Year



MODERATE RESTAURANTS  ($35-$69)

Best Design
Best Views
Best Café
Most Organic/Sustainable
Best Hotel Restaurant
Best Restaurant Bar
Best New Restaurant of the Year
International Value Restaurant of the Year


LUXURY RESTAURANTS    ($70 or more)

Best Design
Best Views
Best Café
Most Organic/Sustainable
Best Hotel Restaurant
Best Restaurant Bar
Best New Restaurant of the Year
International Value Restaurant of the Year

*You may submit your business in as many categories as you wish but IRHA judges will not switch your submission into a different category for you. You can only select ONE RATE BRACKET to submit under (Value, Moderate or Luxury).

**All 2008 restaurants were listed in the online Traveler's Directory and were considered for citywide, countrywide amd worldwide recognition.

 

(Please Note: The 2009 IRHAS awards presentation date and location have yet to be determined. Establishments that submit in 2009 will be judged and recipients will receive certificates of achievement and exposure online. Grand Award Recipients will receive statues and the coveted titles of International Restaurant of the Year and International Hotel of the Year. IRHA will hold an awards presentation to announce the recipients of the 2009 awards season. The awards presentation date and location will be announced online. Video footage from the 2009 awards presentation will be available online. *At this time a gala will not be held.)
(*Subject to change)



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