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Awards & Reviews

February 2015- chef Owner Holly Smith is a semi finalist for Outstanding Chef in the US from James Beard Foundation.

August 2014 - Seattle Times - review - Northern Italian Doesn't Get any Better Than This.  3 1/2 star review out of 4

May 2013 - Opinionated About Dining Ranks Cafe Juanita as #4 is US for Fine Dining Italian restaurants

March 2013 - Opinionated About Dining Ranks Cafe Juanita as #69 in Top 100 restaurants in the

March 2013 - Seattle Magazine Best Restaurants issue - Cafe Juanita is Top destination for a Marquis Meal.

April 2012 - Opininated About Dining ranks Cafe Juanita in the top 10 for Italian Restaurants in the USA and Top five in the Pacific Northwest

February 2012 - Chef Holly Smith is nominated for Outstanding Chef in the US by the James Beard Foundation

January 2012 - Open Table list of Top 100 Best Restaurants in the US 2011,  includes Cafe juanita.

October 2011 - Zagat ranks Cafe Juanita as #1 in Seattle and among America's Top Restaurants in new guide.

August 29 2011 - Congratulations to Wine Director/General Manager Dawn Smith for being recognized with a nomination as Sommelier of the Year by Sunset Magazine.  Dawns fellow nominees are Bobby Stuckey from Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder Ca and Terry Threlfall of Hawksworth in Vancouver 

April 2011 - Seattle Magazine names Cafe Juanita Best Meals for your Money - Splurge!

April 2011 - Seattle Weekly Best Restaurants includes Cafe Juanita

February 2011 - James Beard long list of semifinalist announced. Cafe Juanita nominated for Outstanding Restaurant (US) and Outstanding Chef. 

Fearless Critic ranks Cafe Juanita #1 in Seattle.

Zagat 2011 ranks Cafe Juanita as Best Food in Seattle

December 2010 Fearless Critic Seattle book hits newsstands...
Cafe Juanita ranked #1 restaurant in Seattle by annoymous chefs and critics

April 2010 Iron Chef America Battle Grape
Watch Holly win against Iron Chef Cat Cora on the food network

April 2010
Veranda Magazine April Issue
read the review of Cafe Juanita and see the lovely layout!

March 2010
Cafe Juanita nominated
Best Service in US
James Beard Awards

November 2009
Northwest Palate magazine
October 2009
Seattle Metropolitan magazine
10 Very Best Restaurants of 2009

March 2009
The James Beard Foundation
Nomination for Best Service in the country

August 2008
The Seattle Post Intellegencer
4stars food, 3.5 service

June 2008
The James Beard Awards
Best Chef Northwest

April 2008
Seattle Magazine
10 Very Best Restaurants 2008

March 2008
The James Beard Foundation
Nominee Best Chef Pacific Northwest/Hawaii

April 2007
Seattle Magazine
10 Very Best Restaurants of 2007

March 2007
The James Beard Foundation
Nominee Best Chef Pacific Northwest/Hawaii

The Robb Report
The Best 57 Fine Dining Destination restaurants in USA

March 2007
425 magazine
Full review

October 2006
Gourmet Magazine
Top 50 Restaurants in America

April 2006
Wine Spectator
The New Italians
The Best Restaurants in the country serving modern Italian Cuisine

April 2006
Seattle Magazine
"The 10 Very Best Restaurants of 2006"

September 2005
PBS Special
Chefs a Field
Featured chef for 30 minute segment

April 2006 and 2005
The 15th Annual James Beard Foundation Awards - recognizing excellence in the culinary industry
Nominee- "American Express Best Chef: Northwest/Hawaii"

April 2005
Seattle Magazine
"The 10 Very Best Restaurants of 2005"
"The Food Court- Kings and Queens of Seattle's Dining Scene"

October 2004
Wine Spectator
"Seattle's Wine Country" - Where to Eat

2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003
Zagat Survey - Seattle Restaurants
"Top 40 Food- 28 out of 30 Points" "Top By Cuisine- Italian" "Top By Location- Kirkland" "Top 40 Service - 26 out of 30 Points" "40 Most Popular By Reviewers - 21 Out of 40"

September 2004
The Stranger
"Cafe Juanita - Seattle's Best, in Kirkland"

September 2004
Sante Magazine
Restaurant Feature Profile - "A Restaurant Takes Root"

November 2003
"Rising Star Chef - Seattle"

April 2003
Food & Wine Magazine
"10 Restaurant Stars. Top Italian Lists"

November 2002
Bon Appetit
"Turkey on the Town" - Feature of 9 top restaurants across the country who will prepare Thanksgiving dinner

July 2002
"Ten Cooks With Heat" - The Country's Most Interesting Up-And-Coming Young Chefs

May 2002
Esquire Magazine
"Why to Eat Bunny"

Editorial Winner: Best Eastside Restaurant

October 2001
Seattle Magazine
Restaurant Awards
Second Place: Chef To Keep An Eye On
Second Place: Most Improved
Third Place: Best Overall

Zagat Survey
"Top Italian in Seattle"

July 2001
Food & Wine Magazine
"10 Best New Wine Lists"

June 2001
Town and Country Magazine
"On the Town"

Wine Spectator
"Award of Excellence"

March 2001
Sunset Magazine
"Best Reason to Fly to Seattle for Dinner"

January 2001
Bon Appetit
"Best New Casual Restaurant"

December 2000
Esquire Magazine
"The Top 22" - The Definitive List of Best New Restaurants in America"

July 2000
Seattle Times and Seattle PI
3 ½ Stars (Out of 4)