NOMINATIONS: Nominations are open to the public, as well as eateries that wish to put themselves forward.  The public and eateries can be nominated in one or more of the award categories. Vote now.

SHORTLIST: Based on the number of nominations received per venue, at the close of the deadline we will take the top five venues in each category per region to go forward for judging. These will constitute the awards shortlist.

JUDGING: Venues from the shortlist will be assigned to the judging panel. Each venue must provide a voucher for the judges to be redeemed by the Judges. The venue will then be visited and scored. Judges will be provided with the judging criteria for each award category applicable to the restaurants they have been assigned. Judges will then meet once judging is complete, and individual judges will present their results, which will then be discussed and approved as a panel, at which stage the final winner and highly commended will be selected.

Judges will score on set criteria and scores will be awarded accordingly, which will obviously vary, based on the category being judged, but include:

  • Style and variety of menu
  • Mood/welcome/front of house
  • Speed and quality of service
  • Family friendliness
  • Quality of presentation of dishes
  • Quality of food
  • Innovation/imagination
  • Seasonality/use of local produce
  • Value for money
  • Overall comments



There are hundreds of Indian eateries in Ireland.

They are undeniably popular but until now there have been no dedicated awards to recognise their culinary talents and contribution to the Irish food scene.