About Tastemaker Awards

The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards are an annual celebration of talent in Austin and San Antonio's restaurant and bar community, as selected by their peers. Our mission is to shine a spotlight on the people making the city's restaurant scene special and honor their innovation, energy, and creativity.

In March and April, we'll feature all the nominees in a special editorial series. Then join us April 12 at Fair Market for a swanky tasting event and awards ceremony where we'll celebrate the nominees and unveil the winners. Come mix and mingle with the city's top culinary talent and fellow foodies.

Check out scenes from last year's party

Meet the Tastemakers

Here's your taste of the best restaurants and bars in Texas for 2018

by Arden Ward

4.23.18  |  3:10 pm

Each year, we hold a Texas-sized celebration of two of the things we love most: food and drink. The annual ...

Foodie's Best Fest

Austin's culinary all-stars and local luminaries pack Tastemaker party

by Katie Friel

4.13.18  |  2:11 pm

On April 12, Austin foodies and glamorous glitterati descended on Fair Market for CultureMap's marquee event, the Tastemaker Awards ...

Meet the Tastemakers

Austin's best restaurant and chef of 2018 crowned at Tastemaker Awards

by Brandon Watson

4.12.18  |  9:15 pm

For weeks, we have been celebrating the bars, restaurants, and people that make Austin one of the most electrifying food ...

Meet the Tastemakers

The 9 best chefs in Austin leave diners hungry for more

by Brandon Watson

4.11.18  |  5:08 pm

From the gorgeous dining rooms to the spectacular cocktail programs, there are a lot of reasons why Austin’s culinary ...

Meet the Tastemakers

The 10 best restaurants where every Austinite should dine in 2018

by Brandon Watson

4.9.18  |  4:29 pm

Truth be told, the 10 nominees for the Tastemaker Award for Restaurant of the Year need no introduction. They have ...

Meet the Tastemakers

Austin's 9 most sophisticated wine spots have us raising a glass

by Brandon Watson

4.2.18  |  4:34 pm

Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard it before. Austin is a boots and denim town that doesn’t much buy into ...

Mug life

Austin's 9 best breweries are the ultimate draft pick

by Brandon Watson

3.29.18  |  2:38 pm

There are plenty of frozen margaritas being blended at Austin restaurants and you can’t pass a patio without seeing ...

Sweet dreams

Austin's 7 best pastry chefs are the icing on the cake

by Brandon Watson

3.26.18  |  3:30 pm

Pitting Austin pastry chefs against each other can be like comparing apple pie to orange sherbet. Some take a cerebral ...

Meet the Tastemakers

16 best new restaurants in Austin battle for coveted Tastemaker title

by Brandon Watson

3.22.18  |  2:17 pm

If you want a snapshot of where Austin food is in 2018, take a look at the Best New Restaurant ...

Meet the Tastemakers

The 10 best neighborhood restaurants in Austin are good for the soul

by Katie Friel

3.20.18  |  1:45 pm

Part of what knits together the fabric of a city like Austin are the individual neighborhoods we call home. Whether ...

Raising the bar

Meet the 8 best bartenders shaking up Austin's cocktail scene

by Brandon Watson

3.16.18  |  1:01 pm

Cocktails are big business in Austin, but they wouldn’t be anything without the people behind the bar. That’s ...

Shooting stars

12 rising star chefs taking the Austin restaurant scene by storm

by Brandon Watson

3.12.18  |  5:39 pm

For those who think the buzz around Austin's dining scene is just hype, we have 12 sharp rejoinders. From ...

Roll with it

The 10 best food trailers keep Austin's dining scene trucking

by Brandon Watson

3.8.18  |  4:38 pm

When the food truck revolution hit Austin, it changed the culinary scene forever. As soon as entrepreneurs got word that ...

This one's on us

10 best cocktail spots that are raising the bar for Austin nightlife

by Brandon Watson

3.2.18  |  2:49 pm

They help mend broken hearts and set the scene for birthday celebrations. Isn’t it time to give Austin’s ...

Cheers to This

Austin's signature food event is back with bites, bubbly, bright stars

by Arden Ward

3.1.18  |  10:56 am

It's time to celebrate two of the things we love most — food and drink — at the annual CultureMap Tastemaker ...