February 2019 - Cafe Juanita is semi-finalist for Outstanding restaurant in the US, and Pastry Chef Junko Mine is semi-finalist for Outstanding pastry chef US from James Beard foundation
February 2019 - Cafe Juanita is again included in Opinionated About Dining (OAD) list of Top 100 restaurants in North America
September 2018 - Cafe Juanita is recognized by AAA as a Four Diamond property.
June 2018 - Cafe Juanita is among top 100 North American restaurants ( 85; Canada, US, Mexico), Opinionated About Dining (OAD)
February 2018 - Chef Holly Smith is a semifinalist for the James Beard Foudation's outstanding Chef in the US
March 2017 - Cafe Juanita is a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Restaurant in the US
March 2016 - Pastry Chef Junko Mine was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Pastry Chef in the U.S.
March 2016 - Cafe Juanita was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Service in the U.S.
January 2016 - Cafe Juanita recognized by Open Table diners as one of the 100 Top Tables in the U.S. based on guest reviews of all Open Table restaurants in the U.S. for 2015.
December 2015 - Pastry chef Junko Mine named Star Chefs Rising Star Pastry Chef
February 2015 - Chef Holly Smith named semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef in the U.S.
August 2014 - Seattle Times awards 3.5 stars (out of 4) in its review "Northern Italian Doesn't Get any Better Than This"
May 2013 - Opinionated About Dining Ranks Cafe Juanita as #4 is U.S. for Fine Dining Italian restaurants
March 2013 - Opinionated About Dining Ranks Cafe Juanita as #69 in Top 100 restaurants in the U.S.
March 2013 - Seattle Magazine Best Restaurants issue - Cafe Juanita named Top Destination for a Marquee 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 U.S. by the James Beard Foundation
January 2012 - Cafe Juanita included on Open Table's list of Top 100 Best Restaurants in the U.S. 2011
October 2011 - Zagat ranks Cafe Juanita as #1 in Seattle and among America's Top Restaurants in new guide.
August 2011 - Wine Director/General Manager Dawn Smith was nominated as Sommelier of the Year by Sunset Magazine.
April 2011 - Seattle Magazine names Cafe Juanita Best Meals for your Money - Splurge!
April 2011 - Seattle Weekly's Best Restaurants includes Cafe Juanita
February 2011 - Cafe Juanita is semifinalist for James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Restaurant and Outstanding Chef.
December 2010 - Fearless Critic Seattle ranks Cafe Juanita #1 restaurant in Seattle
April 2010 - Chef Holly Smith triumphs over Chef Cat Cora on "Iron Chef America: Battle Grape" on the Food Network
April 2010 - Excellent review in Veranda Magazine
March 2010 - Cafe Juanita nominated for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Service Award
November 2009 - Northwest Palate magazine
October 2009 - Seattle Metropolitan Magazine: 10 Very Best Restaurants of 2009
March 2009 - Nominated for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Service Award
August 2008 The Seattle Post-Intelligencer awards 4 stars
June 2008 - Chef Holly Smith wins the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef Northwest Award
April 2008 - Seattle Magazine 10 Very Best Restaurants 2008
March 2008 - Chef Holly Smith nominated for the James Beard Foundation's 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
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 - James Beard Foundation Awards, Nominee "American Express Best Chef: Northwest/Hawaii"
April 2005 - Seattle Magazine: "The 10 Very Best Restaurants of 2005" and "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 - StarChefs.com, "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 - Forbes.com: "Ten Cooks With Heat" - The Country's Most Interesting Up-And-Coming Young Chefs
May 2002 - Esquire Magazine: "Why to Eat Bunny"
2002 - CitySearch.com 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
2001/2002 - 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"
2008-2000 - 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 P-I: 3 ½ Stars (Out of 4)F