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No doubt about it: 2020 has been a challenging year for restaurants.
But amid the shutdowns and the strictly regulated reopenings have come inspiring stories, as an entire industry came together to support its members and the communities they serve.
Through the economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, wine has continued to be a source of pleasure for diners and of profit for restaurants.
The Wine Spectator team is pleased to recognize the achievements of nearly 3,800 restaurants, hailing from all 50 states and 80 countries and territories, that have demonstrated the passion and devoted the resources to create outstanding wine programs.
The awards are given across three Wine Spectator categories: Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award.
“I'm so honored that we have won!” responded wine director Gabrielle Sonnier of Gabrielle Restaurant, an Award of Excellence winner in New Orleans. The restaurant had previously received an award before it was forced to close in 2005 due to damage sustained during Hurricane Katrina, reopening only in 2017. “We are a small, neighborhood, family-
Fiaker, one of two new award winners for 2020 in Hungary, has a 260-
This year marks the addition of a new country to the Restaurant Awards program—Hungary, which has two first-
In 2020, 2,289 restaurants earned the Award of Excellence, which recognizes thoughtfully chosen wine lists that offer quality and diversity, as well as compatibility with the restaurant’s style and menu. These lists can range in size from just under 100 to several hundred selections.
Just a year after opening his wine bar with a weekly three-
The Award of Excellence “is a great reward for the work that’s gone into the wine list,” said Saint Urban chef-
Another 1,387 restaurants achieved our Best of Award of Excellence, for more expansive lists that show a greater commitment to wine.
These restaurants’ teams invest time in extensive staff training, carefully designed presentations, innovative menu pairings and showpiece wine cellars.
The Grand Award is Wine Spectator’s most prestigious honor, given to the world’s elite wine programs. This award is a reflection of steadfast dedication and unwavering passion to both building and growing an exceptional wine program year after year.
These lists generally have 1,000 selections or more, present diners with a depth of vintages from some of the most well-
Beyond their exceptional wine lists, Grand Award winners offer the ultimate dining experience, with extraordinary cuisine and flawless service, whether formal or casual in style. Candidates for the Grand Award are required to undergo a rigorous inspection by one of Wine Spectator’s judges.
Unfortunately, this year, travel restrictions and mandatory restaurant shutdowns made inspections impossible. As a result, there are no new Grand Award winners in the class of 2020.
Read updated profiles of all 100 current Grand Award winners:
Since 1981, Wine Spectator has been honoring restaurants with extraordinary wine programs. The top honor is the Grand Award, granted to those that show extraordinary commitment to wine service. In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, our Restaurant Awards team was unable to conduct in-
Acquerello • San Francisco • 2012
Addison • San Diego • 2009
Run by chef William Bradley, Addison is located in the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, a dream destination for fans of golf and wine. The dining room overlooks the resort’s 18-
Ai Fiori • New York • 2018
The Midtown hustle seems far away at this Fifth Avenue wine haven. The restaurant transports diners to a world of Mediterranean elegance, where top wines are worth the splurge and the cuisine strikes an ideal balance between light and luxurious.
Alfredo Di Roma Mexico • Mexico City • 2019
Alfredo Di Roma Mexico offers an opportunity to discover the great wines of many New World regions, but the wine list is also strong in France, Spain and Italy. Pair your choices with an extensive menu of Italian specialties.
The American Hotel • Sag Harbor, N.Y. • 1981
In 1972, Ted Conklin transformed a neglected building in the Hamptons into a charming hotel-
The Angus Barn • Raleigh, N.C. • 1989
The Angus Barn’s vibe is both rural and refined. Behind the red barn doors, guests find a mouthwatering selection of steak-
Antica Bottega del Vino • Verona, Italy • 2004
Antica Bottega del Vino is a lively, hallowed wine hub now owned by local Amarone producers. The 19th-
Atrio • Cáceres, Spain • 2003
Atrio is Spanish for “atrium,” a core component of Mediterranean architecture in which all paths converge. The name is a nod to the buildings of Cáceres (a UNESCO World Heritage site), as well as the Old World-
Aureole Las Vegas • Las Vegas • 2000
Wine is quite literally the centerpiece of Aureole Las Vegas, a Charlie Palmer restaurant in the Mandalay Bay resort. Guests enter via stairs that wrap around a 42-
Aux Beaux Arts • Macau, China • 2015
Aux Beaux Arts is an oasis for refined French wine and dining, tucked in a tranquil, indoor courtyard of the MGM Macau resort. Alongside traditional regions, the extensive wine list also offers exciting bottlings from Japan and Peru.
Barolo Grill • Denver • 2018
Barolo Grill lives up to its name with a menu of Piedmont specialties and a wine program steeped in that region’s premier labels. A page of the wine list is dedicated to the team’s favorite finds on their annual trip to Italy.
Bern's Steak House • Tampa, Fla. • 1981
What began as a strip-
Billy Crews Dining Room • Santa Teresa, N.M. • 1986
A New Mexico mainstay since 1956, this neighborhood restaurant offers steaks custom cut to order and a wine list filled with exciting values, including in the program’s strongest regions of California and Bordeaux.
Blackberry Farm • Walland, Tenn. • 2006
Blackberry Farm brings the luxury resort experience to the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. Guests experience sophisticated American dining amidst the region’s rugged natural beauty, with ingredients sourced from the on-
Bleu Provence • Naples, Fla. • 2015
This neighborhood gem relies on the wine passions of husband-
Blue Hill at Stone Barns • Pocantico Hills, N.Y. • 2016
Blue Hill lives and breathes the farm-
Canlis • Seattle • 1997
Brothers Mark and Brian Canlis are the third-
Capo • Santa Monica, Calif. • 2015
Capo is the brainchild of Bruce Marder, the California restaurateur credited with developing Venice and Santa Monica into dining destinations in the 1970s. The wine list is filled with eye-
Casa Don Alfonso • Macau, China • 2010
The Grand Lisboa Hotel’s upscale Italian concept shares a cellar with the other Grand Award winner on the property, Robuchon Au Dôme. Together they have a whopping inventory of 500,000 bottles that represent a range of international regions in depth, with Bordeaux and Burgundy a focus.
Clos Maggiore • London • 2014
Local wine wholesaler Paul Corrett first opened Clos Maggiore in a single townhouse space. Six years later, he bought the entire building and transformed it into a charming inn with a bolstered wine program. The British-
Commander’s Palace • New Orleans • 2012
The late restaurateur Ella Brennan helped build Commander’s Palace into a New Orleans icon. Decades later it remains an elegant temple of Creole cuisine. It’s an ideal spot for celebrations, with a signature jazz brunch and a host of large-
Crabtree's Kittle House Inn • Chappaqua, N.Y. • 1994
Crabtree’s Kittle House Inn was built in 1790, and the family-
Daniel • New York • 2002
Chef Daniel Boulud is a globally renowned culinary authority, and when you dine at his flagship restaurant, it’s easy to see why. The perfectly executed French cuisine is a harmonious match for the wine program, which shows particular depth in France’s Rhône and Burgundy regions.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse • New York • 2017
Del Frisco’s is a shining example of a large restaurant group building a carefully curated world-
Del Posto • New York • 2008
Del Posto executes Italian fare at the highest level, serving refined takes on familiar favorites in a stately dining room with Manhattan flair. The wine list reflects the caliber of the cuisine, with incredible breadth and depth in Piedmont and Tuscany.
Delmonico Steakhouse • Las Vegas • 2004
Emeril Lagasse was one of the first celebrity chefs to stake a claim in Las Vegas. At his elegant restaurant inside the Venetian resort, the chef’s signature Creole style spices up the traditional steak house menu. The eclectic wine list ranges from California classics to up-
Element 47 • Aspen, Colo. • 1997
The Little Nell is a ski resort known for its prime mountain setting, but the main attraction for wine lovers is the on-
Eleven Madison Park • New York • 2011
Chef Daniel Humm strives for perfection, and so does wine director Cedric Nicaise. The program offers some of the world’s best Burgundies to pair with chef Humm’s seasonal tasting menus, where each dish is crafted with an unparalleled level of creativity and complexity.
Emeril’s New Orleans • New Orleans • 1999
Superstar chef Emeril Lagasse gives wine top priority throughout his extensive restaurant empire. At his flagship New Orleans restaurant, the Creole cuisine is comforting yet refined and the wine list is packed with robust collections from top regions around the world.
Enoteca Pinchiorri • Florence, Italy • 1984
A devastating firebombing in 1992 forced Enoteca Pinchiorri to undergo a major refurbishment, but the restaurant returned stronger than ever. Today, it remains the only Grand Award winner in Florence and features a comprehensive cellar stocked with French and Italian gems.
Epicure • Paris • 2016
Inside Le Bristol, a hotel that resembles a Parisian palace, Epicure offers the epitome of haute cuisine. Its wine program is exclusively French and includes nearly 200 grand cru red Burgundies. The 3,000-
Fiola • Washington, D.C. • 2019
Fabio Trabocchi is a leading force in Washington, D.C.’s Italian restaurant scene. A short stroll from the National Mall, his flagship venue brings superior Italian labels and authentic regional cuisine to the heart of the capital city.
Flagstaff House Restaurant • Boulder, Colo. • 1983
Fine French wines dominate the list at this family-
The French Laundry • Yountville, Calif. • 2007
The crown jewel of chef Thomas Keller’s many wine-
Geranium • Copenhagen, Denmark • 2016
Geranium’s themed tasting menus showcase Scandinavian cuisine through inventive dishes centered on foraged, wild and organic ingredients. The wine program offers a similar element of surprise with a mix of traditional, Old World styles and new-
Graycliff Restaurant • Nassau, Bahamas • 1988
Discover fine Bahamian cuisine, paired with a spectacular international wine list, in the country’s capital city. The cellar houses benchmark bottles and prized rarities.
The Greenhouse • London • 2005
Griggeler Stuba • Lech am Arlberg, Austria • 2019
Since its inception in 1997, Griggeler Stuba has been a champion of local wine. The 18-
The Grill • New York • 2019
Grill 23 & Bar • Boston • 2017
Grill 23 & Bar is a classic Boston steak house that goes above and beyond for its wine-
HMF at the Breakers • Palm Beach, Fla. • 1981
One of the three original Grand Award winners that still hold the title today, HMF is the central dining concept at the Breakers. The resort exudes old-
Il Poeta Contadino • Alberobello, Italy • 1997
Il Poeta Contadino offers a lengthy selection of Italian benchmarks and big-
The Inn at Little Washington • Washington, Va. • 1995
About 70 miles from Washington, D.C., the Inn has long been a destination for serious wines and great food, thanks to chef and owner Patrick O’Connell. But rather than rest on their laurels, the team is constantly seeking cutting-
The flagship restaurant of legendary French chef Jean-
JM • Sylt-
Top European wines await behind the charming red-
Joël Robuchon Restaurant • Las Vegas • 2009
The legacy of the late French chef Joël Robuchon lives on in the 22 restaurants worldwide that bear his name. Robuchon’s MGM Grand outpost oozes opulence, with a lavish townhouse-
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon • Hong Kong • 2010
Robuchon’s signature Asian-
La Ciau del Tornavento • Cuneo, Italy • 2013
Overlooking Barbaresco vineyards in the Piedmont hills, this restaurant is a passion project of its owners, who seek to elevate the region’s cuisine to the caliber of its wines. The food is comforting and complex and the wine list is a treasure chest of Piedmont labels.
La Pergola • Rome • 2004
Soak up sweeping views of the Eternal City from this rooftop restaurant, where the wine program is divided into an international list and an exclusively Italian one. The cellar contains rare vintages as well as carefully selected lesser-
La Toque • Napa, Calif. • 2014
California Cabernet Sauvignon shines at chef Ken Frank’s La Toque, where the program also features picks from nearly every corner of the wine-
Le Coureur des Bois • Beloeil, Québec • 2018
Wine is an essential element at Hôtel Rive Gauche, whose restaurant’s collection continues to grow as a leader in Québec’s wine scene. Delve deep into Burgundy, discover bottlings from regions like Lebanon and Hungary or sample from an assortment of Canadian labels.
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Inside the historic Hotel de Paris, chef Alain Ducasse’s Monte Carlo concept features a temperature-
Le Taillevent • Paris • 1984
Les Amis • Singapore • 1996
Les Climats • Paris • 2017
Burgundy fans, take note. Les Climats’ wine list focuses exclusively on the region, with the addition of some picks from nearby Beaujolais. The result is a stunning collection of labels that illuminate the diverse expressions of these coveted wines.
Madera • Menlo Park, Calif. • 2018
In the sprawling Rosewood Sand Hill resort, Madera proves that Silicon Valley is a major destination not only for technology and innovation, but for wine and food as well. The menu of globally influenced California cuisine matches a wine list offering some of the state’s top labels.
Marcello's La Sirena • West Palm Beach, Fla. • 2015
In 1996, Marcello Fiorentino set out to expand the wine program at his parents’ Italian restaurant, growing the list from just 24 selections to more than 1,500. Today, Fiorentino co-
Mastro's Steakhouse at the Post Oak Hotel • Houston • 2019
This location of Landry’s, Inc.’s popular steak house is home to the largest wine list of any Wine Spectator award winner in the group’s portfolio. It’s located in the new Post Oak Hotel, which features opulent accents such as a chandelier inspired by a piece in the Dubai Opera House, displayed in a three-
Metropolitan Grill • Seattle • 2018
While you’ll find plenty of big-
The Modern • New York • 2016
The Modern boasts the most impressive wine program in Danny Meyer’s restaurant empire. The thoughtful wine list is a harmonious match for the kitchen’s six-
Murray Circle Restaurant • Sausalito, Calif. • 2016
In the picturesque Cavallo Point Lodge, Murray Circle Restaurant draws guests for its striking views of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and keeps them coming back for its local fare and bounty of California wines.
Nice Matin • New York • 2014
Nice Matin delivers a high-
Opus Restaurant on Prince Arthur • Toronto • 2002
Supported by the largest cellar inventory of any Wine Spectator award winner in Canada, the wine list at Opus on Prince Arthur presents Old World trophy labels while also spotlighting Canadian producers.
Palais Coburg • Vienna, Austria • 2007
Explore one of Austria’s best wine collections in the intimate, elegant dining room at Palais Coburg, a hotel inside a renovated 19th-
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Dallas • Dallas • 2011
Brothers Harris and Chris Pappas started Pappas Bros. as a steak house, but it’s grown into a major force in Texas wine culture with three Grand Award–winning locations. Large-
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Downtown Houston • Houston • 2019
The newest addition to the Pappas Bros. family continues the tradition of superior steaks and over-
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Houston • Houston • 2010
Opened in 1995, this is the original location of the family-
Patina • Los Angeles • 1994
Situated in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Patina is the ultimate place for luxury dining in downtown L.A. California and France stand out among the global wine offerings, and features like caviar service and an international “water list” lend yet more extravagance to a meal here.
Per Se • New York • 2013
Per Se brings the top-
Picasso • Las Vegas • 2003
Eight works from the namesake master hang on the walls at Picasso. The wine list is well-
The Pluckemin Inn • Bedminster, N.J. • 2011
Set in a restored 18th-
The Plumed Horse • Saratoga, Calif. • 2015
Though the wine program excels in a number of regions, from California to Italy to Germany, Champagne is a must at the Plumed Horse. There are nearly 150 options to choose from, some of which are available by the glass from a Champagne cart that’s wheeled through the dining room.
PM & Vänner • Växjö, Sweden • 2017
Venture off the beaten path through winding woodland roads to PM & Vänner, a boutique hotel-
Post Hotel Dining Room • Lake Louise, Alberta • 2002
In a family-
Restaurant 301 at the Hotel Carter • Eureka, Calif. • 1998
The Carter family created this boutique hotel from the ground up, then built the restaurant’s wine list into a Grand Award winner. There’s much to discover among the diverse selection, which is strongest in California, Bordeaux and Burgundy.
The Restaurant at Meadowood • St. Helena, Calif. • 2016
Chef Christopher Kostow’s tasting menu is the focal point of this Napa Valley destination, housed inside a luxury resort. Through both food and wine, there’s a palpable connection between the restaurant and the rural beauty of the surrounding region.
Restaurant Gary Danko • San Francisco • 2001
Chef Gary Danko’s modern perspective to comfort food is in the spotlight at his dynamic San Francisco restaurant. The ever-
Restaurant Guy Savoy • Las Vegas • 2008
Chef Guy Savoy brings authentic French dining to Caesars Palace with his only venue outside France. The wine list honors Savoy’s hometown of Burgundy with 22 pages of the region’s best labels, many in large formats or half-
Restaurant Latour • Hamburg, N.J. • 2006
Just over an hour’s drive from New York City, in the scenic Crystal Springs Resort, Restaurant Latour is named after the owner’s favorite Bordeaux estate. Naturally, the highlight of the wine list is a 26-
Restaurant Mosaic • Pretoria, South Africa • 2018
East meets West at Restaurant Mosaic. Located on a game reserve, the exotic luxury hotel resembles an Indian palace, while the dining room features French art nouveau décor. The creative cuisine is well-
Restaurante Rekondo • San Sebastián, Spain • 2011
In a tranquil seaside town known for its gastronomy, Restaurante Rekondo offers a collection of Spanish wines that’s hard to beat; nearly every Denominación de Origen is represented, with examples of traditional and modern styles and great vintage depth.
Ristorante Cracco • Milan, Italy • 2019
Ristorante Cracco features a fast-
Robuchon au Dôme • Macau, China • 2005
The massive shared cellar of the Grand Lisboa Hotel enhances the legendary cuisine of the late Joël Robuchon. A glass dome on the top floor encloses the dining room, where the à la carte menu is filled with luxurious offerings including foie gras and lobster.
Saison • San Francisco • 2014
Dining at Saison is an intimate experience; only 18 guests at a time can enjoy chef Joshua Skenes’ distinct American tasting menu and memorable pairings from the thoughtfully selected wine list.
Sierra Mar • Big Sur, Calif. • 2012
Sierra Mar’s wine program spans a broad spectrum of styles and regions, offered as an “extended list” and an abbreviated and continuously evolving “market list.” The dining room is perched on a cliff that juts out over the Pacific Ocean, treating guests to dramatic views.
Sistina • New York • 2018
Set in a beautiful townhouse near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sistina feels right at home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Owner Giuseppe Bruno has created one of the city’s top restaurants, with a vibrant list of more than 2,400 labels and a menu of timeless Italian dishes.
Spago Beverly Hills • Beverly Hills, Calif. • 2010
Chef Wolfgang Puck has built numerous excellent wine lists across many culinary ventures, but his supreme wine program can be found at Spago Beverly Hills. The restaurant seriously upped its wine game in the mid-
Spruce • San Francisco • 2015
Spruce relies on personal relationships with farmers and winemakers to procure the finest ingredients and bottlings for guests. With most produce sourced from a nearby farm, the American menu provides exciting seasonal pairing opportunities with the international wine list.
The Stonehouse • Santa Barbara, Calif. • 2014
When devastating mudslides hit Santa Barbara in January 2018, San Ysidro Ranch suffered serious damage—and so did the treasured wine cellar of its restaurant. The reopened Stonehouse managed to rebuild a Grand Award–winning cellar that, while still a work in progress, reflects an unwavering commitment to wine.
Studio • Laguna Beach, Calif. • 2014
Laguna Beach may have a laid-
Topper's at the Wauwinet • Nantucket, Mass. • 1996
The Wauwinet is a homey Victorian inn that first opened in 1875. Its Grand Award–winning restaurant has turned Nantucket into a wine destination with a list deep in mature vintages from prominent producers.
Tour d'Argent • Paris • 1986
Tour d’Argent is a French monument, for its history, its ambience and its wine list, the largest of any Wine Spectator award winner in Europe. More than a century in the making, the wine program delivers on both quality and quantity. All the botttles are French, except for a strong section of Ports.
Tribeca Grill • New York • 2002
This lower Manhattan hot spot is backed by acclaimed restaurateur Drew Nieporent, co-
'21' Club • New York • 2003
Originally a speakeasy, ‘21’ Club morphed into a Midtown staple that continues to delight with its rough-
Vantre • Paris • 2019
The former head sommelier of Paris Grand Award winners Le Taillevent and Epicure created his own outstanding list at Vantre, paired with a menu that changes daily to showcase regional specialties. The casual atmosphere draws a broad array of serious wine lovers.
Via Allegro Ristorante • Etobicoke, Ontario • 2003
Via Allegro pairs continental Italian cuisine with the greatest number of selections of any Wine Spectator award winner in Canada. Special sections such as “gems” and “features under $50” help guests sift through a mind-
The Village Pub • Woodside, Calif. • 2013
Though “pub” is in the name, fine wine is a main attraction of this eatery on the outskirts of Silicon Valley. Hard-
Wally's • Beverly Hills, Calif. • 2017
This wine shop–restaurant hybrid draws everyone from movie stars to workaday enophiles. All of Wally’s 3,500 selections are available for retail purchase or for enjoying in-
Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel • Victoria, Australia • 2013
Set in a stylish hotel overlooking Grampians National Park, Wickens offers various tasting-
Wild Ginger • Seattle • 2009
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