The number is 3,505 from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 70 countries.
“In a time of technological innovation, restaurants offer the human experience diners are hungry for—listening to their customers and offering personalized experience,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “This annual issue celebrates the places where wine is at the top of that conversation. I’m pleased to congratulate all 3,505 restaurants for their dedication to wine and wine-loving diners.”
Launched in 1981, the Restaurant Awards represent the world’s only program focused exclusively on restaurant wine service. They are assigned on three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award, with 2,001; 1,411; and 93 winners this year in each respective category.
Included in Wine Spectator’s special Restaurant Awards issue: a favorable forecast for restaurants—how today’s restaurants are staffing up, refreshing their menus and increasing their wine offerings creatively to engage their customers.
The Restaurant Awards issue, which features chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller on the cover, is available to readers July 11th.
Follow the Restaurant Awards on Instagram (@wsrestaurantawards), with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward, and at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com, where all winners can be searched by location and sorted by attributes including name, proximity, award level, cuisine and pricing. Winners are also profiled in the freeRestaurant Awards app, available for iPhone and iPad users.