Hitting newsstands tomorrow: The 2014 edition of Wine Spectator’s respected annual Restaurant Awards, honoring restaurants around the world with the best wine lists. Of this year’s 3,748 winners, 23 are from Seattle.
A few trends emerge across the Seattle list: hotel restaurants (the Four Seasons’ Art Restaurant and Lounge and Hotel Vintage Park’s Tulio); steakhouses (Capital Grille, Daniel’s Broiler, Metropolitan Grill, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Sullivan’s Steakhouse); and Italian restaurants (Assaggio, Cascina Spinasse, Il Fornaio, Osteria La Spiga, Tulio, and Ballard's Volterra).
Awards are granted in three tiers, with the great majority landing in the Award of Excellence category. The next tier up—Best of Award of Excellence—includes Daniel’s Broiler, Metropolitan Grill, RN74, both Seattle and Bellevue Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bars, and the Triple Door. Also on the Eastside: John Howie Steak, Salish Lodge, and Wild Ginger at the Bravern.
And in the Big Damn Deal tier—the Grand Award—we find Canlis (wine strengths: California, France, Washington, Italy) and Seattle’s Wild Ginger (wine strengths: California, Burgundy, Washington, Bordeaux, Italy, Germany).