NEW YORK — More than 60 Ohio restaurants were included in Wine Spectator magazine’s 2018 Restaurant Awards, which recognizes the world’s best wine lists.
This year, the Restaurant Awards program honored 3,759 dining destinations from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 75 countries internationally. Sixty-one of those winners came from Ohio.
The Restaurant Awards, which began in 1981, feature three levels: the Grand Award, with just 91 recipients; the Best of Award of Excellence, 1,215 winners; and the Award of Excellence, which had 2,453 winners.
“This year’s class of restaurants is one of the most impressive and innovative ever,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator. “Their wine lists keep improving, because wine lovers are eager to explore and learn. The goal of our Restaurant Awards is to support restaurant wine programs and bring them to diners’ attention through our outreach through print, digital and social media. Wine Spectator salutes every restaurant honored in the 2018 Restaurant Awards.”
The 15 Ohio restaurants receiving Best of Award of Excellence, which recognizes restaurants that offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions, included Boca, Cincinnati; Chez Francois, Vermilion; Dante, Cleveland; Final Cut Steakhouse, Toledo; Galaxy Restaurant, Wadsworth; Jeff Ruby’s Carlo & Johnny, Montgomery; Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Cincinnati; Lola, Cleveland; M, Columbus; Marble Room Steaks and Raw Bar, Cleveland; The Precinct, Cincinnati; The Refectory, Columbus; 750ml Wines, Akron; Smith & Wollensky, Columbus; and Station Square Ristorante, Liberty.
An additional 46 restaurants from Ohio were awarded the Award of Excellence, which recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers: Adega Modern Mediterranean, Cleveland; The Avenue Steak Tavern, Columbus; Barcelona Restaurant and Bar, Columbus; The Barn at Rock Fork Creek, Gahanna; Bauer Farm Kitchen, Cincinnati; Beirut Restaurant, Toledo; Black Point, Columbus; The Capital Grille, Cincinnati; The Capital Grille, Lyndhurst; Carvers Steaks & Chops, Centerville; Cellar 59 Wine Bar & Wine Shop, Stow; The Chop House, Toledo; Corleone’s Ristorante & Bar, Parma; Crush Winebar, Sandusky; Edwins Restaurant, Cleveland; Element 112, Sylvania; Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Akron; Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Beavercreek; Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Woodmere; Fratellos, Avon Lake; Grapes in a Glass, Canton; Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink, New Albany; Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink, Upper Arlington;
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Akron; Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Beachwood; Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Cleveland; Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Columbus (N. High Street); Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Columbus (Old Henderson Road); Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Dublin; Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Westlake; Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Columbus; L’Albatros, Cleveland; Mitchell’s Ocean Club, Columbus; ML Tavern, Moreland Hills; Morton’s The Steakhouse, Cincinnati; Morton’s The Steakhouse, Cleveland; The Paragon Supper Club, Centerville; Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Cleveland; Season 52, Cincinnati; Soul at the Joseph, Columbus; Tartine Bistro, Rocky River; Tastings – A Wine Experience, Columbus; Tucci’s, Dublin; 20 Brix, Milford; and Zinc Brasserie, Sandusky.
All winners are profiled at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com and in the Restaurant Awards app.