Several West Michigan wine bars and restaurants won a 2021 Restaurant Award by Wine Spectator.
Grand Rapids winners include Reserve Wine & Food, Cork Wine & Grille and Noto’s Old World Italian Dining.
This year’s awards program recognized 2,917 dining destinations from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 72 countries internationally.
“American restaurants are back in business, as patrons are eagerly returning to dining rooms across the nation,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher for Wine Spectator. “In this year’s restaurant awards issue, we reflect on how restaurateurs navigated this incredibly difficult period, and look ahead, with every indication that the coming year will be one of the most promising in decades for an industry we all love. It’s been a long road back, and it feels wonderful to celebrate restaurants and all they bring to the world of wine.”
Other West Michigan winners were Butch’s Dry Dock in Holland, Coast 236 in Saugatuck and Nibi in Battle Creek.
Launched in 1981, the restaurant awards are judged on three levels: the award of excellence, the best of award of excellence and the grand award with 1,673, 1,141 and 103 winners this year in each respective category.
Three winners of the grand award, the program’s highest honor, are earning the award for the first time: SingleThread Farms in Healdsburg, California; Brennan’s of New Orleans and Le Bernardin in New York City, which is featured on the cover of the special restaurant awards issue.
Wine Spectator’s special 40th anniversary Restaurant Awards issue — which also features tributes to past restaurant award winners now closed, including 10 grand award winners — will be available to readers July 13.