Chic Houston Restaurants Take Top Wine Spectator Awards

A slew of Houston — and Texas — restaurants have won big lately Wine Spectator’s 2021 Restaurant Awards. Launched in 1981, the awards recognize outstanding wine programs at restaurants around the world.

Of more than 2,900 winners worldwide, dozens are in the Lone Star State. Houstonians can read the full list online or in the magazine’s Aug. 31 issue, which hits newsstands July 13.

The awards fall into three categories. The highest honour, the Grand Awards, recognizes top-tier programs that offer tremendous depth and breadth. These are the spots with serious wines that pair well with the menu, come from top producers and offer an exceptional selection of mature vintages.

The Best Awards of Excellent recognize restaurants offering a wide selection of wines from several regions. The Excellence Award features programs that provide well-organized lists that match the restaurant menu in terms of price and food-pairing ability.

Four Texas restaurants won the Grand Award and were recognized by the magazine for their extraordinary wine programs. They are among 97 restaurants worldwide to receive this honor.

Houston
Mastro’s Steak House at the Post Oak Hotel
Wine Spectator noted that this chic spot is home to the largest wine list of any of the magazine’s award winners. The publication cites among its strengths a dynamic selection of wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, California, Piedmont, Tuscany, Champagne, Loire and Madeira.

Pappas Bros Steakhouse
Both the Downtown and the Original location have achieved Grand Award status, thanks to their flagship collections. Downtown was called out for its “over the top” wine experiences, while the original location was hailed for its epic roster with 4,100 selections.

In general, the magazine listed restaurant highlights in selections from Burgundy, Bordeaux, California, Piedmont, Rhône, Tuscany, Champagne, Germany, Austria, Spain and Porto.

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Pappas Bros Steakhouse
Big D’s Pappas Bros also ranked, with Wine Spectator giving it high marks for becoming “a major force in Texas wine culture.” Diners here can look for a tremendous variety of large format bottles and a strong representation of Burgundy, Bordeaux, California, Piedmont, Rhône, Tuscany, Champagne, Germany, Austria , Spain and Porto.

Sixteen restaurants across the state received Top Excellence Awards.

Houston
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Each of the chain’s locations across the country has earned a spot on the Top Excellence Awards list. The Houston outpost has been acclaimed for its wide selection of wines from California, Bordeaux, Burgundy, France and Italy.

El Meson
This Rice Village favorite earned high marks from Wine Spectator for its selection of wines from Spain and California. That’s probably no surprise to Houstonians, who have long loved it for showcasing Spanish culinary style.

Georgia James
Chris Shepherd’s spot won a spot for his selection of wines from California, Italy and France, all designed to enhance the upscale menu.

March
This Mediterranean newcomer from Montrose has been cited for its strengths in offering wines from Burgundy, Champagne, California, Bordeaux, Piedmont and Tuscany.

Masraff’s
The upscale spot has won accolades for its wines from California, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Italy.

by Turner
Berg Hospitality’s Uptown Restaurant has been acclaimed for its superb selection of wines from France, Burgundy, Champagne, California, Bordeaux, Tuscany and Piedmont.

At Vic & Anthony

The downtown clubby steakhouse has been cited for its focus on wines from California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, France and Italy.

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Bob’s Steak and Chop House
The Grapevine and Plano locations were also award winners, but the Omni Hotel outpost was praised for its selections from California, France and Italy.

The Capital Grid
This Uptown steakhouse has received nods for its excellent selections from California, France and Italy.

Cru Food and Wine Bar
The West Village spot was cited for its carefully curated roster, with particularly strong selections from California, France and Italy.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

The manor
This classic gem of high-end dining is on the list of its California, France and Italy picks.

Austin
Bob’s Steak and Chop House

The Lonesome Dover Western Bistro
The “urban western” cuisine of this Warehouse District pairs perfectly with its wine list, rich in Californian selections.

San Antonio
Bob’s Steak and Chop House

Signature at La Centera Resort
This jewel in the crown of La Centera Resort and Spa landed on the list for its selections from France, Champagne and California.

Dozens of Texas restaurants have received the Excellence Award for their wine programs. Here are some important points.

Houston
The Brenner on the Bayou
Wine Highlights: California, France, Italy

by Kiran
Wine Highlights: California, France

Rainbow Pavilion
Wine Highlights: California, Italy

Roka Akor
Wine Highlights: California

Rosie’s Cannonball
Wine highlights: Beaujolais, France, Italy, California

state of grace
Wine Highlights: California, France, Italy

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Antonio Ristorante
Wine strength: Italy

Lavendou Bistrot Provencal
Wine highlights: France, California

Law
Wine strength: California

Mercury
Wine Highlights: California, France

Austin
Cafe Blue (both locations)
Wine strength: California

Bike
Wine strength: California

Siena Ristorante Toscano
Wine strength: Italy

San Antonio
The Palm
Wine strength: California

Elisha A. Tilghman