Seattle, Northwest restaurants shine in Wine Spectator

By on August 5, 2015
Cortney Lease, who graduated from the University of Washington with the chemistry degree, is company wine director for Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant and Satay Bar in Seattle.

Cortney Lease is company wine director for Wild Ginger in Seattle. Her wine program is considered one of the best in the world by Wine Spectator magazine. (Photo courtesy of Wild Ginger.)

NEW YORK – More than 100 Pacific Northwest restaurants earned the admiration of Wine Spectator editors in the magazine’s annual restaurant awards.

wine-spectator-restaurant-awardsTwo Seattle restaurants earned Wine Spectator’s top Grand Award. Canlis and Wild Ginger were honored for their exemplary wine programs and were among 81 restaurants worldwide to receive such recognition.

“Wine Spectator congratulates each and every restaurant award winner on a job well done,” said Marvin Shanken, editor and publisher of the world’s largest wine publication. “With this year’s list spanning all 50 U.S. states and over 75 additional countries and territories, we hope wine lovers will use this issue, alongside’s restaurant awards database, as guides to finding the perfect restaurant for any occasion.”

Canlis’ wine program is run by Nelson Daquip. It has been a Grand Award winner since 1997.

Wild Ginger’s wine program is run by Cortney Lease. It has been a Grand Award winner since 2009. Lease also runs the wine programs at The Triple Door in Seattle and Wild Ginger at the Bravern in Bellevue. Both of these restaurants earned the Best of Award of Excellence ranking from Wine Spectator.

This year’s restaurant awards recognized more than 3,600 restaurants around the world.

Here are the restaurant award winners from the Pacific Northwest:

Wine Spectator restaurant award winners


Grand Award

  • Canlis, Seattle
  • Wild Ginger, Seattle

Best of Award of Excellence

  • Chandler’s Crabhouse, Seattle
  • Daniel’s Broiler, Seattle
  • The Fireside, Port Ludlow
  • John Howie Steak, Bellevue
  • Metropolitan Grill, Seattle
  • Miller’s Guild, Seattle
  • The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive, Bow
  • RN74, Seattle
  • Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar, Bellevue
  • The Steak House, Ferndale
  • The Triple Door, Seattle
  • Tulalip Bay, Tulalip
  • Wild Ginger at the Bravern, Bellevue

Award of Excellence

  • Assagio Ristorante, Seattle
  • Basil’s Kitchen, Bellevue
  • Bis on Main, Bellevue
  • Blackfish Salmon Grill and Bar, Tulalip
  • Café Veloce, Kirkland
  • The Capital Grille, Seattle
  • Cascina Spinasse, Seattle
  • Churchill’s Steakhouse, Spokane
  • Emory’s on Silver Lake, Everett
  • Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana, Seattle
  • Italianissimo, Woodinville
  • La Petite Maison, Olympia
  • The Marc Restaurant, Walla Walla
  • Masselow’s Restaurant, Airway Heights
  • Max Restaurant, Spokane Valley
  • Osteria La Spiga, Seattle
  • The Palm Court Grill, Spokane
  • Pearl Bar & Dining, Belleuve
  • Purple Café & Wine Bar, Seattle
  • Restaurant Marron, Seattle
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Bellevue
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Seattle
  • Salty’s on Alki Beach, Seattle
  • Shelburne Restaurant & Pub, Seaview
  • Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Seattle
  • Sun Mountain Lodge Dining Room, Winthrop
  • Ten Mercer, Seattle
  • Trillis Restaurant, Kirkland
  • Tulio Restaurant, Seattle
  • Visconti’s of Leavenworth, Leavenworth
  • Visconti’s of Wenatchee, Wenatchee
  • Volterra, Seattle
  • Waterstreet Café + Bar, Olympia


Best of Award of Excellence

  • Alchemy Restaurant and Bar, Ashland
  • Bentley’s Grill, Salem
  • Brickhouse, Bend
  • Brickhouse, Redmond
  • The Gallery Restaurant, Bandon
  • Heathman Restaurant & Bar, Portland
  • Jacksonville Inn, Jacksonville
  • The Joel Palmer House, Dayton
  • Jory, Newberg
  • The Painted Lady, Newberg
  • Pix Patisserie & Bar Vivant, Portland
  • Ringside Fish House, Portland
  • Ringside Steakhouse, Portland

Award of Excellence

  • Bluehour, Portland
  • Bridgewater Bistro, Astoria
  • Broken Top Restaurant, Bend
  • Celilo Restaurant and Bar, Hood River
  • ClarkLewis, Portland
  • Crossings at the Riverhouse, Bend
  • Delicate Palate Bistro, Pacific City
  • Fivespice Seafood & Wine Bar, Lake Oswego
  • Jake’s Grill, Portland
  • La Rambla Restaurant, McMinnville
  • Levant, Portland
  • 900 Wall Restaurant and Bar, Bend
  • Portland Prime, Portland
  • Prime Rib & Steakhouse, Florence
  • Ringside Grill, Portland
  • Riverside, Hood River
  • Riverview Restaurant, Troutdale
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Portland
  • Salty’s on the Columbia, Portland
  • Stockpot Broiler, Beaverton
  • Stone Cliff Inn, Oregon City
  • 23Hoyt, Portland
  • Veritable Quandary Restaurant & Bar, Portland

British Columbia

Best of Award of Excellence

  • Araxi Restaurant + Bar, Whistler
  • Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill, Vancouver
  • Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar, Vancouver
  • Il Terrazzo Ristorante, Victoria
  • La Bussola Restaurant, Kelowna
  • La Terraza Restaurant & Lounge, Vancouver
  • The Observatory on Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
  • The Point Restaurant, Tofino
  • Tramonta, Richmond
  • West Restaurant + Bar, Vancouver

Award of Excellence

  • Black + Blue Restaurant, Vancouver
  • Bouchons, Kelowna
  • Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar, Vancouver
  • C-Prime, Vancouver
  • Centre Ice Grill, Vancouver
  • Coast Restaurant, Vancouver
  • Feast Neighbourhood Table, West Vancouver
  • Five Sails, Vancouver
  • Gulfstream Lounge & Grill, Kelowna
  • Hy’s Encore Steakhouse, Vancouver
  • Hy’s Steakhouse, Whistler
  • Italian Kitchen, Vancouver
  • Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, Vancouver
  • Nautical Nellies Steak & Seafood House, Victoria
  • Pacific Prime Restaurant, Parksville
  • Pier 7 Restaurant and Bar, North Vancouver
  • Range Restaurant, Vernon
  • Restaurant 62, Abbotsford
  • Rustica Steakhouse, Invermere
  • The Pacific Restaurant, Victoria


Best of Award of Excellence

  • Chandler’s Steakhouse, Boise

Award of Excellence

  • Bella Aquila, Eagle
  • The Cellar, Coeur d’Alene
  • Fork Restaurant, Boise
  • Il Naso, Ketchum
  • Mai Thai Restaurant and Bar, Boise
  • The Narrows, McCall

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is founding partner of Great Northwest Wine LLC and a longtime wine columnist. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books.

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