Wine Spectator magazine included 10 downtown Minneapolis restaurants on its annual list of "the world's top restaurants for wine.”

Almost 3,800 restaurants in 75 countries were honored in Wine Spectator's 2024 Restaurant Awards. That includes 25 restaurants throughout Minnesota, most of which are in the Twin Cities.

Wine Spectator launched its Restaurant Awards, focused exclusively on restaurant wine service, in 1981. Awards are assigned on three levels: the Award of Excellence (2,150 winners), the Best of Award of Excellence (1,531) and the Grand Award (96 winners).

Here are the downtown Minneapolis restaurants on the list:

  • 801 Chophouse – Best of Award of Excellence
  • 801 Fish – Award of Excellence
  • The Capital Grille – Best of Award of Excellence
  • Demi – Award of Excellence
  • Fhima’s Minneapolis – Best of Award of Excellence
  • Fogo de Chão – Award of Excellence
  • Maison Margaux – Best of Award of Excellence
  • Manny’s Steakhouse – Best of Award of Excellence
  • Mara – Award of Excellence
  • The Oceanaire – Award of Excellence

Fhima's was also named one of Wine Spectator’s 13 rising-star wine restaurants, an additional recognition for Best of Award of Excellence winners that “have boosted their already-excellent wine programs.”

“The restaurant industry is growing and thriving, with restaurant openings surpassing pre-pandemic levels for the first time. To take advantage of the uptick, restaurateurs are investing in their wine programs,” Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken, said in a statement. “Restaurants that make wine a priority are what the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards program is all about. I’m pleased to congratulate all 3,777 restaurants for their dedication to wine and exemplary wine lists.”