One of the most prestigious wine magazines out there, Wine Spectator, named 19 restaurants in the KC metro area as “the best” to savor a glass or bottle of wine! Eight restaurants on the Missouri side and eleven on the Kansas side received either the Spectator’s Award of Excellence or Best Award of Excellence. Story, in Leawood and 801 Chophouse, also in Leawood, were the two restaurants that received the coveted Best of award of excellence on the Kansas side. The newly reopened J.J.’s and Rosso at the Hotel Sorella, both on the Country Club Plaza were two of the five Best of Award of Excellence in Kansas City, MO.

Many St. Louis restaurants made the list as well- notably Annie Gunn’s in Chesterfield, Truffles and Balaban’s in St. Louis received the Best of Award of Excellence. Several other restaurants received Awards of Excellence in the St. Louis region.

Outside the KC and St. Louis regions, a notable Best Award for Excellence was given to Celebrations Restaurant in Cape Girardeau, MO and an award of excellence to the Chateau Grille in Branson, MO and Glenn’s Cafe in Columbia, MO.

The Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards Program has been honoring the world’s best wine programs since 1981. This year, according to Wine Spectator “2,563 earned the Award of Excellence, which recognizes a wine list of about 90 or more quality wine selections that thematically matches a restaurant’s cuisine. Another 973 earned the Best of Award of Excellence for offering a wine list of typically 350 or more selections with significant vintage depth or superior breadth in one or more major wine regions.”

For a complete listing of awards, click here.