The place to drink wine in Denver says Wine Spectator

Cheers to the 2020 Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards winners (Joe Amon, Denver Post-File)

Wine Spectator released its annual restaurant awards last week and awarded medals for the best wine lists in the country.

This year, there were 30 restaurants in Denver in three categories on the list. Only one restaurant in Denver – Barolo Grill – received the grand prize. This title is reserved for wine cellars with more than 1,000 bottles and a “serious breadth of top producers, an outstanding depth in mature vintages, a selection of large-format bottles, an excellent harmony with the menu and an excellent presentation”.

29 other restaurants were selected for their selection of more than 90 to 350 bottles. We thought you could use this information to plan your next patio night, for example, or a take-away date.

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The restaurants are sorted alphabetically and according to price categories.

All the wine

(Grand Award – 1,000 or more bottles)

Barolo Grill

Much wine

(Best of Award of Excellence – 350 or more)

801 Chophouse

Barcelona wine bar

The Capital Grille

Chow Bite Tavern

Edge Restaurant & Bar

Elways Cherry Creek

Guard and mercy


Palace Arms (temporarily closed)


Quality Italian

Shanahan’s Steakhouse


Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar

Much wine

(Award of Excellence – 90 or more)


Fire (in the art hotel)

Ground fire

French 75

The place


Morton’s (since closed)


The nickel

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Ocean Prime

Osteria Marco

The Palm Denver (since closed)


Urban Farmer

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