A lot of the time when you treat yourself to a dinner out that typically includes an adult beverage. Maybe a glass of wine. And I don't know about you, but when I pick a wine I don't really know what I'm doing.

I kind of know what I like but especially when it comes to the 'notes' of a wine, I'm a little lost.

So if you're looking for a place to go out to dinner where you can confidently get a nice glass of wine, I've got you. Wine experts have announced the best restaurants in Minnesota for wine, and we've got quite a few!

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Wine Spectator's Best Restaurants Awards

Every year the Wine Spectator comes out with their annual awards of the best restaurants for wine.


There are three levels of awards: Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence, and Grand Award.

In order to determine if a restaurant is qualified for an award, and which award the restaurant gets, Wine Spectator looks at many factors:

"To qualify for an award, a wine list must present complete, accurate information, including vintages and appellations for all selections. Complete producer names and correct spellings are mandatory, and the overall presentation of the list is also considered."

Two empty wine glasses sitting in a restaurant on a warm sunny afternoon.
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So if Wine Spectator gives the restaurant an award, you know you'll have an awesome list of wines to choose from!

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Best Restaurants in Minnesota for Wine Lovers

25 Minnesota restaurants were given an award this year, which is impressive. None of them got a Grand Award but it's still awesome to get any of the three levels of awards.

We'll start with the restaurants that were awarded an Award of Excellence.

801 Fish - Minneapolis

Baldamar - Roseville

Bloomington Chophouse - Bloomington

Demi - Minneapolis

Fogo De Chao - Minneapolis

Lake Elmo Inn - Lake Elmo

Lela - Bloomington

Mara - Minneapolis

Pittsburgh Blue - Rochester

Silver Creek Chophouse - Two Harbors

Spanky's Stone Heart - Vergas

Terza Ristorante - Rochester

The Fireside - Detroit Lakes

The Oceanaire Seafood Room - Minneapolis

The St. Paul Grill - St. Paul


And now, let's take a peek at the Minnesota restaurants that were given a Best of Award of Excellence.

801 Chophouse - Minneapolis

Bellisio's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar - Duluth

Domacin - Stillwater

Fhima's Minneapolis - Minneapolis

Giannai's Steakhouse - Wayzata

Maison Margaux - Minneapolis

Manny's Steakhouse - Minneapolis

Matchstick Restaurant and Spirits - Stillwater

Terzo - Minneapolis

The Capital Grille - Minneapolis

Every 'Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives' Episode that Features a Minnesota Restaurant

One of the most popular shows on Food Network is easily 'Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives'. Guy Fieri has come to Minnesota for many episodes. Here are the ones that feature Minnesota restaurants.

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