Five SF Restaurants Win Coveted Wine Spectator Award

Put these five restaurants on your must-eat-at list—if you love the pairing of gourmet food and demi-godly wine. Five of San Francisco’s fabulous spread of restaurants just picked up the Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine, their highest award. Dozens of other SF restaurants received the magazine’s two lesser awards for excellence. Across the U.S. 86 Grand Awards went out in 2017 with San Francisco taking away 6% of those.

The criteria for the Grand Award:

  • 1,000 wines available to select from.
  • Must “display excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation.”
  • Grading is on presentation, menu harmony, mature vintages, large-format bottles.


The 2017 Fab Five:

  • Saison, American cuisine on Townsend Street.
  • Acquerello, Italian cuisine on Sacramento Street.
  • RN74, French cuisine on Mission Street.
  • Spruce, American cuisine on Sacramento Street.
  • Restaurant Gary Danko, American, French cuisine on N. Point Street.


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