Log In / Join Now

14 A-List Restaurants from TV Chefs Who Love Wine

These celebrity chefs are serious in the kitchen, and in the cellar
Photo by: Del Posto
Del Posto is one of the many restaurants that feature TV-celebrity chefs.

Posted: June 8, 2017

From the earliest episodes of Julia Child's The French Chef to the game-changing competition shows Iron Chef and Top Chef, cooking programs have carved out a TV niche all their own. But have you been lucky enough to eat at a restaurant run by one of the chefs you've seen on screen? These 14 restaurants star colorful characters you're sure to recognize, plus robust wine lists for every type of wine lover. To check out more wine-and-food destinations, see Wine Spectator’s more than 3,500 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including the 85 Grand Award recipients worldwide that hold our highest honor.

Do you have a favorite you’d like to see on this list? Send your recommendations to restaurantawards@mshanken.com. We want to hear from you!


Daniel

60 E. 65th St., New York
Telephone (212) 288-0033
Website www.danielnyc.com
Open Dinner, Monday to Saturday
Grand Award

Daniel
Try a taste of this iconic chef's French cuisine.

Esteemed French chef Daniel Boulud tag-teams with sommelier Raj Vaidya at Daniel, his elegant flagship restaurant. Boulud called his show, After Hours with Daniel Boulud, a "show without a script," but at this restaurant the prix-fixe menus and pristine wine list are meticulously maintained. Dine on French classics like frog legs fricassee with ramp-parsley émulsion, escargot with confit purple potatoes and roasted quail breast with minted pea purée with garlic chive oil. The wine list, 2,500 selections strong, has expansive breadth and depth in Burgundy, Bordeaux, California, the Rhône, Germany and Champagne.


Del Posto

85 10th Ave., New York
Telephone (212) 497-8090
Website www.delposto.com
Open Lunch, Monday to Friday; Dinner, daily
Grand Award

A renowned culinary triumvirate runs this Italian restaurant—Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Joseph Bastianich—and they're not camera-shy. Lidia Bastianich built a food-and-wine empire and has headed three TV series: Lidia's Kitchen, Lidia's Italy in America and Lidia's Italy. Meanwhile, her son Joe appears on Top Gear Italia and MasterChef, and Batali currently cohosts the lifestyle series The Chew. The trio is also behind New York’s Italian megamarket Eataly. Their Grand Award–winning Del Posto sets the stage with an expansive interior that's home to a 2,000-selection wine cellar. The wine list is almost entirely Italian, excelling in Piedmont and Tuscany, plus Champagne. Fare includes Waygu beef carpaccio, farfalle pasta with roasted beets, poppy seeds and smoked ricotta—plus mouthwatering desserts like vanilla licorice panna cotta.


Emeril's New Orleans

800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, La.
Telephone (504) 528-9393
Website www.emerils.com
Open Lunch, Monday to Friday; dinner, daily
Grand Award

Bam! Chef Emeril Lagasse got his start at New Orleans’ Grand Award–winning Commander's Palace before opening his namesake restaurant in 1990, itself a Grand Award winner since 1999. He's traveled the world for his much-loved TV series Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse and The Originals with Emeril, and headed other shows like Fresh Food Fast. At Emeril's New Orleans, you'll want to take your time for the iconic New Orleans cuisine like oyster po'boys, homemade Andouille and boudin sausages and the expansive wine list overseen by Ray Gumpert that takes a deep dive into California and provides strong selections from France, Italy and Spain.


Spago Beverly Hills

176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Telephone (310) 385-0880
Website www.wolfgangpuck.com
Open Lunch, Tuesday to Saturday; Dinner, daily
Grand Award

Spago Beverly Hills
Wolfgang Puck's Beverly Hills restaurant has been a Grand Award winner since 2010.

Along with the Grand Award–winning Spago Beverly Hills, Austria-born chef Wolfgang Puck owns restaurants all over the world. On-screen he's best known for his work on Cooking with Wolfgang Puck (back in 1987) and more recently, Top Chef and Top Chef Duels. In the dining room of Spago, he highlights regional cuisine in dishes like spicy tuna tartare and hamachi jalapeño spicy sushi rolls, and a 3,000-selection wine list, with the help of wine director Phillip Dunn. All the heavy hitters are here, with strengths in Burgundy, Bordeaux, Italy and Germany, while a "Featured Pours" wines-by-the-glass list offers rare tastes.


Bobby Flay Steak

1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.
Telephone (609) 317-1000
Website www.theborgata.com
Open Dinner, Tuesday to Sunday
Best of Award of Excellence

Bobby Flay Steakhouse
Wines from classic regions of California, Italy and France complement the restaurant's steak program.

Since debuting on Food Network in 1994, chef Bobby Flay has continuously hosted programs that bring cooking tips and information on American regional fare to a national audience. But what about wine? Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City, N.J., celebrates wines from California, Italy, and the classic French regions of Burgundy and Bordeaux to pair with steak-house favorites like prime rib with Béarnaise butter. Sommelier Sabrina Schatz' program also offers plenty of Spanish and Rhône picks.


Craft

43 E. 19th St., New York
Telephone (212) 780-0880
Website www.craftrestaurant.com
Open Lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

Not only has New York restaurateur Tom Colicchio been a judge on Top Chef and Best New Restaurant, he's been a vocal advocate of healthy eating, encouraging discussion about topics like GMO labeling. His Best of Award of Excellence–winning Craft is the flagship of his culinary empire. The dining focuses on seasonal ingredients served family style, while the wine, overseen by wine director Patrick Bennett, focuses on Burgundy, Bordeaux, California and Italy. The extravagant Champagne selection is highlighted every Monday with half-off bottle offerings.


Giada

3595 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, Nev.
Telephone (702) 777-3771
Website www.caesars.com/cromwell/giada
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Giada
The welcoming interior of Giada is sunny and bright.

If you head to the glittering city of Las Vegas, a meal at Best of Award of Excellence–winning Giada is an enticing option. Italy-born Giada de Laurentiis is a skilled chef and sparkling personality as host of the Food Network TV program Giada at Home. The cuisine at her restaurant offers Italian flavors with California influences, while wine director James Bremner oversees a wine list with 500 selections driven by regions in Italy, France and California.


Gordon Ramsay Steak

3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, Nev.
Telephone (702) 946-4663
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

A fiery nature dictates the British chef Gordon Ramsay's on-screen demeanor in the series Hell's Kitchen, both here in the U.S. and across the pond. But dining at his Gordon Ramsay Steak, which has a Best of Award of Excellence for its wine list, is a more light-hearted affair. At the restaurant located in the Paris Las Vegas hotel, feast on British classics like beef wellington and sticky toffee pudding. Ramsay works with wine director Jeff Eichelberger, who curates a wine list of 600 selections and manages an inventory of 18,000 bottles. Expect excellence in wines from California, France, Spain and Italy.


Le Bernardin

155 W. 51st St., New York
Telephone (212) 554-1515
Website www.le-bernardin.com
Open Lunch, Monday to Friday; Dinner, Monday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

"There’s no such thing as a great meal without wine,” says chef Eric Ripert in his TV series Avec Eric. The French chef travels the world in search of inspiration, and that passion is on display at the seafood-centric Best of Award of Excellence–winning Le Bernadin in New York. Wine director Aldo Sohm, who runs a namesake wine bar of his own next door, manages the 1,000-selection wine list. Look for wines from top regions like Burgundy, Bordeaux, California and Germany, with a strong Austrian presence as well.


Lola

2058 E. Fourth St., Cleveland, Ohio
Telephone (216) 621-5652
Website www.lolabistro.com
Open Lunch, Tuesday to Friday; Dinner, Tuesday to Sunday
Best of Award of Excellence

Chef Michael Symon has been serving food in Cleveland since 1997 and today is credited with helping breathe new life into the city's growing dining scene. You'll find Symon cohosting The Chew and appearing on Food Network shows like Iron Chef America. His trademark fare goes for exuberant flavors, and his bistro Lola showcases its Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine cellar behind a sleek wall of glass in the dining room. The selections here are moderately priced and focused on California, France and Italy, with 350 selections in inventory.


Restaurant August

301 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, La.
Telephone (504) 299-9777
Website www.restaurantaugust.com
Open Lunch, Friday; Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Head to Restaurant August for traditional Southern and Creole fare by New Orleans’ John Besh. He's hosted TV series like Chef John Besh's New Orleans and John Besh's Family Table on PBS, featuring mouthwatering gumbo, cooking techniques and personal anecdotes—all focused on his efforts to preserve the region's rich culinary heritage. Located in a 19th-century building in the Central Business District, Besh's Restaurant August has a Best of Award of Excellence–winning 775-selection wine list overseen by sommelier Erin Ryan White focused on wines from Burgundy, California and Italy.


Bottega Ristorante

6525 Washington St., Yountville, Calif.
Telephone (707) 945-1050
Website www.botteganapavalley.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Award of Excellence

Chef Michael Chiarello, of his namesake TV show Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello, owns Award of Excellence–winning Bottega Ristorante in Yountville, Calif. in the heart of Napa wine country. While wine director Massimiliano Giovannoni manages the restaurant's 350-selection wine list, chef Chiarello heads Chiarello Family Vineyards in St. Helena. At his restaurant, expect artful blending of traditional Italian with a fresh California influence and a wine cellar with strengths in California and Italy.


Frontera Grill / Topolobampo

445 N. Clark St., Chicago, Ill.
Telephone (202) 393-0812
Website www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/topolobampo
Open Lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Saturday
Award of Excellence

Stationed in Chicago, Illinois, chef Rick Bayless is a standard-bearer for authentic Mexican cuisine. His long-running PBS series, Mexico—One Plate at a Time, explores the intricacies of the country's cuisine, and his restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobampo feature rich flavors of Latin America. Jill Gubesch, wine director of the Award of Excellence–winning wine cellar, presents 250 selections from California, France—and, of course, Mexico.


Minibar by José Andrés

855 E St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Telephone (831) 625-8524
Website www.minibarbyjoseandres.com
Open Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday
Award of Excellence

"I want to show you how to bring the taste of Spain into your kitchen." That's the vision behind superstar chef José Andrés' PBS TV show Made In Spain. Andrés owns a slew of restaurants including Restaurant Award winners like J by José Andrés, several outposts of Jaleo, Oyamel, Zaytinya and others. At Minibar by José Andrés, the chef's colorful character shines through in the avant-garde cooking with adventurous wine pairings from the Award of Excellence–winning wine list managed by wine director Andy Myers.

Would you like to comment? Want to join or start a discussion?

Become a WineSpectator.com member and you can!
To protect the quality of our conversations, only members may submit comments. Member benefits include access to more than 315,000 reviews in our Wine Ratings Search; a first look at ratings in our Insider, Advance and Tasting Highlights; Value Wines; the Personal Wine List/My Cellar tool, hundreds of wine-friendly recipes and more.

WineRatings+ app: Download now for 340,000+ ratings.