Restaurant Award Winners That Have Permanently Closed During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A running list of wine-focused dining spots that have been forced to shut for good as the spread of coronavirus continues to impact the economy

Restaurant Award Winners That Have Permanently Closed During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Charlie Palmer's Aureole in New York is now to-go only, though the chef hinted it may return in a different location as early as 2021. (Courtesy of Aureole)
Jan 13, 2021

Updated: Jan. 13, 2021

Restaurants are inherently risky businesses, and this year the coronavirus pandemic has had a terrible impact on the industry. Despite their enormous efforts, some of our award-winning restaurants—from long-honored classics to exciting newcomers—have been forced to close their doors for good.

As of Jan. 13, 2021, 45 Restaurant Award winners have closed.

Wine Spectator is grateful for their involvement in our Restaurant Awards program and their dedication to building exceptional wine lists. We look forward with anticipation to learning about new paths and new ventures from these businesses and wine professionals.


21’ Club
New York, N.Y.
Grand Award since 2003
Wine Director: Philip Pratt
Chef: Sylvian Delpique
General Manager: Theodore Suric
Owner: Belmond

America Eats Tavern
Washington, D.C.
Award of Excellence since 2019
Wine Director: Andy Myers
Chef: José Andrés
General Manager: Jason Overmyer
Owner: José Andrés, Rob Wilder

Aquagrill
New York, N.Y.
Award of Excellence since 1999
Wine Director: Jennifer Marshall
Chef: Jeremy Marshall
General Manager: Jennifer Marshall
Owner: Jennifer Marshall

Auburn
Los Angeles, Calif.
Award of Excellence since 2020
Wine Director: Rick Arline
Sommelier: Christina Candido, Alexandra Miller
Chef: Eric Bost
General Manager: Israel Mejia
Owner: Eric Bost

Aureole
New York, N.Y.
Best of Award of Excellence since 2001
Wine Director: Tyler Newell
Sommelier: Alan Luna
Chef: Christopher Engel
General Manager: Charles Pouchot
Owner: Charlie Palmer Collective

Azia
St. Petersburg, Russia
Best of Award of Excellence since 2016
Wine Director: Elena Ilchenko
Sommelier: Konstantin Korobov
Chef: Larisa Kordik
General Manager: Sven Gevers
Owner: Belmond

The Bazaar by José Andrés
Los Angeles, Calif.
Best of Award of Excellence since 2014
Wine Director: Andy Myers
Chef: José Andrés
General Manager: Ricardo Gomez
Owner: José Andrés, Rob Wilder

Benny’s Chop House
Chicago, Ill.
Best of Award of Excellence since 2012
Wine Director: Ervin Sandoval
General Manager: Mitchell Schmieding
Owner: Benny Siddu

Bluehour
Portland, Ore.
Award of Excellence since 2012
Wine Director: Frederick Armstrong
Chef: David Ezelle
General Manager: Frederick Armstrong
Owner: Bruce Carey

Bølgen & Moi Kristiansand
Kristiansand, Norway
Award of Excellence since 2016
Sommelier: Liam Parsons Chef: Ulf Magnus Jansson
General Manager: Stian Tungland
Owner: Trond Moi

Bon Temps
Los Angeles, Calif.
Award of Excellence since 2020
Wine Director: Krystal Kleeman
Chef: Lincoln Carson
General Manager: Sam Azarow
Owner: Lincoln Carson

Chart House Waikiki
Oahu, Hawaii
Award of Excellence since 2004
Wine Director: Scott Okamoto
Chef: Randy Manuel
General Manager: Scott Okamoto
Owner: Joey Cabell, Scott Okamoto

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Dallas, Texas
Best of Award of Excellence since 2019
Sommelier: Ian Kostrzewski
Chef: Jacob Williamson
General Manager: Ian Kostrzewski

Fogo de Chão
São Paulo, Brazil
Award of Excellence since 2005
Chef: Jean Boschetti
General Manager: Jorge Petry
Owner: Fogo De Chao, Inc.

Fogo de Chão
São Paulo, Brazil
Award of Excellence since 2016
Chef: Jean Boschetti
General Manager: Ronaldo Santos
Owner: Fogo De Chao, Inc.

Hakkasan New York
New York, N.Y.
Best of Award of Excellence since 2018
Wine Director: Gabor Foth
Sommelier: Nicole Cheon Chef: Sui Ma
General Manager: Andrew Nguyen
Owner: Hakkasan Group

The Heartline Café
Sedona, Ariz.
Award of Excellence since 2000
Wine Director: Nancy Erickson
Chef: Charles Cline
General Manager: Phyllis Cline
Owner: Charles & Phyllis Cline

Hakkasan San Francisco
San Francisco, Calif.
Best of Award of Excellence since 2018

Wine Director: Gabor Foth
Chef: Jason Xu
General Manager: Megan Hanoian
Owner: Hakkasan Group

Legal Sea Foods
Boston, Mass.
Best of Award of Excellence since 2003

Wine Director: Sandy Block
Chef: Jose Davila
General Manager: William Melillo
Owner: The Berkowitz Family

Momofuku CCDC
Washington, D.C.
Award of Excellence since 2018

Wine Director: Ryan Ward
General Manager: Lindsay Greene
Owner: Momofuku Restaurant Group

Momofuku Nishi
New York, N.Y.
Award of Excellence since 2018

Chef: Nick Tamburo
General Manager: Anna Utevsky
Owner: Momofuku Restaurant Group

Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
Las Vegas, Nev.
Best of Award of Excellence since 2010

Wine Director: Alexandre Brard
Sommelier: Kevin John
Chef: JL Carrera
General Manager: Andy St John
Owner: Sal Casola

Morton's, The Steakhouse
Beverly Hills, Calif.
Award of Excellence since 2016

General Manager: Jonathan Yu
Owner: Landry’s Inc.

Morton’s, The Steakhouse
Denver, Colo.
Award of Excellence since 2016

General Manager: Ethane Blane
Owner: Landry's Inc.


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Morton’s, The Steakhouse
Indianapolis, Ind.
Award of Excellence since 2016

General Manager: Howard Mitchell
Owner: Landry's Inc.

Morton’s, The Steakhouse
New Orleans, La.
Award of Excellence since 2016

General Manager: Vedran Komazec
Owner: Landry's Inc.

Morton’s, The Steakhouse
Richmond, Va.
Award of Excellence since 2016

General Manager: Kristin Twine
Owner: Landry's Inc.

Morton’s, The Steakhouse
Rochester, N.Y.
Award of Excellence since 2018

General Manager: Brandi Williams
Owner: Landry's Inc.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Denver, Colo.
Award of Excellence since 2017

Wine Director: Thomas Canton-Jones
Chef: Jodie Valenzuela
General Manager: Brad Moore
Owner: Landry’s Inc.

Pazzaluna Urban Italian
St. Paul, Minn.
Award of Excellence since 2005

Wine Director: Justin Spano
Chef: John Kain
General Manager: David Soos
Owner: Morrissey Hospitality Companies, Inc.

Patina
Los Angeles, Calif.
Grand Award since 1994

Wine Director: Joachim Splichal, Jon Cross
Chef: Fernando Darin
General Manager: Kevin Welby
Owner: Patina Restaurant Group

Post 390
Boston, Mass.
Best of Award of Excellence since 2017

Wine Director: Jason Percival
Chef: Nick Deutmeyer
General Manager: Isaac Josephson
Owner: Himmel Hospitality

Prima
Walnut Creek, Calif.
Best of Award of Excellence since 2016

Wine Director: John Rittmaster
Chef: Peter Chastain
General Manager: Melissa Dickie-Evans
Owner: John Rittmaster, Peter Chastain

R2L
Philadelphia, Pa.
Award of Excellence since 2010

Wine Director: Chris Simpson
Chef: Daniel Stern
General Manager: Michael Wirzberger
Owner: Suzette Mahoney, Daniel Stern

The Restaurant at Meadowood
St. Helena, Calif.
Grand Award since 2016

Wine Director: Micah Clark
Chef: Christopher Kostow
General Manager: Shawn LaSage
Owner: Meadowood

The Riddler
San Francisco, Calif.
Award of Excellence since 2019

Wine Director: MC Edmonson
Chef: Preethi R.
General Manager: Sasha Gaona
Owner: Jen Pelka

The Riddler
New York, N.Y.
Award of Excellence since 2020

Wine Director: Jonathan Adkisson
Chef: Nikole Morsink
General Manager: Jonathan Adkisson
Owner: Jen Pelka

Sage
Las Vegas, Nev.
Best of Award of Excellence since 2011

Sommelier: Roy Arias
Chef: Thomas Griese
General Manager: Robert Velez
Owner: Aria Resort & Casino

Shinji by Kanesaka
Macau, China
Best of Award of Excellence since 2015

Wine Director: João De Melo Pires
Sommelier: Lai Wei Choung
Chef: Toru Osumi
General Manager: Ivan Ou Yang
Owner: Melco Resorts & Entertainment

Somni
Los Angeles, Calif.
Award of Excellence since 2019

Wine Director: Scott Baker
Chef: Aitor Zabala
Owner: José Andrés

TAK Room
New York, N.Y.
Best of Award of Excellence since 2020

Wine Director: Michel Couvreux
Sommelier: Alessandro Piliego, Gordana Josovic, Sean Cenny
Chef: Jarrod Huth
General Manager: Martin Repicky
Owner: Thomas Keller

Terra Rossa
Las Vegas, Nev.
Award of Excellence since 2020

Sommelier: Edward Teming, Bladen Ficarrotta
General Manager: Sandro Coppola

The Tasting Room
Macau, China
Best of Award of Excellence since 2014

Wine Director: João De Melo Pires
Sommelier: Joe Yang
Chef: Fabrice Vulin
General Manager: Julien Gardin
Owner: Melco Resorts & Entertainment

Tinto
Moscow, Russia
Award of Excellence since 2020

Wine Director: Lebedeva Elena
Sommelier: Gavva Valeria
Chef: Vasiliy Zaicev
General Manager: Lebedeva Elena
Owner: Vladimir Perelman

Vaucluse
New York, N.Y.
Best of Award of Excellence since 2016

Wine Director: Jonathan Kearns
Sommelier: Max Catucci
Chef: Arthur Lee
General Manager: Laura Gladish
Owner: Ahmass Fakahany, Michael White

Wolfgang Puck Steak
Detroit, Mich.
Best of Award of Excellence since 2014

Wine Director: Joseph Denham
Chef: Derek Mattison
General Manager: Tom Genevich
Owner: MGM Grand Detroit

Zed451
Chicago, Ill.
Award of Excellence since 2018

Wine Director: Jake Kosseff
Chef: Joe Rosetti
General Manager: Jake Kosseff
Owner: Tavistock Restaurants

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