Restaurant Spotlight: Gianni’s Steakhouse

This Minnesota destination has a passionate owner and a long history

Restaurant Spotlight: Gianni’s Steakhouse
Guests can now dine indoors at Gianni's Steakhouse, but enclosed outdoor tables are also an option. (Max Underhill)
Mar 11, 2021

West of Minneapolis in Wayzata, Minn., the storied Gianni's Steakhouse offers carefully sourced steaks in a casual environment. Opened in 1996, Gianni’s nearly closed as a result of financial hardships brought on by the 2008 recession. In 2011, then-manager Terri Huml Fox bought the restaurant. Since then, Huml Fox and her team have focused on maintaining the quality of the historic spot and preserving its status as a popular dining experience for locals.

After earning its first Restaurant Award in 2017, Gianni’s was soon upgraded to Best of Award of Excellence for the wine list of nearly 400 labels managed by chef and wine director Steven Vranian, who joined the team in 2010. Having spent several years in Northern California, Vranian built the wine list around Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, including selections from top producers like Chateau Montelena, Caymus and Schrader Cellars. American Pinot Noirs also make a noted appearance alongside classic French and Italian selections. The list also features bottles from lesser-known grape varieties such as Tannat, Tressallier and Refosco.

For the menu, Vranian sources its USDA Prime, black angus steaks through a partnership with Creekstone Farms. Other popular dishes that have been staples on Gianni’s menu include Caesar salad spun tableside, potatoes papalette and beef-tip pasta. Along with a newly updated covered patio for outdoor dining, the restaurant is open for limited indoor dining following local protocols for COVID safety.

Restaurants Dining Out Restaurant Awards

You Might Also Like

Restaurant Spotlight: Mariner's Restaurant

Restaurant Spotlight: Mariner's Restaurant

A family team’s overhaul of a small-town spot turns the longtime landmark into a Restaurant …

Jul 29, 2021
10 Restaurants with Super-Value Wine Lists

10 Restaurants with Super-Value Wine Lists

Enjoy bold wine programs without the big price tag

Jul 15, 2021
Restaurant Spotlight: Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

Restaurant Spotlight: Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

Refined cuisine and sought-after wines in London’s palatial Connaught hotel

Jul 15, 2021
How 5 Restaurants Survived and Thrived

How 5 Restaurants Survived and Thrived

Beating the pandemic with ingenuity and perseverance

Aug 31, 2021
Grand Awards Fondly Remembered

Grand Awards Fondly Remembered

These iconic restaurants are no more, but the wine standards they set abide

Aug 31, 2021
The Great Comeback

The Great Comeback

America’s restaurants welcome back wine lovers

Aug 31, 2021