Each year, the commission recognizes restaurants that exhibit exceptional support of Washington state wines and high professional standards in wine service. The restaurants and their staff were honored at the Washington Athletic Club, among 50 Washington State wineries, regional media and fellow restaurant industry members also in attendance.
"The Met" received the Washington Wine Restaurant of the Year award, which includes a unique custom blown glass sculpture designed by local artist Granite Calimpong.
"Long an icon of the Seattle fine dining scene, The Metropolitan Grill has become an iconic supporter of the Washington State wine industry, as well," Kent Waliser, chairman of the Washington State Wine Commission and GM of famed Sagemoor Vineyards, said in a news release. "We are very proud to honor their dedication in serving as an ambassador for our industry with their loyal customers.
Thomas Price, wine director for The Metropolitan Grill, said, "We are truly honored and humbled by this incredible award. Washington State has earned its rightful place among the worlds greatest wine regions, and we are thrilled to share this treasure of the local community with our customers from around the world."
The acclaimed steakhouses has been a fixture in Seattle for almost 30 years. The Met has a team of eight sommeliers that are certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, and its list features 650 Washington wines amongst their list of more than 1,600 wines from around the world.
Budd Gould, founder of Anthonys Restaurants, won the Walter Clore Honorarium award for dedication to the advancement of the Washington wine industry. The Winemakers Choice Award went to The Barking Frog at Willows Lodge in Woodinville. This award is determined by an anonymous group of Washington winemakers who select the restaurant they feel is most supportive of the industry. The Washington Restaurant Association award was presented to Seattle's Adriatic Grill. The Seattle magazine award for restaurant leadership in the business community was presented to Tulalip Bay Dining near Marysville. Other awards included: Most Innovative Wine List -- RN74 (Seattle) Best Restaurant Event Featuring Washington Wines -- Legendary Swirl at El Gaucho (Seattle) Best Out-of-State Washington Wine Program -- Anthonys Old Mill (Bend, Ore.) The Washington Wine Grand Award
These restaurants are considered industry leaders in support of the Washington wine industry: Anthonys Pier 66, Anthonys at Columbia Point, Anthonys Hearthfire Grill, Anthonys Restaurants, The Barking Frog at Willows Lodge, Canlis Restaurant, Daniels Broiler, El Gaucho Bellevue, El Gaucho Seattle, Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop, The Grape Adventure, The Herbfarm, The Marc Restaurant, The Metropolitan Grill, The Triple Door, Tulalip Bay Dining, Valley Café of Ellensburg, Viscontis of Leavenworth, Washington Athletic Club and Waterstreet Café & Bar. Washington Wine Award of Distinction
These restaurants have shown dedication and commitment to the Washington wine industry: Adriatic Grill, Aqua by El Gaucho, Bella Italia, Bin on the Lake, Bistro San Martin, Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill & Bar, Bon Vinos Bistro & Bakery, Café Flora, Chandlers Crabhouse, Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar Bellevue, Ettas, Ivars Mukilteo Landing, John Howie Steak, Katyas Restaurant & Wine Bar, Local 360, Masselows at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, Palisade Waterfront Restaurant, Pike Brewing Company, Purple Café & Wine Bar Bellevue, Purple Café & Wine Bar Kirkland, Purple Café & Wine Bar Seattle, Purple Café & Wine Bar Woodinville, Rays Boathouse, Ristorante Italianissimo, RN74, Rovers Restaurant, Saltys at Redondo, Saltys on Alki, Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar Bellevue, Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar Seattle, Sullivans Steakhouse, Swing Wine Bar, The Fireside, Urbane, Viscontis Italian Restaurant in Leavenworth and Wenatchee, Washington State Convention Center and Wild Ginger at The Bravern.
Washington Wine Certificate of Recognition
These are restaurants that are building support of the Washington State wine industry: Blueacre Seafood, Breadline Café in Omak, Churchills Steakhouse in Spokane, Coho Café, Elliotts Oyster House, Fonte Café & Wine Bar, Harborside, Il Fornaio, Ivars Acres of Clams, Ivars Salmon House, Matts in the Market, Mission Street Bistro, Poco Wine Room, Pomegranate Bistro, Ponti Seafood Grill, Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie, Smash Wine Bar & Bistro, Spencers for Steaks & Chops, The Capital Grille, The Fort Worth Club, The Lincoln Center, The Scotch and Vine, Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge and Volterra. * For additional details on the Washington Wine Restaurant Awards, please visit washingtonwine.org/restaurantawards.