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Longhi's, Merriman's, Vino make Wine Spectator list

July 8th, 2016
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015Vino was one of the Hawaii restaurants honored by Wine Spectator magazine this year. The restaurant reopened in its current location in 2015.


Vino was one of the Hawaii restaurants honored by Wine Spectator magazine this year. The restaurant reopened in its current location in 2015.

Wine Spectator released its 2016 Restaurant Awards this week, highlighting the best places to visit for a glass of wine in all 50 states and 72 countries around the world.

Restaurants are recognized with one of three awards: the Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award. In 2016, there were 3,595 restaurants recognized; 1,093 were presented with the Best of Award of Excellence, with just 88 establishments earning a Grand Award.

According to Wine Spectator, honored restaurants must offer wine lists that feature a “well-chosen assortment” of selections with a “thematic match to the menu in both price and style.” Best of Award of Excellence recipients provide “more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.”

No Hawaii restaurant earned a Grand Award in 2016, which recognizes “the world’s best wine programs” and includes independent inspections of each winning restaurant’s wine program, wine cellar, customer service, ambience and cuisine. Multiple restaurants received the Best of Award of Excellence designation, including Il Lupino, La Mer and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse on Oahu and Maui’s Lahaina Grill, Longhi’s Lahaina and Wailea, Merriman’s Kapalua and Nick’s Fishmarket.

To make things easier for mobile users and those traveling to new cities, this year Wine Spectator launched a free Restaurant Awards app and dedicated website with a complete list of winners. The list will also be available in Wine Spectator’s August issue, which is due to hit store shelves July 19.


Hawaii Island
» The Fish Hopper, Kailua-Kona
» Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill, Kailua-Kona
» Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, Kohala
» Merriman’s Restaurant, Waimea
» Ray’s on the Bay, Kailua-Kona

» Beach House Restaurant, Koloa
» Gaylord’s, Lihue
» Merriman’s Fish House, Koloa

» Fleetwood’s on Front St., Lahaina
» Gannon’s, Wailea
» Gerard’s, Lahaina
» Hali’imaile General Store, Makawao
» Honu Seafood & Pizza, Lahaina
» Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, Kihei
» Lahaina Grill, Lahaina
» Longhi’s Lahaina, Lahaina
» Longhi’s Wailea, Wailea
» Mala Ocean Tavern, Lahaina
» Merriman’s Kapalua, Kapalua
» Morimoto Maui, Wailea
» Nick’s Fishmarket, Wailea
» Pacific’o, Lahaina
» Pulehu, Lahaina
» Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Lahaina

» Beachhouse at the Moana, Waikiki
» BLT Steak, Waikiki
» Chart House Waikiki, Waikiki
» D.K. Steak House, Waikiki
» Fresco Italian Restaurant, Waikiki
» Hoku’s, Kahala
» Il Lupino Trattoria and Wine Bar, Waikiki
» La Mer, Waikiki
» Morton’s, Ala Moana
» Teppanyaki Ginza Onodera, McCully
» Vino, Kakaako
» Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Waikiki
Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at

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