Dylan Torcoletti, Supervisor at The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse samples a bottle of wine in the restaurant wine area located at Langham Hotel Pasadena.
Dylan Torcoletti, Supervisor at The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse samples a bottle of wine in the restaurant wine area located at Langham Hotel Pasadena. ((SGVN/Photo by Walt Mancini))

California's wine country may be to the north of Los Angeles, but there are plenty for local wine lovers to celebrate. According to Wine Spectator, there are dozens of restaurants in the area — from downtown L.A. to Pasadena and the South Bay — offering deliciously diverse wines.

Wine Spectator's 2014 Restaurant Awards, which highlights the eateries around the globe that offer the best wine selections, chose 3,748 award winners from all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 from other countries and territories, including many in Los Angeles County.

 

 

Among the list of winners, Wine Spectator also named its first Grand Award winners, which the program's top tier restaurants. Those in this elite group — representing 12 countries and 15 U.S. states — generally offer 1,500 or more selections, “with superior breadth and depth in many of the world's classic wine-producing regions,” according to Wine Spectator. The editors of Wine Spectator carefully assess each candidate, rigorously inspecting the wine program, cellar, service, ambiance and cuisine of the restaurant.

 

 

The six top-notch dining destinations winners are Clos Maggiore in London; La Toque in Napa; Nice Matin in New York; Saison in San Francisco; The Stonehouse in Santa Barbara; and Studio in Laguna Beach.

These Grand Award winners lead the 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards, along with 68 others who have retained their status as a go-to experience for wine aficionados. According to Marvin R. Shanken, editor/publisher of Wine Spectator, there has never been a more exciting time to be a wine lover.

The magazine began forming its best wine lists in 1981. The complete list of 2014 award winners will be featured in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator, available July 22.

 

 

Check out what Los Angeles area restaurants made the Wine Spectator's “must try” list:

 

LOS ANGELES

 

 

 

The Bazaar by Jose Andres

 

Where: SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles

Information: 310-246-5555, sbe.com

 

Boa Steakhouse Sunset

 

Where: 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

Information: 310-278-2050, www.innovativedining.com

 

Café Pinot

 

Where: 700 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles.

Information: 213-239-6500, patinagroup.com

 

The Capital Grille

 

Where: 8614 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 310-358-0650, www.thecapitalgrille.com

 

 

 

Culina Modern Italian

 

Where: Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive.

Information: 310-860-4000, culinarestaurant.com

 

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse

 

Where: 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles; 252 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; 2301 Rosencrans Ave., El Segundo.

Information: 213-745-9911, 310-278-8710, 310-643-6911,www.flemingssteakhouse.com

 

Hinoki & The Bird

 

Where: 10 W. Century Drive, Los Angeles.

Information: 310-552-1200, hinokiandthebird.com

 

Industriel Urban Farm Cuisine

 

Where: 609 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

 

 

Information: 213-488- 8020, industrielfarm.com

 

JW's Steakhouse

 

What: Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 310-641-5700, www.marriott.com

 

L.A. Prime Steakhouse

 

Where: The Westin Bonaventure, 404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.

Information: 213-612-4743

 

Madeo

 

Where: 8897 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 310-859-0242

 

Osteria Mamma

 

Where: 5732 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Information: 323-284-7060, www.osteriamamma.com

 

The Palm

 

Where: 1100 S. Flower St. and 9001 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles

 

 

Information: 213-763-4600, www.thepalm.com

 

Patina

 

Where: 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Information: 213-972-3331, patinarestaurant.com

 

Red O Restaurant

 

Where: 8155 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles

Information: 323-655-5009, www.redorestaurant.com

 

Saam

 

Where: SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienaga Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 310-247-0400.

 

Saddle Peak Lodge

 

Where: 419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas.

Information: 818-222-3888, www.saddlepeaklodge.com

 

Seasons 52

 

Where: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles and 1501 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

 

 

Information: 310-277-5252 or 310-451-1152, www.seasons52.com

 

Sprazzo Cucina Italiana

 

Where: 1389 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 310-479-3337, www.sprazzo.net

 

Taix French Restaurant

 

Where: 1911 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 213-484-1265, taixfrench.com

 

Toscana

 

Where: 11633 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 310-820-2448.

 

Trattoria Amici

 

Where: 783 Americana Way, Glendale.

Information: 818-502-1220, www.amicila.com

 

Vibrato Grills, Jazz...Etc.

 

Where: 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Los Angeles.

 

 

Information: 310-474-9400.

 

Water Grill

 

Where: 544 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles and 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

Information: 213-891-0900 or 310-394-5669, www.watergrill.com

 

Windows

 

Where: Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles.

Information: 310-273-2222.

 

BEVERLY HILLS

 

 

 

The Belvedere

 

Where: The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-551-2888.

 

Bouchon in Beverly Hills

 

Where: 235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-271-9910, bouchonbistro.com

 

 

 

Crustacean Beverly Hills

 

Where: 9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills

Information: 310-205-8990, houseofan.com

 

Cut and Sidebar

 

Where: The Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills

Information: 310-276-8500.

 

Fogo de Chao

 

Where: 133 N. La Cienaga Blvd., Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-289-7755, www.fogodechao.com

 

Hakkasan Beverly Hills

 

Where: 233 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-888-8661, hakkasan.com

 

Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana

 

Where: 301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills.

 

 

Information: 310-550-8330, www.ilfornaio.com

 

Livello

 

Where: L'Ermitage, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-278-3344.

 

Mastro's Steakhouse

 

Where: 246 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-888-8782, www.mastrosrestaurants.com

 

The Polo Lounge

 

Where: The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-276-2251.

 

Ruth's Chris Steak House

 

Where: 224 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills and 369 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.

Information: 310-859-8744 or 626-583-8122, www.ruthschris.com

 

 

 

Spago Beverly Hills

 

Where: 176 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills.

Informaion: 310-385-0880, www.wolfgangpuck.com

 

PASADENA

 

 

 

Arroyo Chop House

 

Where: 536 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena.

Information: 626-577-7463, www.arroyochophouse.com

 

Café Verde

 

Where: 961 E. Green St., Pasadena.

Information: 626-356-9811, www.cafeverdepasadena.com

 

Parkway Grill

 

Where: 510 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena.

Information: 626-795-1001, www.theparkwaygrill.com

 

The Raymond

 

Where: 1250 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena.

Information: 626-441-3136, www.theraymond.com

 

 

 

The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse

 

Where: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena.

Information: 626-585-6410, www.roycela.com

 

Smitty's Grill

 

Where: 110 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena.

Information: 626-792-9999, www.smittysgrill.com

 

CLAREMONT

 

 

 

Packing House Wines

 

Where: 540 W. First St., Claremont.

Information: 909-445-9463, www.packinghousewines.com

 

Tutti Mangia Italian Grill

 

Where: 102 Harvard Ave., Claremont.

Information: 909-625-4669, www.tuttimangia.com

 

SANTA MONICA

 

 

 

Amici Trattoria

 

Where: 2538 San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica.

 

 

Information: 310-260-4900.

 

Capo

 

Where: 3810 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-394-5550, www.caporestaurant.com

 

Catch American Seafood

 

Where: Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica.

Information: 310-581-7714

 

Chinois on Main

 

Where: 2709 Main St., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-392-9025.

 

Del Frisco's Grills

 

Where; 1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-395-7333, delfriscosgrille.com

 

Josie Restaurant

 

Where: 2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-581-9888, www.josierestaurant.com

 

Locanda Del Lago

 

 

 

Where: 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-451-3525, www.lagosantamonica.com

 

Michael's

 

Where: 1147 Third St., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-451-0843, michaelssantamonica.com

 

One Pico

 

Where: Shutters on the Beach, 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-587-1717.

 

Sonoma Wine Garden

 

Where: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica.

Information: 424-214-4560, www.sonomawinegardensantamonica.com

 

Valentino

 

Where: 3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-829-4313.

 

Via Veneto

 

Where: 3009 Main St., Santa Monica.

 

 

Information: 310-399-1843, www.viaveneto.us

 

MALIBU

 

 

 

Nikita Malibu

 

Where: 22716 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.

Information: 310-456-3274, www.nikitamalibu.com

 

VENICE

 

 

 

The Tasting Kitchen

 

Where: 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice

Information: 310-392-6644, thetastingkitchen.com

 

MANHATTAN BEACH

 

 

 

Darren's Restaurant & Bar

 

Where: 1141 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.

Information: 310-802-1973, www.darrensrestaurant.com

 

Tin Roof Bistro

 

Where: 3500 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

Information: 310-939-0900, www.tinroofbistro.com

 

 

 

RANCHO PALOS VERDES

 

 

 

Mar'Sel

 

Where: Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Information: 310-265-2701, www.terranea.com/marsel

 

Trump National Golf Club

 

Where: 1 Trump National Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Information: 310-303-3260, www.trumpnationallosangeles.com

 

LONG BEACH

 

 

 

5555 East Steakhouse

 

Where: 5555 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach.

Information: 562-437-0626, www.555east.com

 

Delius Restaurant

 

Where: 2951 Cherry Ave., Signal Hill.

Information: 562-426-0694, deliusrestaurant.com

 

L'Opera Ristorante

 

 

 

Where: 101 Pine Ave., Long Beach.

Information: 562-491-0066, www.lopera.com

 

Michael's on Naples

 

Where: 5620 E. Second St., Long Beach.

Information: 562-439-7080, www.michaelsonnaples.com

 

Parker's Lighthouse

 

Where: Shoreline Village, 435 Shoreline Drive, Long Beach.

Information: 562-432-6500, www.parkerslighthouse.com

 

The Sky Room

 

Where: 40 S. Locust Ave., Long Beach.

Information: 562-983-2703, www.theskyroom.com