Only One East Bay Restaurant Won Wine Spectator’s Prestigious Award This Year

Wine Spectator, the world’s foremost authority on wine, has recently revealed the winners of the 2023 Restaurant Awards. These prestigious accolades honor the world’s leading restaurants for exceptional wine service.

From all corners of the globe, the awards recognize a total of 3,505 remarkable dining destinations spanning all 50 states in the U.S. and extending into over 70 international territories.

Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher of Wine Spectator, pointed out the unique aspect of these awards in a statement shared with the Bay Area Telegraph, saying, “In a time of technological innovation, restaurants offer the human experience diners are hungry for—listening to their customers and offering personalized experience. This annual issue celebrates the places where wine is at the top of that conversation.”

Incepted in 1981, the Restaurant Awards have maintained their unique position as the only program globally focused exclusively on restaurant wine service. The awards are distributed across three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence, and the Grand Award, with 2,001; 1,411; and 93 winners respectively in each category this year.

East Bay’s Sole Achiever: LB Steak at City Center Bishop Ranch

Logo for LB Steak restaurant on menu, San Ramon, California, December 22, 2021. Photo courtesy Sftm.

Among the sea of winners, one East Bay restaurant stands out, having made the coveted list of honorees. LB Steak, situated in City Center Bishop Ranch, San Ramon, has been bestowed with Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence.

This high-end restaurant is no stranger to excellence, boasting a 520 bottle wine list and an impressive inventory of 4,050 unique bottles of wine. With a stellar reputation for both its culinary delights and wine selection, LB Steak is a deserving recipient of the recognition.

Close-up of Dungeness crab cake at LB Steak restaurant in San Ramon, California, December 22, 2021. Photo courtesy Sftm.

A Personal Dining Experience

Having dined at LB Steak several times, I can personally vouch for the establishment’s top-tier steak, wine, and ambiance. The range of wine choices available provides an exciting exploration of flavors for both seasoned wine enthusiasts and novices alike.

Of course, I’m now kicking myself for getting a cocktail instead of a glass of wine on my last visit!

This quality selection and service mean that wine isn’t just an afterthought at LB Steak. It is an integral part of the dining experience, reflecting the restaurant’s dedication to wine and wine-loving patrons.

A Toast to LB Steak

Congratulations are certainly in order for LB Steak. This accolade from Wine Spectator reaffirms the restaurant’s position as a leader in the world of wine service, and it continues to enhance the East Bay dining scene. It’s an achievement that will certainly have wine lovers toasting to their continued success.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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