In Southwest Florida, Naples is synonymous for luxury.  Whether it be real estate, golf courses, jewelry, shopping, cars, dining, it’s going to be top notch.

Wine Spectator recently released their honorees for this years prestigious awards, and 15 well known Naples restaurants have earned recognition for 2023.  Are we really surprised?

Each year Wine Spectator awards three different tiers of awards.  This year, restaurants in Naples are represented in all three categories, the Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Awards.

Three Tiers Of Awards

To even be considered for an award, a restaurant must meet specific expectations.  The wine list must present complete and accurate information, and Wine Spectator requires complete producer names and correct spellings.  Overall presentation of the wine list is also a contributing factor.  I wouldn’t suggest a wine list simply printed on a sheet of paper.

For 2023, the Award of Excellence was presented to only 2,001 establishments across the country.  If you think about the amount of places serving wine in all 50 states, that’s not a lot.  These restaurants offer a minimum of 90 selections, featuring an assortment of producers and a pairing option for their food menu.

Next up, the Best of Award of Excellence went to just 1,411 restaurants this year. Again, that’s not many.   The restaurants receiving this honor offer a selection of at least 350 wines.  These destinations are for a more serious wine lover.

Lastly, only 93 locations were exclusively presented with a Grand Award.   ONLY 93!!!   And one of those 93 is right here in Naples.   Restaurants receiving the most prestigious recognition are offering the highest level of wine service. The wine lists features over 1,000 selections from top producers with a menu that compliments the wine to near perfection.

15 Well Known Naples Restaurants Earn Prestigious Wine Spectator Awards

Of the 15 Naples restaurants receiving awards this year, only two are new to the list.  I would say that’s not surprising to those from Florida who are familiar with Naples.  We’ve got some really impressive dining options down South.

So, without further ado, these are the Naples restaurants that have been recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine for 2023.


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