Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Eau Claire Among 3,800 Winners Worldwide; Full 2019 Dining Guide Revealed in Wine Spectator’s August Issue
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Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Eau Claire Among 3,800 Winners Worldwide; Full 2019 Dining Guide Revealed in Wine Spectator’s August Issue

July 11, 2019 // // Eau Claire, WI - Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Eau Claire has been honored for its outstanding wine program in the coveted Wine Spectator’s 2019 Restaurant Awards. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.

“We’re pleased to shine a spotlight on the destinations around the world that show devotion to their wine program, while also creating a comprehensive global dining guide for our readers to enjoy,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “Both novice wine lovers and seasoned sommeliers alike actively seek and frequent restaurants with exciting, well-curated wine lists. Bravo to all the 2019 recipients - we raise a glass to you.”

Thomas Larson, President of Larson Companies who represents ownership and manages the award-winning restaurant, says “This Award from Wine Spectator two years in a row is a true honor, to be recognized amongst the world’s best wine lists. It is also a great source of pride and culmination of years of planning, patience, research and perseverence in building a wine list unlike any other in the area. Our Johnny’s Team is magnificent and it clearly shows. The heart of everything we do at Johnny’s centers around exceeding highest guest expectations, and we want to also take this opportunity to sincerely thank our patrons and guests for their support.”

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award - with 2,447; 1,244; and 100 winners this year in each respective category. Eight of the Grand Award winners are first timers.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Eau Claire has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence two-years consecutively, 2018 & 2019. It is the only such restaurant in the geographic area with this distinction.

The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, on newsstands July 16, and online at, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the 3,800 restaurants. The full list is also available for free on iOS via the Restaurant Awards app, which allows users to look for dining spots in any location with maps, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more. Follow the Restaurant Awards on Twitter and Instagram, with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward.

About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (, mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 15,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

About Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Eau Claire

Johnny’s is a distinctly upscale steakhouse in Eau Claire, Wisconsin complimented with a rich Italian background featuring traditional and innovative items and a superior wine list. The classic interior is reminiscent of the supper clubs of yesteryear. The sophisticated design of the restaurant is welcoming and warm; the illuminated lighting creates an air of mystique and privacy. The classic sounds of Sinatra, Dean, and Sammy Davis, Jr., as well as contemporary crooners like Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr., surround the restaurant, infusing the restaurant with an aura and rhythm all its own.

A glowing neon Blue Bar™ invites you for cocktails served on the custom granite bar or to relax on soft seating in the lounge. Enjoy classic martinis, specialty cocktails, and an extensive wine list, all of which sets Johnny’s stage presence. Johnny’s offers lunch, dinner, and breakfast in hotel adjournment settings with a customer service and dining experience second to none.

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