Published on: August 2, 2021

Wine Spectator Award

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The View Restaurant at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2021 Restaurant Awards. The annual program recognizes restaurants around the world as a top destination for wine lovers.

“American restaurants are back in business, as patrons are eagerly returning to dining rooms across the nation,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “In this year’s Restaurant Awards issue, we reflect on how restaurateurs navigated this incredibly difficult period, and look ahead, with every indication that the coming year will be one of the most promising in decades for an industry we all love. It’s been a long road back, and it feels wonderful to celebrate restaurants and all they bring to the world of wine.”

“For the better part of 20 years, The View Restaurant has been recognized annually by Wine Spectator,” said Nichole Dunford, restaurant manager. “In recent years, we have elevated our selection to over 500, with choices from most corners of the nation and the globe. Our knowledge and level of service continues to seek new heights, and as a result we can now boast the two glass logo from Wine Spectator indicating that we have achieved the Best of Award of Excellence. Our guests can be confident that between our wine selection and guidance from our servers, they will have the best dining experience possible.”

The View Restaurant has been AAA Four Diamond rated the past 14 consecutive years. Together with the Mirror Lake Inn, this is the only AAA Four Diamond lodging and dining combination in the Adirondacks.

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 1,673; 1,141; and 103 winners this year in each respective category.

The View Restaurant has won the Best of Award of Excellence. These recipients offer extensive selections with excellent breadth across multiple regions and significant vertical depth.

Wine Spectator’s special 40th Anniversary Restaurant Awards issue—which also features tributes to past Restaurant Award winners now closed, including 10 Grand Award winners—is now available to readers.

Follow the Restaurant Awards on Twitter (@wsrestoawards) and Instagram (@wsrestaurantawards), with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward, and at, where all winners can be searched by location and sorted by attributes including name, proximity, award level, cuisine and pricing. Winners are also profiled in the free Restaurant Awards app, available for iPhone and iPad users.

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 The View Restaurant

The View Restaurant, located inside the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid, has been AAA Four Diamond rated the past 14 consecutive years. Together with the Mirror Lake Inn, this is the only AAA Four Diamond lodging and dining combination in the Adirondacks. The View Restaurant, led by Executive Chef Jarrad Lang, presents its discerning guests with a farm-to-table dining concept, with participation from a dozen local and regional farms providing beef, poultry, produce, vegetables, artisan cheeses and more. The experience is further enhanced by a nearly global wine selection that has secured Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence. The View Restaurant is open daily for breakfast and nightly for dinner except Tuesday.