(Battle Creek, Mich.) Aug. 31, 2023 — FireKeepers Casino is proud to announce its Nibi restaurant has secured the prestigious Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence for the second consecutive year. This remarkable achievement highlights Nibi’s dedication to offer an exceptional dining experience paired with an outstanding wine selection.

Recent weeks have seen Nibi recognized for its wine and its cuisine, as Nibi received  the distinguished AAA Four Diamond designation, a testament to its guarantee to providing an ambiance of sophistication and impeccable service to its cherished guests.


Founded in 1976, Wine Spectator is the top expert on wine and wine culture globally. With decades of experience, the magazine is devoted to helping and educating wine enthusiasts like no other. Wine Spectator’s main goal is to be the ultimate source of advice for wine buyers, showing its strong commitment to keeping quality and honesty at the forefront. As their website states, “We’re not the voice of the wine trade; we are the gatekeeper and guide for the wine consumer.”


Known for its distinctive culinary artistry, Nibi embraces American and Regional cuisines, creating a symphony of flavors that perfectly complement its diverse wine offerings. Nibi’s journey with Wine Spectator Awards began in 2017 when it secured the first-tier Award of Excellence, a distinction consistently retained until 2021. The momentum continued, with Nibi achieving the elevated second-tier Best of Award of Excellence in both 2022 and 2023. According to Wine Spectator’s website, this award signifies restaurants with remarkable wine lists that span diverse wine-growing regions and exhibit deep vertical expertise in top producers. Often boasting 350 or more selections, these establishments cater to passionate wine enthusiasts, showcasing a profound dedication to wine both in their cellars and service teams.


“FireKeepers takes great pride in Nibi’s remarkable achievement,” shared Michael Hamilton, Vice President of Food and Beverage at FireKeepers Casino Hotel. “We are committed to continuing its tradition of delivering an unparalleled dining experience that leaves a lasting impression on all who visit.”


Located within the hotel lobby, Nibi presents an experience that begins the instant you enter FireKeepers’ renowned restaurant. Boasting a selection that span from delectable fresh seafood to mouthwatering, robust rib-eyes, this establishment truly encapsulates the essence of exceptional dining and creating unforgettable nights.



FireKeepers Casino Hotel, located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, MI, has been named Best Casino by audiences in Western Michigan and Northern Indiana, plus earned multiple awards in the Casino Player Magazine Best of Gaming 2023 Native Midwest category, including Best Overall Gaming Resort. FireKeepers was recognized as 2019 Employer of the Year by Michigan Works! Association and was also selected as one of the Best Casinos to Work For by Casino Player Magazine. FireKeepers’ signature restaurant, Nibi, is a multiple recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and recently awarded a AAA Four Diamond designation. The property features 2,900 slot machines, 63 table games, and a 26-table live poker room. FireKeepers’ resort-style hotel has been rated AAA Four Diamond for nine consecutive years and offers 446 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center, six distinctive dining destinations, and multiple lounges. FireKeepers is the title sponsor of the FireKeepers Casino 400, a NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, and a host of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship, an EPSON Tour-Road to the LPGA golf event. For more information, visit


FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.

Author: Philip Lopez