Wine Enthusiast 2012 100 Best Restaurants in America

We've combed the nation for the ultimate wine-centric dining establishments. So what does it take to make the cut for our America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants list? These superlative hot spots have established themselves as standouts for wine lovers, boasting visionary beverage programs and innovative menus, with eye-catching ambiance and exceptional service. Along with our picks, the following pages are filled with exclusive chef and sommelier interviews, delectable recipes, top trends and wine bottles to savor. There's something for every taste. Click on the regions on the map below to find out which restaurants made it on the list.

Name Region Feature
Gary Danko West
The Herbfarm West Onsite Gardens
PRESS St. Helena West
BEAST West Pig Roasts
Quince West
Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant and Lounge, Chef Akira Back West
A16 West
Manresa West
Sage West
CUT by Wolfgang Puck West
Canlis West
The French Laundry West
B&B Ristorante West
crush wine bistro & cellar West
Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil West
La Toque West
The Restaurant at Meadowood West
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Joël Robuchon Restaurant West
Hatfield’s West
Portland City Grill West

2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

Move over pork: Duck is the new darling of America’s hottest restaurants, and it scores big with playful wine pairings from Rioja to the Rhône.

Pizza Party

Wine-friendly pizzas offer diners a slice of heaven.

New York's Sommeliers Pour Local

Many of Manhattan’s best restaurants aren’t just about eating local, but drinking local wines, too.

Element of Surprise

Whether menus change daily, weekly or monthly—or cease to be presented to diners at all—eating at these restaurants is nothing less than a thrill.

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