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
Estadio Northeast
Pomp at The Resort at Paws Up Central
Montagna at The Little Nell Central
Blackbird Central
Husk Restaurant South
Graffiato Northeast
five & ten South
The French Laundry West
Crabtree's Kittle House Restaurant and Inn Northeast
L2O Central
Vino Vino South
Adour Alain Ducasse at The St. Regis New York Northeast
Menton Northeast
Tru Central
Steak 954 South
Philippe Restaurant + Lounge South
Plume at the Jefferson Hotel Northeast
Longman & Eagle Central
The Copper Onion Central
La Toque 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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