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.

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Gary Danko


Modern American cuisine steeped in classical techniques allows for a wonderful balance between wine and food.

San Francisco
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(415) 749-2060
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The comprehensive list features over 2,000 wines from around the world, with an emphasis on Burgundy and rare California producers, in addition to an extensive selection of half bottles.
Perfect Pairing
Glazed Oysters with Osetra Caviar and Lettuce Cream, paired with Champagne.
Riot-Worthy Dish
The Roast Maine Lobster with Tomato, Corn, Basil and Potato Purée is a staple—it’s been on the menu for 25 years.
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Domaine Leflaive 2008 Le Montrachet
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Jacques Selosse NV Substance Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne)
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Lillian 2007 Syrah (California)
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The James Beard Foundation Celebrates its Silver Anniversary
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All-American Chardonnay
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