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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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Joël Robuchon Restaurant


Fine French cuisine influenced by the flavors and ingredients of Spain and Asia.

Las Vegas
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(702) 891-7925, (702) 891-7358
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Wine List Description
The wine program focuses on the finest wines from all over the world, and has extensive Bordeaux, Burgundy and California selections.
Perfect Pairing
At Joël Robuchon Restaurant, the perfect pairing is the L’Oeuf de Poule (a crispy soft boiled egg with smoked salmon and caviar) with Bruno Paillard’s Brut Première Cuvée Champagne. L’Atelier’s La Caille dish (foie gras-stuffed free-range quail with mashed potatoes) matches seamlessly with Château de Beaucastel’s 1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Riot-Worthy Dish
The Pommes Purée is the one dish guests ask for time and again.
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1995 Romanée-Conti
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Château Cheval Blanc 1947 St.-Émilion
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Screaming Eagle 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)
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Joël Robuchon in Vegas
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