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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Steak 954

Description

Boutique steakhouse cuisine. “Wine, particularly red wine, is a natural companion for steak,” says Jason Smith, chef de cuisine.

Read a Q&A with Jason Smith, executive chef of Steak 954 and get his Maine Lobster and Alaskan King Crab Ceviche recipe.

Region
South
New to List
Yes
City
Fort Lauderdale
State
FL
Restaurant URL
steak954.com
Phone Number
(954) 414-8333
Open Table Link
http://www.opentable.com/steak-954-at-the-w-fort-lauderdale
Wine List Description
The wine list is international in scope, with a focus on boutique and cult wines.
Perfect Pairing
An 18-ounce Dry Aged Rib-Eye with a bold California Cab or aged Barolo.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"Signature dishes include the Big Eye Tuna and Foie Gras Tacos with House Picked Jalapeños."
Destination Bottle Link 1
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2007 Romanée-St.-Vivant
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Quilceda Creek 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley)
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Shafer 2007 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap District)
Related Link 1
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Seared Scallop Tacos with Roasted Cauliflower, Fried Capers and Raisin Purée
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Napa Cabs 30 Under $30
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