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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The Catbird Seat


The eclectic menu changes weekly, depending on what inspires the chefs. The wine pairings are equally whimsically based on the newly created dishes.

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(615) 810-8200
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Wine List Description
The wine program is aimed at exposing guests to new wine regions, styles of wine and unique food and beverage matches through pairings.
Perfect Pairing
Vanilla cake with pineapple gelée, cherry crisp, charred oak ice cream and Bourbon balls paired with a glass rinsed with Bourbon and Royal Tokaji Co.’s Mád Cuvée.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The Hot Chicken Skin with sorghum, Wonder Bread purée and dill pickle salt is a playful classic."
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Movia 2003 Puro Sparkling (Slovenia)
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Trimbach 2001 Clos Ste Hune (Alsace)
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Chateau Musar 2003 Red (Lebanon)
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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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