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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Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant and Lounge, Chef Akira Back

Description

Japanese cuisine influenced by flavors and ingredients from around the world.

Read a Q&A with Yukiko Kawasaki, sommelier at Yellowtail.

Region
West
New to List
Yes
City
Las Vegas
State
NV
Restaurant URL
akiraback.com/yt.html
Menu Link
http://www.bellagio.com/files/restaurants/menu-yellowtail.pdf
Phone Number
(702) 693-8865
Open Table Link
http://www.opentable.com/yellowtail-bellagio-hotel
Wine List Description
The wine program is geared toward being food-friendly, boasting heavy hitters from the Old and New Worlds, a large selection of trophy bottles and an extensive saké list.
Perfect Pairing
The Jeju Domi with Citrus-Scented Masago, Micro Kaenip, and Chojang Sauce pairs with Joseph Drouhin’s 2009 Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet, while the Vintage Rib-Eye with Kimchee Brussel Sprouts and Kizami-Wasabi Butter works beautifully with Opus One’s 2007 Napa Valley Red.
Riot-Worthy Dish
"The Big-Eye Tuna Pizza is the signature dish at Yellowtail."
Destination Bottle Link 1
http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/domaine-romanee-conti
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1995 Romanée-Conti
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http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/chateau-petrus
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Château Pétrus 1982 Pomerol
Destination Bottle Link 3
http://buyingguide.winemag.com/wineries/chateau-lafite-rothschild
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Château Lafite-Rothschild 1982 Pauillac
Related Link 1
http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/Web-2010/Japanese-Whisky/
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Japanese Whisky Wins
Related Link 2
http://www.winemag.com/Wine-Enthusiast-Magazine/March-2011/Edo-An-Eater-rsquos-Eden/
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Edo: An Eater's Eden

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