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.

Name Region Feature
CUT by Wolfgang Puck West
Pomp at The Resort at Paws Up Central
Graffiato Northeast
Blackbird Central
The French Laundry West
five & ten South
Montagna at The Little Nell Central
Philippe Restaurant + Lounge South
Menton Northeast
L2O Central
Husk Restaurant South
CityZen Northeast
Gary Danko West
La Toque West
Chef’s Table Central
Le Bernardin Northeast
The Farmhouse at Bedford Post Northeast
Canlis West
Longman & Eagle Central
The Lambs Club Northeast
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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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