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
Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant and Lounge, Chef Akira Back West
Woodberry Kitchen Northeast
Wit & Wisdom, A Tavern by Michael Mina Northeast
Vino Vino South
Veritas Northeast Large-Format Bottles
Tru Central
Troquet Northeast Pig Roasts
the tasting kitchen West
The Restaurant at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Central
The Restaurant at Meadowood West
The Lambs Club Northeast
The Herbfarm West Onsite Gardens
The French Laundry West
The Farmhouse at Bedford Post Northeast
The Copper Onion Central
The Catbird Seat South
The Barn at Blackberry Farm South Onsite Gardens
The Ashby Inn & Restaurant South Onsite Gardens
Talula’s Garden Northeast Onsite Gardens
Steak 954 South
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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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