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
Chef’s Table Central
Circa 1886 South
CityZen Northeast
Commander’s Palace South
Congress South
Crabtree's Kittle House Restaurant and Inn Northeast
Craigie on Main Northeast Pig Roasts
Crown Northeast
crush wine bistro & cellar West
CUT by Wolfgang Puck West
DANIEL Northeast
db Bistro Moderne South Burgers
Del Posto Northeast
deseo Central
Eleven Madison Park Northeast
Emeril’s Restaurant South
Estadio Northeast
five & ten South
Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar Northeast
Frasca Food and Wine Central
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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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