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
Spiaggia Central Large-Format Bottles
SHO Shaun Hergatt Northeast
Sage West
Restaurant August South
Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil West
Quince West
Proof on Main South Burgers
PRESS St. Helena West
Portland City Grill West
Pomp at The Resort at Paws Up Central
Plume at the Jefferson Hotel Northeast
Philippe Restaurant + Lounge South
Per Se Northeast
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse South
Pago Central Burgers
Montagna at The Little Nell Central
MOKSA Northeast
Minetta Tavern Northeast Burgers
Miller Union South
Menton 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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