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
Commander’s Palace South
Marc Forgione Northeast
Hot and Hot Fish Club South
Quince West
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse South
Charleston Grill South
The Restaurant at Meadowood West
Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant Northeast
the tasting kitchen West
Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar Northeast
Woodberry Kitchen Northeast
PRESS St. Helena West
deseo Central
DANIEL Northeast
Circa 1886 South
Del Posto Northeast
The Restaurant at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Central
Addison at The Grand Del Mar West
Sage West
Restaurant August South

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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