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

2013 Restaurant Features

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.

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.

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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