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
SHO Shaun Hergatt Northeast
Minetta Tavern Northeast Burgers
Blue Hill at Stone Barns Northeast
Longman & Eagle Central
Pago Central Burgers
Pomp at The Resort at Paws Up Central
Blackbird Central
graham elliot Central
Frontera Grill & Topolobampo Central
Chef’s Table Central
Montagna at The Little Nell Central
La Belle Vie Central
Spiaggia Central Large-Format Bottles
Tru Central
Anasazi Restaurant Central Burgers
The Copper Onion Central
deseo Central
L2O Central
Frasca Food and Wine Central
The Restaurant at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Central

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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