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
Anasazi Restaurant Central Burgers
Proof on Main South Burgers
Minetta Tavern Northeast Burgers
db Bistro Moderne South Burgers
Pago Central Burgers
Gilt at the New York Palace Hotel Northeast Large-Format Bottles
Spiaggia Central Large-Format Bottles
Veritas Northeast Large-Format Bottles
The Herbfarm West Onsite Gardens
Talula’s Garden Northeast Onsite Gardens
The Ashby Inn & Restaurant South Onsite Gardens
The Barn at Blackberry Farm South Onsite Gardens
BEAST West Pig Roasts
Craigie on Main Northeast Pig Roasts
Troquet Northeast Pig Roasts
A16 West
Crown Northeast
Wit & Wisdom, A Tavern by Michael Mina Northeast
Bern’s Steak House South
PRESS St. Helena West
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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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