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
CUT by Wolfgang Puck West
brushstroke Northeast
Birch & Barley Northeast
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Joël Robuchon Restaurant West
Alma de Cuba Northeast
La Belle Vie Central
Steak 954 South
Wit & Wisdom, A Tavern by Michael Mina Northeast
The Catbird Seat South
Gramercy Tavern Northeast
Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil West
crush wine bistro & cellar West
Art and Soul Northeast
Charleston Northeast
Eleven Madison Park Northeast
Quince West
Marc Forgione Northeast
Per Se Northeast
The Restaurant at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Central
Hot and Hot Fish Club South
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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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