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
Philippe Restaurant + Lounge South
Vino Vino South
Lake Austin Spa Resort South
Hot and Hot Fish Club South
Congress South
Bern’s Steak House South
Veritas Northeast Large-Format Bottles
SHO Shaun Hergatt Northeast
Charleston Northeast
Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant Northeast
ABC Kitchen Northeast
The Lambs Club Northeast
Craigie on Main Northeast Pig Roasts
Per Se Northeast
Le Bernardin Northeast
Crown Northeast
A Voce Columbus Northeast
Marc Forgione Northeast
Birch & Barley Northeast
Graffiato Northeast

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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