What defines a Wine Enthusiast Magazine best 100 wine restaurant? Is it the outstanding selection of wines? An innovative menu? Detail-oriented service? Buzzed-about décor? The eateries on our list do all these things and more: They serve up a true passion for presenting mind-blowing wine-and-food pairings. Along with our selection of the nation's latest and greatest wine-focused dining destinations, the following pages offer recipes and ingenious wine-pairing ideas for the home chef, the top food trends of 2013 and an appetite-stimulating selection of essential dishes you'll want to sample.

Click on the regions on the map below to find out which restaurants made it on the list.

USA Region Map Northeast South Central West

Northeast Region

Name City State
Art and Soul Washington, D.C.
A Voce Columbus New York City NY
Blue Hill at Stone Barns Pocantico Hills NY
Brushstroke New York City NY
Charleston Baltimore MD
CityZen Washington, D.C.
Crabtree's Kittle House Chappaqua NY
Craigie On Main Boston MA
DANIEL New York City NY
Dovetail New York City NY
Eleven Madison Park New York City NY
Estadio Washington, D.C.
Fiola Washington, D.C.
Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar Atlantic City NJ
Gotham Bar & Grill New York City NY
Gramercy Tavern New York City NY
Husk Charleston SC
Jewel Melville NY
Le Bernardin New York City NY
Manzanilla New York City NY
Marea New York City NY
Menton Boston MA
minibar by José Andrés Washington, D.C.
Momofuku Má Pêche New York City NY
Oceana New York City NY
Per Se New York City NY
Plume at The Jefferson, DC Washington, D.C.
Ripple Washington, D.C.
Rouge Tomate New York City NY
Talula’s Garden Philadelphia PA
The Delmonico Room at Hotel Fauchere Milford PA
The NoMad New York City NY
Tocqueville Restaurant New York City NY
Troquet Boston MA
Veritas New York City NY
Woodberry Kitchen Baltimore MD

South Region

Name City State
5 & 10 Athens GA
Bern’s Steak House Tampa FL
Charleston Grill at Charleston Place Hotel Charleston SC
Chez Philippe Memphis TN
Circa 1886 Charleston SC
Commander’s Palace New Orleans LA
Congress Austin TX
db Bistro Moderne Miami FL
FT33 Dallas TX
Goodstone Inn & Restaurant Middleburg VA
Hot and Hot Fish Club Birmingham AL
Inn at Dos Brisas Washington TX
Miller Union Atlanta GA
Proof on Main Louisville KY
Restaurant August New Orleans LA
Restaurant R'evolution New Orleans LA
Steak 954 at W Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale FL
Stella! New Orleans LA
The Barn at Blackberry Farm Walland TN
The Catbird Seat Nashville TN
The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans LA
Vino Vino Austin TX

Central Region

Name City State
Anasazi Restaurant at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi Santa Fe NM
Blackbird Chicago IL
Deseo at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Scottsdale AZ
element 47 Aspen CO
Frasca Food and Wine Boulder CO
Jeff Ruby’s Precinct Cincinnati OH
L2O Chicago IL
L’Etoile Restaurant Madison WI
Longman & Eagle Chicago IL
Nellcote/RM Champagne Salon Chicago IL
Niche St. Louis MO
Pomp at The Resort at Paws Up Greenough MT
Sepia Chicago IL
Spiaggia Chicago IL
The Boarding House Chicago IL
The Copper Onion Salt Lake City UT
The Restaurant at Rainbow Ranch Lodge Big Sky MT

West Region

Name City State
A16 San Francisco CA
animal Los Angeles CA
BEAST Portland OR
Canlis Seattle WA
Crush Wine Bistro and Cellar Anchorage AK
Hatfield's Los Angeles CA
Joël Robuchon Restaurants Las Vegas NV
La Toque Napa CA
Manresa Los Gatos CA
MICHAEL MINA San Francisco San Francisco CA
Portland City Grill Portland OR
PRESS St. Helena St. Helena CA
Purple Café and Wine Bar Seattle WA
Quince San Francisco CA
Sage at ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas NV
Saison San Francisco CA
Spoonbar Healdsburg CA
The French Laundry Yountville CA
The Herbfarm Woodinville WA
The Marc Restaurant and The Vineyard Lounge Walla Walla WA
The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil Rutherford CA
The Restaurant at Meadowood St. Helena CA
The Tasting Kitchen Venice CA
Wild Ginger Seattle WA
Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge Las Vegas NV

 

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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