Wine Enthusiast Magazine's 2006 Restaurant Awards

Presenting the very best in fine dining for 2006.

Judging something as subjective, and often protean, as culinary greatness is never an easy task, especially in this day when so many restaurateurs, sommeliers and even diners are branching off into exciting, eclectic and disparate directions with their food and wine choices. What constitutes an excellent menu? How does one find what can be considered the very best in a wine list?

In Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Restaurant Awards' third year, our panel agreed: greatness is a composite of excellence in many areas, but the unifying factor? Vision. An exemplary wine program is about depth, breadth and quality, but also about soul. It's about offering the top tier of wines from the greatest wine regions of the world, making accessible the most prized vintages, and pairing dishes creatively with wines of all price points. But it's also about taking chances, exercising poetic license, boldly introducing consumers to gems of all prices they may never have known, and doing so in a friendly, informed manner.

All of our applicants exhibited wine programs that were a cut above the norm, displaying creativity, knowledge and care in their offerings. But our top winners took that love one step further by not only nailing the list, but expertly guiding consumers through it. Following are profiles of the Award of Ultimate Distinction winners, and a complete listing of all honorees nationwide.

Congratulations to all! Click here for our fully searchable database of America's Best Wine-Driven Restaurants of 2006.

All of the following restaurants received the Award of Ultimate Distinction. Click on the restaurant's name for the full review.

Award of Ultimate Distinction Winners

 Alto Excelsior Smith & Wollensky Chicago
 Aureole Las Vegas Grill 23 & Bar Smith & Wollensky Columbus, OH
 Bern's Steak House The Herbfarm Sona
 Cascadia Restaurant  The Kitchen Swingos on the Lake
 Charlie Trotter's The Lark La Toque
 Columbia Restaurant Mr Stox Trattoria Nostrani
 Commander's Palace Napa Rose Vic and Anthony's Steakhouse
 Courtright's Restaurant NoMi Vivere in the Italian Village
 Crabtree's Kittle House Pluckemin Inn Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant and Satay Bar
 Elizabeth's Café Smith & Wollensky Boston 



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Award of Unique Distinction Winners 

1550 Hyde Cafe and Wine BarDiva At The MetPierpont's At Union Station
1789 RestaurantDivino Wine & Cheese BistroPinot Brasserie
22 Bowen's Wine Bar & GrilleThe Drae Restaurant & LoungePort Land Grille
30 Degree BlueThe Elbow RoomPress

Pulcinella Ristorante And Ciao Bar

American SeasonsEnotria Cafe & Wine BarQuality Meats
Ana MandaraEquus RestaurantThe Quiet Woman
Angelo's 677 PrimeFair Hill Inn

Ranch Steakhouse

Angus Barn, TheFiamma Osteria

Ray's Boathouse

Atlanta GrillFiamma Trattoria

Restaurant 213

Atria Restaurant & BarThe Firehouse Restaurant

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

AvalonFirst Crush RestaurantRestaurant O
BacchusFleur De Sel

Ristorante Panorama

BarbettaGreens RestaurantRose Pistola
Barking FrogHarvest

Sale e Pepe Restaurant

Barolo GrillHavana

Salish Lodge and Spa

The Bay HouseHawthorne LaneSalpicon
Bella ItaliaHighlands Dining Room at the Mountain
Top Inn & Resort
Billy's At The BeachHiroshi Eurasion Tapas

Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar

Birchfield Manor Country InnThe Homestead Restaurant


Bistro BethemHush Restaurant

The Signature Room

Bistro HenryIl Terrazzo RistoranteSmith & Wollensky
Bleu ProvenceJay's BistroSmith & Wollensky
BLT FishJeff Ruby's Steakhouse

Smith & Wollensky

BLT PrimeJoe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

Smith & Wollensky

BLT SteakJulia's Kitchen

Smith & Wollensky

Blue FinKelly Liken

Smith & Wollensky

The Blue Star

La Sirena Restaurant

Smith & Wollensky

Blue Water Grill

Larkspur Restaurant

Soby's New South Cuisine
Bon Caldo Ristorante And Bar

Le Lan

Stage Left
Bosc-Kitchen and Wine Bar

Le Titi De Paris

Swan Terrace
Bottega Del VinoThe Left BankTamarine
Brook's Steakhouse

Les Nomades

The Tavern
Butch's Restaurant

Longhi's Wailea

Thalassa Restaurant
Cafe BouludLucky Palace

The Grill at The Ritz Carlton, Palm Beach

Cafe Di ScalaThe Majestic Steakhouse

Todd Jurich's Bistro

Cafe EsinMaloney & Porcelli

Tomasso Trattoria

Cafe KandaharMcCrady's

Tournedos Steakhouse

California Grill

Meritage Philadelphia

The Triple Door

Castle Hill Inn & ResortMichael's at the Inn


CetrellaThe Milton Inn


Chef's TableMockingbird BistroTundra Restaurant
The Chef's Table At The Elbow RoomMonarch Restaurant And Wine BarTwenty-Eight Atlantic at the Wequassett Inn

Chez Francois

Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, The

Uncle Yu's - Lafayette

Chicago Chop HouseNice Matin

Uncle Yu's - San Ramon

Churrascaria PlataformaNiche Restaurant

Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard

Churrascaria Riodizio Tribeca

Nobhill @ MGM Grand Casino 


CincoThe Norton's Restaurant

Ventana Room At Loes Canyon Resort

The Cliff House RestaurantThe Oakroom

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

Cole's Chop House

The Old Ebbitt Grill

Vidalia Restaurant

Copper Beech InnOne Sixtyblue

Vines Wine Bar And Tapas

Crow's Nest Restaurant, The

Onotria Wine Country Cuisine

Vue Restaurant
Davidburke & Donatella

Papa Joe's

White Orchid at Peppermill Hotel and Casino
Della Notte RistoranteParson's Table, TheThe Wine Cellar
The Dining Room at WoodlandsPicholineWinfield's Bistro











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 Award of Distinction Winners 

1515 RestaurantFleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar:

Park Avenue Cafe

21 Main

Woodmere, OH

Park Place on Main
21 Oceanfront Restaurant

Nashville, TN

The Park Steakhouse

33 Restaurant & LoungeMemphis, TN

Parkside Rotisserie & Bar

360 The Restaurant at the CN TowerTampa, FLPatsel's
801 Steak & Chop HouseAustin, TX


82 Queen IncLas Vegas, NV

Pazzo Italian Cafe

Adair'sTulsa, OKPhilander's of Oak Park
Adelmo's RistoranteBaltimore, MDPigalle

Akron, OH

Pisces Rising

Aida Bistro & Wine BarLincolnshire, IL

Pomp At The Resort At

AJ Maxwell's SteakhouseEnglewood, COPaws Up

Aleo Restaurant

Houston, TX

Poppy's Seafood Factory

Allegro RistoranteNorth Scottsdale, AZ

The Post House

Anderson's Cajun's WharfKnoxville, TN



Sarasota, FL

The Prime Rib

Annie Gunn's

Hendersonville, NC

The Prospect Restaurant

Ascots Restaurant

Monroe Township, NJ

The Rancher's Club of New Mexico


San Antonio, TX

Redfish Blufish

Asia De Cuba San Francisco

Appleton, WI

Restaurant 301 at the Hotel Carter

Asia SF

Oshkosh, WI

Rickshaw Far East Bistro & Bambu Lounge

Asiatique Restaurant

New YorkNY

Rio Grill

Assaggio Ristorante

New York, NY

Riodizio Churrascaria

The Asylum

Galena, IL

Riverstone Restaurant & Tavern

Austin's Steakhouse

FlightRock Center Cafe


Forsgate Country Club

Backstreet Cafe

Francesca's At Sunset

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion:

The Barona Oaks Steakhouse

Fratellos Riverfront Restaurant

Bonita Springs, FL

Bijou Cafe

Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant

Philadelphia, PA 

Bistro 1888

French Roast, New York, NY

Rancho Mirage, CA

Bistro 1896

French Roast, New York, NY

Plano, TX

Bistro 6301

Fried Green Tomatoes

Austin, TX
Bistro At Crowne Pointe

Gallery On Oak Creek, The

San Francisco, CA

Bistro Zin

Gamble Mill Restaurant, The

Newport Beach,           CA



Woodland Hills, CA


The Girl And The Fig

Naples, CA

Bong Su Restaurant & Lounge

Green Room At Hotel Du Pont

Tampa, FL

Bouchon Santa Barbara

The Grille

Ruth's Chris Steak House:

Brandy Library Loung LLC

Guinness & Porcellis

Wailea, HI

Brett's Waterway Café

Harry's Cafe & Steak

Atlanta, GA
Brigitte's Restaurant

Harry's Continental Kitchens

Scottsdale, AZ

Buca's Tuscan RoadhouseHarry's Savoy Gril

Austin, TX

By Word of Mouth Restaurant and Catering

Harry's Seafood Grill

Atlanta GA

Cafe d'Alsace

The Heartline Cafe

Bellevue, WA

Cafe Lurcat

Hereford House

Portland, OR

Cafe Lurcat/Bar Lurcat

The Herr Tavern & Publick House

Atlanta, GA

Cafe Margaux


Del Mar, CA

Cafe On The Green

Huntington's Grille

Seattle, WA 

Capsoluto Freres 

Il Fornaio

Salty's On Alki Beach

Carlton, The

Indigo Restaurant

Salty's On The Columbia

Carmelo's Ristorante, Houston

Inn At Manitou

Sam's On The Waterfront
Carmelo's Ristorante, Austin

Ivy Restaurant

Savage River Lodge
Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House

Jackson & Wheeler

Savannah's Restaurant
Casa Havana

Jeffrey's of the Westfield

Scotch 'N Sirloin, Dewitt, NY
Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar

Jesse's Restaurant

Scotch 'N Sirloin, Rochester, NY


JFR Barn

The Sea Grill

Jiko - The Cooking Place

Celebrations Restaurant & Bar


Seasons Of Durango

Charley's Steak House

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern


Joseph's Table


Chimney Park Bistro

Kinzie Chop House

Shadowbrook Restaurant

Chops City Grill, Naples

Kitchen Bar

Shaw's Restaurant & Inn

Chops City Grill, Bonita SpringsKoberl At Blue

Ships Inn

Ciao Pizzeria And Wine BarLa Bergerie

Sidney's Grille

Ciola's Italian-American Restaurant

La Campania

Silver Thatch Inn Restaurant

Cite Grill

The Lafayette Inn

Smash Wine Bar and Bistro

CK's Steakhouse

Lake Street Cafe

Spencer's for Steaks & Chops 


Clyde's Of Georgetown

Lasalle Grill

Splash Seafood Bar & Grill


Clyde's Restaurant Of Tysons Corner

Lava Bistro And Bar

St. Louis Fish Market

Cortez Restaurant & Bar

Lawry's The Prime Rib

The Stained Glass

Cosimo's On Union

Le Monde

Stardust Restaurant and Lounge



The Steakhouse

Cowboy Club

L'Heritage Restaurant Francais


Craigie Street Bistro

Lighthouse on the Hudson

Suilan By Susanna Foo

Create Bistro

Limericks Pub And GrilleTango's Seafood and Steakhouse

Croc's 19th Street Bistro

The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Tarpy's Roadhouse

Crystal Bay Steak & Lobster House

Lon's at the Hemosa InnTastings

The Crystal Dining Room

Luigi's Restaurant & BarTelluride

D.K. Steakhouse


Ten Mercer

D.O.C. Wine Bar Inc


Texas De Brazil, Schamburg, IL

D'amico Cucina

Manor On Golden Pond

Texas De Brazil, Miami, FL

De Medici Restaurant

Market Street Inn

Texas De Brazil, Orlando, FL

Dining Room At Jenny Lake Lodge

The Marlin GrillTonto Bar And Grill
Disalvo's Restaurant


Trattoria Delia

The Duck Restaurant

McGuire's Irish Pub

Trevisio Restaurant

Dudleys Restaurant

Mcguire's Irish Pub Of Destin

Trilogy Bistro

Dundee Bistro, The

Melting Pot Restaurant, Minneapois, MN

Triple Creek Ranch, Relais and Chateaux

DW's Restaurant

The Melting Pot, Appleton, WI

Trostel's Greenbirar Restaurant & Bar


The Melting Pot, Sacramento, CA

Undercurrent Restaurant

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar:

The Melting Pot, St. Louis, MO

Ursula's Wine Bar & Café

McLean, VA

Meridian 42

Va De Vi Bistro & Wine Bar

San Diego, CA

Mesa Street Grill 

Velvet 25 Bistro

Woodland Hills, CA

Michael Jordan's Steakhouse - Mohegan Sun

The View Restaurant at the Mirror Lake Inn

Frontenac, MO

Michael's Restaurant

Villa Di Giovanni

Newport Beach, CA

Mignon's Steaks And Seafood


Rancho Mirage, CA

Mike Shannon's Steak & Seafood Restaurant


Richmond, VA


Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar

Edgewater, NJ

Montanos International Gourmet Restaurant

Vivace Ristorante

Tucson, AZ

Montrio Bistro

W A Frost & Company

West Des Moines, IA

Murphy's of Reno

Walt's Wharf

Fresno, CA

Museum Cafe

Yabba Island Grill

Omaha, NE

Napa Valley Grille

Ye Olde Tavern

El Segundo, CA


The Yellow Dog Cafe

Indianapolis, IN

Noble's Grille

Zampieri's Harbor Grille

Greensboro, NC

Noble's Restaurant

Zoe's Restaurant

Chandler , AZ

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Zucca Ristorante

Baton Rouge, LA



Boston, MA

Orange Hill Restaurant


Coral Gables, FL



The Woodlands, TX

Palm Court at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center


San Diego, CA

Palm Restaurant


Salt Lake City, UT

Palmeria SpA Ristorante


San Antonio, TX


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