Top 50 Restaurant Wine Lists in the U.S.

Top 50 Restaurant Wine Lists in the U.S.
Top 50 Restaurant Wine Lists in the U.S.

OpenTable has announced the Diners’ Choice Awards for the top 50 restaurants with the most notable wine lists in the United States.  The list of winners is derived from more than 10 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

This geographically diverse list of winners, which includes Aureole in Las Vegas, Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder and Veritas in New York, highlights 50 restaurants in 21 different states. California, arguably home to the nation’s best wine producers, boasts an impressive 11 award-winning restaurants. New York, Maryland and Virginia establishments took four spots apiece, while North Carolina and Washington boasted three each. Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan and Nevada are home to two honorees each, while additional states to earn a place on the list include Connecticut, Kansas, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin, among others.

“The sommeliers at the winning restaurants put as much passion into carefully curating their wine lists as chefs put into their menus,” says Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s Chief Dining Officer. “Similarly, creating a wine list isn’t a one-time venture for these professionals; they constantly adjust their selections to reflect what is happening in vineyards and wineries each year — as well as in their own kitchens each season. The honorees on this list understand that restaurants are where diners discover new wines and they continue to honor this by pouring the finest wines at the right time.”

Based on feedback collected from OpenTable diners between October 2010 and September 2011, the following 50 restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, received the highest scores for having notable wine lists from OpenTable diners.

20 Brix – Milford, Ohio
The 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro – Palm Desert, California
4 Olives Restaurant – Manhattan, Kansas
Accademia Di Vino – New York, New York
Addison at The Grand Del Mar – San Diego, California
Artisanal Restaurant – Banner Elk, North Carolina
Aureole – Las Vegas, Nevada
bacaro – Champaign, Illinois
Bin 36 – Chicago, Illinois
BIN 38 – San Francisco, California
Bistro Blanc – Glenelg, Maryland
Bonterra – Charlotte, North Carolina
Carpe Vino – Auburn, California
Cinghiale-Enoteca (Wine Bar) – Baltimore, Maryland
Domaine Hudson wine bar & eatery – Wilmington, Delaware
Eno Vino Wine Bar and Bistro – Madison, Wisconsin
Enotria – Sacramento, California
Evo Bistro – McLean, Virginia
Frasca Food and Wine – Boulder, Colorado
Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro – Arlington, Virginia
The Hobbit – Orange, California
Iron Bridge Wine Company – Columbia, Maryland
Iron Bridge Wine Company – Warrenton, Virginia
Left Bank at Stonehedge Inn and Spa – Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Wine Cafe – Los Olivos, California
Marche Bacchus – Las Vegas, Nevada
Mercy Wine Bar – Dallas, Texas
Metrovino – Portland, Oregon
Morrell Wine Bar and Cafe – New York, New York
Napa & Company – Stamford, Connecticut
Novita Wine Bar Trattoria – Garden City, New York
On The Square – Tarboro, North Carolina
Pairings Bistro – Bel Air, Maryland
palate food + wine – Glendale, California
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar – Seattle, Washington
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar – Woodinville, Washington
Reserve – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Ristorante Panorama – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
RN74 – Seattle, Washington
Robust – Webster Groves, Missouri
Soif Wine Bar & Restaurant – Santa Cruz, California
Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro – Virginia Beach, Virginia
Stone Balloon Winehouse – Newark, Delaware
The Tasting Room Wine & Tapas – St. Augustine, Florida
Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro – Foxboro, Massachusetts
UPSTAIRS 2 – Los Angeles, California
Veritas – New York, New York
Vin 48 Restaurant Wine Bar – Avon, Colorado
Vinology – Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – Tustin, California

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