Each year, the editors of Wine Enthusiast sip and sup their way around the country, seeking eateries that incorporate wine in thoughtful and exciting ways. This list isn’t a ranking, nor is there a matrix of number of bottles, prices or types of food. Instead, it is a selection of restaurants where wine is shared and celebrated, and where, in our experiences, the selection, food, service and atmosphere are all exceptional. Cheers!

Last year, Steven McDonald, the wine director at Pappas’s Houston Galleria location, became a Master Sommelier, further cementing this Texas brand’s reputation for having one of the most knowledgeable wine staffs in the country, not to mention a virtually unparalleled cellar, with almost 4,000 selections.

From The Sommelier: “I really enjoy that people are very trustworthy of Sommeliers and are excited to interact with us throughout the dining experience. Our team is filled with amazing wine professionals, and we have every resource at our fingertips. As we see a new generation of wine drinkers, they are exploring classic regions of the world with enthusiasm: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Barolo, etc. It’s simply our job to give them a guided tour of the wine world.” —Steven McDonald, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Dish We Loved: 40 oz. porterhouse for two, carved tableside

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