14 Wine Restaurants for Burgundy Fans

These U.S. spots boast exceptional collections from one of the world’s most coveted wine regions

14 Wine Restaurants for Burgundy Fans
Wine director Ryan Bailey pops open one of NoMad Los Angeles' many Burgundies. (NoMad Los Angeles)

Burgundy has long been a favorite among wine lovers for its renowned Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs and distinctive expressions of terroir. Experience the region’s best alongside a meal at these 14 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners, where you’ll find exceptional collections of Burgundy labels, from Chablis to the Mâconnais.

This is just a small sample of the hundreds of Restaurant Award winners with excellent Burgundy offerings. To check out more wine-and-food destinations around the world, see Wine Spectator’s nearly 3,800 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including the 100 Grand Award recipients worldwide that hold our highest honor.

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Canlis

2576 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, Wash.
Telephone (206) 283-3313
Website www.canlis.com
Open Dinner, Monday to Saturday
Grand Award

A dish at Canlis
Canlis
Enjoy sophisticated regional cuisine at Canlis.

Canlis occupies a striking midcentury-modern space with angular floor-to-ceiling windows that lean out toward the Cascade mountains. But appearances aren’t all that’s striking about this destination. Inside, chef Brady Williams wows guests with a regional American menu available at four courses for $135. Just as impressive is the 18,000-bottle cellar that supports the Grand Award–winning wine list of 2,500 options. Wine director Nelson Daquip’s program excels in California, Washington, Bordeaux, the Rhône, Italy, Oregon, Germany and Champagne, but most of all, Burgundy. The nearly 600-label Burgundy collection is filled with grands and premiers crus and really stands out when it comes to reds. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is the star, with verticals of seven DRC cuvées stretched out over a dozen vintages.


Element 47

The Little Nell, 675 Durant Ave., Aspen, Colo.
Telephone (970) 920-6330
Website www.thelittlenell.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Grand Award

Chris Dunaway and the wine team
Element 47
Chris Dunaway and the wine team at Element 47.

With 23 consecutive Grand Awards, the Little Nell resort’s Element 47 is no stranger to wine excellence. The restaurant’s wine list, overseen by wine director Chris Dunaway, takes pride in 40 pages alone dedicated to Burgundy. Those bottles are joined by strong representations of the rest of France, from tête de cuvée Champagnes to rare vintages of Bordeaux. Rounding those out are carefully selected picks from other international regions, with extra focus on California and Italy. In the kitchen, chef Matthew Zubrod crafts a refined, regional American menu.


Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y.
Telephone (212) 889-0905
Website www.elevenmadisonpark.com
Open Lunch, Friday to Sunday; dinner, daily
Grand Award

Eleven Madison Park cellar
Eleven Madison Park
Eleven Madison Park recently renovated its 22,000-bottle cellar.

Few restaurants can match the Burgundy collection at Eleven Madison Park. Wine director Cedric Nicaise’s Grand Award–winning cellar is stocked with showstoppers from around the world, excelling in the Rhône, California, Bordeaux, Italy, Germany, Champagne, Austria, Alsace and the Loire, with Burgundy as the strongest highlight. The hundreds of labels cover nearly every corner of the region and all the biggest names. So while it’s a pricey list overall, there are plenty of accessible options when it comes to village wines and Bourgognes. On the other end of the spectrum are dozens of lengthy grand cru verticals from producers such as François Raveneau and Dujac, plus a whopping eight verticals of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. These collector’s items are sure to enhance the seasonal tasting menu from chef Daniel Humm, which starts at $195 per person at the bar and $335 in the dining room.


The Modern

9 W. 53rd St., New York, N.Y.
Telephone (212) 333-1220
Website www.themodernnyc.com
Open Lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday
Grand Award

A dish at the modern
Evan Sung
Like those in the encompassing museum, dishes at the Modern are works of art.

At Danny Meyer’s upscale American restaurant in the Museum of Modern Art, chef Abram Bissell’s $188 tasting menu meets a stellar wine list. Run by wine director Courtney Wieland, the Modern’s 2,900-selection program excels most in Burgundy, with additional strengths in California, Bordeaux, the Rhône, Italy, Champagne, Germany, Australia and Spain. The 13 pages of white Burgundies and 24 pages of reds contain a plethora of collector’s bottles from some of the region’s biggest names. For a slightly less extravagant splurge, many are available in half-bottles. The Grand Award winner is part of Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, which claims six Restaurant Award winners in New York.


Angler

132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, Calif.
Telephone (415) 872-9442
Website www.anglerrestaurants.com/san-francisco
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Artichokes at Angler
Bonjwing Lee
Angler’s chef works with a small group of purveyors to source local ingredients.

Angler comes from the team behind Grand Award winner Saison, so it’s no surprise that the group’s more accessible option is also a champion of Burgundy. The wine list is actually more extensive at Angler, where guests can choose from 3,150 bottlings selected by wine director Mark Bright. France and California anchor the list, which contains nearly 40 pages of Burgundy picks and dozens of half-bottles and large formats from the prized region. You’ll find coveted wines, some with significant age, like Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes from the 1980s and G. Roumier from the 1970s. If you're looking to sample the list on a smaller scale, the by-the-glass program features a few Burgundy pours among the international picks. It’s all meant to complement the constantly evolving American menu from notably adventurous chef Joshua Skenes.


Bâtard

239 W. Broadway, New York, N.Y.
Telephone (212) 219-2777
Website www.batardtribeca.com
Open Dinner, Monday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

Wine director Jason Jacobeit at Bâtard
Evan Sung
Wine director Jason Jacobeit manages the 15,000-bottle cellar at Bâtard.

Named for the famed Burgundy vineyard, Bâtard is a dining destination dedicated to celebrating the wines of that region in its downtown Manhattan space. Managed by wine director Jason Jacobeit, the 1,600-selection list covers everything from benchmark producers like Armand Rousseau and Domaine Leflaive to lesser-known names in an “off the beaten path” section, plus many strong verticals. Rotating producer spotlights are another exciting aspect of the program, like a recent feature on Robert Chevillon that showcased nearly 30 of his labels. The renowned Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays seamlessly complement chef Markus Glocker’s elegant European cuisine.


Brennan’s Restaurant

417 Royal St., New Orleans, La.
Telephone (504) 525-9711
Website www.brennansneworleans.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Brennan’s Restaurant patio
Brennan’s Restaurant
Take in fresh air and top wines on the outdoor patio at Brennan’s Restaurant.

Brennan's Restaurant marries traditional Creole cuisine with contemporary New Orleans influences. Its wine list, organized by wine director Braithe Tidwell, leans into the city’s French heritage with a rock-solid Burgundy category. The top crus are represented, along with lesser-known finds. While other regions of the world are well-represented (especially California and Italy), the French theme continues with a strong showing of top Bordeaux châteaus and a blue-ribbon Champagne list. Even better, sparkling picks take the spotlight Monday through Thursday, with a Champagne-forward “Bubbles at Brennan's” happy-hour special.


Bullion

400 S. Record St., Dallas, Texas
Telephone (972) 698-4250
Website www.bullionrestaurant.com
Open Lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

Bullion dining room
Eighty Three Creative
Bullion’s dining room showcases works by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel.

In an airy, art-filled space, Bullion serves a mix of traditional and modern French cuisine from Loire-born chef Bruno Davaillon. Indulge in sharable hors d’oeuvres like Gruyère cheese puffs and foie gras torchon, and entrées like duck à l’orange and olive oil–poached black bass. Davaillon’s home country is the sole focus on the wine list, too, with an abundance of top Burgundies and solid verticals peppered throughout. Managing the 535 selections is beverage director Andrew Schawel, who honed his craft at Grand Award winners the Modern and Canlis. Bullion’s wine program also offers standouts in Bordeaux and the Loire.


Galatoire’s

209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, La.
Telephone (504) 525-2021
Website www.galatoires.com
Open Lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Sunday
Best of Award of Excellence

Gumbo at Galatoire’s
Galatoire’s
Galatoire’s is a mainstay for classic New Orleans fare.

A Bourbon Street standby since 1905, Galatoire's offers a classic Creole and French menu, deftly guided by chef Philip Lopez. Wine director René Sudduth manages the wine list with Lopez's cuisine in mind. While the 9,500-bottle inventory spans the world of wine, it finds its biggest strength in a diverse and deep collection of Burgundy. From more value-oriented domaines to blue-chip grands crus, there's a bottle and vintage for every guest. On top of that, the large-format section provides for serious vintages and hard-to-find labels, and the by-the-glass section gives easy access to a broad span of bottles.


Margeaux Brasserie

Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 11 E. Walton St., Chicago, Ill.
Telephone (312) 625-1324
Website www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/chicago/margeaux-brasserie
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Margeaux Brasserie dining room
Huge Galdones
Margeaux Brasserie is meant to evoke the laid-back Parisian eateries of the 1920s.

Margeaux Brasserie’s name may evoke Bordeaux, but the French region that shines brightest here is Burgundy. The section stands out on the well-rounded wine program of 1,060 selections overseen by lead sommelier Ryan Baldwin and supported by an inventory of nearly 5,500 bottles. Splurge on labels from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leroy and more, or hunt for values from producers such as Champy and Robert Chevillon. Make no mistake, though—the wine program does excel in Bordeaux, too, along with California, the Rhône and Champagne, with nightly rotating bubbly selections. The French-and-domestic wine focus is fitting for chef Greg Biggers’ Parisian brasserie–inspired menu of staples like French onion soup, escargots and roast chicken. The restaurant, on the third floor of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, is part of chef Michael Mina’s Mina Group, which claims 11 Restaurant Award winners, including six Bourbon Steaks and another spot featured here, RN74 Seattle.


Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar

Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, Mass.
Telephone (617) 439-3995
Website www.meritagetherestaurant.com
Open Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar dining room
Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar
Take in Boston Harbor views as you dine at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar.

Overlooking the Boston Harbor, Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar serves a well-rounded wine program with international strengths from California to Italy. France is the focus of the 1,000-label list, especially when it comes to Burgundy and Bordeaux. Leading producers such as Domaine Leflaive and Guy Amiot are well-represented, and there are six different verticals of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. To explore more pours from France and beyond, choose one of Meritage’s themed three-wine flights. Chef Daniel Bruce’s American cuisine is available à la carte or in a six-course tasting menu for $100, or $145 with wine pairings.


NoMad Los Angeles

649 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, Calif.
Telephone (213) 358-0000
Website www.thenomadhotel.com/los-angeles
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

NoMad Los Angeles
Benoit Linero
Make It Nice group brings its acclaimed hospitality to the West Coast with NoMad Los Angeles.

With outposts in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the NoMad hotel and restaurant is a more accessible concept from Make It Nice, the group behind Grand Award winner Eleven Madison Park. At 2,135 selections, the Los Angeles location boasts the largest of the three Best of Award of Excellence–winning lists, all of which offer strengths around the globe but excel most in Burgundy. Curated by wine director Ryan Bailey, the L.A. collection spans more than 30 pages, with verticals from Bruno Clavelier, Domaine de l'Arlot, Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey and many more. A good amount of Burgundies are priced under $200, and several are available by the glass. Eleven Madison Park’s chef Daniel Humm also oversees the menu here, where his regional dishes are offered à la carte.


République

624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, Calif.
Telephone (310) 362-6115
Website www.republique.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

The shop at République
Ryan Tanaka
République also has a café and bakery on site that serves breakfast and lunch.

République occupies a cavernous 1920s space about a half-hour drive from Downtown Los Angeles, renovated into a contemporary setting for chef Chris Carrillo’s seasonal French cuisine. The diverse menu features hot and cold starters, fresh pastas and breads, seafood, and large plates meant for sharing. It’s owned by husband-and-wife team Margarita and Walter Manzke, with an extensive wine program run by wine director Sam Rethmeier. The 2,100 labels focus on French and domestic regions, with special emphasis on Burgundy, followed by Bordeaux, Champagne and California. Seek out gems from top producers among the nearly 40 pages of Burgundies, including some bottles going back to the 1970s and many available in various formats.


RN74 Seattle

1433 Fourth Ave., Seattle, Wash.
Telephone (206) 456-7474
Website www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/seattle/rn74-seattle
Open Dinner, Monday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

Diners at RN74
Lindsay Borden
RN74 Seattle is one of the city’s premier wine destinations.

Situated in Seattle's famous Pike Place Market district, RN74 Seattle, which takes its name from the famous Burgundian highway, is a Burgundy drinker's dream. The modern, locally sourced French menu, overseen by chef Shawn Applin, provides the perfect accompaniment for the all-star wine list. Managed by wine director Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen, it is a master class in French wines, especially those from Burgundy. Highlights include a deep bank of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, vintage Champagne, banner years from Bordeaux, and a seasonal "100 under $100" list showcasing bottles of exceptional value. Lindsay-Thorsen also stocks an impressive collection of boutique Washington wines, and works with his distributors to source rare and special bottles from around the world and offering them by the glass.


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