10 Top Chain Restaurant Wine Lists Ranked from 10 Top Chain Restaurant Wine Lists

10 Top Chain Restaurant Wine Lists

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10 Top Chain Restaurant Wine Lists Ranked

We took a look at ten of the most popular sit-down dining chains in America, perusing their wine lists. We ranked them according to the number and quality of wines offered, the number of wines offered by the glass, the price range for both glasses and bottles, and the appropriateness of the wines listed to the food that’s served.

In cases where wine selections vary according to location, we used the New York City lists.

Frankly, most of the lists were pretty uninspiring, though we managed to find at least a few wines we wouldn't mind drinking of all of them. A few of the lists, though, pleasantly surprised us. Take a look at our ranking of 10 top chain restaurant wine lists.

#10 Red Robin

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#10 Red Robin

Er, could we just see the beer menu, please? Red Robin serves 10 wines by the glass, ranging from $4 to $9 per glass and $18 to $30 per bottle. Yes, the prices are low, but there's not much we'd be interested in drinking with our Bleu Ribbon Burger.

If we’re passing on beer, we'd order: Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio (white), Diseño Malbec (red).

#9 Red Lobster

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#9 Red Lobster

Red Lobster offers a boring assortment of standard wines from large-scale producers. No brilliant matches for lobster or other seafood. They serve 16 wines by the glass, ranging from $6 to $10. Per bottle? $20 to $40.

What we'd order: Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay (white), Beringer Founders' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (red).

#8 Longhorn Steakhouse

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#8 Longhorn Steakhouse

This place has a pretty unimaginative list, especially with whites. They serve 13 wines by the glass, ranging from $5 to $10. Bottles go for $20 to $35.

What we'd order: Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio (white), Apothic Red (red).

#7 Ruby Tuesday

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#7 Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday serves 17 wines by the glass ranging from $5 to $11 each. Bottles are pretty cheap, going for about $20 to $35 each, but this is just another uninspired list.

What we'd order: Simi Sauvignon Blanc (white), Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz (red).

#6 Cheesecake Factory

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#6 Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory has a pretty conventional selection, with branded house wines from Robert Mondavi. They offer 22 wines by the glass for about $5 to $7 each, nice pricing. Bottles range from $30 to $40.

What we'd order: Chandon Brut Classic (white/sparkling), Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Claret (red).

#5 TGI Fridays

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#5 TGI Fridays

Same old, same old. The best wine on the list is Dom Pérignon at about $200, but are you really likely to order that with your Tuscan spinach dip or triple stack reuben?  

What we'd order: Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (white), Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon (red).

#4 Outback Steakhouse

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#4 Outback Steakhouse

The usual suspects land on Outback’s list, lighter than you'd expect on Australian bottles (we count four). Not a standout anywhere. They offer 18 wines by the glass for about $6 to $10 a pop. Bottles have a pretty wide price range, from $20 to $40.

What we'd order: Clos du Bois Sauvignon Blanc (white), 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon (red).

#3 Olive Garden

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#3 Olive Garden

This list is better than you'd expect, especially among the reds, which include Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva, Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, and, for big spenders, Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino ($75 a bottle) and Bertani Amarone ($130). The Porta Vita house wines are way overpriced at around five times retail. Other than that, tariffs are reasonable; there are 28 wines by the glass that go for $7 to $10.

What we'd order: Settesoli Seven Suns Unoaked Chardonnay (white), Rocca delle Macie Sasyr Sangiovese (red).

#2 Romano’s Macaroni Grill

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#2 Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Romano’s has a wide range of choices, from drinkable plonk to some really good bottles. Extra points for including Gruet Rosé Brut, an excellent pinot noir-based sparkler from New Mexico. They have 36 wines by the glass for $6 to $10. Bottles range from $40 all the way to just under $100.

What we'd order: Rocca Sveva Soave Classico (white), Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti (red).

#1 P.F. Chang’s

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#1 P.F. Chang’s

Very nice list, full of good wines, well chosen for the food. Some big names here for splurgers (Duckhorn, Jordan, Bonny Doon, Treana, etc.) at fair prices. 26 wines by the glass, ranging from $5 to $14 in price. Bottle prices start at $12, but big spenders can shell out hundreds.

What we'd order: J. Vineyards Pinot Gris (white), Los Dos Campo de Borja Garnacha Blend (red).

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