Pellana Prime Steakhouse, Peabody
Standout Qualities: Winner of the Wine Spectator Award for Excellence eight years running.
Insider Tip: The sommelier understands the wine list better than anyone—give them an idea of what you will eat and your budget and trust them. You may discover a wonderful new wine.
Fun Fact: They have more than 450 bottles in their wine cellar, with selections sometimes changing daily.
9 Sylvan St., Peabody, 978-531-4800, pellanarestaurant.com
Ceia Kitchen + Bar, Newburyport
Standout Qualities: Often the exclusive purveyor of hard-to-get wines.
38 State St., Newburyport, 978-358-8112, ceiakitchenbar.com