Pellana Prime Steakhouse, PeabodyStandout Qualities: More than 450 bottles in their wine cellar, with selections sometimes changing daily. They are especially strong on American reds for variety; you’ll find a top-flight bottle from just about any region.
Insider Tip: This classic steakhouse has a separate bar menu with burgers, tartare, and lobster popovers.
9 Sylvan St., Peabody, 978-531-4800, pellanarestaurant.comThe Market, GloucesterStandout Qualities: A creative and often-changing food menu is complemented by a carefully curated wine list that changes frequently. The staff is great at guiding you on what will pair well if names and styles seem unfamiliar. The view of the water is great too.
Insider Tip: Walk-ins are welcome at the bar and for drinks in the foyer.
33 River Rd., Gloucester, 978-282-0700, themarketrestaurant.com
Ceia Kitchen + Bar, NewburyportStandout Qualities: Ceia is often the exclusive purveyor of hard-to-get wines, and its dedication to its wine selection has garnered it five Wine Spectator awards.
38 State St., Newburyport, 978-358-8112, ceiakitchenbar.com