Top Local Restaurants Receive AAA Four, AAA Five Diamond Ratings

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Forty-one Southern California restaurants have received the AAA Four or AAA Five Diamond Award®, the travel authority’s highest rating, over the past 12 months, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The Auto Club also announced AAA Four Diamond restaurant ratings, including The Steakhouse in Rancho Mirage, which earned its first AAA Four Diamond rating.

Just 0.2 percent of the more than 32,000 AAA Inspected & Approved restaurants are Five Diamond-rated restaurants. To qualify for the rating, a restaurant will consistently provide leading-edge cuisine of the finest ingredients, uniquely prepared by an acclaimed chef and served by expert service staff in extraordinary surroundings. High-end restaurants are adopting simple, streamlined décor and thanks in part to the popularity of cooking shows and competitions, some continue to highlight lively open kitchen designs that allow guests to watch and even interact with culinary staff.

“Attaining the AAA Five Diamond rating is an impressive accomplishment,” said Patty Marenco, manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Approved Accommodations program.  “Guests want to be wowed on multiple levels, so exceptional service is also important but they’re not necessarily looking for all the formalities that were once synonymous with fine dining.”

While some Five Diamond restaurants still have lavish surroundings, others feature counter seating or chef’s tables overlooking or surrounding the cooking area. And many Five Diamond restaurants, including most of those new to the list this year, have tasting menus offering a frequently changing array of intricate small dishes prepared from the finest ingredients and presented in an interactive environment.

Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA trip planning products: the eTourBook®guidesand AAA Mobile®appfor tablets and smartphones, the TripTik®Travel Plannerand Travel Guideson AAA.com and AAA TourBook®guides available at AAA/CAA offices.

The AAA Diamond rating system provides consumers with the broadest coverage of any U.S. rating system, geographically and by number of properties rated, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Those at the Four Diamond level, just 2.1 percent of AAA inspected & Approved restaurants, are also an exclusive group. They offer a distinctive fine-dining experience, employing creative preparations that are skillfully served amid upscale ambience.  This year, there are 656 AAA Four Diamond restaurants located across North America, including 39 additions this year (including The Steakhouse in Rancho Mirage..)

The Auto Club’s full-time inspection staff reviews Southern California restaurants. The inspectors bring prior hospitality industry experience to the association to give members effective, consistent evaluations that can be used to select the restaurant that meets their travel desires.

Southern California restaurants rated as AAA Five Diamondwith year first rated:

Community and Restaurant    

Year Rated

       
Beverly Hills      
The Belvedere    

1995

(in The Peninsula Beverly Hills)      
       
San Diego      
Addison (Fairmont Grand Del Mar)    

2008

 

Southern California restaurants that received the AAA Four DiamondAward and year first rated:

Location Name

Year Rated

Los Angeles County Restaurants    
Beverly Hills  

  Cut by Wolfgang Puck (Beverly

2010

  Wilshire A Four Seasons Hotel)  
  The Blvd (Beverly Wilshire A Four Seasons Hotel)

2011

  Spago Beverly Hills

2004

     
Calabasas Saddle Peak Lodge

1997

     
Los Angeles Culina Modern Italian (Four Seasons

1995

  Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills)  
  Patina

1991

     
Malibu Nobu Malibu

2016

     
Pasadena The Raymond Restaurant

2005

     
Santa Monica Melisse

2012

  Valentino Santa Monica

1995

     
Orange County Restaurants    
Anaheim Napa Rose (Disney’s Grand Californian

2010

  Hotel & Spa)  
     
Dana Point Raya (The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel)

2012

     
Fullerton The Cellar

1990

     
Laguna Beach Studio (Montage Laguna Beach)

2008

     
Riverside County Restaurants    
Cabazon Cielo (Morongo Casino Resort & Spa)

2011

     
Palm Springs Le Vallauris

1993

     
Rancho Mirage Wally’s Desert Turtle

1993

  The Steakhouse

2018*

   
Riverside Duane’s Prime Steaks & Seafood (Mission

1995

  Inn Hotel & Spa)  
     
Temecula Great Oak Steakhouse (Pechanga Resort

2012

  and Casino)  
     
San Diego County Restaurants    
Alpine The Grove Steakhouse (Viejas Casino & Resort)

2015

     
Carlsbad Argyle Steakhouse

2012

  Vivace (Park Hyatt Aviara Resort)

1999

     
La Jolla A.R. Valentien (The Lodge at Torrey Pines)

2004

  Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

2010

  George’s At the Cove

2000

   

  The Marine Room

2013

     
Rancho Santa Fe Mille Fleurs

1991

San Diego Avant

2017

  Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop

2017

  Grant Grill (The US Grant)

2007

  Mister A’s

1994

  Veladora

              2017

     
Santa Barbara County Restaurants    
Santa Barbara Angel Oak

2017

  Bouchon

2014

     
Santa Ynez Willows (Chumash Casino Resort & Spa)

2005

     
Solvang The Gathering Table (The Ballard Inn)

2005

     
Ventura County Restaurants    
Ojai Olivella (Ojai Valley Inn & Spa)

2015

     
Westlake Village ONYX Restaurant (Four Seasons Hotel,

2016

  Westlake Village)

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