AAA Five Diamond List for 2012 Adds 7 New Restaurants

January 20, 2012

The AAA Five Diamond list for 2012 has been announced; in all, 53 restaurants and 126 hotels were given the prestigious AAA/CAA Five Diamond Award this year. California cleaned up, adding two hotels and one restaurant, while New York added three new restaurants.

"Five Diamond lodgings feature extraordinary physical attributes and meticulous personalized attention, and Five Diamond restaurants feature world-class service and imaginative menu selections using the finest ingredients," said Michael Petrone, the director of AAA Tourism Information Development. Check out the full list of restaurants below, including Ocean House in Rhode Island, which appears in the photo above.

United States


Kai (in the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa), Chandler


The Belvedere (in The Peninsula Beverly Hills), Beverly Hills
Cyrus (in Les Mars Hotel), Healdsburg
Erna's Elderberry House Restaurant (in the Château du Sureau), Oakhurst
The Kitchen Restaurant, Sacramento [NEW FOR 2012]
Addison (in The Grand Del Mar), San Diego
Gary Danko, San Francisco
The French Laundry, Yountville


The Penrose Room (in The Broadmoor), Colorado Springs


Winvian (in the Winvian), Morris

District of Columbia

CityZen (in the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.)


Victoria & Albert's (in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa), Lake Buena Vista
The Restaurant at The Four Seasons (1995) (in the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach), Palm Beach


Chef Mavro, Honolulu La Mer (in the Halekulani), Honolulu


Alinea, Chicago
Arun's, Chicago
Charlie Trotter's, Chicago
Everest, Chicago
Tru, Chicago


The Oakroom (in The Seelbach Hilton Louisville), Louisville


The White Barn Inn Restaurant (in The White Barn Inn & Spa), Kennebunk Beach


L'Espalier (in the Mandarin Oriental, Boston), Boston
Menton, Boston [NEW FOR 2012]
Wheatleigh's Dining Room (in the Wheatleigh), Lennox


Joël Robuchon (in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino), Las Vegas
Le Cirque (in the Bellagio), Las Vegas
Picasso (in the Bellagio), Las Vegas
Restaurant Guy Savoy (in Caesars Palace), Las Vegas

New York

Aureole, New York
Daniel, New York
Del Posto, New York [NEW FOR 2012]
Jean Georges Restaurant (in the Trump International Hotel & Tower), New York
Marea, New York [NEW FOR 2012]
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown [NEW FOR 2012]

North Carolina

Herons Restaurant (in The Umstead Hotel & Spa), Cary [NEW FOR 2012]
The Fearrington House Restaurant (in The Fearrington House Inn), Fearrington Village


Lautrec (in the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort), Farmington
Fountain Restaurant (in the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia), Philadelphia

South Carolina

The Dining Room at Woodlands, Summerville


The French Room (in The Adolphus), Texas


The Inn at Little Washington Dining Room (in The Inn at Little Washington), Washington


The Herbfarm Restaurant, Woodinville



Eden (in The Rimrock Resort Hotel), Banff


Langdon Hall Dining Room & Terrace (in the Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa), Cambridge


Le Baccara (in the Hilton Lac-Leamy), Gatineau
Restaurant Toqué!, Montréal
Restaurant Initiale, Québec [NEW FOR 2012]


Cayman Islands

Blue (in The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman), Grand Cayman



Carolina at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort (in The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort), Punta Mita

Quintana Roo

Fantino (in The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun), Cancun
Le Basilic (in the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa), Cancun
The Club Grill (in The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun), Cancun

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navratan's picture

Great post!! very informative.
Thank you very much for such a lovely and informative post.