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AAA Announces Five Diamond Restaurants For 2012

Menton, Boston.
Menton, Boston.
Photo: Menton

Some awards programs give restaurants stars. Some put them on top 50 lists. And then there are the rebels over at AAA who hand out five sparkly diamonds to their favorite North American restaurants. Their 2012 list of five diamond restaurants was released today, and seven new restaurants were added to the list. These include New York's Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Del Posto, and Marea; Boston's Menton; and The Kitchen Restaurant in Sacramento. Below, all of the AAA five diamond restaurants for 2012 — new additions are marked with a *. Many hotel and resort restaurants ahead.


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 Cha?teau du Sureau), Oakhurst
The Kitchen Restaurant, Sacramento*
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*
Wheatleigh's Dining Room (in the Wheatleigh), Lennox

Joe?l 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*
Jean Georges Restaurant (in the Trump International Hotel & Tower), New York
Marea, New York*
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown*

North Carolina
Herons Restaurant (in The Umstead Hotel & Spa), Cary*
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 Toque?!, Montréal
Restaurant Initiale, Que?bec*


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

· AAA Adds and Seven Restaurants to Five Diamond List for 2012 [AAA]
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