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Top SoCal Restaurants Receive AAA Four, Five Diamond Ratings

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Olivella in the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is a new Southern California addition to the AAA Four Diamond Restaurant program. Photo courtesy of Olivella

Just in time for Valentine’s Day celebrations, 36 Southern California restaurants have received the AAA Four or AAA Five Diamond Award®, the travel authority’s highest rating, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.  The Grove Steakhouse in Alpine (San Diego County) and the Olivella in Ojai have each earned the AAA Four Diamond restaurant award for the first time.


The Auto Club and AAA’s professional inspectors evaluate and rate 1,200 hotels and restaurants each week for a total of 58,000 each year -- more than any other rating entity.  The AAA Diamond hotel ratings were announced in January.


“The AAA Four and Five Diamond Rating for restaurants is earned through daily dedication of maintaining exceptional standards,” said the Auto Club’s Approved Accommodations Supervisor Patricia Marenco.  “The Auto Club congratulates Southern California’s 36 outstanding 2016 AAA Four and Five Diamond restaurants, their management and employees for their hard work to attend to guests’ needs and delivering memorable dining experiences.”


Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA trip planning products: the eTourBook® guides and AAA Mobile® app for tablets and smartphones, the TripTik® Travel Planner and Travel Guides on 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. 


To be considered for AAA approval and rating, restaurants must undergo a thorough unannounced evaluation. The Auto Club’s full-time inspection staff reviews Southern California restaurants. AAA Five Diamond restaurants go through the most extensive reviews of the Diamond rating programs with candidates for the rating undergoing multiple unannounced evaluations.  The inspectors bring significant prior industry experience to the association and apply that experience to give members effective, consistent evaluations that can be used to select the property and restaurant that meets their travel desires.


The Southern California restaurants that received the AAA Five Diamond Award with year first rated:


Beverly Hills

The Belvedere (in The Peninsula Beverly Hills)        1995

San Diego

Addison Restaurant                                               2008


The Southern California restaurants that received the AAA Four Diamond Award with year first rated:

Los Angeles County Restaurants   Year Rated
Beverly Hills Bouchon 2011
  Cut by Wolfgang Puck (Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel) 2010
  Spago Beverly Hills 2004
  The Blvd (Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel) 2011
Calabasas Saddle Peak Lodge 1997
Los Angeles Culina Modern Italian (Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills) 1995
  Patina 1991
Pasadena The Raymond Restaurant 2005
Santa Monica Melisse 2012
  Valentino Santa Monica 1995
Orange County Restaurants    
Anaheim Napa Rose (Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa) 2010
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 Europa Restaurant At The Villa Royale Inn 2005
  Le Vallauris 1993
Rancho Mirage Wally's Desert Turtle 1993
Riverside Duane's Prime Steaks & Seafood (Mission Inn Hotel & Spa) 1995
Temecula Great Oak Steakhouse (Pechanga Resort and Casino) 2012
San Diego County Restaurants    
Alpine The Grove Steakhouse (Viejas Casinso & 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 Bertrand at Mister A's 1994
  Grant Grill (The US Grant) 2007
Santa Barbara County Restaurants    
Santa Barbara Bouchon 2014
Santa Ynez The Willows (Chumash Casino Resort & Spa) 2005
Solvang The Ballard Inn Restaurant (The Ballard Inn) 2005
Ventura County Restaurants    
Ojai Olivella (Ojai Valley Inn & Spa) 2015
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