Across North America, only 747 restaurants start 2016 with AAA’s Highest Ratings
PORTLAND, Ore., – Two restaurants in Oregon have received the coveted AAA Four Diamond designation. Restaurants at this level offer a distinctive fine-dining experience and attentive service. Menu offerings are typically distinguished by highly creative chefs using top-quality ingredients.
This is the 80th year AAA is out with its list of the top hotels and restaurants for 2016 that earned the Four or Five Diamond Rating during the past 12 months.
A Four Diamond restaurant is geared to individuals in search of a distinctive fine-dining experience. Often orchestrated by an executive chef and an accomplished staff, menus reflect a high degree of creativity and complexity, using imaginative presentations to enhance high quality, market-fresh ingredients. The equally proficient service staff demonstrates a strong desire to meet or exceed guest expectations. A wine steward is typically available to provide menu-specific knowledge on wine selection. The ambiance is highly refined, comfortable and well-coordinated, incorporating quality materials and a variety of upscale design enhancements to give a first-class impression.
Oregon restaurants receiving the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Rating are: (The year listed by each establishment indicates the year the property first received the current, consecutively maintained Diamond rating.)
The Bay House (2015)
The Painted Lady (2011)
Here are the AAA Inspector Notes for The Bay House: Overlooking Siletz Bay, this fashionable, contemporary dining room provides the perfect backdrop for ever-evolving, creative regional cuisine. The seasonally changing menu emphasizes fresh seafood such as halibut, prawns and Dungeness crab. The tasting menu is a popular option here, and a great way to try several menu items.
Here are the AAA Inspector Notes for The Painted Lady: In a restored Victorian house, this culinary treasure is located in a quiet neighborhood just steps from downtown. Five and seven-course prix fixe meals offer a taste of the local region and its fresh meats, seafood, organic vegetables and award-winning wines. The refined dining room is a welcome respite after a day of touring. Sit down with friends or that special someone and let the hours slip away. Outdoor dining may be available on warmer days.
“There are many rating systems out there, but the AAA Diamond Ratings are the only rating system to use professional inspectors who visit each property each year, using guidelines weighted by AAA member priorities. The AAA Diamond ratings also evaluate the largest number of hotels and restaurants of any rating system,” says Marie Dodds, public affairs director for AAA Oregon/Idaho. “AAA Four Diamond restaurants go above and beyond in attending to guests’ needs and delivering memorable dining experiences.
Only 64 restaurants across North America received a Five Diamond award this year—that’s only .2 percent of AAA’s more than 30,000 Approved and Diamond rated restaurants. Only 683 restaurants earned the AAA Four Diamond Rating for 2016—just two percent of the AAA Approved and Diamond restaurants.
AAA conducts unannounced, annual inspections where AAA inspectors visit and anonymously dine to observe the basic foundation of the establishment. The AAA inspectors meticulously evaluate food quality, guest services and physical attributes to assess the level of competence, refinement and hospitality and assign a rating of One to Five Diamonds. To help members find the best dining match, AAA Approved restaurants are defined by more than 100 cuisine types, from Northern Italian to French seafood to Canadian comfort food, and may also be classified as classic or historic.
AAA released its list of Four and Five Diamond hotels in January. Oregon hotels receiving the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Rating are: (The year listed by each establishment indicates the year the property first received the current, consecutively maintained Diamond rating.)
The Oxford Hotel (2010)
Stephanie Inn (1995)
Whale Cove Inn (2011)
Inn at the 5th (2012)
Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge (1976)
The Allison Inn & Spa (2010)
Hotel Monaco Portland, a Kimpton Hotel (1997)
Hotel Vintage Plaza, a Kimpton Hotel (2001)
RiverPlace Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel (1986)
Sentinel (formerly the Governor Hotel) (2001)
The Heathman Hotel (1985)
The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel (2009)
The Westin Portland (2000)
FivePine Lodge & Spa (2011)
Sunriver Resort (1999)
- Twelve hotels including the Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge in Gold Beach, have maintained the Four Diamond Rating for 40 consecutive years, since 1976 when the Diamond Ratings were first introduced for hotels.
- An additional 144 hotels including the Heathman Hotel and RiverPlace Hotel in Portland have maintained the Four Diamond Rating for 25 or more years.
About AAA/CAA Diamond Ratings:
AAA rates more properties than any other rating entity and uses professional inspectors to conduct in-person property inspections guided by member priorities. With a far greater inventory than any other rating entity, AAA’s rating system covers the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
AAA’s professionally trained inspectors visit some 1,200 hotels and restaurants every week. They use published guidelines to conduct unannounced hotel and restaurant evaluations, assigning AAA Approved establishments a rating of One to Five AAA Diamonds.
Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector notes on the AAA Mobile app for tablets and smartphones, the desktop and mobile versions of the TripTik Travel Planner online mapping and routing tool, searchable Travel Guides on AAA.com and AAA TourBook® guides available to members at AAA/CAA offices. Travelers can access information about AAA inspections and Diamond Ratings at AAA.com/Diamonds.