Four Diamond restaurants account for just 2.3 percent of the more than 30,000 AAA-approved and Diamond rated restaurants, and four of them are in Rhode Island, AAA Northeast has announced.

The four Rhode Island restaurants are among just 683 throughout North America and the Caribbean to receive this designation for 2016. The local recipients are:

  • Newport
    • Muse, first recognized in 2012
    • Spiced Pear Restaurant (2002)
  • Providence-Gracie’s (2011)
  • Watch Hill-Seasons at the Ocean House (2010)

Recipients will be recognized at a luncheon in March.

“Contemporary restaurant enthusiasts are more educated than ever about food trends, preparation techniques and ingredient sourcing,” said David J. Raposa, AAA Northeast Managing Director of Public Affairs. “This raises the bar for today’s top chefs who attempt to achieve perfection with each offering. These top-rated restaurants meet that challenge and give their guests a memorable dining experience.”

For 80 years, AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct in-person property inspections. AAA’s rating system uses comprehensive, professional hotel and restaurant evaluations, guided by member priorities.

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