ATLANTA - AAA has an undercover inspector program that goes to more than 31,000 restaurants all over the U.S. to put them through their rigorous rating system.

“AAA has a consumer-friendly rating system for restaurants and hotels that is unlike anything else in the industry,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Our professionally-trained inspectors conduct unannounced, onsite evaluations every year. Properties are rated from One to Five Diamonds, based on the dining experience; which can range from a simple sandwich shop to a swanky 7-course meal. However, if quality or cleanliness is in question, the restaurant will not make the list at all.”

What does each diamond mean?

Well first, to even qualify, a restaurant needs to meet a list of common-sense standards for cleanliness, management and appearance. Once they are approved for those things, inspectors will complete surprise inspections and assign a rating of one to five Diamonds.

The Diamonds help define the dining experience a guest should expect. Look at the guidelines here.

One Diamond - Quick-Serve

Two Diamonds - Casual

Three Diamonds - Trendy

Four Diamonds - Distinctive

Five Diamonds - Leading-Edge

You can look up Diamond-rated restaurants here.

Only 68 restaurants all over the United States received the Five Diamonds rating and ONE of them was in Georgia.

The Georgian Room which is located on Sea Island, Ga. got the coveted Five Diamonds rating from AAA.

Another 13 restaurants in Georgia received a Four Diamonds rating, and those include:

Atlanta:

  • AG
  • Aria
  • Atlas
  • Bacchanalia
  • Bar Margot
  • BLT Steak
  • Canoe
  • La Grotta Ristorante Italiano
  • Nan Thai Fine Dining
  • Nikolai's Roof
  • Restaurant Eugene

Columbus:

  • Epic Restaurant

Jekyll Island:

  • Grand Dining Room