Where the Chefs Dine
Dining & Cuisine
Dining out is one of travel’s true adventures.
Restaurants that bear the DiRoNA distinction
assure customers of a superlative dining experience.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room (image courtesy of DiRoNa)
The Caucus Room (image courtesy of DiRoNa)
W hat do iRicchi, Sam & Harry’s and the DiRoNA distinction.
Oceanaire Seafood Room have in In an industry where new, trendy restaurants
common? In addition to world-class cuisine and often appear overnight — and just as quickly dis-
landmark status, all three restaurants have appear-- restaurants that earn the distinction must
passed a stringent inspection by the Distinguished first prove that they have stood the test of time. To
Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA), an be considered for inclusion, an establishment must
independent, non-profit group that motivates demonstrate that it has been in business under the
restaurants to provide consistently superlative same ownership and dining concept for at least
dining experiences. three years.
Established in 1990, DiRoNA sets standards DiRoNA inspectors visit the restaurants
for fine dining above and beyond those applied unannounced and evaluate them against a list of
by other restaurant rating guides. Only DiRoNA attributes, including quality of physical property,
conducts anonymous, independent inspections environment and décor, quality of cuisine, quality
by third-party professionals, not paid staffers or of beverages and service.
amateur reviewers. The Inspections Program is Restaurants that have earned this prestigious
governed by the Distinguished Dining Advisory distinction are listed on the DiRoNA Web site and
Council, (DDAC), an anonymous group of in an annual published Guide to Distinguished
nationally acclaimed food, wine and travel Restaurants of North America (Lebhar Friedman).
writers. Restaurant inspection results are Consumers who purchase the Guide also
ratified by the DDAC before any restaurant is receive a Fine Dining Guarantee for every
invited to join the DiRoNA membership. DiRoNA restaurant they visit.
And only those restaurant members that pass
Sam & Harry’s Restaurant (image courtesy of DiRoNa)
this detailed inspection are entitled to display the
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