These local restaurants are the best in North America, according to AAA

Just 67 restaurants on the continent have Five Diamond status, and Mass. is home to three of them.

The heirloom tomato salad at Menton. Tamir Kalifa for The Boston Globe

On Thursday, AAA announced its list of best restaurants in North America, and 14 in Massachusetts made the cut.

The AAA divides its accolades into Four Diamond and Five Diamond categories, with the latter being the highest rating the organization can bestow. Of almost 32,000 AAA Inspected & Approved restaurants, 67 restaurants, or 0.2 percent, lay claim to Five Diamond status.

Massachusetts is home to three Five Diamond establishments, and three additional spots in New England were also honorees.

“Attaining the Five Diamond Rating is an impressive accomplishment,” Michael Petrone, director of AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings, said in an announcement. “To be considered leading edge, chefs must incorporate a laser-focused approach using innovative concepts and menus featuring the finest ingredients.”


By contrast, 656 restaurants, accounting for 2.1 percent of those approved by AAA, were awarded with Four Diamond status. The announcement described these institutions as offering “a distinctive fine-dining experience, employing creative preparations that are skillfully served amid upscale ambience.”

Massachusetts was included 11 times on the Four Diamond list, including seven in Boston. Around New England, 22 restaurants also made the cut.

Check out the restaurants below.

Massachusetts, Five Diamonds

Menton, Boston

The Portico by Jeffrey Thompson, Lenox

Topper’s, Nantucket

Rhode Island, Five Diamonds

Coast, Watch Hill

Connecticut, Five Diamonds

Restaurant at Winvian Farm, Morris

Maine, Five Diamonds

White Barn Inn Restaurant, Kennebunk

Massachusetts, Four Diamonds

Bar Boulud, Boston

Deuxave, Boston

Mamma Maria, Boston

Meritage, Boston

Miel, Boston

Mooo, Boston


No. 9 Park, Boston

80 Thoreau, Concord

Twenty-eight Atlantic, East Harwich

The Old Inn on the Green, New Marlborough

Stars, Chatham

Connecticut, Four Diamonds

ON20, Hartford

Rebeccas, Greenwich

Restaurant at Spicer Mansion, Mystic

Thomas Henkelmann, Greenwich

Maine, Four Diamonds

Back Bay Grill, Portland

Earth, Kennebunkport

Fore Street Restaurant, Portland

Hugo’s Restaurant, Portland

Natalie’s, Camden

Walkers Maine, York

Ocean Restaurant, Kennebunkport

Primo, Rockland

New Hampshire, Four Diamonds

Bedford Village Inn Restaurant, Bedford

The Main Dining Room at the Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods

The Manor on Golden Pond-Van Horn Dining Room, Holderness

Rhode Island, Four Diamonds

Cara, Newport

Gracie’s, Providence

The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn, Newport

The Vanderbilt Grill, Newport

Vermont, Four Diamonds

275 Main, Warren

Junction, Essex Junction


Rabbit Hill Inn Dining Room, Lower Waterford

The Red Rooster, Woodstock

Windham Hill Restaurant, West Townshend