COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Colorado restaurants, including restaurants in Colorado Springs, Boulder, Denver, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Manitou Springs, have received AAA Four or Five Diamond ratings, the AAA Automobile Club announced Wednesday.
The Penrose Room in Colorado Springs maintained its coveted AAA Five Diamond rating, which the restaurant has held since 2007. This Colorado Springs restaurant is the only site in Colorado to receive the five-diamond review, awarded to only 0.2 percent of the more than 31,000 restaurants approved by AAA.
The reviewer praised the Penrose Room’s "panoramic rooftop view" and recommended the continental cuisine, including Colorado lamb, ouster caviar and foie gras. But save some room for after the main course, because the reviewer noted, "audible gasps are heard when artfully presented desserts arrive at the table." Prices range from $90-$156 for dinner.
"AAA Five Diamond restaurants have evolved over the years to meet the changing expectations of restaurant enthusiasts who are increasingly sophisticated about cuisine," said Patty Marenco, manager of the Auto Club of Southern California’s Approved Accommodations Program.
"Guests want to learn about cooking techniques, fresh ingredients and trends. They are looking for a wide-ranging dining experience that includes being entertained," she added. "No longer does world-class mean formal attire and opulent surroundings. And that’s where AAA’s Diamond Ratings can help guide the discerning diner."
Eighteen restaurants in Colorado earned Four Diamond ratings. The Flagstaff House in Boulder and Denver’s Palace Arms have held the four-diamond rank the longest (since 1989).
Four Diamond restaurants "provide distinctive fine-dining, creatively prepared, skillfully served, often by a wine steward, amid upscale ambience," according to the Auto Club.
Here are Colorado’s AAA Four Diamond rated eateries, along with the year they first got the distinction:
Chefs Club by Food & Wine (2012)Element 47 (2013)
Grouse Mountain Grill (1997)Mirabelle at Beaver Creek (2003)Splendido at the Chateau (2009)
Frasca (2008)The Flagstaff House Restaurant (1989)
Colt & Gray (2010)Edge Restaurant & Bar (2011)Guard and Grace (2015)Mizuna (2010)Palace Arms (1989)Panzano (2010)Rioja (2008)
Alpenglow Stube (1993)Keystone Ranch Restaurant (1990)
The Cliff House Dining Room (2001)