Addison earns Five Diamond status

Addison, the signature fine-dining restaurant at the Grand Del Mar, has earned the coveted Five Diamond rating from the Automobile Association of America (AAA).

Addison is the first restaurant in San Diego to earn this prestigious designation.

The restaurant features contemporary French cuisine prepared by executive chef William Bradley and his culinary team, complemented by a distinctive and comprehensive wine list.

Since opening in October 2006, the $30 million stand-alone dining venue has accrued an array of critical acclaim, including a three-star review from the Los Angeles Times, recognition as one of Esquire magazine’s “Best New Restaurants for 2007,” and high praise from other media such as Wine Spectator,, Wine & Spirits, Sante and Food & Wine.

According to the AAA guidebook description, a Five Diamond restaurant is “renowned and consistently provides a world-class experience. Menus are cutting edge, using only the finest ingredients available, and food is prepared in a manner that is highly imaginative and unique. The combination of technique and ingredients is extraordinary, reflecting the impeccable artistry and awareness of highly-acclaimed chefs. A maître d’ leads an expert service staff that exceeds guest expectations by attending to every detail in an effortless and unobtrusive manner.”

The AAA Diamond Rating Process is North America’s premier restaurant rating program. To be considered for AAA approval and rating, lodgings and restaurants must undergo a thorough inspection. The Auto Club’s staff reviews Southern California establishments and Five Diamond venues undergo the most extensive scrutiny, with an estimated 0.2 percent of the thousands of establishments reviewed garnering this status.