Diamond-Worthy Culinary Experiences

by Stephanie Kenney | Posted: Mar 30, 2016 | Updated: Oct 31, 2018

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Each year AAA reviews more than 31,000 restaurants. Just 0.2 percent make the AAA Five Diamond list and only 2.3 percent make the AAA Four Diamond List. Virginia is home to many restaurants that made this prestigious list. Upgrade your culinary experience by adding one of these incredible restaurants to your itinerary.

Inn at Little Washington Dining Room, Washington – Five Diamond
At the Inn at Little Washington, dining has been likened to a performance with the guest always playing the star role. The Inn’s dining rooms are pure fantasy – a wondrous cocoon of luxury. Chef Patrick O’Connell’s inspired American cuisine draws admirers from around the world and has been described by critics as “so good it makes you cry.” Choosing from the award winning 14,000 bottle wine cellar, the Sommelier plays matchmaker between the wine, your meal, and you.


Inn at Little Washington– Inn at Little Washington Dining Room –

Harriman’s, Middleburg – Four Diamond
Inspired and staying true to the essence of their location in the Virginia Piedmont, Harriman’s menu highlights fresh, seasonal ingredients, captivating farm to table elements with their very own Chef’s garden located just outside the restaurant. In a relaxed yet refined setting at the Salamander Resort & Spa, guests will enjoy delicious breakfasts and mouth-watering dinners, while overlooking sweeping views of the Virginia countryside, resort stables, and distant Bull Run Mountains range. Private catered events for up to 24 are available in their Cooking Studio.

Zoe’s Steak and Seafood, Virginia Beach – Four Diamond
Offering a fine dining experience unlike any other, Zoe’s menu includes favorites like the Grilled Australian Rack of Lamb and Roasted Lobster, plus many exciting and seasonal dishes to whet any palate. Try one of their one-of-a-kind steaks hand selected from around the world. They serve over 40 different wines by the glass, and over 600 by the bottle making it easy to find that perfect pairing for every course.


– Zoe’s Steak and Seafood Leg of Lamb –

Restaurant Eve, Alexandria – Four Diamond
Located in Old Town Alexandria, this historic warehouse building is now converted into a quaint yet sophisticated 100 seat restaurant offering two unique dining experiences in separate rooms, “The Chef’s Tasting Room” and “The Bistro.” The 34 seat destination Tasting Room is Chef Armstrong’s culinary showcase of “Modern American Cooking with Classical French Influences”. Here he features five- and nine-course prix fixe tasting menus, highlighting the freshest of seasonal ingredients and local Virginia produce.

Fossett’s, Keswick – Four Diamond
Fossett’s is the signature restaurant at Keswick Hall and Golf Club providing guests with a uniquely Virginian dining experience. Known for its expansive views of the new Pete Dye-designed course, Full Cry, it is further defined by the locally sourced ingredients and freshness presented in each dish in its seasonal menus. Reflecting upon Southern roots and Virginia experiences, they utilize traditional cooking methods with a modern twist to create new flavors and complexities.


Fossett's - Keswick Hall– Fossett’s, Keswick Hall –

Lemaire, Richmond – Four Diamond
Lemaire is a New American restaurant bringing a fresh, modern culinary experience to one of Virginia’s most iconic attractions – The Jefferson Hotel. The menu features extraordinary Virginia-grown ingredients and the Southern influences of Richmond’s food culture, as well as a wine list of over 200 offerings. The innovative cocktail list features classic libations with a modern twist and fresh, handcrafted ingredients. Lemaire has over 8,000 square feet of space suitable for all occasions.

2941 Restaurant, Falls Church – Four Diamond
This restaurant is nestled in the heart of Falls Church surrounded by lush landscaping, koi ponds, waterfalls, world-class artwork, and a lakeside view. Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel presents contemporary American cuisine accented with bold French and Mediterranean flavors.

Terrapin, Virginia Beach – Four Diamond
Enjoy award-winning contemporary regional cuisine and new items are introduced each season with a mission to support the local community. The restaurant is divided into two areas, an intimate dining space and an exotic zebrawood bar where guests can watch the magic happening in the open kitchen.

The Old Mill Room, Charlottesville – Four Diamond
The epicurean heart of Boar’s Head, the Old Mill Room, was built from the timbers of an abandoned gristmill along the banks of the Hardware River, dating back to 1834. The Old Mill Room is the only restaurant in Virginia to have retained AAA’s prestigious Four Diamond award for 29 years in a row. The Executive Chef and seasoned staff create culinary masterpieces that captivate the eye and delight the palate. Guests enjoy superb wines, imaginative cuisine, and impeccable service in an intimate setting.


Old Mill Room, Boar's Head Inn
– The Old Mill Room, Boar’s Head Inn –

Salacia, Virginia Beach – Four Diamond
Located in the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Salacia offers an upscale fine dining restaurant atmosphere and delicious cuisine in an oceanfront dining room. If you are searching for a restaurant in Virginia Beach but also looking for style, refinement and a memorable dining experience, then Salacia is the place. Enjoy an intimate fine-dining experience, gracious ambiance and impeccable service on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

L’Auberge Provencale, White Post – Four Diamond
This award-winning Northern Virginia restaurant features ingredients from many local farms. Their talented team of chefs creates elegant dishes with definite seasonings as in Provence, with a light hand on the sauces. Each creation pleases the eye as well as the palate. Their menus change daily based on what is best in each season.

The Rockefeller Room, Williamsburg – Four Diamond
Experience the newly refreshed Regency Room for an inspired meal in an intimate and inviting setting—inside and out. Their culinary team, led by award-winning Executive Chef Travis Brust, has created a menu inspired by the rich food history of the Williamsburg Inn and complemented by the food art of today featuring seasonal Virginia bounty. The menu features classic favorites, as well as avant-garde selections that will satisfy the most discerning foodies.


Regency Room, Williamsburg Inn – The Rockefeller Room, Williamsburg Inn –

L’Auberge Chez Francois, Great Falls – Four Diamond
This family-run restaurant was included in OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants in America in 2016 for the fourth year in a row. Nestled among lush woods and fragrant gardens, this French country inn has captivated visitors for over 60 years. They offer and extensive menu full of the flavors of Alsace and traditional French cuisine.

Shagbark, Richmond – Four Diamond
Serving up-south cuisine with a modern twist, Shagbark is a stage for local farmers, fisherman, and artisans. Chef & Owner Walter Bundy has been leading the seasonally driven team since opening in June 2016. Sommeliers Rodney Rosser and Derek Salerno curate the extensive beverage program, including innovative cocktails and a wine list of over 275 offerings.

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Lamaire is disappointing at best and decidedly overpriced. The atmosphere, however, is nice. Good decorators is the only compliment this place deserves. What a shame.

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You rate Fossetts over Pomme??!! You obviously haven’t been to Fossetts lately.