The goal of Distinguished Restaurants of North America is to recognize restaurants that strive for consistent excellence, and to help consumers find the very best in distinguished dining.
DiRōNA award recipients represent only the highest level of fine dining establishments in North America, Canada and Mexico. As a cohesive unit, all DiRōNA restaurants aim to promote the best of the distinguished dining segment and hospitality industries.
DiRōNA restaurants reflect three distinct categories of distinguished dining and the many factors that go into a satisfying dining experience.
Timeless Traditional – The crown jewels of fine dining
These restaurants present complex and exceptional food with panache, delivering an unparalleled dining experience from start to finish. The meals they serve are complimented by exquisite décor and a highly-trained wait staff. Point-for-point, these establishments uphold the highest standards in the traditional art of fine dining. Restaurants in this category include elegant grilles and established steakhouses—“white tablecloth” ambiance with “white glove” service. Examples of DiRōNA restaurants in the Timeless Traditional category: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3
Creative Contemporary – The best of modern casual cuisine
These independent establishments represent the best of modern cuisine, often with a creative theme or presentation. Restaurants of this caliber offer well-coordinated décor that complements distinctive fare and knowledgeable service. While more creative in atmosphere and menu, these restaurants rise above passing trends to offer a distinct dining experience with contemporary flair. This category represents a wide variety of concepts, from global fusion to up-tempo casual—the bistros and cafes that bring color and flair to the world of distinguished dining. Examples of DiRōNA restaurants in the Creative Contemporary category: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3
Legendary Landmarks – Established regional ‘hot spots’
This category recognizes celebrated establishments noted for legendary regional fare. They are well-known restaurants deeply stitched into the cultural fabric of their communities. Service is friendly and personal, and meals are served in a unique atmosphere. These restaurants are prized by locals and occasionally shared with tourists seeking authentic comfort food in a relaxed setting. Restaurants in this category include down-home diners, eclectic hot spots and one-of-a-kind establishments noted for authentic regional charm. Example of a DiRōNA restaurant in the Legendary Landmark category: Example 1, Example 2,Example 3
DiRōNA recipients value their award because it represents an independent, objective validation of their commitment to, and proper execution of, a distinguished culinary experience. Simply obtaining DiRōNA recognition is itself an esteemed and well-earned benefit. Others advantages include:
Credibility through recognition as one of the “best of the best” in North America, with the ability to display a custom certificate and access tools that showcase your membership to your guests.
Restaurant Promotion through national marketing efforts such as our e-newsletter Signature Dish, our iPhone "app" and searchable listings on www.dirona.com.
Educational & Networking Opportunities at our annual conference, membership luncheons and other events that allow members to rub shoulders with the legends of their industry.