AAA/CAA Diamond-Rating Program

AAA/CAA Diamond-Rating Program

The AAA/CAA Diamond-Rating Program is a system used by American and Canadian auto clubs that awards one to five diamonds to restaurants and hotels based on discerning guidelines. An establishment has to meet high standards to be awarded even one diamond – the more diamonds, the more added frills you’ll find – but even at the most basic level you can expect high quality under this program.

Complete listings of diamond-rated restaurants and hotels throughout Canada, United States, Mexico and the Caribbean are in the printed CAA TourBooks, available free to members at any AMA centre. Online listings can be found at AAA Travel Guides.

Here, we’ve created a summary of direct links to the cities and towns in Alberta with diamond-rated restaurants so you can easily find them in one click. Bon appétit!”

Alberta Diamond-Rated Restaurants

Airdrie Fort McLeod Lougheed
Athabasca Fort McMurray Medicine Hat
Banff Fort Saskatchewan Red Deer
Calgary Grand Prairie St. Albert
Camrose High Level Sherwood Park
Canmore High River Slave Lake
Cardston Hinton Strathmore
Cochrane Jasper Sylvan Lake
Cold Lake Kananaskis Twin Butte
Drayton Valley Lake Louise Wainwright
Drumheller Leduc Waterton Park
Edmonton Lethbridge Westerose
Edson Lloydminster Wetaskiwin


Restaurant Rating Definitions

Diamond Rating Simple, familiar specialty food at an economical price. Often self-service, basic surroundings.

Diamond RatingDiamond Rating Familiar, family-oriented experience. Home-style foods and family favorites, often cooked to order, modestly enhanced and reasonably priced. Relaxed service, casual surroundings.

Diamond RatingDiamond RatingDiamond Rating Fine dining, often adult-oriented. Latest cooking trends and/or traditional cuisine, expanded beverage offerings. Professional service staff and comfortable, well-coordinated ambience.

Diamond RatingDiamond RatingDiamond RatingDiamond Rating Distinctive fine-dining, typically expensive. Highly creative chefs, imaginative presentations and fresh, top-quality ingredients. Proficient service staff, upscale surroundings. Wine steward may offer menu-specific knowledge.

Diamond RatingDiamond RatingDiamond RatingDiamond RatingDiamond Rating Luxurious and consistently world-class. Highly acclaimed chefs, artistic and imaginative menu selections using the finest ingredients. Maitre d' and unobtrusive, expert service staff.

What's The Difference?

Diamond Rating Red Diamonds mark restaurants that participate in the AAA logo licensing program for increased visibility to members.

black-diamond Black Diamonds identify all other AAA Approved and Diamond Rated restaurants.

Restaurant Types

Diamond Rated restaurants may be designated with more than 100 different cuisine types that help members select a dining facility well-matched to their individual tastes. In addition, if applicable, restaurants may be assigned a classification to provide additional information.

Get more information on the AAA/CAA Diamond-rating system.