The AA Rosette scheme is an award, not a classification, recognising exceptionally high standards in culinary excellence demonstrated by AA Accredited properties across Ireland and the UK. The aim of the Rosette system is to provide reliable information for all patrons about where to eat.

Rosettes are awarded on a rising scale of 1 to 5, even one Rosette represents culinary excellence. All our visits are unannounced, where our expertly trained AA Inspectorate use an extensive list of criteria to assess the “food on the plate” rather than the “plate of food” of each restaurant.

A guide to some of the general expectations for each Rosette award is as follows:

 

These restaurants achieve standards that stand out in their local area. They serve food prepared with care, understanding and skill, using good quality ingredients. The same expectations apply to hotel restaurants, where guests can eat in with confidence and a sense of anticipation.
Excellent restaurants that aim for and achieve higher standards and better consistency. A greater precision is apparent in the cooking, and there will be obvious attention to the selection of quality ingredients.
Outstanding restaurants that achieve standards that demand recognition well beyond their local area. The cooking is underpinned by the selection and sympathetic treatment of the highest quality ingredients. Timing, seasoning and the judgment of flavour combinations will consistently be excellent. These virtues tend to be supported by other elements, such as intuitive service and a well-chosen wine list.
Among the top restaurants in Ireland, where the cooking demands national recognition. These restaurants exhibit intense ambition, a passion for excellence, superb technical skills, and remarkable consistency. They will combine appreciation of culinary traditions with a passionate desire for further exploration and improvement. There are very few restaurants with Four AA Rosettes.
The pinnacle, where cooking compares with the best in the world. These restaurants have highly individual voices, exhibit breathtaking culinary skills, and set standards to which others aspire to, yet few achieve.