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The DiRōNA Organization Offers

Award Winning Restaurants

North Americas most prestigious restaurant award hangs on the wall of over 600 distinctive restaurants. A DiRōNA awarded restaurant represents the finest dining experience.

Annual Conference & Events

These exciting experiences provide restaurateurs and guests with the very best in networking, education, excursions, and reunions at unique locations around the World.

Marketing Programs

Awarded restaurants benefit from DiRōNA marketing programs that include website, mobile app, social media, industry events, an annual guide and much more!

Hall of Fame

Those that have dedicated themselves to achieve the best in fine dining and provided a significant contribution to the industry, find themselves honored in the renowned DiRōNA  Hall of Fame.


Students from across North America apply annually for the sought after DiRōNA Scholarships. The DiRōNA endowment is managed by the National Restaurant Association Education Fund.


New for 2017 will be an online DiRōNA Marketplace offering our awardees a chance to learn more and access premium products and services from our Partners located around the World.

DiRōNA Awarded Restaurant Locations




Central America & The Caribbean

A Few Of Our Award Recipients

Uncle Sal's Italian Restaurant & Bar

Uncle Sal’s has long been a valley favorite and a centerpiece of local dining. A family owned and operated Scottsdale restaurant, Uncle Sal’s offers both great food and a great experience. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, Uncle Sal’s is a friendly place filled with lively buzz of great conversations and laughter.

Splash Seafood Bar & Grill

Splash Seafood Oyster Bar & Grill is Iowa and Des Moines’ premiere Seafood Restaurant. Our award winning wine list is perfectly paired to compliment our extensive seafood selections. Our jet fresh seafood is flown in daily from coast to coast, including seaports in Boston, Seattle, Key Largo, and Honolulu.

The Sardine Factory

Every city has that one can’t miss restaurant, where celebrities feel at home and every other guest feels like a celebrity. Since October 2, 1968, The Sardine Factory’s cachet has made dining in our historic Cannery Row setting a tradition for world leaders, sports heroes and entertainment icons.

Jasper's Restaurant

Jasper’s Italian restaurant in Kansas City seats 150 guests. The menu features favored items from Jasper’s and the old Trattoria, including the famous Shrimp Livornese, Caesar salad, and a wide selection of appetizers, pasta, chops, fresh seafood, and fresh baked breads and home-made pastries.

Pancho's Backyard

Two Pancho’s Backyard locations in Cozumel, Mexico provide great Mexican food and awesome margaritas! Pancho’s Puerta Maya offers regional Mexican cuisine in a hacienda-style restaurant terrace. Pancho’s Downtown is sought after for fine Mexican dining in a romantic, historic setting.


Barbetta, having celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2006, is the oldest restaurant in New York that is still owned by the family that founded it. Barbetta is also the oldest Italian restaurant in New York. This three-fold distinction makes this historic restaurant a landmark among New York restaurants.

Recent News

Apply before April 1st for our annual DiRoNA Scholarships

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN                   Since 1987, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has provided merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to the restaurant...
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Visit DiRoNA in Booth #663 at the National Restaurant Show May 20 – 23rd 2017

NRA SHOW WRAP UP VIDEO from NRA Show on Vimeo. Experience the National Restaurant Show NRA Show hosts a spirited four days of meeting, seeing, tasting, testing and more. Visit DiRoNA in Booth #663 at the National Restaurant Show May 20 - 23rd 2017 Click Here to learn...
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Join Us For The 2017 DiRōNA Annual Reunion Luncheon

DiRōNA is proud to have awarded over 650 distinctive restaurants across North America since its inception in 1990. To celebrate our wonderful organization and honor our Hall of Fame members, DiRōNA hosts an annual reunion luncheon in Chicago occurring during the...
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Ted Balestreri, Chairman and CEO of Cannery Row Company and Co-Owner of the DiRōNA Awarded Sardine Factory, Attends Swearing In Ceremony for Congressman Jimmy Panetta

MONTEREY, Calif. – January 18, 2017 – Ted Balestreri, Chairman and CEO of Cannery Row Company and co-owner of the Sardine Factory Restaurant attended the official swearing in ceremony of newly elected Congressman Jimmy Panetta in Washington D.C.  Jimmy Panetta is the...
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