WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It's one of the most prestigious awards any restaurant in the country can receive, and a Wilmington restaurant is one of just a few in North Carolina to receive the honor.
Manna restaurant, located in downtown Wilmington, has been selected as one of AAA's Four Diamond restaurants.
Manna has received the distinction two years in a row and is the only restaurant in Wilmington to ever receive the exclusive rating.
"The distinction of being Wilmington's only AAA Four Diamond restaurant is certainly a significant one as it proves that all of our hard work and attention to detail is paying off," said William Mellon, owner of Manna.
AAA inspectors visit thousands of restaurants every year. Their visits are unannounced. Restaurants receiving a Four Diamond rating are typically upscale restaurants that cater to individuals in search of a distinctive fine-dining experience, according to AAA.
Inspectors look for the quality of food, ambiance, and a proficient staff.
"We are extremely proud of the accomplishment and are thankful for our great team of professionals," Mellon said. "They are truly the foundation of any accolade bestowed upon this restaurant."