Who doesn't appreciate a luxurious meal at a world-renowned restaurant? First-rate service, an innovative drink list and, of course, spectacular food all make for a memorable experience. The only thing not to love is the pricey tab at the end of the meal. Fortunately, many of the restaurants on The Daily Meal's list of 101 Best Restaurants in America have prix-fixe options that offer the hoi polloi a chance to try amazing food at drastically reduced prices. Here's a look at some of the best prix-fixe menus at some of the country's top restaurants. Now, the only thing stopping you from eating at these restaurants is the fear of an expanding waistline!
L2O (Chicago) — The four-course prix fixe is $115, the least expensive of the tasting options the restaurant offers. Your choice from dishes like hand-cut tagliolini with lobster-uni emulsion and osetra caviar, and A11 Wagyu Beef with Maine lobster, fondant potato and foie gras-truffle emulsion.
Commander's Palace (New Orleans) — By ordering the Creole Luncheon at one of the Grand Dames of the New Orleans dining scene you can enjoy three courses of classic fare like turtle soup and creole bread pudding soufflé for just $32.
L'Espalier (Boston) —This bastion of French fare in Boston offers a Lunchtime Degustation Menu for just $60. That way, you can try six courses, including meat, fish, cheese, and dessert, for little more than half the price of the nighttime tasting menu.
Jean-Georges (New York City) — Two courses at lunch go for just $32 (additional dishes are $16 each). That might still seem a bit steep, but it's a positive steal when you consider that dinner starts at $98.
Le Bec Fin (Philadelphia) — The Business Lunch menu means that you can have three courses for $35 or five courses for $55 at one of America's gastronomic temples.
Restaurant Eve (Alexandria) — This upscale restaurant featuring sustainable and local food offers a weekend prix fixe in the bistro for $65 and a weekday "Lickity Split Lunch Menu" in the lounge, where just $13.50 gets you your choice of any two courses on the menu. With that many options, there is no reason not to enjoy this world-class food.
Rasika — The pre-theatre menu at chef Vikram Sunderam's upscale Indian restaurant offers three courses for just $30.