When looking over the menu at a nice restaurant, most of us cringe when faced with an average entrée price that’s more than $30. But in reality, that’s just the tip of the iceberg — a certifiable bargain compared to the most expensive restaurant dishes in America.
Super-expensive items can work their way onto restaurant menus for a whole host of reasons. Some are super-premium cuts of beef, like wagyu or kobe, which are rare luxury items. Others are a little more gimmicky, topped with a mound of caviar or white truffles or draped in gold leaf. And some are traditional composed entrées like you’ll find at any high-end restaurant, just with an astronomical price tag. Any way you slice it, however, to order one of these dishes proves that you’re a serious high-roller.
To track down the most expensive restaurant dishes in America, we perused the menus at many of the most expensive restaurants in America and the most expensive steakhouses in America, scanned pre-existing rankings, and researched what’s on the menu at the highest-end restaurants in America, from New York to Los Angeles. We only included real plated dishes, not luxury add-ons like caviar service, and didn’t include the myriad restaurants that serve an insanely expensive dessert that’s no different from the $9 menu version save for the pricey bauble dangling from it. All of these are real à la carte menu items intended for one diner, so if you happen to have hundreds of dollars burning a hole in your pocket, you can order them for yourself.
Read on to learn which 19 menu items are the most expensive in America. Most of these are sold at steakhouses, and many of them are in Las Vegas, which certainly makes a whole lot of sense. But if you hit the jackpot at Caesars and feel like celebrating, do us a favor and don’t spend it all on a $1,000 sundae at Serendipity.