Alain Ducasse
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

The Most Expensive Restaurants on Earth

These restaurants are astronomically expensive
Alain Ducasse
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

When we’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, few things are more festive than a meal that’s a little more expensive than usual. Whether it’s a high-end chain steakhouse or that cute Italian place a few towns over, there’s no shortage of expensive restaurants that will be more than happy to supply you with a festive evening of upscale food and fine wine in exchange for a hundred bucks or so per person. But there’s expensive, and then there’s expensive.

Top restaurants have earned their reputation (and multiple Michelin stars) by spending millions on design and construction, hiring top-notch staff, sourcing the highest-quality ingredients available, and turning them into life-changing haute cuisine. But if you want to experience these restaurants, you’re going to really have to shell out: At the most expensive restaurants in the world, you’re going to pay a set price of more than $300 per person (before wine, tax and tip) for a multi-course meal, or be OK with dropping more than 100 bucks on an entree. The meal will be fabulous, but your bank account is going to take a major hit.

If you ever have the opportunity to dine at one of these restaurants on someone else’s dime, we suggest you take advantage of it, because these aren’t just up there with the best restaurants on Earth, they’re also the most expensive.

Benu (San Francisco, California)

Benu (San Francisco, California)

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Benu is located in a historic building in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district, and is the brainchild of James Beard Award-winning chef Corey Lee. The tasting menu-only restaurant offers “a wide variety of seafood and vegetables, a few meat courses, and some sweets.” A meal there will last about three hours, and it’ll cost you $310 per person.

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare (New York, New York)

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare (New York, New York)

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The two-and-a-half-hour meal at chef Cesar Ramirez’s New York City three-Michelin-starred Chef’s Table, served communally at a tasting counter in at least 20 courses, costs $362.21 per person, not including wine.

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (Paris, France)

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (Paris, France)

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This stunning Paris restaurant is the flagship of one of the world’s most renowned chefs. Alain Ducasse has transformed the main dining room of the Plaza Athénée into a shimmering, white-and-gold fantasy, with stainless shells around some seats and massive chandeliers dripping with thousands of crystals. The five-course prix fixe costs 395 euros (about $442), but if you want to order a la carte, expect individual dishes to average around 170 bucks.

The French Laundry (Yountville, California)

The French Laundry (Yountville, California)

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Chef Thomas Keller approaches French cuisine with classical technique, and his restaurant The French Laundry established new standards for fine dining in this country. If you want to dine there, however, it’s going to set you back: A meal in the dining room costs $325 per person, and dinner in the private Board Room or courtyard costs $450 a head, before wine.

Guy Savoy (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Guy Savoy (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Guy Savoy is one of the world’s most renowned chefs, and he’s brought his masterpiece from Paris to Las Vegas without missing a beat. Several menus are available, and they’re all exorbitantly expensive: The Prestige menu costs $385 (plus $200 or $375 for wine), a special Forbes Travel Guide menu costs $555 per person, the Krug Chef’s Table costs $650, and if you care to dine a la carte, entrees average around $125.

Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville (Crissier, Switzerland)

Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville (Crissier, Switzerland)

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Franck Giovanni took the reins at the legendary Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville after chef Benoît Violier (who earned the restaurant three Michelin stars) passed away in 2016, and the charming restaurant is still serving some of Switzerland’s finest cuisine. A la carte dishes range from 60 Swiss francs (for tomato soup) to 220 (for Bresse chicken for two), and the multi-course menu costs 390 (the Swiss franc-to-dollar exchange rate is about 1-to-1).

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant (Maldives)

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant (Maldives)
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If you want to dine at the world’s first undersea restaurant, which opened in 2005 at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, you’re going to have to pay for the privilege: a five-course lunch at Ithaa costs $225, and a seven-course dinner will set you back $325. You can’t argue that it’s not worth it, though; located 16 feet below sea level and seating only 14 guests, it’s one of the most beautiful (and unique) restaurants in the world.

Joël Robuchon (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Joël Robuchon (Las Vegas, Nevada)
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Located inside the MGM Grand, the late French master chef Joël Robuchon’s eponymous restaurant is serving the most expensive meal in a city that’s chock-full of them. The restaurant offers several tasting menus, all of them astronomically expensive, but the crème de la crème, the 18-course degustation, costs $445 per person before wine, tax, and tip.

Kitcho Arashiyama Honten (Kyoto, Japan)

Kitcho Arashiyama Honten (Kyoto, Japan)

Kaiseki is the Japanese equivalent of a multi-course tasting menu, and few restaurants do it better than Kitcho Arashiyama Honten. Four different kaiseki are offered at this serene and elegant restaurant, each increasing in price and lavishness. A meal here includes soup, sashimi, a side dish, a grilled dish, a slow-cooked dish, steamed rice and pickles, fruit and green tea and confections, and the price ranges from 40,000 yen (or about $373) to 60,000 yen (or $559) — and that’s before included tax and service charge, which pushes the bill up to $724.

The Krug Room (Hong Kong)

The Krug Room (Hong Kong)

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Located inside the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, the 10-seat Krug Room is one of the city’s best-kept culinary secrets (although it’s not exactly very well-kept). Chef Robin Zavou creates three tasting menus using high-end meat and seafood along with the highest-quality seasonal produce, and each course is intended to pair perfectly with a different glass of top-notch Krug Champagne. Three price tiers are available: 2,888, 3,888 and 5,888 Hong Kong dollars (about $370, $498 and $754, respectively).

Restaurant Le Meurice (Paris, France)

Restaurant Le Meurice (Paris, France)

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Dripping with opulence, Le Meurice is one of Paris’ most renowned — and expensive — restaurants. Inspired by Le Salon de la Paix Versailles and designed by Philippe Starck, the two-Michelin-star restaurant from Alain Ducasse boasts antique mirrors, frescoes and chandeliers alongside more modern elements like Space Age chairs and a water-inspired sculpture. A la carte dishes average around 130 euros ($147) each, and the prix fixe “Collection” menu costs 380 euros ($429).

Le Pré Catelan (Paris, France)

Le Pré Catelan (Paris, France)

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A stunning Parisian gem, Le Pré Catelan is located in a Napoleon III-style building and helmed by chef Frédéric Anton, who’s earned it three Michelin stars. The six-course prix fixe menu will set you back 290 euros (about $327), but if you want to order anything a la carte, be prepared to shell out about 130 euros ($147) per dish.

Maison Pic (Valence, France)

Maison Pic (Valence, France)

Chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s three-Michelin-star restaurant is located in the charming city of Valence in southeast France, and it’s centered around a large chandelier and three unique dining rooms. If you want the full experience, you’ll need to order the “Essential” menu, which costs 380 euros, or about $429.

Masa (New York, New York)

Masa (New York, New York)

In order to be the most expensive restaurant in New York, you need to be really expensive, and chef Masayoshi Takayama’s Time Warner Center flagship, Masa, is without a doubt really, really expensive. Should you decide to blow your next paycheck on his (admittedly incredible) creations, plan on dropping a flat fee of $595 per person, before drinks and tax. At least gratuity is included.

Per Se (New York, New York)

Per Se (New York, New York)

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Thomas Keller’s Per Se ushered the New York fine dining world into the new millennium when it opened in 2004, and remains a must-visit dining experience in New York. But as you might expect from a restaurant of this caliber, it’s very expensive. The tasting menu will set you back $355 per person, before wine and supplements.

Saison (San Francisco, California)

Saison (San Francisco, California)

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An open wood flame is the focal point of chef Laurent Gras’ Saison, where each meal is tailored to the diner’s individual culinary preferences and ingredients are sourced from “a small group of fishermen, hunters, gatherers, ranchers and farmers to find and follow microclimates that produce specific tastes from wild foods.” Dinner there will set you back $298 per person, which is actually a hundred-dollar reduction from when chef Joshua Skenes was in the kitchen before departing earlier this year.

SubliMotion (Ibiza, Spain)

SubliMotion (Ibiza, Spain)
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While we’re all living in 2019, chef Paco Roncero’s Sublimotion is comfortably ensconced in 3019, or even 4019. The 12-seat restaurant is essentially a blank canvas, and as each course changes so does the setting; over the course of three hours, the scene shifts from the bottom of the ocean to a lush garden to a futuristic club to a carnival to high-tech fictional worlds, with original music, VR and stagecraft. Oh, and the food is also spectacular. It’s located inside Ibiza’s Hard Rock Hotel, and a meal there costs 1,500 euros (or about $1,757) per person.

Ultraviolet (Shanghai, China)

Ultraviolet (Shanghai, China)
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Ultraviolet is one of China’s most outrageous restaurants, and also one of the most expensive dining experiences in the Eastern Hemisphere. Its 10 nightly guests are driven by van to a secret location, where they sit around a table in a minimalist dining room and enjoy a 20-course avant-garde meal by chef Paul Pairet. Similar to Sublimotion, wall projections, sounds and smells correspond with each dish, and the price tag is extremely high: 4,000 yuan, or about $584, per person.

Urasawa (Los Angeles, California)

Urasawa (Los Angeles, California)

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The legendary Urasawa is one of America’s finest Japanese restaurants, with two Michelin stars to its name. It boasts a daily-changing kaiseki menu of 25 or more courses prepared by chef Hiroyuki Urasawa, which will set you back $400 before tax, tip and beverages. The average check costs more than $1,000 per person, and meals tend to last four hours or more.

Eleven Madison Park (New York, New York)

Eleven Madison Park (New York, New York)

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Eleven Madison Park is a simply spectacular restaurant, and has earned three stars from the Michelin Guide for its troubles. But if you’re able to get a reservation, it’s going to cost you: A meal at this tasting menu-only restaurant includes eight to 10 courses, and costs $335 per person. But we guarantee that your meal will be worth it; we’ve named it the very best restaurant in America.

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