Dining out can be much more than getting a meal someone else cooked without having to do any clean-up. Sometimes you want a fine dining experience that’s a memorable event.
If you visit any one of the most expensive restaurants in the world, not only will you remember the amount of the bill for years to come, you’ll have an exquisite dining experience to look back on.
Visitors to Asia can enjoy three of the world’s top restaurants, and visitors to New York can eat at one of the priciest restaurants worldwide. It’s no surprise that three of the most expensive restaurants in the world are in France, with two in the city of Paris.
Spain, Italy, and Switzerland are other European countries known for delicious food and some of the world’s finest and most exquisite restaurants.
The experience of eating at one of these luxurious establishments is worth the splurge and added expense to your vacation.
Restaurant De L’Hôtel De Ville
1 Rue d’Yverdon 1023 Crissier, Switzerland
Phone: +41 21 634 05 05
Chef Frank Giovannini ensures that all the food served at his restaurant is as fresh as possible and that nothing on the menu duplicates the flavor of any other dishes.
Each item is unique and provides a distinctive taste experience. Almost a dozen courses, from aperitif to dessert, costs about $400.
He also strives to achieve nutritional balance across the menu for the best gastronomic dining possible and has earned the restaurant three Michelin stars.
With reservations made well in advance, you can eat in one of five rooms with different atmospheres.
The menu changes regularly, but some dishes, like lobster, foie gras, and many other expensive foods usually appear.
18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002, China
Phone: +86 21 6323 9898
Expect to pay around $600 for your dining experience at Shanghai’s Ultraviolet. Only ten people can eat at this restaurant each night in a room designed to be immersive.
Screens surround the dining table with videos and music to create an unforgettable feast for the eyes, ears, and palate.
Unlike some expensive French restaurants with traditional furnishings, this restaurant is modern and high-tech.
The grilled oyster and sea urchin are melt-in-your-mouth delicious but may not be there often.
Chef Paul Pairet wants Ultraviolet to be avant-garde and unpredictable, so the menu and ambiance change regularly.
Rangali Island, 20077, Maldives
Phone: +960 668 0629
With all the many activities available for visitors near the Indian Ocean, who knew one of the most exciting and expensive would be having dinner?
This Maldives restaurant sits 16 feet under the water with a breathtaking view of the coral reefs and undersea life, including colorful schools of fish and sharks.
The domed ceiling is clear, so you’re surrounded by the ocean and its inhabitants while enjoying your meal.
Seafood is naturally a specialty. I enjoyed the sea snails and the salty caviar as a part of my $330 meal, but even if the food had been average, the view was worth the price.
07817 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Balearic Islands, Spain
Chef Paco Roncero creates meals based on Mediterranean cuisine but insists the Mediterranean diet is not only about the food but the social activity of eating with other people and communicating.
In this Michelin-starred avant-garde restaurant, screens play around the room to create an atmosphere, and screens at the table provide even more unusual dining entertainment.
Twelve people can dine at a time from their menu, offering up to 20 courses.
Each person’s experience, including the food, costs almost $1,900. Unique entertainment, delicious food, and even virtual reality will make your visit to Sublimotion an experience to remember.
58, Susukinobaba-cho, Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku,Kyoyto 616-8385, Japan
Phone: +81 75-881-1101
The cost of dining at Kitcho Arashiyama in Tokyo is just under $500, depending on the Yen’s value.
You can enjoy ten courses of traditional Japanese dishes like their delicious sashimi, grilled seafood or meat, steamed rice, salad, soup, and dessert.
The decor is light and tasteful with traditional Japanese themes. Several fixed-priced menus let you choose your courses for a set fee, or you can opt for the omakase course.
The course categories are the same, but the menu is personalized and priced according to the market for the ingredients.
The chef will prepare the food according to instinct rather than in a prescribed fashion.
Monnaie de Paris, 11 Quai de Conti, 75006 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 43 80 40 61
Dinner at Guy Savoy costs about $525, depending on the value of the Euro, though you can spend about half that ordering a la carte. I recommend the full 13-course experience for full price.
If you’re in Paris and about to eat at one of the most expensive restaurants in the world, it only makes sense to enjoy everything the chef has to offer.
The dishes are exquisite, with plates like roasted lobster and artichoke soup with black truffle, but my favorite thing at this restaurant was the cheese.
Switzerland and Michigan are known for their delicious varieties of cheese, but no one prepares delicate, rich cheese with fresh bread quite like the French, especially a French Michelin-starred chef.
10 Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10019, United States
Phone: +1 212-823-9800
Masa, named for chef Masa Tamayaka, is one of the priciest restaurants in the US and one of the most expensive restaurants in the world.
The cost is $750 per person to eat in the dining room or $950 per person to dine at the Hinoki Counter with a sushi chef.
I’ve never had sushi as good as the sushi at Masa. The restaurant is so popular that you must make a deposit with your reservation that you forfeit if you don’t cancel with enough advance notice.
Despite being a top fine-dining restaurant, the dress code is casual and comfortable, but they ask guests to avoid wearing cologne or perfume or limit the amount to respect the other guests.
Restaurant Le Meurice
Le Meurice, 228, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 44 58 10 55
The Restaurant Le Meurice’s elegant and gilded dining room is an experience long before your meal comes.
Inspired by the Chateau de Versaille, the walls and ceiling feel like decor out of the 17th century, but the furniture has clean, modern lines in white or mirrored finishes.
Famous Chef Alain Ducasse believes in simple food and a back-to-basic approach. They leave the tables empty to let diners focus on the food with selections like chilled spider crab with fennel and, my favorite, the line-caught sea bass.
You can choose three or five half-dishes with cheese and dessert for about $287 or $348, respectively, depending on the Euro’s value.
285 Avenue Victor Hugo, 26000 Valence, France
Phone:+33 4 75 44 15 32
Chef Anne-Sophie Pic was self-taught, cooking through intuition and inspiration.
Maison Pic brings something unique to the table, with its three Michelin stars and a family restaurant business dating back to 1889.
It’s one of the most expensive restaurants in the world, but it’s also one with a long legacy of excellence in cooking and serving customers.
The dishes change regularly with a mix of traditional French cuisine and more avant-garde choices, especially in desserts.
A nine-course meal costs about $375, a price it’s well worth, especially if you appreciate French cheese the way I do.
The Osteria Francescana
Via Stella, 22, 41121 Modena MO, Italy
Phone: +39 059 223912
A la carte prices are printed on the menu here, unlike many of the most expensive restaurants in the world.
Most selections run between $70 and $100, with lunch or dinner costing slightly less than $300.
If you enjoy wine with your meal, you’re miles away from the cost of happy hour deals at your favorite chain restaurant.
Add another $150-$200 for wine, but many are Italian wines with levels of flavor and nuance that inexpensive wines can’t match.
Many recognize this restaurant from its appearance in the series Master of None and the famous sous-vide eel dish with apple jelly and polenta inspired by history, which was one of the most interesting things I’d ever eaten.