The most expensive restaurants in the World
From glass-enclosed underwater establishments serving reef fish caviar to $600-a-head Japanese tasting menus, these are the most expensive restaurants in the world. Your tastebuds—and your check book—won't ever forget it.
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Prepare to pick your jaw up off the floor: The 12-seat restaurant at the newest Hard Rock Hotel property, opening May 18, will charge a whopping $2,078 (€1,506) a head for its 20-course dinner. Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero hasn't revealed his menu yet, but we hear that the ultra-sensory experience will marry food, art, and technology. Our curiosity is piqued, but it's tough not to question whether or not the reality will live up to the four-digit price tag.
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Currently led by executive chef Jocelyn Herland, the contemporary French restaurant commands a sizeable fee thanks to its founders and Michelin three-star rating. A seven-course seasonal tasting menu, which currently includes seared duck foie gras paired with fresh herb pasta and morels, runs about $301 (£180) per person for dinner—and that’s on the low end, sans wine pairings.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Situated more than 16 feet below sea level in the Indian Ocean, this glass-enclosed spot cost about $5 million USD to construct. Patrons can scope 180-degree views of coral reefs and a wide variety of fish, as well as manta rays, sharks, and other aquatic inhabitants.
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Another of Alain Ducasse’s properties, this Versailles-inspired dining room oozes opulence, from the antique mirrors and crystal chandeliers to the five-course Collection menu. For $524 (€380), you’ll taste three specialties (perhaps the truffled guinea fowl pie or veal sweetbreads with salsify), plus a selection of cheeses and desserts.
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Chef Anne-Sophie Pic holds the distinction of being one of six female chefs in the world to run a Michelin three-star kitchen, and her inventive nine-course $442 (€320) Menu Essential proves why. One bite in the culinary journey might encompass savory bon-bons filled with lightly smoked, spice-infused watercress consommé, while the next might feature young Drome goat marinated in aromatic herbs and Chartreuse.
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Two complementary principles reign at Chef Masa Takayama’s eponymous restaurant—simplicity and the essential flavor of each ingredient. The dishes on the $450 tasting menu may be austere in presentation, but the lack of crazy flourishes is part of the appeal, especially when it comes to the parade of exotic seafood.
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Even with its $310 a head price tag, this temple of haute cuisine can be a tough reservation to score. Still, it’s worth the hassle (and cost) to experience Thomas Keller’s signature “oysters and pearls,” followed by a succession of eight impeccable dishes in which no ingredient is repeated.
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Luxuriously marbled wagyu—specifically, the premium Sanda variety—at this subdued venue draws meat lovers from around the world. The sticker shock can range from $284 (28,870 JPY) to $341 (34,650 JPY) if you’re ordering from the prix fixe menu.
Sampling the priciest meal on our list means forking over around $600 (61,098 JPY) to indulge in kaiseki, a style of dining many believe to be the epitome of carefully conceived and executed Japanese fare. Third-generation chef Kunio Tokuoka prepares an elegant series of plates showcasing seasonal, local ingredients, such as hamo (Japanese conger eel) and ayu (sweetfish), which guests savor in their own private tatami room.
Written by Sarah Bruning / cntraveler.com