Have you ever dreamed of eating at the world’s most expensive restaurants? Or maybe you’re just curious about how much it would cost to go. Either way, here’s a list of the 16 places that will cost you the most money.
1. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
Just one Michelin star for what is arguably the most expensive restaurant in the world? The French-born chef Alain Ducasse’s first international outpost is actually located on a street named Park Lane, but it’s no less luxurious than its uptown cousin. (They both share an owner.) Here you’ll find prix fixe menus featuring fish from Normandy and beef from Argentina served by waiters in white jackets who wield trays of champagne glasses like weapons. And if you happen to be celebrating anything special—birthdays, anniversaries—you might as well go all out with a selection from their wine list: It boasts over 600 bottles between expensive vintages and rare collectibles priced upwards of $100,000 (or more).
2. Tradition Gautier
Tradition Gautier is a Michelin-starred restaurant located in Paris. It’s known for having some of the best food in all of France, and with prices like this, it’s easy to see why. You’ll pay €165 per person here, and you can expect to experience things like foie gras and caviar. This place also has an incredible wine collection that you could spend hours exploring before ordering anything at all!
3. Joël Robuchon
While most people will never have the opportunity to dine at one of these restaurants, it’s good to know what’s out there. If you can afford any of them, go for it! Just don’t forget to share your experience with us in the comments below.
4. The Fat Duck
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the upper echelon of world-class dining. The Fat Duck is a restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, England, run by chef Heston Blumenthal. It is one of only three restaurants in the world to have three Michelin stars (the other two being Osteria Francescana and El Celler de Can Roca). In 2009 it was named “Best Restaurant in the UK” by The Sunday Times; its ranking then rose until December 2016 when it was voted second best restaurant in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. For these reasons, plus many more that we can’t list here because our fingers are getting tired typing this article up so fast (it’s kinda hard), we’re going to recommend you go there for your next meal out!
In 1930, the Troisgros family opened their first restaurant, L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, in Roanne. Since then, they’ve added several more restaurants to their portfolio—including one at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris and another at The Connaught Hotel in London—but the original remains a Michelin-starred landmark.
The cuisine of Alain Troisgros is considered traditional French with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and innovative presentations. Often classified as “nouvelle cuisine,” his style incorporates modern techniques such as sous vide (sealed cooking) and molecular gastronomy while still retaining classic French flavors and traditions.
Chef Eric Frechon is the owner of this restaurant, which has three Michelin stars. Located in the Hotel Bristol Paris, Vendôme was opened in 1987 and seats up to 50 people at a time.
7. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
You’ve probably heard of Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the underwater restaurant in the Maldives. It was rated as the best restaurant in the world by TripAdvisor in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
The unique architecture of this place allows you to look out at an incredible view while dining below sea level. The restaurant itself is made entirely of glass and acrylic panels that allow guests to see everything going on around them while sitting at their tables.
In addition to providing great views of surrounding coral reefs and fish life (experience scuba diving), there’s also a bar at which you can order drinks from your seat inside your glass shell-like structure!
8. Maison Pic, Valence, France
Located in Valence, France, Maison Pic is one of the oldest restaurants in the world. It’s been around since 1929 and has gained recognition for serving some of the best food in all of France.
The chef at Maison Pic is known for not only his cuisine but also his wine. The restaurant has a fantastic selection of wines from all over France (the region where they’re located). They also offer an impressive list of dessert wines that are hard to find elsewhere!
You’ll be treated like royalty here! Your waiter will take great care of you while you enjoy your meal at this beautiful establishment. Make sure you eat here if you visit France!
9. Per Se, New York City
Per Se, a three Michelin star restaurant located in New York City is the most expensive restaurant in America. Per Se was included in the top 10 restaurants in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants from 2004 to 2017.
Per Se was opened by Thomas Keller and currently has a 15% discount for those with American Express Platinum cards. It is also known for its wine cellar that holds over 3,000 bottles of wine which cost more than $11 million USD.
10. Steirereck im Stadtpark, Vienna
Steirereck is the oldest and most famous restaurant in Vienna. It’s located in the city park and owned by the Kuchlbauer family, who have been running it since 1842. Steirereck is known for its traditional Viennese cuisine with a touch of French flair.
The menu features dishes like:
- Beef stewed with red cabbage and spätzle dumplings on top (Rindsrouladen)
- Sautéed veal with cauliflower puree (Kalbskotelett mit Blumenkohlpüree)
11. Daniel, New York City
Located at 60 East 65th Street in New York City, Daniel is a French restaurant run by Chef Daniel Boulud. It received three Michelin stars and seven out of ten points on the Forbes Travel Guide scale. The restaurant offers menus for lunch, dinner, and brunch as well as private dining rooms for special events or parties. As of 2018, it has been named one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants four times since 2000.
12. Guy Savoy, Paris
Guy Savoy, located at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, is a three Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris. It is run by chef Guy Savoy and his son Alexandre. The restaurant was created in 1987 and it specializes in modern French cuisine. It offers an extensive menu of classic dishes prepared using high-quality ingredients such as lobster, caviar, truffles, and foie gras.
13. Kitcho Arashiyama Honten, Japan, City of Kyoto (Kyoto)
Kitcho Arashiyama Honten is a Japanese restaurant in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the best Japanese restaurants in the world and has been awarded 3 Michelin stars. The restaurant has won the “Best Japanese Restaurant in the World” award on several occasions.
14. Alinea Restaurant, Chicago, Illinois, US
Alinea is a restaurant located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It was ranked first on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The restaurant’s executive chef is Grant Achatz. Alinea has been heralded as one of the most influential restaurants of our time—the eatery has broken boundaries with its use of modernist techniques and culinary creativity. With an average check price of $645 per person (before tax), it’s also one of the most expensive restaurants in America today!
15. El Celler de Can Roca, Catalonia, Spain (Girona)
At this Michelin-starred restaurant in Girona, you will find some of the best-tasting food in the world. The restaurant has three Michelin stars and it is well known for its innovative dishes and exceptional service. The brothers Joan, Josep, and Jordi Roca own this place along with their sister Teresa (who is not part of the team). This place may be a little expensive but if you want something different from what’s out there then this could be one of your best options!
16. The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek (Cape Town) South Africa (Western Cape)
Much like the city, it’s located in, The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français is a luxurious and elegant experience. With a tasting menu that changes daily, you’ll be able to sample some of South Africa’s finest wines and have your palate treated with dishes like seared foie gras or braised lamb rump. For a little extra cash, try their signature wine pairing flights—a four-course meal paired with four different wines.
The world’s most expensive restaurants are all about the experience. From Alain Ducasse in Monaco to Kitcho Arashiyama Honten in Japan, these establishments offer one-of-a-kind experiences that you won’t find anywhere else.