10 Most Expensive Restaurants in the World (And What They’re Serving Up)
By Nora Mathe
Everybody eats out at times; we all enjoy going to a good restaurant and having something special that we can’t prepare at home.
It’s always nice to be served your food instead of slaving over it for hours before you can eat it. But the wealthy among us don’t even eat like us, and they certainly don’t go to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch.
The wealthy have their own restaurants to frequent – the ones that sell bite-sized appetizers and dishes we have never even heard of. Let’s have a look at 10 of these most expensive restaurants in the world!
10. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
Price: $259 per person
Located in Fürstenau, Switzerland, Schloss Schauenstein has 3 Michelin stars. As indicated by the word “schloss”, the restaurant is inside a 12th-century castle, so it offers an unforgettable experience: you can eat in a picturesque setting, and just like medieval royalty!
Chef Andreas Caminada, who also owns the restaurant, makes an effort to say hello to every guest, even though he is most at home in the kitchen. The restaurant offers local and European cuisine, paired with an amazing presentation. And, if you aren’t sure of what you would like to pick, there is a tasting menu, as well!
9. Ithaa Undersea, Maldives
Price: $320 per person
The Ithaa Undersea is located on Rangali Island in the Maldives, and it is the first-ever underwater restaurant. You can enjoy an incredible meal 16 feet under the sea here! If that isn’t interesting enough in itself, you have a panoramic view of the ocean and a breathtaking view of a gorgeous coral garden!
The restaurant is headed by Italian chef Marco Amarone and serves up European cuisine, matched with fine wine. The food is served as a set six-course feast, which includes Wagyu beef tenderloin, lobster, and snow crab with dill and duck rillette, according to their website.
8. Alain Ducasse, London, UK
Price: $343 per person
Although it is located in the heart of London, Alain Ducasse is a French specialty restaurant, celebrating the country’s cuisine at its finest. The restaurant has 3 Michelin stars and its chef, Alain Ducasse, is renowned around the world for his incomparable dishes.
Ducasse is also famous for using innovative tools and techniques to prepare mouthwatering French dishes. The restaurant serves a 7-course meal for $343 or you can opt for the à la carte menu, as well. The restaurant also has an amazing Truffle Menu to choose from.
7. Kitcho, Kyoto, Japan
Price: $359 per person
Kitcho is a breathtaking restaurant known not only for its incredible cuisine but also because of its iconic surroundings. Opened in 1948, the restaurant looks like a traditional Japanese garden, which is manicured to perfection by an array of workers.
Kitcho is known for its incredibly high-quality ingredients: in the Chef’s Course, the finest possible ingredients available on that day are used to prepare dishes served with meticulous attention to vessels, presentation, and timing. You can savor amazing traditional Japanese food and have an unforgettable experience.
6. Aragawa, Kobe, Japan
Price: $370 per person
If you Google Aragawa restaurant, you might be surprised: it does not look like a lavish restaurant. Actually, it is located in the basement of an office building, and it’s certainly not pretty. The décor is bland and uninteresting, but the food makes up for all of it!
Aragawa is best known for its incredible steak, mainly because they serve the best grade meats from purebred Tajima cattle that are raised for more than 28 months in the Sanda region of Hyogo Prefecture. The incredibly high price of a dish at Aragawa is explained by the quality of meat, which is unmatched in Japan.
5. Restaurant De L’Hotel de Ville, Crissier, Switzerland
Price: $415 per person
Currently run by chef Franck Giovanni, the beautiful restaurant first earned its Michelin stars when it was run by the late chef Benoit Violier and his wife, Brigitte. The $415 price tag includes an incredible 11-course meal in traditional European cuisine.
Depending on when you visit the restaurant, you get a different menu: chef Giovanni utilizes the fresh ingredients that are prominent during a specific season, so the menu for autumn 2019 is vinaigrette of summer vegetables, crunchy green beans from La Cote, sprinkled pillow of tomatoes from Vaud, and lobster refreshed with coral and beef from Canton de Vaud glossed with figs, according to their website.
4. Maison Pic, Drome, France
Price: $445 per person
Run by one of the very few female chefs, Anne-Sophie Pic, the Maison Pic is a legendary restaurant, well-known worldwide. The restaurant has 3 Michelin stars. The restaurant serves French and European cuisine, and Anne-Sophie Pic is known to enjoy the citrusy taste.
For $445, you can enjoy a 9-course meal at the restaurant, which includes staple dishes such as Mediterranean rouget in a saffron broth, candied turnips, Banon goat cheese Berlingots, deer marinated din sake lees squab, and incredible chocolate desserts.
3. Masa, New York City, USA
Price: $595 per person
Masa is a Japanese and sushi restaurant located in Manhattan, New York City. It is an extremely exclusive and pricey restaurant: you have to make reservations 3 weeks prior, and the whopping $595 price tag does not include beverages or taxes. It is understandable, however, that the restaurant is so pricey; it is one of the only two sushi restaurants in North America that features a sushi bar made of a solid piece of Hinoka wood from Japan, which costs around $260k.
If you decide the splurge, keep in mind that the dishes are prepared by chef Masa Takayama himself, and the amazing quality fish are flown in directly from Japan. The menu also features truffles and Kobe beef.
2. Per Se, New York City, USA
Price: $685 per person
Per Se is a renowned restaurant that belongs to the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group. It was opened in 2004, and it is chef Keller’s third 3-Michelin-starred property. The restaurant serves French and New American cuisine. Its current chef de cuisine is Corey Chow.
Per Se offers a daily tasting menu, but if you’re vegetarian, you can opt for the equally luxurious daily vegetarian tasting menu, as well! The restaurant is also renowned for its incredible wine collection, with over 2,000 bottles to choose from.
1. Sublimotion, Ibiza, Spain
Price: $2,000 per person
Sublimotion is run by Paco Roncero, a 2-Michelin-star chef. He is an innovator, trying out and implementing new preparation techniques as much as he can. Thus, Sublimotion’s menu was named the Best Innovation Food & Beverage in 2014.
The restaurant is more like an experience: the 12-person table is surrounded by a giant screen; the chef prepares the food in front of the guests; and even VR is implemented for a truly futuristic concept. The restaurant is often called a new style of performance art, which fuses gastronomy, technology, video, music, and performance art.
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