The World’s Top 10 Most Expensive Restaurants
Even the world’s most expensive restaurants change over time. Thus, the list of the world’s top 10 most lavish restaurants is ever-diversifying, and never stagnant. It’s important to note that we’ve only included restaurants where the fine dining experience does not include the price of drinks.
10. Eagle Ski Club, Wasserngrat Gstaad, Switzerland
This mountain-top restaurant, although not exactly the most expensive on the list, still makes the top 10 due to the excessive membership fee. $50,000 US dollars fits the bill, in addition to a waiting list of around three years.
9. Il Teatro, Macau
Macau-based Il Teatro caters to the rich and famous of South East Asia. Nevertheless, the focus is on Southern Italian-styled cuisines. The restaurant is situated within Steve Wynn’s (the Las Vegas casino mogul) somewhat ethereal casino. Views over the Performance Lake add to the overall dining experience.
8. French Laundry, Napa Valley, California
As the name suggests, French Laundry offers French food, albeit with various contemporary American influences. Restaurant owner and head chef is Thomas Keller, a world-renowned food connoisseur. Food critique and top chef in his own right Anthony Bourdain claimed French Laundry to be the best restaurant in the world. Main meals range in price from $180 to $300 US dollars.
7. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Situated at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives, Ithaa, which means mother-of-pearl in the Maldives national language, is the world’s first underwater restaurant. Seafood-themed, for obvious reasons, albeit with European and Asian influence, the restaurant is located some five meters below sea level. At $300 US dollars for a 23 course meal, you’re well served!
6. El Bulli, Costa Brava, Spain
This Michelin 3-star restaurant situated overlooking Cala Montijoi bay, Costa Brava, two hours north of Barcelona in Catalonia only remains open for service during 6 months of each year. But yet, during that period, they’ll receive in excess of 2 million enquiries. You may be wondering why the excitement? It’s all because of head chef Ferran Adria. Average meal costs are $325 US dollars per head. The restaurant is currently closed and will re-open again in 2014.
5. Aragawa Restaurant, Tokyo
The Japanese are not generally known for their ability to grill-up a top-notch beef steak, but in the case of the Aragawa Restaurant in Tokyo, the Kobe steak is said to be highly memorable for all the right reasons. Nevertheless, although the restaurant is relatively humble, the price tag is quite the opposite. Be prepared to spend up to $450 for a main course.
4. Masa Japanese and Sushi Restaurant, New York
Perhaps not what you’d expect for a restaurant which holds 4th position on the list of the world’s most expensive restaurants. Masa, New York’s most expensive restaurant, which seats only 26 patrons at any one time, is located within Time Warner shopping mall. Masa, a Japanese and sushi restaurant, costs $450 US dollars per person, not inclusive of tips, taxes, or drinks for that matter.
3. The Lecture Room at Sketch, Mayfair, London
Situated in one of the most exclusive areas of London, UK, the restaurant is owned by Morad Mazouz and the Head Chef is Pierre Gagnaire. Sketch serves French cuisines. Prices fluctuate, but the restaurant invariably charges up to $500 US dollars for mains.
2. Solo Per Due, Vacone, Italy
As the name would suggest it, Solo Per Due, or Just For Two, is in actual fact, a restaurant just for two. It’s all about fresh, flavorsome Italian cuisines. No queuing, no waiting to be served. So, if you are distinctly romantically-inclined, and don’t mind splashing out $500 per person (not inclusive of the wine, we may add), then Solo Per Due is just for you!
1. Plaza Athénée, Paris
Situated in Champs-Élysées, Paris, The Plaza Athenee provides for a French-oriented (‘haute couture’) dining experience at its best. Head chef Alain Ducasse is considered one of the top chefs in the world, and his three Michelin stars gained from restaurants in three different cities would further suggest it so. Be prepared to pay top dollar for the pleasure however. A meal for one from the “Collection” menu is set at $500 a go, drinks non-inclusive.