Some places take the eating experience to a whole new level. At least, this is what those restaurants promise. More than meals, the most expensive restaurants in the world offer a completely different experience: celebrated chefs, limited seats, exquisite décor and meticulously-prepared dishes are all factors in that.
For people willing to pay anything from USD $325 to $ 1,761 for one meal (no drinks included), the sky is the limit. From eating facing the Seine river in Paris to having a matchless culinary-entertainment experience in Ibiza, here are some of the most expensive restaurant meals anywhere in the world.
10 Per Se, New York City - US$325
New York is one of the best places to eat on earth. Even in NYC, some places stand out among the countless number of restaurants. The Per Se that belongs to the Thomas Keller group is one of them.
The Per Se is a three-Michelin-stars restaurant that uses the classic French technique. The place offers a daily nine-course tasting menu and a nine-course vegetable tasting menu that costs US$325 per person. The price can skyrocket further if you decide to try the award-winning wine list, since drinks are not included in the price.
9 Maison Pic, France - US$350
France boasts some of the best restaurants in the world. So, it comes as no surprise that it also has some of the most exclusive and expensive meals in the world.
Having dinner at Maison Pic, in Valence, costs US$350. According to reviews, the chef is able to create a perfect meal and pair ingredients faultlessly. The woman behind it is Anne-Sophie Pic, one of the few female chefs to have three Michelin stars. Talent runs in her blood: her father, Jacques, and grandfather, André, also earned three stars for Maison Pic.
8 Urasawa, New York City - US$395
A 30-course meal at Urasawa costs US$395 person, drinks not included. The dishes changes daily. The reputation of the Japanese restaurant is thanks to the chef, Hiro Urasawa. He was trained by the legendary Masa Tamayaka, who also owns one of the best Japanese restaurants in New York.
The Urasawa restaurant, located in a shopping center off Rodeo Drive (Beverly Hills), is also very exclusive and has only ten seats. That increases the unique and luxurious feeling of the place... and also the price, of course. It creates the expectation of a unique experience.
7 Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville, Switzerland - US$398
The Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville is located in Crissier, a small village in Switzerland with less than 6,000 inhabitants. But there is nothing humble about this establishment, which boasts three Michelin stars.
The 11-course menu costs US$398, offering the likes of Alpine goat. However, the price does not include drinks from their enormous wine menu. The place gained itsreputation thanks to the chefs Benoît and his wife Brigitte. Now Franck Giovannini is the chef responsible for the place and keeping the status of the restaurant.
6 Guy Savoy, France - US$464
The French Guy Savoy was already a celebrated chef when he opened a restaurant at the Hôtel de la Monnaie, a privileged location by the Seine in 2015. Savoy also has restaurants in Singapore and Las Vegas.
The prices start at US$295, but if you opt for a set menu, the price increases to US$464. This includes plates like indulgent caviar and oyster concassé. The restaurant has received the title of the best restaurant in Paris in 2018. All this on top of a sublime view of the Seine.
5 Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives - US$435
The Maldives islands are already known as an exclusive destination, one of the favorite places of the rich and famous. So there is no surprise they also boast one of the most expensive meals in the world.
The Ithaa is located at 16 feet below sea level. They offer four courses at lunch and six at dinner, which cost from US$195 up to US$430. Drinks are not included. Besides the meal, the clients also have a unique view, because this is an impressive all-glass underwater restaurant. A stunning setting.
4 Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, France - US$446
Alain Ducasse is one of the most celebrated chefs in the world, so anything that involves his name will cost you a lot of money. In 2014, he became famous for the restaurant at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée. The place, as expected, is jaw-dropping. The ceiling is decorated with 10 thousand crystals and boasts special cutlery by Roger Tallon.
The main dishes cost up to US$182. If you choose the exclusive set menu, you will need to pay US$446.
3 Kitcho Arashiyama Honten, Japan - US$480
This is the only restaurant located in Asia on the list. The Kitcho Arashiyama Honten, in Kyoto, boasts three Michelin stars and serves the finest of Japanese cuisine. Chef Kunio Tokuoka is responsible for the restaurant, following in his grandfather's steps. The menu is renovated every season.
It is a complete experience that's sure to mesmerize diners. The Kitcho Arashiyama Honten is styled like a traditional tea ceremony house, offering a wonderful view of the gardens. The price per meal is US$480.
2 Masa, New York City - US$595
Masa is one of the most expensive restaurants in America. It is also known for its waiting list and clients are advised to book almost a month ahead to guarantee a table. The place has only 26 seats, which helps to create an intimate atmosphere.
The legendary Masa Takayama prepares the dishes himself, using the finest fish and Kobe beef. The price for such a special meal is US$595. Drinks and taxes are not included, but it sounds like something you should do at least once.
1 SubliMotion, Spain - US$1.761
How much are you willing to pay for a meal? The SubliMotion, in Ibiza, holds the reputation of having the most expensive meals in the world. It is only open during the summer season and it offers more than just a meal.
The SubliMotion has only 12 seats available and offers an unparalleled experience, featuring virtual reality and a laser light show. The menu can include DIY salads and seafood. and costs the astronomical price of US$1,761. It's hard to think about a meal that can be worth so much money.