The 10 Most Expensive Restaurants in the World
The 10 Most Expensive Restaurants in the World
The 10 Most Expensive Restaurants in the World envelop diners in a sense of awe, inspiring discerning foodies from around the world to run up insanely expensive tabs to enjoy the culinary experiences of a lifetime. Will you be the next bon vivant to explore one of these pricey spots? Choose your favorites from the list below!
1. Ithaa Undersea, Maldives
Cost: $320 per person
Five meters below the surface of the Indian Ocean, at Rangali Island in Alif Dhaal Atoll, sits Ithaa Undersea. This spectacular, underwater gem provides visitors with an unforgettable experience as you dine beneath swimming sharks and schools of fish and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding sea.
Menu options provide the best the ocean has to offer, like caviar, scallops, lobster, and prawns, but there are also turf options like steak. Dishes are enhanced with aromatic Asian staples like lemongrass and ginger.
2. Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris, Monaco
Cost: $426 per person
The atmosphere at Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse A L’Hotel De Paris can be described as nothing less than spectacular, with its classical French interior, crisp white tablecloths, and billowing drapes. The food is no less impressive, showcasing a mix of Mediterranean and seasonal foods, crafted into fanciful interpretations created by renowned chef Alain Ducasse.
Ducasse’s creativity is what makes patrons flock to restaurant Le Louis XV. You will enjoy flawless ambiance and stellar service, and you will also appreciate that sustainability is important here. Elements of produce, like artichoke and green pea pods are cleverly repurposed to garnish dishes with complex flavors, textures, and visual charm.
3. Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville de Crissier, Switzerland
Cost: $426 per person
Precision is the word used to describe Frank Giovanni, the fourth Michelin-starred chef to head up the Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville de Crissier in Switzerland. That word also makes a notable appearance in the carefully crafted reviews of satisfied customers who cherish memories of the restaurant’s indulgent service.
The presentation of each dish offers visual artistry and gastronomic delight. Dishes from the summer 2021 menu like Perch from Leman Lake, Red Mullet Paned Melba, Clery Strawberry and Verbena excite the senses with color and contrast. Yet the chef’s goal is to maintain purity of flavor, so that the carefully chosen ingredients never overpower one another.
4. Kyoto Kitcho Arashiyama – Kyoto
Cost: up to $458 per person
At Kyoto Kitcho Arashiyama, guests experience the serenity and elegance of a traditional Japanese screenhouse. This restaurant originally opened in 1948 and has since been meticulously maintained by craftsmen, gardeners, and carpenters to preserve it as a symbol of Japanese history and culture.
Though the décor is meant to commemorate the advent of Spring, the intent is for guests to relish the subtle changes in ambiance that occur with each season. Each day presents the chef a new opportunity for gathering the freshest, in-season ingredients. These are used to make delightful appetizers like seashells stuffed with seafood and greens.
5. Masa – New York
Cost: $595 per person
From the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center, guests are transported to traditional Japan. Masa New York is noted for having the world’s best sushi, and for engulfing guests in an unpretentious—but no less reverential—atmosphere. Blonde Hinoki wood throughout, along with a prominent forsythia tree, inspire a heightened awareness of and appreciation for nature.
Master chef Masayoshi Takayama’s creations culminate from a lifetime of food preparation, study, and apprenticeship. Sea Urchin Roe with Avocado Oil, Peking Duck, Bluefin Tuna, and more are served with an emphasis on purity of ingredients. The elements of each meal speak for themselves, and the most fundamental quality of each ingredient shines through.
6. Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas
Cost: $640 per person
Located on MGM Grand’s casino floor, Joel Robuchon Las Vegas is a French restaurant like no other. The interior was crafted to look like an opulent Art Deco townhouse with its marble floors, rich red and purple hued walls, gilded accents, and stunning drapes. The Forbes Five Star-winning chef is credited with providing an intimate experience that has redefined dining in Vegas.
The chef settles for nothing less than the highest quality ingredients and seeks to keep their combination simple, so that their flavors can be fully appreciated. Yet, the presentation of those elements is exciting to behold. Famous dishes like Le Sphere and Le Caviar Imperial are eye-popping culinary treats, with color contrasts and distinct forms that convey true artistry.
7. Per Se – New York
Cost: $680 per person
Per Se New York is a chic French contemporary spot located in the Time Warner Center. It offers a peaceful and intimate atmosphere set against breathtaking views of Columbus Circle and Central Park.
The creations of acclaimed chef Thomas Keller feature two tasting menus, each with nine courses. One menu is fully vegetarian. Chef Keller is dedicated to carefully selecting suppliers who provide the best ingredients, and to developing relationships that allow him to obtain the quality he desires. From the right olive oil to coffee beans and milk, every minute detail is crafted to make a difference. The celebrated wine list at Per Se features vintages from around the world, including older wines alongside limited edition wines from small producers
8. Alinea, Chicago
Cost: $690 per person
Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, Alinea occupies a smart modern two-story building designed to complement the classic brick and stone exteriors of surrounding brownstones. Once you step inside, you’ll flow through the space amid soft white and gray hues, ambient lighting, and classic architectural elements that inspire calm.
The restaurant features American cuisine that is described as mature and soulful. The fun presentation of some dishes has been described as humorous, while hearty skewers of steak, shrimp, and grilled veggies provide a firm grounding in the familiar. Desserts like bubble-gum flavored Japanese cheesecake reflect the chef’s willingness to color outside the lines.
9. Ultraviolet – Shanghai
Cost: up to $900 per person
Designed to ignite an adrenaline rush, the Ultraviolet in Shanghai stimulates visitors with light, sound, aroma, and a 20-course meal. Chef Paul Pairet curates his guests’ experiences by providing all diners with a menu at the same time, allowing the process and rhythm of service to take center stage. Courses begin on the light side, becoming progressively more substantial, then tapering off with perfect desserts.
Ten diners at a time are invited to enjoy this experience, which emphasizes communion. You will all be delighted by the chef’s experiments and jokes, such as a single noodle made of cuttlefish, arranged in concentric circles, or a beef short rib presented on an impressively large bone.
10. Sublimotion – Ibiza
Cost: up to $2,480 per person
Food, art, and futurism collide at Sublimotion in Ibiza, Spain. Technology, music, and choreographed service come together to make your experience at the most expensive restaurant in the world like no other. Twelve diners are gathered inside an intimate room called a capsule, where servers use vivid wall projections and an array of props to transport patrons on a three-hour, 20-course journey to times and places known and unknown.
Sublimotion is located inside the Hard Rock Hotel on Playa d’en Bossa and features Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine. You can choose whichever wine or champagne you like to accompany your meal, but with the exciting ambiance, you may not need it.
An Enticing World of Culinary Delights
Food is more than just a human necessity. It nurtures community and inspires the highest levels of thought and artistry. These 10 most expensive restaurants create a world all their own as their chefs push the limits of culinary possibility.
Contact TTW Corporate Services to plan the details of your visit to one of these exceptional venues. Our luxury concierge services let you venture into the unknown for an unforgettable dining experience.