Fine dining at Michelin-starred restaurants around the world can come at a price. But what you get for those high price tags (which can often be accompanied by sticker shock) are outstanding dining experiences that can take you to a castle in Switzerland or to an underwater culinary experience in the Maldives. From Japan to Europe to the Big Apple, luxe dining menus are often designed tasting courses paired with wines, which substantially adds to the consumer's bottom line.
For a Japanese all-beef tour that costs a pretty penny, choose Aragawa in Tokyo. The menu, or lack thereof, highlights beef in all of its glory. But not just any beef – rather, the purebred Tajima cattle that are raised for more than 28 months in the Sanda region of Hyogo Prefecture. And its famed chef, Alain Ducasse who knows how to construct expensive menus over in Europe. Two of his restaurants, one in Paris and the other in the U.K., make The Daily Meal's list for quite lavish tasting menus. In his only U.K. outpost in The Dorchester, guests come from all over to sample the exquisite cuisine and one of its signature dishes, the fillet of halibut and Irish sea urchin with sautéed baby squid.
10 Most Expensive Restaurants in the World
1. Kitcho, Kyoto, Japan: $600 per person
2. Restaurant Le Meurice, Paris: $509 per person (pictured)
3. Masa, New York City: $450 per person
4. Maison Pic, Valence, France: $445 per person
5. Aragawa, Tokyo: $370 per person
NOTE: estimates reflect tasting/collection menus and do NOT include tax & tip
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