8 of the Most Expensive Restaurants in the World
When I first began paying for food myself, I thought $15-20 was a lot to be spending on one meal. And don’t get me wrong, I still believe that’s too much to be regularly paying for meals, but for a night out anywhere around $30 leaves me still feeling pretty comfortable. So reading about some of the world’s most expensive restaurants makes me shudder.
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1. Masa – New York, USA
Masa is a Japanese restaurant in New York that has been known since its birth for its extravagant pricing. Now Masa is not only the most expensive Japanese restaurant in New York, but it’s also the most expensive restaurant in New York, period. The minimum price for a meal at Masa is $595 per person. Gratuities are not accepted, so you don’t need to tip on top of that price, but drinks and add-ons are not included in the base price. It would not be unheard of to spend nearly $1000 a person at Masa by the end of the evening.
2. Sublimotion – Ibiza, Spain
Sublimotion is more than a restaurant. Sublimotion is an experience. Set in a room with blank walls, the dining venue becomes the projector screen for a multimedia event. Located inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza, this is probably the closest you’ll get to dining on a Star Trek holodeck for a while. Sublimotion takes only 12 guests each night. It places you in the centre of a show like no other. There’s even a portion of the dining that takes place with VR headsets on. Do you eat real food during this portion? I have no idea!
The projections and table decorations take you from dining in rolling fields, to forests, to underwater, to techno spaces and other wild settings.
The menu is set (at a 20 course meal with wine and champagne!) and dining at Sublimotion costs €1500, which is about $1680 USD.
3. Industry Kitchen – New York, USA
When you look at this New York restaurant’s prices, nothing seems to be too out of the ordinary. In fact, I’d easily spend an evening there with friends on a night out. That is, until you reach the bottom of their pizza menu. Suddenly, prices jump from a reasonable $20-$30 entree to a $2000 pizza.
This pizza requires a 48-hour advance order. It’s loaded with Stilton cheese, foie gras, ossetra caviar, truffle, and 24 karat gold leaves. To be completely honest, my palate is so unrefined that I could see myself really not even liking this pizza. What a waste of $2K. For me. For someone else, it may be worth every penny.
4. Berco’s Popcorn – Chicago, USA
Okay, so a popcorn place isn’t exactly a restaurant, but if you buy the most expensive popcorn on the menu, it’s going to cost you your meals for the next few months! Coated in caramel and the world’s most expensive salt–Laeso, Nielsen Massey Bourbon Vanilla, and Vermont butter, this popcorn’s ingredients begin to add up. Then incorporate the fact that it’s sprinkled with edible 23 karat gold flakes, and you’ve got yourself the world’s most expensive popcorn.
This popcorn, which gives you a one kernel sample for $5, will have you handing over $50 for a 16 oz bag. The largest size they sell is a 6.5 gallon tin for a whopping $2500. You better really like popcorn.
5. Fleur – Las Vegas, USA
Fleur is a restaurant in Los Vegas that houses the world’s most expensive hamburger. There must be something about the USA and outrageously overpriced foods because they hold quite a few spots on our list. This burger, served at the restaurant inside the Mandalay Bay Casino, is made of Waygu beef, foie gras, and truffles. Served with a 1995 Chateau Petrus, this burger and drink combo costs a good $5000. I’m not entirely sure that it’s still available because it’s not on their menu, but perhaps with a special request you’ll still be able to find it.
6. Renata Viola – Italy
Okay. So this one’s not a restaurant at all. This one is a person. Renata Viola is a world-famous pizza chef who has won competitions and was even granted work in Miami for a time under a visa given for someone possessing an extraordinary skill. His skill? Pizza making.
He has invented the world’s most expensive pizza, the Louis XIII Very Expensive Pizza. True to it’s name, this pizza is going to cost you more than your trip to Italy to get it.
Comprised entirely of seafood, it’s a small 20cm in diameter pizza served for 2 people. So despite its price tag, this won’t serve you for a pizza party.
Topped with Australian pink salt, three types of caviar (including the world’s most expensive caviar–beluga), prawns, lobster, and squilla mantis (Mediterranean shrimp), and buffalo mozzarella, and served with Remy Martin Cognac Louis XIII and Champagne Krug Clos du Mesnil 1995, this meal is prepared and served in your home.
I assume this only counts if your home is in Italy.
The price of the pizza? A whopping €8300. In USD that’s about $9300. However, I’m not sure how the exchange works because most websites quote the pizza at $12,000 USD.
7. Bourbon and Bones – Scottsdale, USA
This Arizona steakhouse is on the pricier end with most of their dishes. A 32 oz Tomahawk Ribeye will set you back $114 and a Waygu Ribcap sits at $115. But the real wallet-killer comes with their six course meal for 12 with a bottle of ZD Abacus included. Limo transportation is included in the ticket price and a portion of the proceeds are donated to Arizona’s largest family homeless shelters.
The cost of the meal is $20,000. Between 12 people, that’s $1667 per person.
8. Grand Velas – Los Cabos, Mexico
Grand Velas is a resort chain across Mexico with a secret on their menu. Debuted in 2017, the Grand Velas’ World’s Most Expensive Taco begins with a gold-infused tortilla shell, topped with Kobe beef, beluga caviar, black truffle brie cheese, exotic salsa, premium anejo tequila, civet coffee, and gold leaf.
This one taco costs $25,000. If you choose to add the platinum and white gold bottle of Ley.925 Azteca Premium Anejo, your meal will come to a total of $175,000!
They say this is taco and tequila for two, so perhaps you get two tacos. It’s a little unclear.
Apparently, you have to be staying in the Presidential Suite already, and a $12,500 deposit must be put down to secure your taco.
Would you ever try one of these extreme meals? Which one sounds the most appetizing? The least? Let us know in the comments!
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