The Most Expensive Restaurants in the World

Everyone loves the experience of a high class meal. We don’t always love the price on the check, but we can soon forget about that. It’s all about indulging in the finest food in a beautiful setting. The finest restaurants in the world are judged on all sorts of factors. It could be the quality of the food. It could be a celebrity chef or the exclusivity of the location. All of these factors determine how much the restaurant can charge its visitors.

Most important of all, perhaps, is the coveted Michelin Star awards. Michelin stars are awarded to only the very best restaurants on the planet. To be awarded one means that you can command the highest prices. We’ve rounded up some of the fanciest, most stunning restaurants in the world. A meal at one of these restaurants could set you back over $1000 a head. Did your wallet just flinch? Yep, ours too.

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Sublimotion, Ibiza

Ibiza isn’t the first place that springs to mind when you think of fine dining. Raves, excessive drinking and partying, yes. But cavier and champagne? Not so much. Despite assumptions, the small white island is home to the world’s most expensive restaurant. Sublimotion is a culinary experience. The chef takes you on a journey through 20 courses of delicious, gourmet food. It’s not just the quality of food that impresses. The restaurant itself changes the lighting and mood as you move through the courses.

Serendipity 3, New York

The menu at Serendipity is actually a fairly modest affair, even the steak prices are reasonable. However, the restaurant is famous for one thing: the world’s most expensive dessert. The $1000 ice cream sundae (dripping with real gold leaf) even features in the Guinness Book of World Records. In order to sample this dessert, you must forewarn the chefs and give 48 hour’s notice.

Ithaa Udersea Restaurant, Maldives

The Maldives is the ultimate collection of paradise islands. Most hotels occupy their own little desert island, each one oozing luxury. The Ithaa Restaurant is the crowning jewel here. Set five meters below the surface of the ocean, the restaurant is encased in glass. Brightly coloured fish swim above your head as you wash down your $500 meals. It is true luxury in the most luxurious place on the planet.

Aragawa, Tokyo

This restaurant’s plastic menus boast a mighty claim in the culinary world. Aragawa claims to have the best Kobe beef in the world. Kobe beef is understood to be the finest cut in existence. It is cut from only the best cattle raised in the Hyogo Prefecture. It must meet very strict requirements. Aragawa then has even stricter rules about which cuts make it into the kitchen. The 22 seater restaurant is incredibly exclusive, and for good reason.

Restaurant Le Meurice, Paris

Le Meurice is the height of decadence and indulgence. Many consider France as the home of the finest chefs in the world. If that is the case, then Restaurant Le Meurice is home to the best. Its decadent, renaissance decor is matched only by its stunning menu of classic French cuisine.

There you have it, five of the most expensive restaurants in the world. Make a reservation and start saving!