The most expensive Michelin-starred restaurants in the world

Not every restaurant-goer is looking for the best deals when it comes to dining out, stretching their money as far as possible. Some seek truly transcendent dining experiences that only money can buy. Lots and lots of money.

Serving as the priciest option for the budget-conscious, these Michelin-starred restaurants splash the senses with the most extravagant culinary smorgasbords that go beyond just the food.

Following on from our research on the most expensive cities and countries to dine out at a top-star Michelin restaurant, our team researched prices for nearly 500 Michelin-starred restaurants and ranked the restaurants with the best-priced full tasting menus.

The top tasting menu is usually an 8-12 course meal served at dinner, and some restaurants offer multiple menus that can be priced very differently. For this study, we selected the most expensive full-fledged course, which can be up to $300 more expensive than other courses for some restaurants.

Drinks are generally not included in the price, although a small number of restaurants do include them. The same applies to tips and other government levies (service charges, VAT).

Prices are in US$, although slight variations may occur due to exchange rates.

1. Sublimation (Ibiza, Spain)

Top Tasting Menu: USD $1,740 per head (1,500 euros)

Sublimotion Ibiza Room
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To call Sublimotion “just a restaurant” is to call the Roman Colosseum “just a series of pillars”. At the bank-breaking price of US$1,740 per head (the most expensive restaurant in the world), Sublimotion offers its guests something truly unexpected. Thanks to hybrid reality, a Cyber ​​chef cooks for every dinner, allowing them to eat a delicious meal in a virtual world.

2. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Shanghai, China)

Top Tasting Menu: USD $1,422 per head (8,888 CNY)

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Like Sublimotion, Ultraviolet combines gastronomy and visual technology, providing diners in Shanghai with a Western menu with the occasional Asian flair. Each table is surrounded by walls of moving images as they sparkle on mind-bogglingly inspired small plates like foie gras cigarettes and moon cakes baked with traditional French ingredients.

The restaurant aims to live up to its high price tag by overpowering its customers’ senses with an onslaught of flavors, smells and sights.

3. Kitcho Arashiyama Honten (Kyoto, Japan)

Top tasting menu: USD $910 per head (100,000 Yen)

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Based in Kyoto, Kitcho Arashiyama Honten eschews the high-tech flair for a stunning traditional atmosphere, bringing diners the best of Japanese food and architecture. Each of the seven dining rooms overlooks a carefully tended Japanese garden, while the menu relies heavily on fresh seasonal ingredients ranging from wild radishes to ise-ebi lobster.

4. Azabu Kadowaki (Tokyo, Japan)

Top tasting menu: USD $825 per head (90,750 Yen)

Azabu Kadowaki in Tokyo elevates traditional Japanese cuisine through the use of modern gastronomic techniques and international ingredients.

Guests are seated at a six-person hinoki wooden counter to watch the chef cook their meal on an open charcoal grill, taking in the scents of freshly cooked luxury ingredients like white truffles and controversial shark fins. World-class chef Toshiya Kadowaki assures his customers the best experience by serving every meal in intricately crafted Japanese pottery with beautifully painted designs.

5. Masa (New York, United States)

Top tasting menu: USD $800 per head

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The first entry from North America, Masa represents the best (and most expensive) Japanese cuisine in New York City.

Chef Masayoshi Takayama grew up working at his family’s seafood market in Japan, taking his passion for fresh seafood all the way to the Big Apple, delivering New Yorkers exquisite sushi creations on chef-designed plates.


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6 (tie). Joel Robuchon (Tokyo, Japan)

Top tasting menu: USD $637 per head (70,000 Yen)

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The restaurant may be in Tokyo, but the decor is unashamedly French. The building uses a Castle design, which contrasts beautifully with the surrounding architecture of Japanese castles. Patrons dine like royalty in Versailles amid crystal chandeliers, savoring dishes that blend refined European cuisine with subtle Japanese touches.

6 (tie) Kikunoi Honten (Kyoto, Japan)

Top tasting menu: USD $637 per head (70,000 Yen)

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This restaurant in Kyoto combines fine Western ingredients such as foie gras with Japanese delicacies. Chef Yoshihiro Murata once worked aboard a fishing boat, where he learned the art of selecting the perfect seafood to ensure the freshest dishes for his customers. The restaurant serves as a museum of Japanese culture, beautifully situated in a garden in the middle of an ancient temple.

6 (tie) Gion Maruyama (Kyoto, Japan)

Top tasting menu: USD $637 per head (70,000 Yen)

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The third restaurant on this list to hail from Kyoto, Gion Maruyama stands out for its dedication to highlighting natural flavors and ingredients. The seasonally changing menu gives visitors plenty of reasons to return, with bamboo shoots and pregnant grouper in the spring, hamo pike in summer, matsutake mushrooms in the fall and snow crabs and puffer fish in the winter months.

9. Guy Savoy (Paris, France)

Top tasting menu: USD $615 per head (530 Euro)

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Guy Savoy in Paris is a feast for the eyes thanks to the colorful dishes and the contemporary visual art that adorns the walls of the six rooms. Dolop’s foam and spring flowers catch the eye and give diners a sophisticated experience on the River Seine.

10. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)

Top tasting menu: USD $580 per head (500 Euro)

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As the first Italian restaurant on the list, Piazza Duomo combines French influences with Italian flavors. The restaurant has its own “biodynamic” garden, so the leafy greens and vegetables only travel a short distance before landing on the plate. Located in the Piedmont region, Piazza Duomo sets the standard for local cuisine, serving as an advocate in the world of Italian cuisine.

11. Blue Sky (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Top tasting menu: $574 per person (495 euros)

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This two-star Michelin restaurant on Amsterdam’s Zuidas is known for its oyster dishes with gin and the use of local Dutch ingredients. The dining experience with white tablecloths offers a panoramic view of the city from the 23rd floor of the Okura hotel. VIPs can reserve the ‘chef’s table’, a U-shaped marble slab, where they can sit and watch their meal being prepared in front of them.

while it is default- tasting menu costs 225 euros, the exclusive caviar menu, called Ciel Bleu Caviar, costs 495 euros, but we hear it is worth every penny.

12. Alchemist (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Top Priced Tasting Menu: USD $560 per head (DKK 3500)

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Alchemist aims to overwhelm the senses with a 50-course tasting menu, estimated to last 4-6 hours, as well as live performances and unique art installations.

The restaurant features a 10,000-bottle wine cellar and is militant about the standards of its wine pairings. The menu items inspire awe and bewilderment. Among these unusual creations we find tomato water shaped into a snowball, pigeon breast with beeswax and lamb brains, thinly sliced ​​right in front of the customers.

13. Arpege (Paris)

Top-priced tasting menu: $533 USD per head (460 euros)

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Probably the most famous restaurant in the world for exquisite vegetarian cuisine, Arpège and its chef Alain Passard need no introduction. Alain Passard kept his three Michelin stars for two decades and his restaurant is consistently ranked among the 50 best restaurants in the world.

14. Forum (Hong Kong, China)

Top Priced Tasting Menu: USD$530 per head

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Forum represents the finest Chinese culinary crafts and has served dignitaries such as former Chinese Prime Minister Deng Xiaoping. The restaurant’s chef, Yeung Koon-yat, gained fame for his special method of preparing abalone, a mollusk coveted as a delicacy in China. Today, the restaurant attracts Hong Kong’s rich and famous, all eager to sample the expensive shellfish.

15. Hélène Darroze at The Connaught (London)

Top Price Tasting Menu: $527 per person

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This is one of London’s finest restaurants and one of the only five three-star Michelin restaurants in the city. Hélène Darroze offers an exclusive truffle-based menu for £395 (about $527).

The restaurant is run by acclaimed French chef Hélène Darroze, who also runs a two-star Michelin restaurant in Paris, and was voted best female chef in 2015. Note that you can enjoy a more affordably priced seasonal menu at the Connaught for £185.


Methodology

Chef’s Pencil has analyzed the menus of more than 450 Michelin-starred restaurants in expensive cities such as Tokyo, Paris, New York or San Francisco. For restaurants where prices were not readily available, we relied on media coverage, the Michelin Guide, or restaurant reservation services such as: Table All.

We ranked the restaurants with the best priced full tasting menus. The top tasting menu is usually an 8-12 course meal served at dinner, and some restaurants offer multiple menus that can be priced very differently. For this study, we selected the most expensive full-fledged course, which can be up to $300 more expensive for some restaurants than other courses.

Featured photo by Lili Liu.

Andy Cheng

Andy grew up with a Japanese mother and has extensive knowledge of Japanese culture, life and food. Originally from England, Andy began training as a chef after graduating and moved to Japan to begin his culinary journey. Aiming to run his own restaurant, he studied with Michelin-starred chef Namae Shinobu and Akihiro Nagao. He is now studying how to roast coffee in Northern Japan.

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