Do you think a $20 burger is expensive? Yeah, so do we.

But that’s chump change to high-rolling gastro-tourists, who are willing to shell out thousands of dollars on insanely-expensive tasting menus around the world. The whales of the restaurant world are throwing Benjamins at meals ranging from 30-course omakase to a dinner in Ibiza touted as an “experience that transcends gastronomy.”

Before scrolling through the top ten, a few notes on the prices: For restaurants outside of the U.S. (like those in Paris), we used the set price per person unless otherwise noted, operating under the assumption tax and tip are built-in. For those in the U.S., we’ve include both the sticker price and the real cost after tax and tip, but before wine pairings or any other add-ons. Prices are per person and reflect the current exchange rates.

And now, without further hesitation, here are the 11 most expensive tasting menus in the world right now. 

11. Pierre Gagnaire (Paris, France)

Sticker price: $395 (€290)
Price after tax and tip: Price includes tax and tip, but not drinks
Number of courses: 14

Pierre Gagnaire has his own mini empire, with restaurants in Tokyo, Dubai, Seoul, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Las Vegas, but his flagship is located in Paris at the Balzaz Hotel, right off The Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The three-Michelin starred restaurant has a comparatively cheap lunch menu for $114 (€85) and an intermediate set menu for $202 (€150), but its top-tier tasting menu is an expense-account affair. Gagnaire’s summer tasting menu is inventive, to say the least, pairing seemingly unlikely ingredients like clear mullet jelly, saffron, red tuna, eggplant, and grated artichoke in sauce poivrade(Photo: Guides Restaurants)

10. Maison Pic (Valence, France)

Sticker price: $436 (€320)
Price after tax and tip: Price includes tax and tip, but not drinks
Number of courses: 10

Maison Pic, located in In the five-star Pic Hotel, first received three-Michelin stars in 1939 under chef André Pic; today, it’s run by Anne-Sophie Pic, the first woman in France to receive three stars. The least expensive menu is “Discovery” at $218 (€160), then “Harmony” at $327 (€240), and finally “Essential” at $436 (€320). The cheaper options have six and eight courses, while the 10-course Essential menu features an amuse bouche, cheese cart, dessert, and seven other dishes, including an intriguing menu item that translates to “tomato in the pearl.” The dish consists of a “naturally explosive iced consommé with black currant leaf and elderflower burrata ice cream flavoured with smoked vanilla.” (Photo: Vialbost)

9. L’Arpege (Paris, France)

Sticker price: $462 (€340)
Price after tax and tip: Price includes tax and tip, but not drinks
Number of courses: around 9

Alain Passard’s restaurant holds three-Michelin stars and is number 25 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. There are a few levels of tasting menus: The seasonal tasting menu is priced at $462 (€340), while the vegetable-tasting menu comes in at $367 (€270), and revolves around produce from a 2.5 hectare biodynamic garden just outside the city. Pete Wells praised the veg menu in a New York Times article a few months ago, calling Passard an “oracle of vegetable cookery” and noting that his cooking was “like a conversation with a smart, literate, funny friend.” Although L’Arpege’s current menus are not online, expect dishes like garlic crème brûlée and beetroot with geranium oil. (Photo: Food Snob)

8. Le Louis XV (Monte Carlo, Monaco)


Sticker price: $422 (€310)
Price after tax and tip: $485 (the restaurant notes the addition of a 15% service fee); does not include drinks
Number of courses: 6

The three-Michelin starred restaurant from Alain Ducasse (of Bistro Benoit and the former Alain Ducasse at the Essex House in NYC) opened in the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo 25 years ago. It has three tasting menus: “Club Déjeuner de Saison” for $197 (€145), “Les Jardins de Provence” for $313 (€230), and “Pour les Gourmets” for $422 (€310). The later includes a selection of fromages, à la carte dessert, and a trumpet zucchini veloute with lobster court-bouillon. We can only hope the cheese course involves this very rare Serbian donkey milk cheese(Photo: Monte Carlo SBM)

7. Urasawa (Los Angeles, CA)


Sticker price: $395
Price after tax and tip: $507, not including drinks
Number of courses: around 30

Hiroyuki Urasawa opened his Beverly Hills restaurant in 2003 when the previous owner moved to New York to open Masa (see number four on this list). The restaurant has a “ten-second rule,” meaning you must eat every piece sushi within 10 seconds. What happens if you don’t? We’re not sure. Urasawa is a master, though, so it’s best not to disobey him. There’s no set menu, only omakase, which consists of whatever Urasawa decides to prepare that day. As Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold put it: “You will still find no better evocation of Japan in America.” (Photo: KevinEats)

6. Saison (San Francisco, CA)

saison2 Sticker price: $398
Price after tax and tip: $512, not including drinks
Number of courses: 24

When Eater‘s Bill Addison reviewed Saison recently, he spent a whopping $863.91 on dinner, but called it “easily one of the most expensive and remarkable meals of my life.” The regular tasting menu costs $248, but the “Discovery” option pulls out all of the stops in terms of luxury ingredients—Addison mentions “a glass goblet filled with a liberal tablespoon of white sturgeon caviar.” Chef Joshua Skenes is known for balancing Asian and French influences in his cooking, showcasing the best of what’s in season with each of the two dozen courses. (Photo: Saison)

5. The Restaurant at Meadowood (St. Helena, CA)


Sticker price: $500
Price after tax and tip: $540 (price includes tax tip, but not a beverage pairing that starts at $350)
Number of courses: 15 to 20

The Napa Valley restaurant bills itself as “a casually elegant dining experience featuring a modern approach.” With three-Michelin stars and a half a G price tag, it seems anything but “casual.” Upon making a reservations, the Meadowood’s reservation team contacts diners to discuss “their likes and dislikes, allergies and aversions,” then the chef Christopher Kostow creates a specific menu for each table. If the above priced Chef’s Counter menu is too expensive, there’s also a eight to nine-course tasting menu for $225. (Photo: The Restaurant at Meadowood) 

4. Joël Robuchon at the Mansion (Las Vegas, NV)


Sticker price: $435
Price after tax and tip: $557, not including drinks
Number of courses: 13 to 16

French restauranteur Joël Robuchon opened Las Vegas’ first and only three-star Michelin restaurant inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in 2006. Robuchon was named France’s “Chef of the Century,” and his signature dishes include truffled langoustine ravioli and chicken with foie gras and black truffle. An experience at Joël Robuchon includes a fancy bread cart featuring dozens of breads warmed to order. (Photo: My So-Called Food Blog)

3. Masa (New York, NY)


Sticker price: $450
Price after tax and tip$579, not including drinks
Number of courses: about 26

Chef Masayoshi Takaya opened his Manahattan restaustarant, along with Bar Masa, in the Time Warner Center in 2004. The Masa experience is described as “purity of being, of living, of sensing,” but has no set menu or choice, with the exception of some supplemental (and costly) additions, like a truffle and wagyu dish. Most of the fish is flown in from Japan—such as kinmedai or deep-sea red snapper, saltwater eel, and mackerel—which means it’s probably the best your money can buy in NYC. (Photo: Self Made Stories)

2. Guy Savoy (Paris, France)


Sticker price: $666 (€490)
Price after tax and tip: Price includes tax and tip, but not drinks
Number of courses: 18

Guy Savoy’s eponoymous Paris restaurant also has a location in Las Vegas. Of its set menus, the least expensive is “Coulours, Textures, and Savours” at $490 (€360), then “Summer Selections” at $530 (€390), “Innovations and Inspiration in 12 sequencies” at $571 (€420), and “Innovations and inspirations in 18 sequencies” at $666 (€490). The “18 sequencies” includes courses like lobster tart with chanterelle mushrooms and verbena, as well as something called surf and turf “saddle.” Fun fact: Gordon Ramsay trained under Savoy. (Photo: Business Week)

1. Sublimotion (Ibiza, Spain)

Sticker price: $1,635 (€1,200)
Price after tax and tip: Price includes tax and tip, but not drinks
Number of courses: 20

The most expensive restaurant in the world opened a few months ago (in May), inside the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza. Its two-Michelin starred chef, Paco Roncero, accepts 12 guests into his restaurant at a time, giving them “a unique experience that transcends gastronomy.” Sublimotion’s website says that the meal will be “emotional,” with “unexpected twists” that incite “humor, pleasure, fear, reflection, and nostalgia.” We’re not exactly sure what that all means, but as the Telegraph reports, there’s a lot of deconstructed dishes and even some white-chocolate foie-gras doughnuts. It’s more than double the price of America’s most expensive tasting menu, because if you’re going to ball hard, you should do it in Europe. 

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