Top 10 Most Expensive Michelin-Starred Restaurants In The World

Restaurants and other dining establishments that bear Michelin’s stamp of approval, aka “stars”, have rates that zoom past the proverbial ceiling. That is a fact we all have to live with. Wining and dining in posh places that carry even just one Michelin star would at least require a fat wallet to go with a very high end appetite.

The Michelin Guide has been a go-to reference for those who crave to dine at places that exude class and extravagance. It is also a dream of high end restaurants to be listed in the guide as the inclusion would boost their reputation and stock value in the very large and congested fine dining industry.

That said, what you get when you opt to take your meal at this classy establishments is not just great food, excellent presentation, and warm service but an outstanding dining experience you can never find somewhere else. The ambience, the atmosphere, and the overall aura that surround you once you start to enjoy the palatable offerings also come into play.

Are you looking to experience food in the most luxurious way? Then you better troop to these 10 most expensive restaurants rated by the Michelin Guide.

#10 Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland

Average Cost: $269 per person


Fine dining in Switzerland is nothing if you don’t include Schloss Schauenstein in the discussion. Dubbed one of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World by Restaurant Magazine in 2013, Schloss Schauenstein treats guests to rare dining experience – enjoying local cuisine at a luxurious and beautiful 12-century Swiss Castle.

#9 Michel Bras Toya, Toya, Japan

Average Cost: $287 per person


Boasting a menu that combines French approach and local Japanese ingredients, Michel Bras Toya attracts a lot of people who have passion for exotic yet exquisite dining. Founded in the coast of Hokkaido, Michel Bras Toya is currently headed by renowned executive chef Cedric Bourassin. Enjoying a five-course meal that utilizes local Hokkaido ingredients with a touch of French is indeed an incredible experience you will find at this 3-Michelin star restaurant.

#8 Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London

Average Cost: $289 per person


The Alain Ducasse is a project of executive chef Jocely Hertland. The restaurant’s prime offering is seafood, where topnotch chefs prepare an extensive list of dishes from the sea. Among their guests’ favorites are the crayfish velouté and fillet of halibut, Irish sea urchin, and sautéed baby squid.

#7 Hôtel de Ville, Crissier, Switzerland

Average Cost: $318 per person

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Guests who opt to dine at the Hôtel de Ville will find the “Scarlet” and the “Salers” course a heavenly experience. The Scarlet is composed of tomato, pulp, and pip consommé with Imperial Ossetra caviar while the Salers parades beef grilled with wild pepper, cristallines de charlotte and young fresh salad leaves. Of course, there are still other items in the menu that guests may also find appealing and satisfying at the end.

#6 Ithaa, Maldives

Average Cost: $320 per person


Enjoying a sumptuous fine six-course meal of European cuisine while enjoying a 180-degree aquatic view is Ithaa’s main selling point. Guests can get to take a good look at the ocean life just 5 meters under the surface while dining on Ithaa’s renowned Malossol Imperial caviar with sour cream and potato blinis, and yellowtail king fish with saffron champagne risotto and beurre blanc foam. For those who want the same experience sans the costs, Ithaa offers a more affordable option in the menu.

#5 Aragawa, Tokyo

Average Cost: $370 per person


Fine dining and Japanese cuisine meld together, which is why you have to include Aragawa on this list. Located in Tokyo, Aragawa is popular for its beef-based items. The restaurant utilizes meat from purebred Tajima cattle, which are raised for 28 months in the Sanda region of Hyogo Prefecture. The beef alone is expensive stuff but a lot of people say that everything Aragawa has on their menu is worth the steep price.

#4 Maison Pic, Valence, France

Average Cost: $445 per person


The Maison Pic in Valence, France is a family business run by the Pics. Boasting three Michelin stars, Chef Anne-Sophie Pic now manages the restaurant after her father, Jacques Pic, and her grandfather, André Pic, before that. The items on their menu date back to 1930, back when Andre was still in charge. That said, modern twists have been added to their classic offerings. Their bestseller is the Collection Pic, a fine selection that offers guests a decadent dining experience.

#3 Masa, New York City

Average Cost: $450 per person


Japanese fine dining in The Big Apple means Masa. Operated by master chef Masa Takayama of Tochigi, Japan, Masa boasts three Michelin stars and an extensive menu of Japan’s world-famous cuisine. Described as the ultimate Japanese dining experience, cancelling a reservation at Masa would cost $200 per person.

#2 Restaurant Le Meurice, Paris

Average Cost: $509 per person


Celebrated chef Alain Ducasse treats guests to his collection menu at Le Meurice in Paris. Aside from the great food, the ambience is also excellent and is said to be inspired by the Salon de la Paix at the Château de Versailles.

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#1 Kitcho, Kyoto, Japan

Average Cost: $600 per person


Japanese fine dining at its best, Kitcho not only serves high end Japanese cuisine, but also immerses guests in an atmosphere that breathes Japanese culture. Kitcho owner and operator Kunio Tokuoka says that every dish that his restaurant serves not only satisfies cravings for Japanese cuisine but also represents Japanese culture.

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  • arlene says:

    There’s a fine distinction between eating in an expensive restaurant and a fancy one. The first often involves really succulent, one of a kind ingredients that demand time and effort to make. I can think of saffron, Wagyu, and white truffles. The second–fancy–mostly involves side attractions to add to the luxurious feel of the restaurant. Things like the eating in an aquarium or using gold plates and spoons. I’ll go for the first any time.

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