Eating at one of the most expensive three Michelin star restaurants in the world is guaranteed to leave a dent in your wallet, but sometimes you cannot put a price on taste.
From a spectacular setting on the rim of a volcanic crater in Lake Toya, Japan, to the grandest dining room in Paris where guests sit under 10,000 crystal pendants while choosing their meal – no two Michelin star dining experiences are the same.
Whether you’re looking to sample some of France’s finest food classics, experience one of the best and most traditional meals you can get in Japan, or taste some of the freshest Swiss produce available, you’re certain to find your next fine dining venue of choice in our selection of the most expensive – and often most exclusive – restaurants around the globe.
With their age-old cooking techniques, sophisticated dining rooms and reputation for using the finest quality ingredients, the French have arguably been leading the way with cuisine for several decades.
It, therefore, comes as no surprise that chefs drawing inspiration from classic French cooking dominate our list of the most expensive restaurants in the world.
Starting in Paris, where Alain Ducasse’s flagship restaurant Plaza Athenee provides an unforgettable dining experience, food connoisseurs can indulge in a menu of unusual ingredients, costing an average of £720 for a meal for two.
Elsewhere in France, Maison Pic – run by France’s only female chef to hold three Michelin stars, Anne-Sophie Pic, whose great-grandmother founded the restaurant in 1889 – guests can dine in style with a menu that pays homage to generations passed.
French cuisine is also on the menu at six other Michelin star restaurants. Swiss venues Schloss Schauenstein, located in an 18th century alpine castle, and Hotel de Ville, in Crissier, near Lausanne, both create seasonal menus made from the highest quality ingredients.
Meanwhile, De Librije, in the Netherlands, and Hertog Jan, in Belgium, surprise guests with their modern, inventive cuisine and, again, focus on high-quality regional and seasonal ingredients. Hertog Jan goes one step further by sourcing all of its ingredients from its own bio-farm garden.
Alain Ducasse’s only restaurant in London, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London, adds a touch of Parisian glamour to the capital by offering guests the chance to dine privately on a table surrounded by several thousand fiber optic lights.
However, when it comes to breathtaking views, Michel Bras Toya in Japan gets full marks. Guests dining at the French restaurant, located on the coast of Hokkaido, are treated to striking views of volcanic Lake Toya, while tucking into snails imported from France.
While French restaurants dominate our list of the most expensive three star Michelin restaurants in the world, traditional Japanese venue Kitcho, in Kyoto, Japan, and New York sushi restaurant Masa take the prize for being the priciest.
Run by award-winning chef Kunio Tokuoka, Kitcho is famed for being one of the best meals you can get in Japan, while Masa offers diners arguably the best sushi they can get in New York, with several types of exotic seafood flown in from Japan.
Read on to find out more about the most expensive restaurants in the world.
Kitcho, Kyoto, Japan – around £400 per person
For one of the best and most traditional meals you can get in Japan, Kitcho should be at the top of your list.
Located in Kyoto, in the central part of the island of Honshu, Kitcho is the most expensive three Michelin star restaurant in the world.
Run by award-winning chef Kunio Tokuoka whose grandfather founded the restaurant in 1930, Kitcho creates traditional dishes with inventive touches that keep its guests guessing course after course.
Unsurprisingly, a meal at the most expensive restaurant in the world doesn’t come cheap: around ¥122,503 (£800) for two. But for an evening of Japanese tradition, delicious food made from the highest quality ingredients and faultless service, this indulgent dining experience is not to be missed.
Masa, New York, USA – around £400 per person
Hailed as the best sushi restaurant in New York, Masa comes in at joint first in the stakes for the most expensive restaurant in the world.
With about a dozen types of exotic seafood flown in from Japan to choose from, dining at this fine venue is about as close as you can get to the East Asian country without going there.
Run by legendary Japanese sushi chef Masa Takayama, who set up Masa in high-end shopping center Time Warner Center in 2004 following the success of his famed LA restaurant, the venue goes to great lengths to ensure guests have an authentic dining experience.
Gastronomical excellence does come with a high price tag, however, and as such, guests should expect to pay a minimum of £200 for Masa’s multi-course prix fixe menu (and come with as empty a belly as possible).
Plaza Athénée, Paris, France – around £360 per person
Boasting one of the best dining rooms in the world – including a chandelier of 10,000 crystal pendants – Plaza Athenee is considered to be the epitome of Parisian grand dining.
The flagship restaurant of renowned chef Alain Ducasse, Plaza Athenee, located on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, promises an exquisite dining experience, thanks to head chef Christophe Saintagne’s menu of unusual ingredients.
Costing an average of £720 for a meal for two, dining here is an indulgence, but if you’re looking for the best in Paris, this will top your list for class and superior fine dining.
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Maison Pic, Valence, France – around £280 per person
France’s only female chef to hold three Michelin stars, Anne-Sophie Pic has earned a spot among the culinary elite with her classically French restaurant in Valence.
The daughter of Jacques Pic and granddaughter of Andre Pic, who were both chefs at Maison Pic, Anne-Sophie is a third-generation chef who managed to regain the restaurant’s third Michelin star in 2007. Her great-grandmother Sophie founded the restaurant in 1889.
Paying homage to generations passed, the restaurant serves up some of Pic’s classics, such as “The Line-Caught Bass with Caviar Alverta, as my father liked it – 1971”. Other originals have, however, been updated by Anne-Sophie, which has resulted in them being lighter.
Maison Pic’s beautiful menu, dominated by vegetables and fish, shows French cooking at its best.
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Michel Bras Toya, Toya, Japan – around £270 per person
The chance to experience both striking views and exquisite three Michelin star food doesn’t come along often – so when restaurants like Michel Bras Toya make it possible, the chance should be grabbed with both hands.
Owned by revered French chef Michel Bras, the restaurant is located 228km from Sapporo on the coast of Hokkaido and offers breathtaking views of volcanic Lake Toya.
Diners can enjoy French classics, which are created by transforming Hokkaido’s local food into the originals served in Bras’s eponymous fine dining venue in Laguiole, France, which is set in the mountains of Aubrac.
Yet, rather than being a carbon copy of the venue in southern France, the Toya restaurant maintains its own uniqueness with head chef Cedric Bourassin’s talent of bringing together French and Japanese flavors, such as snails from Bourgogne, carrot jus and kohlrabi.
Hôtel De Ville, Crissier, Switzerland – around £240 per person
Run by husband and wife Benoît and Brigitte Violier, Hotel de Ville is a French restaurant that prides itself on creating seasonal menus made with the highest quality ingredients from Switzerland and France.
Located in Crissier, near Lausanne, the fine dining venue sources meat from the Fribourg Canton, lobster from Audierne and foie gras from Landes.
Fourth-generation Crissier chef Benoît took over the running of the restaurant in 2012 after 16 years of working in the kitchens, while his wife Brigitte operates the front of house.
Together they have maintained the restaurant’s three Michelin star status by creating excellent food with a focus on impeccable ingredients.
Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland – around £220 per person
Located in a 18th century alpine castle nestled in one of the smallest villages in the world, Fürstenau, Schloss Schauenstein takes guests on a journey from tastefully restored medieval décor with a contemporary touch to regional cuisine bursting with taste, colour and precision.
Considered to be one of Switzerland’s most creative chefs, Andreas Caminada set up his imaginative restaurant in the castle in 2003, and has since carved a reputation as one of the finest Michelin star chefs in the country.
With a focus on simple and regional ingredients, Caminada creates distinctive cuisine that matches the beautiful surroundings. But with just 26 covers available for dinner (and even fewer for lunch), you’ll have to get your booking in quick.
De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands – around £190 per person
The winning husband and wife formula strikes again at De Librije, which is run by chef Jonnie Boer and his wife Thérèse.
The couple took over the running of the restaurant, in Zwolle, the Netherlands, in 1992 – six years after Boer had been employed by the previous owner, and two years after Thérèse joined as host and sommelier.
Together they have gone on to gain three Michelin stars and several other accolades for their modern, inventive cuisine, which has been achieved thanks to creative cooking techniques and high-quality regional and seasonal ingredients.
Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London, UK – around £190 per person
For classic French dining in the heart of the British capital, look no further than Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, the celebrated chef’s only London restaurant to date.
Executive chef Jocelyn Herland’s quintessential Autumn menu of seven courses includes Scottish seafood, such as lobster and seabass, while the six-course Menu Jardin has a creative, French-inspired selection of vegetable dishes, including pumpkin velouté.
While the restaurant is not as costly as Ducasse’s Parisian counterpart, Plaza Athenee, those wanting a truly indulgent dining experience with the added benefit of privacy could take advantage of the restaurant’s private dining rooms (room hire starts at £200).
Hertog Jan, Bruges, Belgium – around £180 per person
If the romantic setting of Bruges isn’t enough to tempt you to three Michelin star Hertog Jan, then how about knowing that the food has been made using only the very best and exclusive ingredients from the restaurant’s own bio-farm garden?
Run by head chef Gert De Mangeleer – one of the youngest chefs to have three Michelin stars – and sommelier Joachim Boudens, the restaurant is centered around the philosophy, ‘driven by simplicity’.
However, only the freshest of ingredients can provide the flavours these partners are seeking to achieve at Hertog Jan. A salad, for example, is made using over 40 individual ingredients.