Have you ever wondered what it must feel like to enjoy a hearty meal at a fancy restaurant that you’ve never imagined affording? In many expensive restaurants around the world, regular people would find it quite impossible to even pay for the entire experience, from appetizers to tips, without ending up broke or in debt.
The extravagant restaurants you’ll read about in this article aren’t actually that expensive, but compared to a normal dinner out, the bill would be much scarier. Nevertheless, it’s all about experiencing those fancy vibes, being treated like royalty, and sipping one of the finest wines while tasting foods that are beyond deliciousness.
Many people actually save money not only to travel but to eat at the best places wherever they go. It’s like being a foodie but in a rather more sophisticated way.
There’s no harm in pretending to be richer than you actually are every once in a while. But if you love traveling, you might as well consider treating yourself to one of these 10 fancy restaurants.
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1. Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
Located in the heart of the gorgeous Swiss Alps, this sublime 18th-century castle boasts a majestic combination of extraordinary scenery and great food. The place has a world-class kitchen offering delicacies that would be worthy of an 18th-century royalty. The whole castle is very catchy and can make you fall in love instantly. The prices aren’t very appealing though.
A six-course meal can cost about 270$ per individual. This is actually one of the world’s best restaurants and the cheapest one on this list.
2. Michel Bras Toya, Lake Toya, Japan
This awesome nation is known for is impeccable, healthy cuisine as well as its world-class skills in food presentation, and Michel Bras Toya is the perfect place to enjoy the best of Japanese cuisine. The place also has a magnificent view of the volcanic caldera Lake Toya so people can indulge in the natural beauty of the country over a fine meal.
You may want to treat yourself to their ‘discovery and nature’ menu, which will cost nearly 290$ per person.
3. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London, UK
This fancy restaurant that sits proudly in the heart of London isn’t actually English! It’s a French restaurant with superb interior decoration and an other-worldly cuisine that can make your taste buds dance like never before.
For around 290$, a single person can enjoy a six-course tasting menu that doesn’t include the wine pairing or other things.
Although expensive, it could be worth it to check out this stunning restaurant at least once in your life.
4. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
If you went all the way to the beautiful Maldives, you might as well consider enjoying a meal underwater.
Ithaa is a dream-like underwater restaurant that offers tourists an insider view of the Indian Ocean, making it possible to eat while surrounded by the blue waters and the fish are swimming all around you. If this isn’t the perfect restaurant for a romantic date, I really don’t know what is.
For a meal in this place, you’re looking at 320$ per individual. I can’t help but say that it’s totally worth it.
5. Per Se, NYC, USA
This is the type of fancy restaurants we only see in movies. But you can experience how it really feels to enjoy fine dining if you’re ready to spend at least 400$. In fact, people usually spend an average of 850$ to eat in Per Se.
In 2015, this extravagant restaurant ranked among the top 10 best restaurants in the world.
For people who love traveling, exploring, and spoiling themselves, eating at this place once in a lifetime might be a truly unforgettable experience.
6. Maison Pic, Drome, France
Enjoying French cuisine in France is a whole other level of sophistication. Interestingly, this great restaurant is headed by one of the few female 3-star Michelin Star chefs. While here, you can have a nine-course meal that includes fancy meals with names that sound too good to be cheap. You can expect spending about 450$ to eat in Maison Pic. On the bright side, you’ll walk out of this place fuller and happier than ever.
7. Masa, NYC, USA
Going back to New York, Masa is one of the best places to enjoy Japanese cuisine and culture without having to travel to Japan. This tranquil and fancy restaurant is also different than other Japanese restaurants because it doesn’t work as hard on food presentation as it actually works to create the best flavors.
Masa is a legendary place with legendary bills. You’re looking at about 600$ per person, but get ready to have your taste buds blown away.
8. Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China
China might be new to the universe of fine dining, but the Ultraviolet restaurant in Shanghai has made it to the top list of the world’s greatest places to eat. Their major selling point isn’t only the 20-course meal, but the whole experience.
The restaurant offers a multi-sensory atmosphere of scents, videos, music, and simulations, making sure to keep all of your senses awake. You can expect a price tag of around 600$, which can be worth it considering the entire genuine experience.
9. Le Pre Catelan, Paris, France
Le Pre Catelan in the famous capital city of France is something out of a fairy tale. It’s filled with a mind-blowing romantic beauty that can make you daydream for hours. This restaurant is also beautifully unusual as it offers everything a la carte, just like a regular restaurant.
So if you’re fancying an extravagant meal course, you’ll be paying for each item alone. This can add up quickly and you’d be left with at least 500$ per meal, without including the wine or other beverages, of course.
What’s more, the place is just perfect for people who want magical engagement and wedding ceremonies.
10. SubliMotion, Ibiza, Spain
Most of us think about loud, crazy parties as soon as someone says Ibiza. But many people may prefer fine dining rather than going for drinks and weird adventures. The SubliMotion restaurant takes fine dining to a whole new level with the fanciest twenty-course meal anyone can dream of.
However, as you might have already guessed, the restaurant is unbelievably expensive. An average person might spend their whole holiday budget to eat there. The famous 20-course feast can cost you more than 1700$ per individual.