I made it my mission this afternoon to find the most expensive restaurants on every continent.
Now, the results are in, and I have to admit they’re pretty wild. From tacos to pizza to private chefs, my wallet hurts just writing this list. If dropping thousands of dollars on one night out isn’t going to fit into your budget, these restaurants may not be for you…
6. South America
Central in Lima is being called one of the best restaurants in the world and was listed as the number one restaurant in Latin America. At the head of the restaurant is Michelin Star Chef Virgilio Martinez, and their website states that Central’s 17-course tasting menu aims to take you through the “elevations of Peru’s biodiversity.”
The food at the restaurant is sourced locally from Peru, and the menu features ingredients from the high-altitude Andes to their coastal towns and everything in between. The meal will set you back $156 per person, which actually isn’t too bad for a Michelin star restaurant. Keep reading though, it only gets crazier…
What kind of crazy expensive restaurants does Africa got going on these days? I’ll tell you.
Well, let’s just start with the fact that the full course menu involves multiple rooms. You begin in “the dark room” where (I assume) the lights are out so you can focus on the flavors of the meal without distraction. Later, you move into “the light room” (very creative) to finish the meal with a fine-dining experience. The menu with the iconic wine pairing will run you $193 per person.
A $200 meal is nothing to sneeze at, but Australia is about to kick it up a notch.
Attica in Melbourne is one of the most expensive restaurants in the country. This recent article says the tasting menu alone costs $250 per person… when I looked it up, the cost had already increased to $275. If you have the means to add wine pairings, that will be another $185 per person.
Dinner and a few glasses of wine for two at Attica costs over $900 but is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Right now the menu offers plenty of lot of options I’ve never heard of, like “Tulip and Jumbuck,” “Pearl Cooked in Paperbark,” and “An Imperfect History of Ripponlea.” Yum?
Asia, and especially Japan, are known for their world-class fine dining experiences, so I knew this continent wouldn’t disappoint.
While reading about the 5 Most Expensive Restaurants in Japan, I discovered Kyoto Kitcho. The restaurant was started in 1930 and has been down through the generations – now, the head chef is the founder’s grandson.
The 10-course tasting menu at Kyoto Kitcho costs $480 per person, which means with drinks a meal for two here will probably run you over $1,000. Show off and pair your meal with their most expensive bottle of wine, but just expect to see a cool $26,000 added to the bill.
Ok, this crazy restaurant in Ibiza has been making headlines lately and definitely has to be mentioned. Coming in hot on Food Network’s List of the world’s most expensive restaurants is a small eatery called Sublimotion.
This isn’t just a meal, it’s an experience with a custom soundtrack, drama, art, magic, and more. Does that justify the $2,000 per person price tag? I’m not sure, but I’d love to find out someday! Just keep in mind that the restaurant only seats 12 people per night, so if you have the money for the meal, make sure to book your reservations well in advance.
$2,000 per person may be absurd, but it’s not even the most expensive meal in Europe. That title goes to the $9,800 pizza for two from Renato Viola in Italy. What do you get when you order the most expensive pizza in the world? Some crazy expensive ingredients, of course, and an entire team to fly to your home, cook it, and serve it onsite in your kitchen.
1. North America
What is the most expensive dish you can get in North America (and possibly the entire world)? According to The Independent, it’s a $25,000 taco.
Yes, you read that right. One taco for the price of some people’s yearly income. The taco is served at the Frida restaurant at the Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort in Mexico, but you gotta be in the know to get it. It’s not listed on the menu and is served by request only according to my pal Imelda, who I chatted with on the resort’s website.
What makes this taco so special? It features Almas Beluga, the most expensive caviar in the world, along with Kobe beef, lobster, black truffles, and more. If you can afford ONE TACO for $25,000, please tell me what you do for a living because I really need to get in on that!
Well, there you have it. It’s been pretty eye-opening to dig up the most expensive restaurants around the world and see what some people are willing to pay for a meal!
If you can buy dinner at Central in Peru, you’re having a good year. If you buy dinner at Kyoto Kitcho in Japan, you’ve pretty much made it. And if you buy a $25,000 taco, you’re out of your damn mind. But hit me up cause we should definitely hang out sometime 🙂
PS Looking for more crazy travel articles? Browse the Interesting Reads series to discover 6 Places We Can’t Believe People Really Live, follow my friend Jordan who lives in his Prius to travel the US, and so much more!