Foodies everywhere take notice: food is getting more and more expensive, and dining out is becoming a luxury that can rival a luxury car payment. We’ve highlighted some of the notable restaurants on the Top 25 List of Most Expensive Restaurants in the USA. For now, we’ll just be thankful that we live in NYC, where every single variety of cuisine can be had for under $100 a head.
- #2 Urasawa, Beverly Hills, CA (Avg. Check Total: $1,111)—This Japanese culinary shrine, with a sushi bar and just enough room for 10 diners nightly, is located in a shopping center off Rodeo Drive. Urasawa chef-owner Hiroyuki Urasawa trained under Masa’s Takayama before opening his restaurant, but also the restaurant’s spot previously housed Ginza Sushi-ko, where Takayama made his reputation. Urasawa has a nearly 30-course omakase menu that changes daily.
- #6 Alinea, Chicago, IL (Avg. check total: $693)—The menu at Grant Achatz’s Alinea sounds deceptively simple (such as bass with black pepper, vanilla, and lemon), but what shows up on the plate is absolutely original. There are also rumors going around that he and partner Nick Kokonas have plans to make some major changes to the Alinea concept now that they’ve successfully launched two new ventures, Next and The Aviary. Whether that means adjusting the $210 per head tasting menu has yet to be disclosed.
- #7 Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, NV (Avg. check total: $640)—The cooking is simply exquisite in this opulently furnished dining room in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. As the first restaurant opened in America by award-winning Robuchon, it maintains the highest standards, from its superb service and impressive (and impressively pricey) wine list to such finely crafted dishes as truffled langoustine ravioli. The 16-course tasting menu is a truly memorable experience at $425 a head, wine not included. Their most popular tasting menu, however, is the two-course, which costs $120 a head. They also offer six-course and four-course menus.
- #11 Victoria & Albert’s, Lake Buena Vista, FL (Avg. check total: $552)—Located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in the Walt Disney World Resort, this iconic restaurant is known for being among the last in the country to still require jackets for men. The modern American fare is crafted by chef Scott Hunnel, who makes a point to source ingredients from the most prime locations, such as truffles from Italy and beef from Japan. The restaurant has received the AAA Five Diamond Award.
- #14 Herbfarm, Seattle, WA (Avg. check total: $411)—Located just outside of Seattle in a converted garage, Herbfarm offers a seasonally inspired dining experience that celebrates the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Each unique, nine-course meal features the freshest ingredients from forest, farm, and sea, and is paired with five or six wines; the themed menus change with the season about every two weeks. They have one seating per night and offer a deluxe gift certificate for two for $525.