There are plenty of good restaurants in the world. But what if you’re looking for a truly exceptional restaurant, one that offers the most luxurious experience that money can buy? A restaurant where the food, atmosphere, location, and service are all phenomenal — somewhere that tends to be frequented by only the richest of the rich.
After all, it’s no secret that extreme wealth and expensive taste often go hand in hand. And by 2020, it’s estimated that the number of global billionaires will grow to roughly 3,800. This growth in wealth will bring with it an even greater demand for fine dining options, so we’re likely to see even more luxurious restaurants popping up worldwide in the near future. But for now, here are some of the world’s most luxurious restaurants:
Masa – New York, New York
The atmosphere of this Japanese restaurant strives to be one of purity, simplicity, and timeless beauty. They promise to offer exceptional hospitality, as is Japanese custom. While there is no strict dress code, don’t let that fool you into thinking that Masa is a casual place — dinner costs $595 per person. And if you have to cancel your reservation, make sure to do so 48 hours beforehand or risk a $200 charge per person.
Sublimotion – Ibiza, Spain
For years, Sublimotion has been named the most expensive restaurant in the world, at nearly $2,000 per person. So, what do you get with that price? Dining there will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced — a futuristic, innovative, immersive, and exclusive experience. The atmosphere of the room will change over the course of the night, ensuring that the appropriate mood is set for each bite. The restaurant also includes virtual reality technology, a number of spectacles, and the inventive creations of 2-star Michelin chef, Paco Roncero.
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée – Paris, France
This French restaurant has a retro ‘70s feel with mod white leather chairs, round oak tables, and thousands of crystals hanging from the ceiling, including a crystal chandelier. As for the menu, Alain Ducasse, the chef, focuses on “naturalness” cuisine. For Ducasse, this is cuisine that is fresh and inventive. Lunch — which includes a starter, main dish, dessert, and two glasses of wine (selected by the chef sommelier) — costs €210. Their seasonal “Jardin-Marin” menu — which includes three dishes, cheese, and dessert — is €395 (and the fine wines are sold separately).
Restaurant de l’Hôtel de ville – Crissier, Switzerland
This restaurant serves classic European cuisine, with a special focus on French cuisine. They are renowned for their impeccable service and food, and are consistently rated one of the best restaurants in the world. To get an idea of their menu, some of their winter offerings include foie gras, truffles (and black diamonds), duck, and fresh seafood. Prices for the main course alone can set you back as much as $200, and the entire meal per person could be upwards of $600 with multiple dishes and drinks.
Maison Pic – Valence, France
In general, France is home to many of the world’s most luxurious restaurants. Better known now as Anne-Sophie Pic (after the chef of the same name), this French restaurant has several separate dining areas, a crystal chandelier, and large windows that show off the surrounding gardens. The 3-Michelin-star restaurant has been around for more than a century, and run by the Pic family. As for their menus, their Discovery menu is €180, their Harmony menu is €260, and their Essential menu is €340.
Similarly to how the wealthy travel the world, the most luxurious restaurants in the world tend to be those that are more difficult to get to — or get into. After all, exclusivity is a luxury. But if you want to dine like a billionaire for the night, try out one of the above restaurants to have one of the finest dining experiences of your life.