Step inside some of the most Expensive Restaurants in Europe and you wouldn’t know there had been a global financial meltdown a few years ago.These temples to haute cuisine are still unashamedly, perhaps reassuringly, expensive.
In this rarefied world of showy dining, the cost of a single dish nudges into three figures. And that’s before you pay $1,000 for a bottle of wine. In return you get some of the world’s most prized ingredients — truffles, caviar, blue lobster – served in fantastic surroundings.
1. Le Meurice (Paris)
The king of haute cuisine, Alain Ducasse, holds court in the Versailles-style grandeur of one of Paris’s finest hotels.
While there’s a gold lining the walls of this three-Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the Tuileries gardens, there’s black gold on the plate – supremely expensive black truffle.
2. Sketch Lecture Room & Library (London)
This top-price British venture created a stir when it opened in 2002 as people swooned at the thought of paying $66 for a starter. They’re still stunned, but as much by the outlandish decor of this dazzling Mayfair townhouse as by the prices.
3. Restaurant Paul Bocuse (Lyon, France)
Chefs come and go, but Paul Bocuse can rest in the knowledge that his restaurant just north of Lyon has held three Michelin stars since 1965.
4. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Chef Rene Redzepi’s creed is: If it’s not available in the Nordic regions, it’s not going on the plate, that’s why he’s taken foraging to a new level, feeding people stuff you wouldn’t know was edible. Noma has been named as the world’s best for three years in a row by Restaurant magazine.
5. Restaurant Pic (Valence, France)
Anne-Sophie Pic is France’s only female chef with three Michelin stars. It’s in her blood – she’s carrying on the family dynasty started by her great-grandmother in 1889.
6. Solo Per Due (Vacone, Umbria, Italy)
If a busy, buzzy restaurant is your thing, you might want to think twice about booking this 19th-century villa in the central Italian countryside.
“Solo Per Due” means “only for two” – there’s just one table, one menu, and one price.
7. La Marmite (St. Moritz, Switzerland)
The altitude matches the prices at this St. Moritz institution at the top of Corviglia mountain.
Perched 2,468 meters over Switzerland’s swankiest resort, La Marmite calls itself the highest gourmet restaurant in the Alps.
8. Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse (Monte Carlo, Monaco)
Back in 1987, Prince Rainier of Monaco hired Alain Ducasse to create a restaurant at the Hotel de Paris that would win three Michelin stars in four years.
The restaurant’s namesake would have felt at home in the regal rococo splendor, where even the simple business of handing out the bread rolls has been turned into theater.
9. Les Airelles (Courchevel, France)
You won’t be surprised to hear that the world’s largest ski domain is also home to some of the most extravagantly expensive cuisine. The pinnacle of the Three Valleys has to be Courchevel, where chef Pierre Gagnaire’s seven-course tasting menu at Les Airelles teems with luxurious ingredients.
10. La Pergola (Rome)
Rome’s only three-Michelin-starred restaurant comes with fantastic panoramic views of the Eternal City from its smart base in the Rome Cavalieri. It also seriously loves the white truffle from Alba in northern Italy.