If you’re looking for some of the best food in the entire world, these restaurants are where you need to start. These Michelin rated restaurants have premier chefs, amazing locales, and use only the top ingredients in everything they make – and the price of the food reflects that. If you’re prepared to REALLY indulge on your next trip, these restaurants make it worth your while.
Kitcho, Kyoto, Japan
Kitcho is a restaurant in Kyoto, Japan, which is considered to be one of the best restaurants in the entire country. Kitcho jostles for first place with Masa, another Japanese restaurant in New York, for the title of most expensive three-star Michelin restaurant in the entire world (three stars is the highest Michelein rating and it’s extremely hard to achieve.) Kitcho serves “kaiseki,” a series of small courses prepared and presented with the same skill as a Japanese tea ceremony by Chef Tokuoka using secrets handed down from his father and grandfather. A meal for two at Kitcho will set you back about ¥122,503 ($1,200).
Masa, New York City
Masa is known as the most expensive sushi restaurant in all of New York City, probably because it features more than a dozen different types of unusual seafood flown in straight from Japan! Chef Masa Takayama is an artist who wants each dish to be distinctive, natural, and lively, prepared right in front of you at the elegant sushi counter. Diners at the restaurant should expect to pay at least $450 and up to $600 for the full-course “prix fixe” menu (including five appetizers, a sushi entrée including fifteen-twenty types of seafood, and a dessert course).
Plaza Athénée, Paris
The Hotel Plaza Athenee is located in the heart of Paris and is home to Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, the summit of Parisian grand dining. The legendary Michelin Chef Alain Ducasse supervised the design and menu, creating a sumptuous French dining experience focused on a more natural style. The serene dining room features oak tables, leather chairs, and a chandelier of 10,000 crystal pendants. The menu consists of rare ingredients selected by Chef Romain Meder, all organic from small farmers and fishermen. The restaurant serves only fresh fruit and vegetables grown in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles! No wonder a dinner for one person will cost, on average, about $550, but this restaurant is the best in the entire city of Paris and will provide the classiest dining experience possible.
Maison Pic, Valence
Maison Pic won its first three-star Michelin rating back in 1934 under Chef Andre Pic. It won three stars again 1973 under Andre’s son, Jacques Pic. Today, Maison Pic won three stars by Anne-Sophie Pic, the third member of the family to head the restaurant. Anne-Sophie took over when her father died unexpectedly, and she never finished her formal training, but cooking runs in the family! Now, she’s considered the best female chef in the world and Maison Pic is her top restaurant. Located in Valence, France, the restaurant features classics from when it first opened, created by Anne-Sophie’s father and grandfather modernized and adapted with new finishes. A dinner at Maison Pic will cost a patron roughly $430. But you can also purchase a selection of Anne-Sophie Pic’s amazing creations (spices, jams, wines) at her boutiques and get a little taste of this modern French master.
L’Hotel de Ville Crissier, Switzerland
This Michelin-star restaurant is located in an iconic hotel in Crissier, Switzerland. The most recent, Chef Benoit Violier, has maintained the hotel’s impeccable style and traditional cuisine. The restaurant uses the highest quality of produce from Switzerland and France, and they source fish from Leman Lake, and cheese and meat from Fribourg Canton. Chef Violier creates deceptively simple meals centered on their local finds, reflecting the stellar quality of the produce. A dinner at Hotel de Ville will cost around $370 per person.
Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
Schloss Schauenstein is located inside an 18th-century castle in Furstenau, Switzerland. The hotel only has six guestrooms and the unique restaurant is only big enough to hold 26 covers at a time, and it’s extremely hard to get a table! Chef Andreas Caminada is the best chef in Switzerland and at Schloss Shauenstein he focuses on simple, regional produce to make their food. A dinner here will run you $335 per person (for six courses.)
De Librije, Netherlands
De Librije is located in Zwolle, Netherlands and creates its dishes from selected regional and seasonal products. It’s found in a 15th-century abbey (it’s called “the library” in Dutch) and Chef Jonnie Boer and the sommelier, his wife Thérèse Boer-Tausch, have run the place since 1992. Their hard work paid off. De Lribije is a three-star Michelin restaurant and it’s their unique setting and refined little touches that create the ultimate dining experience. Dinner here will cost about $290 per person.