One country is home to half of the 10 most expensive Michelin-starred restaurants in the world

While Michelin-starred meals can cost just $ 1.50 per plate, most restaurants that have won the prestigious award cost much more.

Many cost between $ 300 and $ 400 for a meal, but some charge even higher rates.

To find the most expensive Michelin-starred restaurants, the Chef’s Pencil cooking site searched for dinner tasting menus at more than 450 restaurants around the world, according to its website.

According to Chef’s Pencil, the 10 most expensive restaurants * who have either received a Michelin star or are headed by a leader who has are:

1. Sublimotion, Ibiza, Spain – $ 1,740

2. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China – $ 1,422

3. Kitcho Arashiyama Honten, Kyoto, Japan – $ 910

4. Azabu Kadowaki, Tokyo, Japan $ 825

5. Massa, New York, United States – $ 800

6. (Tie) Joël Robuchon, Tokyo, Japan $ 637

6. (Tie) Kikunoi Honten, Kyoto, Japan – $ 637

6. (Tie) Gion Maruyama, Kyoto, Japan – $ 637

9. Guy Savoie, Paris, France – $ 615

10. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy $ 580

* Price per person, generally excluding drinks and service charges.

Japan is the only country that appears more than once on this list, and its restaurants – located in Kyoto and Tokyo – dominate half of the 10 places. It should be noted, however, that Tokyo-based Joel Robuchon, who ranks sixth on the list, serves French cuisine.

The only restaurant in the United States to make the top 10, Masa, is also a Japanese restaurant.

Japan is home to the most Michelin-starred restaurants per capita in the world, with Tokyo having more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city, according to Chef’s Pencil.

There are reasons why many Japanese restaurants are expensive, said Chef Masaharu Morimoto, known to millions as the star of the TV cooking shows “Iron Chef” and “Iron Chef America”.

“Japanese restaurants source seasonal fish from all over the world, which increases the cost of ingredients,” he said. “There is also an appropriate shipping and storage cost for these ingredients, since fresh seafood has a short shelf life. “

Chef Masaharu Morimoto owns 15 restaurants around the world, from Tokyo to New York.

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Morimoto said that “the skill of the chef – precision and artistry in preparing and serving dishes” are other factors.

Japanese restaurants can be quite small, with diners receiving personal attention from the chef.

“Restaurants with a limited number of seats generally try to provide an intimate and meaningful dining experience for their guests,” said Morimoto. “Many notable sushi restaurants have a maximum of eight seats – no servers or additional staff.”

A chef prepares sushi at a restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.

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Many meals at high-end Japanese restaurants are served in the omakase style, where the chefs choose what to serve. This allows chefs to prepare “an adventure like no other” for “an unforgettable multi-course dining experience that includes the freshest fish and various other special ingredients reserved for this truly unique meal,” said Morimoto.

Although it dominates the list of the most expensive restaurants, Japan may not be the most expensive country overall for people looking for a Michelin star experience.

A separate analysis by Chef’s Pencil published in September analyzed the prices of the most expensive tasting menus in two and three Michelin star restaurants.

Japan was fourth on this list.

Denmark is home to Noma, the # 1 restaurant in the world in 2021, according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.


Denmark is the most expensive country to dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant, with tasting menus averaging $ 404 per person. Restaurants in Singapore cost on average $ 364 and in Sweden $ 327.

The average cost to dine at a two or three Michelin star restaurant in Japan is $ 322, according to the report.

While Japanese restaurants are often straightforward, the most expensive restaurant on Chef Pencil’s restaurant list is the opposite.

Located on the Spanish island of Ibiza, Sublimotion is the world’s first “gastronomic performance”, said founder Eduardo Gonzales.

Part of a 20-course meal at the Sublimotion restaurant in Ibiza.

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Its most expensive tasting menu costs $ 1,740 per person for a 20-course meal. Capable of accommodating 12 people at a time, the restaurant uses virtual reality and special effects to add light and sound elements to the meal, he said.

In addition to the chefs, a team of engineers, illusionists, screenwriters and songwriters have worked together “for over 10 years with the goal of maximizing the pleasure of sitting at the table,” Gonzales said.

The restaurant, opened in 2014, is run by Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero, although he has yet to receive a star himself.

Toya J. Bell