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Sep 6, 2012 09:21 PM

You get what you pay for

What was the most expensive meal you ever paid for? Where? What restaurant and was it worth it?

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  1. ~340euro at Pierre Gagnaire in Paris (wine and service included) and about the same amount at "Le Cinq" in Paris (wine and champagne included)

    100% worth it, excellent food, excellent service, great wine, ... left both places full.

    Not something I can afford often, but it was worth it.

    1. Le Charlevoix in La Malbaie, Charlevoix, Quebec. It was expensive, locally sourced, multi course, much wine, superb, professional and warm service and worth it. Done 9 years ago for our first anniversary.

      1. Margaux, Berlin -- 420 Euro total for two (5th anniversary dinner). Good, but too much food... so probably not worth it.

        wd-50 -- $275 each for the tasting menu plus 2 bottles of wine that were 50% off. Probably worth it, but I wouldn't do it again. I'm so over paying that kind of money for food.

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        1. re: linguafood

          "too much food" makes a meal not worth the price?

          Well, if you're lucky, maybe next time you can leave hungry..

          1. re: FrankJBN

            It does, if I feel full after 4 courses and there are 5 more to go, which I then can't enjoy.

        2. You mean for me or for a table?

          Oddly enough, the table of 9 family and friends I paid for a month or so ago on vacation was not much more than the most expensive meal for myself.

          With tip and without liquor I paid around $300 for 9 people to eat at Duffy's on the Lake in Wildwood Crest NJ. (BYOB) I highly recommend this place. The fare was ordinary and typical of a Jersey shore family restaurant, but 1) I called Friday and reserved a table for 9 for 7:00 Saturday and 2) the restaurant offers a spectacular sunset view.

          Without tip and with wine, I paid around $220 for a single dinner at a closed Philadelphia restaurant Circa.This certainly would have been more than ten years ago.

          Both were worth it. At Circa, I had a nice Alsace and a Clos du Bois Marlstone.

          I can't bring to mind any high ticket meals I have had that I thought were not worth it

          Just for honorable mention, I went out with a large party, more than a dozen people, for a wine tasting dinner. Although I didn't pay the bill myself, the bill was initially habded to me. For me it was very cool to get an ordinary light green tear-off 'diner ticket' as one might receive for 'eggs and coffee $5.95', and take a look down to see a total of $1,300.00.

          1. Like Frank said, is your question per person or for the table? Also are you asking for personal $$ spent or would corporate T&E count? Answer to those questions changes the amount quite a bit. A few years back, I took my family which included in-laws/nieces/nephews to celebrate my parents anniversary. Dinner cost me a few grand. Totally worth it for the occasion. For client dinners, I've spent ridiculous amounts of money on food and wine and from a personal perspective, I would have much rather eaten a simple meal at home because honestly, no matter how much you like your clients, most of us would rather be eating a simpler meal with family and friends so those meals were not worth it.