Most Expensive Restaurant List on Eater L.A.
Wonder how they compiled this list. Wonder if they even bothered to attend the restaurants. From my experience Melisse should (easily) be #2, not Providence. Compare their most expensive $250 Carte Blanche tasting menu to Providence's most expensive $175 Market tasting menu. And it says some wines at Melisse can "reach the $1000 mark" - well some and quite a few can exceed that too.
Not sure how they calculate it. Average check? Average Zagat reported price? I agree Melisse is second only to Urasawa on food alone. Can't really count wines since that depends on the wine and not restaurant.
IMO they have n/naka and Yamakase flipped.
Also Totoraku is $150-200 before tip just on food alone.
You can't take these lists too seriously.