What's the most you've ever spent on a meal... and was it worth it?

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  1. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Inspired by the three best restaurants thread, I had to start a new one.

    I'll get things started with my story. It was my tenth anniversary, five years ago, in Paris. The wife and I decided we needed to have at least one meal in a top-notch restaurant, so we got out the Zagat's and picked the best three on the list. No reservations available at La Tour D'argent or Alain Ducasse, so that left Les Ambassadeurs. It's an amazing place in the Hotel Crillon, just off the place de la Concorde.

    Total bill converted to about $300 U.S., and it was worth every penny -- AMAZING service, great food, incredible atmosphere -- like eating a meal in Versailles. I imagine now with the exchange rate, the same meal would probably be closer to $500. I'm not sure it would be worth that!
     
  2. joetronic macrumors 6502

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    My friend thought it would be funny to put 6 rounds of drinks on a very crowded bar on my tab once. he saw it on Viva La Bam i think. the bill came to over $1000. Needless to say, he paid me back, but I'm still a liitle pissed.

    And no, it was not worth it. I only had two.
     
  3. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    at different charity events and political fundrasiers around the city i've paid way too much per plate.

    the most i've ever spent on a meal for me and a significant other hs probably been around $250. worth it.
     
  4. SFVCyclone macrumors 6502a

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    I thought $40 i had to pay at PF Changs once on a date was a lot :D
    and it was worth it. ;)
     
  5. stubeeef macrumors 68030

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    $650.00 for a seafood platter for the KrispyKreme Jet, looked like it was $100/lb.!
    As to wether it was worth it, ask the stock holders! :mad:
     
  6. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Just an opinion, but I don't normally enjoy expensive meals because I know they are rarely worth it. The food and service might be a bit better, but it's not better in proportion to the price. Some restaurants at the top of the scale seem to be designed for people who aren't paying for it themselves (expense accounts) or people who throw away money because they have too much of it (movie stars?).

    I can think of three of my experiences with more-expensive-than-usual restaurant meals. They aren't the 4-digit prices that some of you have encountered, but here they are for what they're worth:

    1. My dad won a meal at a fancy hotel in the area and got to take the whole family. The food was good, not great, and the service was excellent. The bill was a few hundreds dollars. Rather than it being a delightful meal, we found it to be mostly amusing and interesting to see how some people apparently choose to spend their money.

    2. I was given a $100 one-visit coupon for an Italian restaurant by the PTA, as a reward for years of school volunteer work. I think they should have bought some new supplies for teachers instead, but I didn't say so. With entrees at $20 to $25, it seemed that $100 was more than my wife and I could spend, so we invited another couple to join us. It turned out that the other couple loved wine, whereas we usually have tea when dining out. Plus they wanted fancy appetizers and desserts. When the bill came, it was more like $200. Luckily, the meal was well prepared, the outdoor heated patio provided a great atmosphere, and the friends were great company. No regrets.

    3. I was invited to a birthday party at a fancy restaurant in Beverly Hills. I have no idea what the prices were, but I knew from the location, service, and general ambiance that it was expensive. The food sounded ordinary: steak, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, etc. But every bite was fantastic. I don't know what they did, but the food was worth whatever it cost. All it cost me was a birthday gift.
     
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    On my 16th birthday (almost 23 years ago), I was at the H.S. Speech and Debate Nationals in San Francisco. The group of us (four guys) went out with four girls from Albuquerque, NM to a fine restaurant near the Bay (forgive me, I forget the name - it was over two decades ago). I remember getting crab legs and steak, which were excellent, as well as appetizers, drinks, etc. For the eight of us, it was $400. The school ended up paying for much of it (would never happen today), so my cut was ~$50 (we didn't let the girls pay). Not a lot of money, I guess, but pricey for a 16-year-old, and pricey for 1982.

    That night, I got my first kiss near the Golden Gate bridge. Ah, 16th birthday, nice meal, romantic location, first kiss. So, yes, it was worth it.

    It took another two and a half years for the next kiss, which was a much better one in a much less romantic place (dorm hall dance) after a much worse meal (dorm food).
     
  8. wordmunger thread starter macrumors 603

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    I have to agree with you -- despite my wonderful experience in Paris, most "good" restaurants aren't nearly that good. They seem to be ways for people to show off how much money they have. Most of the time I try to seek out the hidden bargains, rather than the "expensive for the sake of expense" restaurants.

    I remember going to the fanciest restaurant in Seattle for my senior prom (many MANY moons ago), and thinking "this is good, but the food at McDonald's is good too, and it's about 10 percent of the price"!
     
  9. kevin49093 macrumors regular

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    My 21st birthday...

    ...was at a restaurant in Sydney called Tharen in Kings Cross. Not the nicest area, but a great restaurant! We were treated to the night by a friend high up in the food industry in Sydney who knew the owner. The drinks didn't stop all night long!

    Total was probably around $150 /person.

    Very interesting night... :D
     
  10. grimmace macrumors regular

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    Vegas Baby, Vegas

    Well, I cant say that I paid a lot, but WON $700 in food at a chinese joint when in vegas...

    I was in vegas with my friend and I cant really remember how, but I won a huge amount for dinner while in Vegas... So, we got some ladies to join us and had $700 in food for the five of us. The food just kept coming and coming and they wouldnt stop even after demanding! I had tried everything a hi-end chinese resteraunt has to offer.

    Gluttony I tell you, gluttony! But it's not my fault.
    What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?
     
  11. virividox macrumors 601

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    about 400 usd on kobe beef and various other japanese delicacies
     
  12. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    So, is Kobe beef as good as they say? Does it taste about the same as other good beef, but is just more tender? I've always wondered....
     
  13. janey macrumors 603

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    I know once I went to dinner with my parents and like ten other people at some upscale Korean restaurant and the bill ended up being several hundred dollars. But it was a family thing, so it's justified.

    The most I've personally spent though would be around $250 for three people at Chez Panisse or some other one, somewhere.

    At my cousin's wedding a few weeks ago though, dinner per person ended up being around $50. Multiply that by almost a thousand dinner guests, plus $15ish for all the snacks and alcoholic drinks per person for everyone who didn't stay for dinner...
     
  14. Dros macrumors 6502

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    I agree with this, but it is a pretty general trend. The top sport stars get paid 100x what a minor leaguer is paid, but aren't 100x better. Expensive cars are not 10x better than a $10,000 car. Top restaurants are for people where a $20 or $200 bill are essentially the same... so small as to be meaningless, or as you say, for those on expense accounts.
     
  15. oldschool macrumors 65816

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    500 dollars for lunch for four at Harry's Bar in Venice. We had used the recipe book for years before, and finally decided it was time to try some of the food as it was meant to be tried: in Venice.

    We sat at what was reportedly Hemmingway's table. Great restaurant, understated nautical decor, great service, and above all, amazing food.
     
  16. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Probably about £150 (about $290) on a meal with an old friend from school days, nothing too high-end. Great food, but better still, fantastic company -- a night out I will never forget.

    The best and most expensive restaurant meals I've ever had are ones I've never had to pay for. :)
     
  17. jefhatfield Retired

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    homecoming dance 1980

    i think it was 50 dollars for the two of us, tax and tip, and at the time, that was a ton of money, especially for a high school student like me

    the really high end restautants in the area could charge 50 dollars a person and that ruled out most high school students, but for some reason, many felt 50 dollars was just fine for a rented tuxedo for one night

    when i went to college in england, i once saw a couple of guys throw down 60 quid on beers

    but i once spent 21 dollars on just beer once, three beers i think, and with tax and tip...one 22 ounce import, one bud light, and one coors light...i could have had the same for five bucks if i went to the supermarket
     
  18. kevin49093 macrumors regular

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    I had a friend order a $13 bottle of beer once. It was big, but not that big!
     
  19. PixelFactory macrumors regular

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    I've spent over $500 for dinner for two at Charlie Trotters. It was a special occasion with my girlfriend and well worth it.

    I'd have to disagree with this. Service tends to be much better at fine restaurants because the wait staff are career waiters. Not college students or a someone on a second job. The raw food is of better quality than you can usually find in a supermarket and is fresh including spices. An uncooked 6 oz. prime fillet is about $20. And the food is prepaired by hand by a true chef. Chain restaurants (Olive Garden and such) generally reheat prepaired sauces that come in bags and do not use fresh pasta.
     
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    Probably about $180.00 for two people at Joss Sushi here in Annapolis.

    Yes, it was worth it, Joss is always worth it. :D
     
  21. Applespider macrumors G4

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    About £160 about 6 years ago. Mum was down in London for a visit and wanted to go to the River Cafe (home of many trendy cookbooks). It was a hot July day and they were roasting peppers on the walls outside. We sat outside in the sun all afternoon with several glasses of wine and beautiful food before walking slowly along the Thames back into Putney. Well worth it.
     
  22. wordmunger thread starter macrumors 603

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    Aren't Google ads amazing? All the ads on this page just now were for the Hotel Crillon in Paris!
     
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    yeah its as good as they say, i have it when i have the chance, theres one restaurant in manila that imports it fresh every week :) its brilliant

    there are a couple other restuarants that do it, but this restaurant is the best one :)

    what do u expect from a cow that eats barley, drinks beer, gets massaged, and doesnt move :)

    its like butter!!!
     
  24. wordmunger thread starter macrumors 603

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    There is a restaurant near Charlotte that serves a Kobe beef hamburger. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds amazing!
     
  25. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    I don't think I've ever paid over $25 for a single meal. I can make it for an entire week on $25 sometimes! That means eating crappy 35¢ frozen burritos at times, but I just can't see myself blowing that kind of money on a single meal.

    In the immortal words of Will Ferrell the "Porn Actor": "All you can do with the parfait is eat it... and... poop it out." :D
     

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