So the folks at Zagat released yet another top list that that includes a Philadelphia institution. Named “14 Expensive Restaurants You Can’t Afford to Eat at Unless You’re Rich,” the list is comprised of dinner menus that read like car payments.
One Philadelphia restaurant has the distinct honor of landing on this list. Vetri (1312 Spruce St.) is an Italian restaurant that has received its fair share of acclaim. Landing at #7 on the newly published list Zagat states “Taking Italian to a new level, the experience at Vetri becomes more fantasy than restaurant, despite being outrageously expensive.”
Having already been named to our very own Top 15 Italian Spots in Philly, an experience at Vetri obviously comes with sizable tab. According to Zagat’s list a plate at Vetri will set you back approximately $175. The price factors in dinner, one drink, and of course a tip. Here is the full list:
Zagat’s “14 Expensive Restaurants You Can’t Afford to Eat at Unless You’re Rich”
Houston | $76
Located in Hotel ZaZa near Houston’s Museum District, Monarch is the place to “see-and-be-seen,” Zagat says, while munching on Executive Sous Chef Jonathan Wicks’ seasonal
13. Spoon Bar & Kitchen
Dallas | $93
Executive Chef John Tesar has created a “responsibly-sourced seafood” menu that is worth every penny. “Every bite is music in the mouth” at Tesar’s seafood “nirvana,” Zagat says.
12. Penrose Room
Denver | $101
A night at the Penrose is like entering a fairytale for the evening. With its penthouse views of the mountains and lake as well as its attention to culinary detail, it’s worth the expensive tab, Zagat says.
Atlanta | $107
Chefs/owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison have created a “foodie’s delight” at one of Atlanta’s consistently top-10 rated restaurant, Zagat says.
San Diego | $130
Experiencing the “ethereal flavors” through Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef William Bradley’s take on contemporary French cuisine at this posh restaurant, located in The Grand Del Mar, may also mean you’ll have to “pawn the family jewels to afford it,” Zagat says.
9. Restaurant Jezebel
Austin | $134
With just eight tables at this downtown Austin restaurant, “nothing else in Austin is quite like” Restaurant Jezebel. Price fix menus are created based on individual guest preferences, Zagat says.
Boston | $141
If you have the expendable income to splurge on Chef Barbara Lynch’s French-Italian-inspired price fixe-only dinners, “every morsel will dance on your tongue,” Zagat says.
Philadelphia | $175
Taking Italian to a “new level,” the experience at Vetri becomes “more fantasy than restaurant,” despite being “outrageously expensive,” Zagat says.
Washington D.C | $176
If you can get a table at this pricey “gastro-adventure,” you won’t be disappointed, says Zagat. Komi offers individualized multi-course tasting dinners for intimate groups (four or less).
5. The Herbfarm
Seattle | $215
Prepare to settle in for an evening when visiting The Herbfarm. With just a single seating nightly diners experience a nine-course meal with six matching wines. Zagat says the “astronomically expensive” bill matches an unforgettable experience.
Chicago | $273
Going one step further than the traditional tasting menu, diner’s experience 18-22 courses of “delicious,” “fun,” “emotional” and “provocative” food, according to its Web site. Zagat says “expect to be wowed” at this “unrivaled” restaurant.
San Francisco | $381
Although the price tag on Saison’s culinary experience is “undeniably expensive,” Zagat says, fans of this San Francisco restaurant say they would “eat a month’s worth of Ramen noodles” to be able to dine here.
Los Angeles | $514
For sushi connosseuirs, eating at Urasawa in Beverly Hills is “worth having at least once in your lifetime,” Zagat says.
New York | $585
For the ultimate sushi experience, dining with Chef Masayoshi Takayama is “worth skipping the mortgage payment for,” Zagat says.