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Most Expensive Restaurants

1. New York: Masa
$366
This tiny restaurant, which seats 26, is the most expensive in the country, with the prix fixe menu ranging from $350 to $500 per person--not including alcohol. Thinking of saving by bringing your own bottle of wine or sake? You can try, but expect to pay a corkage fee of $75. The menu changes frequently, but always includes five appetizers, a sushi entrée with up to 20 types of seafood flown directly from Japan and a dessert course served with tea.
For more information, call (212) 823-9800 or visit www.masanyc.com

2. Chicago: Alinea
$192

Alinea's opening last spring generated major buzz, thanks to Executive Chef Grant Achatz, former sous-chef to Thomas Keller at French Laundry in Napa, California. Achatz left French Laundry for Trio, the Illinois restaurant where he continued making his name with an entrée called Black Truffle Explosion, which actually featured bursts of truffle broth while diners chewed. At Alinea, guests choose from a menu of as many as 24 mini-courses, which can take as long as five hours to finish. Since opening, Alinea has not disappointed Achatz fans, and reservations must be made several months in advance.
For more information, call (312) 867-0110 or visit www.alinearestaurant.com

3. Seattle: The Herbfarm
$152

Live guitar music, herbs and vegetables grown on the grounds and a large selection of Pacific Northwest wines are just a few of the reasons why The Herbfarm is a unique dining experience. Paying over $150 per person outside of New York or Los Angeles is a bit uncommon, but at The Herbfarm--where a nine-course meal (at $159 to $189, including wine but excluding tip and tax) can take over four hours to consume--we promise you it's worth it.
For more information, call (425) 485-5300 or visit www.theherbfarm.com.

4. San Francisco: French Laundry
$135

The restaurant takes reservations two months to the calendar date in advance, so get booking now--it's universally acknowledged as one of the must-dine destinations in California, and even in the entire U.S. Thomas Keller, the renowned chef behind the restaurant, made waves lately with the opening of Per Se in the Time Warner Center in New York, but French Laundry remains his landmark property, and one well worth checking out. The prix fixe menu consists of between five and nine whimsically named dishes, such as Oysters and Pearls, which is pearl tapioca custard served with caviar and oyster. Tasting menus are priced at $175 per person.
For more information, call (707) 944-2380 or visit www.frenchlaundry.com.

5. Washington, D.C: Inn at Little Washington
$129

This country inn and restaurant opened in 1978 in a converted garage in Rappahannock County. The self-taught chef and owner, Patrick O'Connell, has since catapulted his inn and restaurant--now a Relais & Chateaux property--to national attention with innovative, hearty appetizers and entrées like lobster napoleon or a "salmon five ways" starter. The homemade bread basket brought to the table, which includes chewy poppy seed rolls and rye bread with currants and nuts, is refilled every few minutes. Prix fixe menus start at $138 per person during the week.
For more information, call (540) 675-3800 or visit www.theinnatlittlewashington.com

6. Philadelphia: Le Bec-Fin
$120

Le Bec-Fin celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. To commemorate the event, the restaurant launched a new, three-course prix fixe dinner as an alternate to the much heaver, seven-course prix fixe ($138 per person) that had traditionally been the only option. To toast your date, order La Bicyclette, a champagne cocktail with raspberry spirits and Chambord raspberry liquor introduced in honor of this year's anniversary. When it opened in 1970, Chef Georges Perrier couldn't have known the formal restaurant would become a hallmark of a town famous for its cheese steaks. Luckily for us, it did.
For more information, call (215) 567-1000 or visit www.lebecfin.com

7. Los Angeles: Bastide
$101

Classic French cuisine wouldn't set Bastide apart in and of itself. But the impeccable quality of the ingredients helps explain why this restaurant has made our list for the second year in a row--and helps justify the price tag. Indeed, the restaurant's owner, Joe Pytka, once paid $35,000 for a one-kilogram white truffle, which he incorporated into the menu. Entrées start at $50.
For more information, call (323) 651-5950

8. Las Vegas: Picasso
$91

Although The Bellagio isn't short of dining options, the Picasso is a venerable favorite for hotel guests or anyone who comes through Las Vegas. Original works of art by Pablo Picasso, including oil paintings and ceramic sculptures, decorate the dramatic space. But don't come for the art: Come for the French-Mediterranean menu, the real reason for the restaurant's popularity. And plan to come early to fortify yourself before a night of gambling, as the kitchen closes at 9:30 P.M. The four-course menu is $90 and the five-course meal is $100.
For more information, call (877) 2-DINE-LV or visit www.bellagio.com

9. Atlanta: Seeger's
$86

Currently closed to undergo renovations on everything from the dining room to the menu, Seeger's will reopen on Oct. 14. The eclectic menu, which changes daily according to the whims of Head Chef Guenter Seeger, will feature four-course ($105 without wine) and eight-course ($125 without wine) tasting menus, instead of the five- and eight-course menus previously on offer. The dining room, which once accommodated 65, will be whittled down to only 32, and the wine list will be thoroughly expanded. If this sounds up your alley, Seeger's is currently accepting reservations for the week of their reopening.
For more information, call (404) 846-9779 or visit www.seegers.com

10. Orlando, Fla.: Victoria & Albert's
$85

Frette linens and Christofle silver may not sound very Disney, but it's all part of the dining experience at Victoria & Albert's, the restaurant located in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, a part of Walt Disney World, in Orlando, Fla. Not only that, but the seven-course seasonal menu ($95 without wine; $145 with wine), which is customized daily and may include such delicacies as Hudson Valley foie gras, Fuji apples or dayboat diver scallops, is very adult-friendly--as is the 4,200-bottle wine cellar.
For more information, call (407) 939-7707 or visit www.disney.com

Taix - French Country Cuisine
Phone:(213)484-1265
Address: 1911 Sunset Bvld. Hollywood CA 90026

Patina
Phone:(323)960-1762
5955 Melrose Avenue Hollywood CA 90038

Chin Chin West Hollywood
Phone:(310)652-1818
8618 Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood CA

Genghis Cohen Restaurant
Phone:(353)653-0640
740 North Fairfax Avenue Hollywood CA 90046

Anarkali Indian Restaurant
Phone:(323)934-6488
7013 Melrose Hollywood CA

Paru's Indian Vegetarian Restaurant
Phone:(323)661-7600
5140 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood CA

Yamashiro
Phone:(323)466-5125
1999 N. Sycamore Hollywood CA 90068

El Cid
Phone:(323)668-0318
4212 W. Sunset Boulevard Hollywood CA 90029

Bice Mercato
Phone:(323)962-3376
Hollywood Blvd. and Highland, Hollywood, CA 90000

California Pizza Kitchen
Phone:(323)460-2080
Hollywood Blvd. and Highland, Hollywood, CA 90000

The Grill on Hollywood
Phone:(323)856-5530
Hollywood Blvd. and Highland, Hollywood, CA 90000

The Highlands Restaurant
Phone:(323)461-9800
Hollywood Blvd. and Highland, Hollywood, CA 90000

Koji's Sushi & Shabu Shabu Restaurant
Phone:(323)871-0200
Hollywood Blvd. and Highland, Hollywood, CA 90000

Loggia at the Highlands
Phone:(323)461-9800
Hollywood Blvd. and Highland, Hollywood, CA 90000

Trastevere Ristorante Italiano
Phone:(323)962-3700
Hollywood Blvd. and Highland, Hollywood, CA 90000

Vert-A Brasserie by Wolfgang Puck
Phone:(323)491-1300
Hollywood Blvd. and Highland, Hollywood, CA 90000

The Cat and Fiddle Restaurant and Pub
Phone:(323)468-3800
6530 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood CA 90028

The Dresden Restaurant
Phone:(323)665-4294
1760 North Vermont Ave Hollywood CA

Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood
Phone:(818)622-7625
1000 Universal Center Drive Hollywood CA 91608

Highland Grounds
Phone:(213)466-1507
742 North Highland Hollywood CA

Intermezzo
Phone:(323)937-2875
6919 Melrose Avenue Hollywood CA

Oscar's Restaurant
Phone:(714)836-5500
763 S. Main Street Ste. 250 Orange CA




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