Only one time...Cyrus in Healdsburg. Best meal I have ever had so I dont mind but what pushed our bill up wasnt the wine, but the truffles!

They brought out a big ol truffle in a fancy box and asked if we wanted it included in our tasting menu- I didnt ask how much- we said yes. It was shaved over some risotto in one course...price tag...$100/ person!?!?!

Guess I am naive but from now on, hold the truffles! I'd have much rather spent the $200 on a nice bottle.
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Well, there's a strip club in Austin that bills as "North Austin Restaurant" on credit card statements. Does that count?


If you can post a link to their winelist, then it counts. How was your homemade Nebbiolo, by the way. It appears you survived it at least. Wink

PH
Picasso in Vegas, Daniel and Cru in New York, Stonehill Tavern, Sona and Studio in LA/OC and Michael Mina in SF are some of my more memorable meals in the last year. I think this may be the reason my suits are not fitting as well as they used to. Wink
I've done $600+ *once*. It was at the Champany Inn, at Linlithgow just outside Edinburgh. This was back in 2000, before the bubble burst and before I had kids. The restaurant had a 1980 Grange for GBP350 and we decided to go for it. Best wine I ever tasted.

The only other time I've come close was at Manresa in Los Gatos. Chef's tasting dinner plus wine pairings for two.
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Originally posted by Xanxir:
Well, there's a strip club in Austin that bills as "North Austin Restaurant" on credit card statements. Does that count?


If you can post a link to their winelist, then it counts. How was your homemade Nebbiolo, by the way. It appears you survived it at least. Wink

PH


It turned out quite well. Thanks for asking. The young lady food critic who came over for the bottling said it she could already taste how well it would age. She also raved about how well it paired with the Osso Bucco and Wild Mushroom Risotto I served with it.

I also took a bottle of the wine to a friend of mine who is a sommelier. On a blind tasting, e described the wine as follows: Has the color of a Pinot Noir, the nose of a Malbec, and OMFG it tastes like a Barolo. He's encouraging me to let it age for years. Well, I only corked 30 bottles. So, let's see how long that lasts.
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cough cough
Robert's Steakhouse
http://www.penthouseexecutiveclub.com/menu.htm cough cough


Offline, anyone? Eek

PH
I hope those prices include the lap dance. $70 for Santa Margherita??? How about $225 for Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label plus 20% gratuity added.


not that I've ever been, because I don't do such things but, the question asked was

"What is the most you have spent in a restaurant for a dinner for two? If you've had a really extravagant dinner for more than two, just calculate the 2x cost. Wine included, pre tip."

So lap dances were not included in the dinner in question. =) I've heard though, that their supply of veuve has an intoxicating smell of strpper on the bouquet that you won't find anywhere else.
A friend of mine went there and said that Roberts Steakhouse is actually really good.

Speaking of those kind of “clubs” I had accountant friend that has done some work for Rick’s Cabaret Inter. which is a publicly traded “club”. Ticker is RICK. Check it out, the stock has actually done pretty well in the past year. I wonder what those board meetings are like...
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A friend of mine went there and said that Roberts Steakhouse is actually really good.

Speaking of those kind of “clubs” I had accountant friend that has done some work for Rick’s Cabaret Inter. which is a publicly traded “club”. Ticker is RICK. Check it out, the stock has actually done pretty well in the past year. I wonder what those board meetings are like...

Smile
Dinner at The Inn at Little Washington for my h birthday five years ago. Dinner, wine, tax, and tip came to about $850 for the three of us (my then 15 yo son was with us, and said he found the '86 Ridge Monet Bello I ordered to be inferior to the '94, he was right)
Not the most expensive ever, but went to Morimoto New York the week before last and barely got out of the for $300 with tip. totally overpriced for the food we received, but the service was wonderul. Had a tasty Row Eleven pinot noir there that I paid way too much for, but it was my wife's birthday, so I can't complain. -mJ
The most for two would be $250 at Boa Steakhouse in Las Vegas. I brought my own wine and the sommelier waved the corkage after I offered him a taste of my David Arthur Cab. Their damn oysters were just too tasty.

I guess the expense really comes from the bottle of wine not necessarily the food. What the hell can you really eat to get to 500+ bucks? A pound of caviar?
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I guess the expense really comes from the bottle of wine not necessarily the food. What the hell can you really eat to get to 500+ bucks? A pound of caviar?

Truffles and wagyu are 2 things that come to mind that can quickly double your bill. Smile
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Originally posted by Sticky2:
I guess the expense really comes from the bottle of wine not necessarily the food. What the hell can you really eat to get to 500+ bucks? A pound of caviar?

Truffles and wagyu are 2 things that come to mind that can quickly double your bill. Smile


Have yet to try wagyu, but now that you mentioned it, I have to add it to the list. Is it just a better/different steak?

I don't fully understand truffles either, are they just sprinkled over pasta? What dish do they compliment and what do they add?
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Have yet to try wagyu, but now that you mentioned it, I have to add it to the list. Is it just a better/different steak?


over rated. But it's cheaper then the real Kobe Beef. I love fat as much as the next guy, but when I eat my steak, f the melts in your mouth cuz there's so much fat intermingled. It's like overboard with the fat.

I like my steaks with some substance to it. A decently marbled rib eye is what I crave.
Spent over a grand at The Kitchen in Sacramento, with two guests, but that was on DnVsMom's company dime....

On my own dime? Gary Danko in SF for our 10 year anniversary. They printed a special, personalized menu for us with the courses and wine pairings (I consulted with the somm the week before and let him know what we would be bringing, and what we would be ordering off the list). Well worth the $$$....
My most expensive was $750 with tip for my wife and my anniversary. I think the big problem was the Kobe beef, I wasn't even wowed by it. The rest of the food and service was perfect and the wine was great. Don't remember off hand what it was, but it was relatively inexpensive $150-200.
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Have yet to try wagyu, but now that you mentioned it, I have to add it to the list. Is it just a better/different steak?
Sticky2, Wagyu refers to the type of cattle and Kobe refers to the region in Japan in which the cattle are raised. To give you a frame of reference of what it’s like, it almost has the texture and mouth feel of foie gras, but with an intense beefy flavor. I like it best in tasting menus because it’s so rich that I can only take a couple of bits.

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