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The Most You Would Spend On Dinner  
User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1689 times:

Well here I am, roped into taking my wife out to a nice restaurant. This will cost me at least $100, Probably around $150 after tax and tip.

It got me thinking, what's the upper limit for a reasonable price for fine dining? When does the law of diminishing returns kick in? What is the most you'd spend on a nice dinner?

Obviously, geography plays a role. It's cheaper to eat well here in Crapchester than in New York City or Paris.


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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8771 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1680 times:

I'd say 5 hours plus the time I need for shopping... oh, you mean money. Let's say, €150 for two plus drinks if it's a chef who likes to experiment and whose experiments I like. Obviously, I'd have to have that kind of money to spend in the first place! Big grin


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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2528 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1669 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):

Obviously, geography plays a role. It's cheaper to eat well here in Crapchester than in New York City or Paris.

Absolutely... I looked at the prices for the restuarant you're going to and the prices of most of those entrees would equate to the prices of appetizers here in NYC. That restuarant is actually really reasonably priced and looks pretty good. Pork chops and polenta for $20 is sweet.

I've personally spent about $200 for a dinner for two at a nice restaurant in Maui... It's the wine and dessert that really racks up the bill!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

Despite our expensive reputation out here in SFO, eating out is rather cheap. A really nice upscale restaurant isn't much more than what you'd spend at a typical chain restaurant. Eating out in Chicago, New York and Paris is a lot higher.
The most I've spend on a dinner for two was $77.
That's nothing compared to what our meal could have cost at upscale places in other cities.


Corey07850:
Those outer islands of Hawaii are very expensive in terms of eating out. We spend $50-$60 on just average meals on the Big Island and Molokai. Despite the tourist hell of Waikiki Beach, we were relieved that we could get all you can eat buffets for just $9. The two weeks of eating out on the other two islands really burned a hole in our wallets.



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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1647 times:

The max I'd spend would be 20 bucks...yeah I'm cheap and alone, so I don't really care.


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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

The most I'd spend on a dinner would be around $105 if the situation requires it. But right now, the most I'm willing to spend is $50.

User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1993 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1638 times:

The most I have personally spent was $150 for two. The most expensive meal I have ever eaten was $2,300 or so (forget exactly) Euros at some small restaurant in Venice, thank good I was with a wealthy family and they covered it. The big thing was the wine, two very expensive glasses racks up the bill BIG TIME... Other then that everything else was nice... I prefer to keep my usual dinning under $100 though... preferably under $50.


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User currently offlineWestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1619 times:

It all depends on whether I'm eating out, bringing in or out of town.

Eating here in Calgary: $75-90 after tips
Bringing in: $50 after tips
Eating out elsewhere (eg. Vancouver): $100 after tips

Also, it depends if the bill is split or if I pay for it myself.

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Nik



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User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5815 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

The most I ever spent was in the Michelin-starred Guilbaud's in Dublin. Every so often I go with one of my mates to a good restaurant, taking it in turns to pick up the tab, making a night of it by dressing up and then going on the tear afterwards. We had a great night, and the total, including tip, came to €350 for two. Was it worth it? Both of us are single with no real commitments, and it was an experience, from start to finish, and the food and service were superb: I reckon if you wanted to fart they'd lift the cheek of your arse off the chair.

It's the sort of thing you do once in a blue moon, and, hey, there are no pockets in shrouds . . .

[Edited 2007-05-19 00:47:20]

User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1607 times:

We like to go out for good meals. We've spent $100 per person many times. The most we ever spent was $250 per person at The Herbfarm in Woodinville, WA. We had wanted to go there for years - unfortunately, we went exactly a year ago, when I was dealing with a herniated disc in my back. I could not sit for very long, and it is a four hour, nine course meal. I also could not drink any alcohol because I was on so many meds. It was still a great experience, but I am looking forward to going back and really appreciating it.


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User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

Since there is no joking around in this thread, for two people $300 or so depending on the alcohol situation.


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

The most I've ever spend on dinner was about $150 It was a group meal, and everyone chipped in $120 on the meal, and everyone ran their drink tab separately.

In the case of taking someone out for a nice dinner, $200-$250 overall.


User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Despite our expensive reputation out here in SFO, eating out is rather cheap.

That's true, and isn't it fantastic! I've spent $120 or less on some amazing meals for two here in the Bay Area. I can't believe how much people pay for mediocre food at chain restaurants!
But back to the question at hand: I would spend up to $300 for a really nice dinner out, for my partner and me, but I can only pull that off about once a year. $100-$150 is a more typical tab for a nice dinner at our favorite places.



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User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1561 times:

Recently spent HK$4000 on a meal for two, (about US$500). Was a little shocking as I wouldn't normally spend that much personally. Entertaining clients, I have taken a group of 4 to dinner in Tokyo and it cost my company US$9000. Abalone is a killer!!

I think it's rare that a fine dining experience can beat al-fresco, hands in, ripping some crab to pieces sort of dining, (for me anyway). Therefore I will typically only spend a shitload if it's going to mean a lot to someone else, (wife, usually).


User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2373 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1557 times:

Depends on the night. Sometimes going to a great restaurant and having dinner and a few glasses (err bottles) of wine is better than a cheaper dinner and a play.

Case in point, Tabla in Manhattan, dinner for 3 - $375. But it was an experience not just a meal. Menu


User currently offlineRichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1554 times:

Same response as the bar tab one.

Business life, pretty high up and can run around $1000 or $2000 per person, never really kept track. Personal life is around $25, im really a cheap arse.

I personally dont like fancy restaurants, and will flock to a mom and pop any day.


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1550 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
This will cost me at least $100,

Pretty reasonable tab, cheap even, for two people at a decent restaurant. Not bad at all, in fact quite average for Anchorage at Simons, Club Paris, Sea Galley, Peppermill, Double Musky . . . .

I've dropped $500 on dinner for two before . . . just for the experience of the restaurant.


User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 41
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1544 times:

I think I once spent about $150 (myself only) when I was out with a group, but that's an extremely rare occurance. Mr. Diva and I will occasionally (like, 2-3 times a year) have a dinner that nicks us for $125 with drinks--mostly, this happens at clubs where we're more interested in the entertainment than the food, anyway.

What's really killed us is the value of the dollar, because it's made eating out in *really* cool places (like, um, dinner in Amsterdam) especially expensive.

Which reminds me... we're headed to Switzerland (or so I'm told by Mr. Diva this morning) for the Montreaux Jazz Festival in July. Any good eats in Lake Geneva?


User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

I've spent $100 on just myself before. I've also spent ~$20 on a rather sparse fast food meal in Iceland.


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11719 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1514 times:

The most I have ever spent is about £30/$60 one a dinner for two. However when I have a little more cash and am not a student, then with the right company and right circumstances, I wouldn't worry if the bill was significant. After all, it's my money that I have worked hard for, so why not enjoy it!

Currently dinner has to be around £2-3 per day to fit into my budget.


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User currently offlineRichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 19):
2-3

How? How do you do it? I have tried to spend less on meals (see cheep arse) but unless i eat just noodles...
Can you actually have a real meal?


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11719 posts, RR: 60
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1507 times:

Quoting RichPhitzwell (Reply 20):
How? How do you do it? I have tried to spend less on meals (see cheep arse) but unless i eat just noodles...
Can you actually have a real meal?

It's quite easy, my weekly budget of food is an absolute maximum of £5 per day, so cereal for breakfast is just 25p or so (whichever one is BOGOF) then lunch is a load of bread, ranges between 18p and 80p depending on which I have, the price of a tomato or some spread to go with it is negligible, so usually this leaves me with around £4 left for dinner, however I aim for less. Ready meals are good because they are usually on offer, buy 2 get one free, or buy two for a reduced amount, they are not overly good for nutrition on their own but they do form a base to add other ingredients to. Failing that soup is always a good and cheap option, again with bread which is cheap, or basically whatever else is on offer at the local shop. BOGOF on Sausages; gives me 16 for under £2 - so that's a couple of meals, plus I share the cooking with mates, which brings the price down again. Mashed potato is a great side to a meal, goes with many meats and is cheap, just boiled up a few potatoes! Of course, occasionally I do really treat myself, but the rest of the time I would rather save my money for travelling or a few beers at the local...or both!


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User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1507 times:

You can get a steak, salad, side and dessert at Spark's in NYC for about $90. Add another $40 for liquor, and you get a 'Gold Standard' to measure other experiences by.

You could up the service to Four Seasons standards and add another $25. Rack up the ambiance to River Cafe levels and add yet another $25. Finally, you may pay more for exotic Japanese ingredients like Masa and you'd throw in another $100.

Unfortunately, NYC is not Paris, and you will not find the trinity of perfect service, food and ambiance here. But neither will you find NYC's unique buzz anywhere else.

I much prefer the many good meals you can get in this city for under $50 per head. But opportunity abounds for the very special event - Omekase at Masa, or the Tasting Menu at Per Se which will set one back about $300 per head.

So if you have a slice of Pizza for lunch ($2) and a burger for Dinner ($3) for a whole week, and then splurge at Per Se, you won't feel so guilty.


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5869 posts, RR: 39
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1495 times:

I'm a little more conservative when you consider that it all ends up down the shitter 12hrs later...


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User currently offlineBAGoldEx From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1478 times:

For a typical, nice dinner with clients, I try to keep it under $1,000 per person, and with my lover, it tends to total about $3,000. Even on an average night, my tab usually approaches $150. The most I have ever spent was election night 2004,(at about 7 pm EST when we all thought Kerry had it wrapped up) I spent $12,000 for three people including kobe, lobster, hors d'oeuvres, champagne, scotch, port, and cognac. It was quite the impressive spread and considering we all thought Kerry had won, it was well worth it.

25 ShyFlyer : As for myself, I'm of the same mind as Springbok: Now if I'm on a date, I don't see me spending more than $80.[Edited 2007-05-19 06:35:57]
26 Post contains images Pilotdude09 : To be honest, if its really good food somewhere with a great reputation id pay $300 upwards. When we were in Vegas my parents blew 350 at the Paris Bu
27 Post contains images HAWK21M : If Im taking the Family out.Anything between Rs500 to 2500. If Im alone maybe Rs 60. regds MEL
28 Egmcman : Around £20/head when I took my family out form my Dad's birthday last year.
29 Post contains images Saxdiva : Honestly, I'm with you on this. Don't get me wrong--I love good food--but most of the stuff you find at a $100/plate restaurant just isn't my prefere
30 Post contains images Comorin : And that, I presume, is the price of a 'Vada Pav'
31 Airfoilsguy : The most I have spent on diner was about $1000 dollars for my parents and my then fiancee. This was at a restaurant in Paris with 2 bottles of wine. T
32 Post contains images HAWK21M : Vada pav is around Rs 4. regds MEL
33 CaptOveur : I personally don't have an upper limit as long as I can afford it- and it's worth it The food better be god damned out of this world if I am going to
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