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Best Five-Star Restaurants That Are Worth Every Penny

GOBankingRates Logo By Fred Decker of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 22: The best restaurants command a significant price for their dishes. But, there are no absolutes when choosing a top restaurant. Although high ratings can be the mark of a great restaurant, not all ratings are created equal. The New York Times rates on a scale of four stars, while others rate on a scale of five or 10. The highly regarded Michelin Guide awards a maximum of three stars, but even one Michelin star is typically considered more valuable than five from most other sources.The restaurants on this list — described as "five-star" for lack of another universal term — are all either established destination restaurants, notable players in highly competitive markets or rising regional favorites. The prices quoted are for a multi-course prix-fixe or tasting menu, where available. Click through to see luxurious meals only the rich can afford.

The best restaurants command a significant price for their dishes. But, there are no absolutes when choosing a top restaurant. Although high ratings can be the mark of a great restaurant, not all ratings are created equal. The New York Times rates on a scale of four stars, while others rate on a scale of five or 10. The highly regarded Michelin Guide awards a maximum of three stars, but even one Michelin star is typically considered more valuable than five from most other sources.

The restaurants on this list — described as "five-star" for lack of another universal term — are all either established destination restaurants, notable players in highly competitive markets or rising regional favorites. The prices quoted are for a multi-course prix-fixe or tasting menu, where available. Click through to see luxurious meals only the rich can afford.

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