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post #31 of 48
For a "night out" for two for us costs anywhere from $80-100 for us but if we are just eating out we spend anywhere from $30-40 depending on the restaurant.
post #32 of 48
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Originally Posted by niktemadur
A friend of mine is a chef, and about three years ago he and his wife did a special New Year's Eve dinner for couples at his restaurant, so I took my then-girlfriend-now-wife and it set me back $110, but I didn't mind, as I knew it was going to be something extra special. All mezzanine tables were joined together and it ended up being about 28 of us in one gigantic table. However, the chef did the event as a gesture of thanks, because I'm guessing he didn't make a dime from it. Here's why: It was a nine-course meal including drinks, among which were a limitless supply of white and red wine, plus 24 bottles of french champagne!

First course was served at 11:30 pm, while dessert came at 4:30 in the morning! It was insane! I'll never forget it:
1. One raw sea urchin in a shot glass with mezcal, tomato and lemon juice.
2. Arugula salad with one grilled giant scallop.
3. Steamed clams in a saffron stew.
4. Tuna tartare with pear and avocado.
5. Foie gras with freshly-fried potato chips.
6. Abalone and artichoke pan-fried in olive oil.
7. Fresh salmon in a deep-sea crab cream.
8. Rib eye with an olive cream.
9. Chocolate cascade with Bailey's and Frangelico on top.

Sigh...

When the chef came up from the kitchen to ask us what we thought of the whole thing, we gave him a standing ovation.

However, the chef himself takes top prize among us mere mortals, as once in London he had dinner at a place called The Fat Duck, ranked #1 in the world, and that little escapade set him and his wife back $750! It was a sixteen course dinner, the first of which was, just to give you an idea, a frozen ball of green tea, lime juice and vodka, brought to your table in a container kept at 200 degrees below zero by liquid nitrogen; the waiter took the ball with pincers and placed it in your open mouth, where it instantly melted in an explosion of flavor. Unbelievable.
You are so lucky to have a chef for a friend. I'm green with envy since my husband and I adore new and wonderful foods.
post #33 of 48
Usually we pay between $7-$18 a person....I think we paid over $40 for the 2 of us once for an anniversary dinner with wine.....but I would NOT spend that much on food for 1 meal very often....I`d rather use the $ someplace else...some place where I can SEE where it went to ,and have something to show for it. (Besides a bigger backside!)
Linda
post #34 of 48
It depends on the meal. Rune and I went to a fancy little steak restaurant once that threw me back 1200DKK (£120 ish) but that included a bottle of wine and dessert and coffee and stuff. All in all it was a good night, but not something I would be willing to pay too often!
post #35 of 48
depends on the food.
post #36 of 48
John & I recently went to Famous Daves ( ) for a night out and it was about $40, we both had a big rack of ribs, appitizers and dessert, so it was pretty cheap, but it was sooo good, YUM!

My grandparents took me & my mom to Red Lobster about a month ago and just for 4 of us, it was about $200, but we all had lobster and such too, oh how I looooove Red Lobster...
post #37 of 48
Ian, being the sweetheart that he is, found two very fancy vegan restuarants....

Since you can't order things like Foie gras or filet mignon or lobster, it tends to be slightly less expensive than going to a normal fance restuarant, although these places tend to make up for it in that everything is organic and has no added...anything.

We spent around $55-60 for the two of us at each place. It was well worth it!!! Especially the vegan deserts....even though I'm adding a tiny bit od dairy back in, it's not every day that I get treats!!!
post #38 of 48
The most we've spent is generally around what we spend at a nice place once a year- $85, including a tip. Generally we'll get a meal, drinks, appetizer, and one dessert for around 75 and leave a tip in the $20 range. Our favorite restaurants are Palamino (www.palomino.com) in Indianapolis and the Kinzie Chop House in Chicago (http://kinziechophouse.com ). I've never been to a five star restaurant, where you're looking at a hundred per plate, but someday I'd like to!

If we eat at a place like O'Charleys we'll usually spend $35, tip included. I like to eat at my own restaurant, the Olive Garden, because at lunch you can get the soup, salad, and breadsticks for $5.95 and it's all sooo good. Yes, I can still say that after two years of serving there!!

Reading Lionessrampant's post reminded me of how much I love the Chicago Diner as well. The vegan cookies and cream cake and the no-meata fajitas are amazing!!!!
post #39 of 48
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Originally Posted by esrgirl

I like to eat at my own restaurant, the Olive Garden, because at lunch you can get the soup, salad, and breadsticks for $5.95 and it's all sooo good. Yes, I can still say that after two years of serving there!!
Oh I absolutely love the Olive Garden, I haven't been there in so long though, their breadsticks are to die for!
post #40 of 48
My husband and I just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary Oct 9th. We decided to do something different. We booked a dinner cruise on the Solaris. It was 65 dollars per person. That did not include appetizers or drinks. It was a very nice 3 hour cruise. Dinner was excellent and they had band so you could also dance. It was a very romantic evening.
post #41 of 48
I think themost we've paid was $150 USD for the both of us. That was for a special occassion though. We're going out to eat tonight and I doubt we'd spend more than $100 for the both of us...and that's only if we get a couple of drinks and an appetizer.

The place we went to where it was about $150 did not mention on the menu that your salad was not included in the price of your $50 steak! It was an extra $8.95 for a side salad and then after dinner, they offered us coffee with our dessert. We said "sure", but again did not realize a cup of coffee was $3.95 and did NOT include free refills! SHEESH!
post #42 of 48
If it's in my personal life, with my hubby, we're just picking up something to eat, it's usually around $20 or so each. If we're going out for a nice dinner it's probably around $50 each. For a special occasion, $50-75.

BUT...the dinners I plan for work usually run $90-150 per person. The most expensive meal I've ever had was about $250 per person for a five-hour, nine-course gourmet meal with paired wines at a five-star restaurant. It was wonderful...no doubt the best meal I'll ever have in my life. But no WAY could I afford that on my own.
post #43 of 48
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Originally Posted by esrgirl

Reading Lionessrampant's post reminded me of how much I love the Chicago Diner as well. The vegan cookies and cream cake and the no-meata fajitas are amazing!!!!
Alls I have to say is VEGAN RICE KRISPIE TREATS!!!!

Chicago Diner is directly at the end of boyfriend's block (yes, he lives in Boys Town with a gay man, a lesbian and 4 cats- they should totally have a sitcom), so we make it over there often. I'm so glad someone shares my passion for the no-meata fajitas!!
post #44 of 48
Wow some yummy meal iseas in here. Um, I think I'll have to save up a while before going to The Fat Duck for a $750 meal!!! Holy cow! Well, it better be, at that price!
I love cooking and will try anything, so to actually go out for a meal it has to be a special occasion, and some kind of cuisine that I don't cook myself. We have a sushi place that is fantastic, and really reasonable at $60 for two, incl a good tip.
Last time we ate out we spent $50 on a very disappointing pub meal. It was supposed to a cheap and cheerful night out with friends. Lame meal - undercooked fish & chips and overpriced beer for $50?!! Not amused...
post #45 of 48
I guess that depends...We were recently in Oklahoma and paid $50 (including a good tip) at a wonderful home-german resturant.... The atmosphere and owners (who operate it) was worth every penny, and the food was divine. However $50 for 2 people + baby is kind of steep around here, but I would easily pay more if we get the chance to return (especially if we had a babysitter as she was tired and fussed all evening)... the entire resturant is magical.
post #46 of 48
We dont go out very often at the moment. budjet. When we did, it was usually around $30 for the both of us plus tip. We dont drink.

last meal out we had was $50 on the nose with tip...and actually got two dinners out of it..

of course..i had gift cards hehehe so we didnt spend a dime.
post #47 of 48
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Originally Posted by babyharley
Oh I absolutely love the Olive Garden, I haven't been there in so long though, their breadsticks are to die for!
I'm a huge fan of Olive Garden also! I try to go for every special occasion.
post #48 of 48
I think the most we have ever spent was around 500Kr (60 USD) for the both of us and drinks at a local Indian restaurant. It was a special occasion and we really enjoyed it, especially since we don't go out much. I think the most expensive meal I have ever eaten was about 180 USD although I was not the one paying for it...
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