Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-12-2015, 04:35 PM   #81
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,671
A wine and food pairing with Chappellet Vineyard at The Silverado CC in Napa Valley $378.
__________________

__________________
For me experiences are not good or bad, just different
grasshopper is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-12-2015, 04:50 PM   #82
Moderator
MichaelB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Rocky Inlets
Posts: 24,490
The restaurant inspection is South Florida are published, and a data base is also available. Some of the inspections are unbelievable..
__________________

__________________
MichaelB is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2015, 05:23 PM   #83
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1,104
I think the highest was over $300 for four of us. We go out for lunch far more often because of the value.

We have been spending more on the food we buy, often citing that hey, we'd spend $40 or $50 for a meal out, why not buy some filets and cook them at home with some great side dishes? Besides, with the time in retirement I have found I enjoy cooking much more. As a result, the meals out have started to lose some of the appeal given that we've done some really good meals at home. That said, there is one restaurant in town that I have no problem dropping well over $100 in for two. We've been entertained in NY restaurants 20-30 times and this place does seafood presentations that top anything we've had. Had old friends in Friday we had not seen who wanted to take us out, so we went there. He'd spent career entertaining clients all over and was blown away by this place, entrees low $30's. I don't like to spend money for the sake of spending, but this is an example of something worth it. Now, for most of the places in town that have entrees in the 20's, I don't think they're worth it.
__________________
H2ODude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2015, 05:33 PM   #84
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
nash031's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Coronado
Posts: 1,488
Quote:
Originally Posted by imoldernu View Post
What's the most you've ever paid for a restaurant meal?
Honeymoon in Sydney, Australia at a place called Quay we had lunch that came to nearly $600US for two of us (included drinks, prix fixe five-course menu). Had a steak dinner on that trip that was upwards of $400US as well. Quay, at the time, was rated one of the top 30 restaurants in the world and that year was rated the number one restaurant in Australasia. Naturally we just had to try it, right? We couldn't get in for dinner, even three months out when I looked, so we did lunch and enjoyed it... quite the memorable experience in a memorable setting under the Sydney Harbor Bridge and across from the Opera House.

Anyway, I have no problem spending on experiences like that. I'd rather spend on that meal than on another iWhatever... Was the meal worth $600? The food was as unique as I've ever had, and I would go there again as it was an amazing setting and great fun, so yes, I would say it was.
__________________
"So we beat to our own drummer in the sun;
We ask for nobody's permission to run.
I just wanna live in a world like that;
Now I'm gonna live in a world like that!" - World Like That, O.A.R.
nash031 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2015, 06:29 PM   #85
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
mpeirce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Columbus area
Posts: 1,596
You know, I didn't answer the original question.

I just looked it up in Mint: $420

We were on vacation and got the Chef's Tasting prix fixe meal, along with the wine and the desserts and coffee. The chef happily adjusted everything for my DW's celiac and did a wonderful job of it.

Yes, it was over the top in price, but it was probably the best meal we every had and we loved it. We still talk about how good it was.

Fontainebleau SCARPETTA : Menus
__________________
mpeirce is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2015, 06:55 PM   #86
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1,474
Slightly off topic, but nevertheless--one of the best meals we had was on our 10th anniversary we drop DS off and MIL's house and took off for Napa Valley for the day (we lived in the Bay Area then. We did a mud bath and a couples' massage, then wine tasting. After too much wine tasting, we walked across a parking lot, and decided we needed to sober up and eat something. We went into a small Italianish restaurant, where we got a table in the bar area, as nothing was available in the dining room, and it was early. The best service ever. I mean ever. It turns out they took reservations a year in advance for the restaurant part of the place, they were that good. I do not remember the name of the restaurant in the fog of time and wine. I remember that it wasn't outrageously expensive, but it was outrageously good. Obviously we had water with our meal....I just looked it up, it might have been Tra Vigne, not sure...
__________________
EastWest Gal is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2015, 09:28 PM   #87
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 390
Went to a steak house on the waterfront in Seattle.

My friend paid, and he also had a coupon for ~100. Bill after coupon was $250. That was for 4 people.

I, being vegan, just had a baked potato and water. Even though I wasn't paying, I was still pissed.

The more I eat at restaurants the more disappointed I get. Too much oil, sugar and salt and no pride in what's being cooked.
__________________
Elbata is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2015, 12:19 AM   #88
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,555
My memory is not that good sometimes, but I can't remember ever paying more than approximately $30.00 for a meal. If I am feeling like splurging, I will have a beer also. I think that DH has paid mid 30's for a meal. I really don't think that I could enjoy any meal that I knew was going to cost $100 or more. I know that I would keep thinking about the cost and it would ruin it for me. I can't even imagine how good food from a $300 meal would taste. Sometimes, I wish that I would not consider the cost of everything all of the time.
__________________
Dreamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2015, 12:41 AM   #89
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: San Jose
Posts: 607
Quote:
Originally Posted by grasshopper View Post
A wine and food pairing with Chappellet Vineyard at The Silverado CC in Napa Valley $378.
The Silverado Country Club holds a special place for me.

I went to work for HP in the mid 90's, and the first business trip I had to take was to Santa Rosa. It was the first time I'd been to California.

Our travel department couldn't find anything in, or close to, Santa Rosa because of some festival going on. The closest they could find was at the Silverado for something like $300 a night.

I remember going up to my (very new, I had just started) boss and telling him the only place is going to cost him $300 a night, and he grimaced but said if that's the only place, book it. We had already committed to our customer we'd make the trip.

The room was VERY nice. I was still in my late 20's at the time and had never stayed anywhere that nice.

I'll always remember the Silverado. One of these days, I want to get back there and spend a couple nights, just for old times sake.
__________________
LoneAspen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2015, 02:17 AM   #90
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
imoldernu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Peru
Posts: 4,616
Quote:
Originally Posted by EastWest Gal View Post
. We did a mud bath and a couples' massage, then wine tasting.
I wanted to remark on this, but don't know what to say.
__________________
imoldernu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2015, 03:56 AM   #91
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1,474
Quote:
Originally Posted by imoldernu View Post
I wanted to remark on this, but don't know what to say.

Calistoga is known for it's mud baths. Check Wikipedia.


Sent from my iPhone using Early Retirement Forum
__________________
EastWest Gal is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2015, 07:34 AM   #92
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
jollystomper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1,364
Based on our Quicken records, the most DW and I ever paid for a meal for just the two of us was $220. It was a local, high scale French restaurant and we had something like seven courses and desert.

We thought we'd exceed that when we went with friends to a dinner theater several weeks ago, as the ticket price was $90 each for the meal and play, not including drinks and tips, but our friends surprised us and treated us.

The most we ever paid for the family was a college graduation dinner, but that was for around 15 people and still came out under $500 including tip.

DW and I go on brunch/dinner dates a couple of times a month, and that averages $15-$35 for each of us. On our last vacation the fanciest place we ate (a Brazilian steak house) was "only" $130 total.
__________________
Current target FIRE date: Under negotiation, can happen anytime.
jollystomper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2015, 08:02 AM   #93
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Eagle43's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: DFW
Posts: 1,883
$100.00 or so at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, on an anniversary outing.

Sent from my AT100 using Early Retirement Forum mobile app
__________________
Resist much. Obey Little. . . . Ed Abbey

Disclaimer: My Posts are for my amusement only.
Eagle43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2015, 08:34 AM   #94
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
travelover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 9,899
Quote:
Originally Posted by EastWest Gal View Post
Calistoga is known for it's mud baths. Check Wikipedia...............
I'm only familiar with mud wrestling
__________________
Yes, I have achieved work / life balance.
travelover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2015, 08:45 AM   #95
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
braumeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Northern Kentucky
Posts: 8,623
This thread has been just amazing to me. The most expensive meal I've ever had was probably around $60-70 and that was a rare occasion. Simple tastes, and DW is the same way.

I am also struck (happily) by my great good fortune in enjoying beer far more than wine. In fact, it has been probably 40 years since I've ordered a bottle of wine at a restaurant.
__________________
braumeister is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2015, 09:30 AM   #96
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Nodak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cavalier
Posts: 2,317
The most I ever spent on a dinner with wine for two was $75 in 1972 when I made about $5.00 per hour.
__________________
"Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent." Pogo Possum (Walt Kelly)
Nodak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2015, 10:01 AM   #97
Moderator Emeritus
Bestwifeever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 16,375
I am really enjoying this thread. Although I don't have cost information, I think Auerbach's in Leipzig, Germany is the most expensive restaurant DH and I have been to in the past five years. DH wanted to see the keller that Goethe set a scene from Faust in (apologies to those who like DH are familiar with Faust as I am not and am no doubt misdescribing this), which today is still operating. Half of the establishment is traditional dining, but part of it is fine dining, where we ate, with a menu like this: http://www.auerbachs-keller-leipzig....wine_rooms.pdf

The euro was very strong that year so we paid about 30% more but the meals were exquisite. Since we were paying in vacation money it wasn't too painful.
__________________
“Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?” J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Bestwifeever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2015, 10:21 AM   #98
Recycles dryer sheets
GSMAN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: League City
Posts: 65
I am feeling a lot better about my food spending after reading this thread! I don't believe me and the DW have ever spent more than 100 bucks for the both of us at any restaurant. With my kids and grandkids its a different story. Papi, me, always picks up the tab so on average I spend 80 to 120 dollars depending on the place. We did reach a significant milestone this Christmas. Our Christmas dinner for 6 adults and two children at a steak house was a hair over $200. That also included dessert but it just seems like a lot of money for one meal!
__________________
GSMAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2015, 02:39 PM   #99
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 1,318
You guys are so funny. For those of you that are amazed/shocked/shaken-your-LBYM's-finger at the money spent for some of the dinners, these were special or one time dinners, at least for me. Sometimes, the higher end restaurants, have fantastic meals.......and sometimes not.
Forget the wine, a rare dinner drink at high end restaurants is milk. I'm always pissed that I can't get regular old whole milk with my dinner. You can't even get it at McDonald's. Haven't been there in a while but last time they only carried 2% milk. LOL
Our favorite local restaurant has lots of comfort food like meatloaf, chicken and biscuits, homemade pot pies and most meals are under $10
__________________
splitwdw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2015, 02:51 PM   #100
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 5,594
Some of my favorite places are dives. One special place is in a bad area, but they have the best chicken gizzards in the world.

The one security gaurd was my best buddy, I'd tell her I was going and she'd ask if I'd pick her some up. I'd never accept any money from her, a 75 yo woman still working. Made my last OMY more enjoyable, she was a sweet lady.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Early Retirement Forum mobile app
__________________

__________________
MRG is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Restaurant recommendations for the Oregon coast? CourtneyC Travel Information 3 08-30-2007 09:36 PM
Restaurant recommendations in Miami donheff Other topics 7 02-13-2007 07:19 AM
Work as a prep cook in a restaurant during time-off? soupcxan Other topics 16 10-15-2006 10:00 AM
Restaurant Gift Certificates MJ Life after FIRE 9 02-26-2006 08:36 PM
Favorite Restaurant and Favorite Dish Eagle43 Other topics 71 02-19-2006 01:39 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:06 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.