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The 12 Most Expensive Tasting Menus in Boston

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In honor of Whale Week, here's a mapped guide to Boston's most elaborate and expensive tasting menus, from the truffle and caviar-filled "Chef's Tasting Journey" at L'Espalier to the "Grand Omakase," a 22-course sushi marathon, at O Ya. And for the most expensive tasting menus in the whole country, see Eater National.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. T.W. Food

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377 Walden St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-4745
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The Grand Tasting, which must be ordered by the whole table, features seven courses that showcase seasonal ingredients. January ended with dishes such as garlic soup with salmon roe, veal sweetbreads with crispy pork belly and salsify, and profiteroles with roasted pineapple and saffron ice cream. A vegetarian option is available as well. $85 plus $45 for wine pairings. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

2. Journeyman

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9 Sanborn Ct.
Somerville, MA
(617) 718-2333
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Journeyman only serves tasting menus: five courses or seven courses, or a "four for forty" deal during certain hours. The seven-course feast, which has a vegetarian option, most recently included dishes like fluke with sorrel and uni, quail with citrus and chiles, and a French toast dessert with orange and coffee. The menu changes weekly. $85 plus $65 for drink pairings (a mix of beers, ciders, fortified wines, and spirits). [Photo: Cal Bingham]

3. Craigie on Main

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853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-5511
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The eight-course tasting menu, known as the Ultimate Craigie Experience, must be ordered by the whole table. A sample menu includes dishes such as salad of kona kampachi sashimi (Asian pears, pine nuts, pickled mustard seed), house-made whole wheat fettuccine (sea urchin, lomo), and celery apple sorbet (stracciatella, candied celery). A vegetarian menu is also available. $118. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

4. Salts Restaurant

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798 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-8444
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The five-course meal will be "designed based on your comments, likes, and dislikes." Vegetarian and vegan tastings must be reserved 48 hours in advance. $85 plus $40 for wine pairings. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

5. No. 9 Park

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9 Park St.
Boston, MA 02122
(617) 742-9991
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The seven-course menu changes weekly. Sample dishes include cobia sashimi (yuzu, sesame, togarashi), prune-stuffed gnocchi (foie gras, almonds, Vin Santo), and brown butter panna cotta (pear, pain d'epice, orange). $112 plus $74 for wine pairings. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

6. O Ya

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9 East St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 654-9900
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The most expensive tasting menu in town, the Grand Omakase lets you eat your way through a marathon of 22 courses, mostly individual pieces of sushi. Be sure to allow four or five hours; this one takes awhile. $275. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

7. Via Matta

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79 Park Plz
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 422-0008
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The whole table must participate in the "chef's whimsical tasting menu." Depending on the size of the group, a variety of dishes are served for each course, so diners get to try a bunch of different things. $100.

8. Menton

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354 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 737-0099
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The menu is created from a combination of seasonal ingredients and each diner's preferences. Some ingredients currently appearing on the menu are laughing bird shrimp, Elysian Farm lamb, foie gras de canard, and Tasmanian sea trout. $155 plus $105 for wine pairings. [Photo: Official Site]

9. L'Espalier

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774 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-3023
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L'Espalier has several prix fixe and tasting options, but the ultimate choice is the Chef's Tasting Journey, which the whole table must order. Described as an "adventurous symphony of food traveling through multiple courses," it includes caviar and truffles. $200 plus $130 for wine pairings.

10. Clio

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370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-7200
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Prepare for 14 colorful courses of foams, gels, and other interesting textures. (7- and 10-course options are also available.) $165 plus $135 for wine pairings. [Photo: Facebook]

11. Top of the Hub

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800 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 536-1775
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Impress your date with the most romantic view in the city and seven courses with dishes such as pan-seared foie gras (pineapple upside down cake, pink peppercorn caramel sauce) and pumpernickel bread-crusted salmon (horseradish and beet puree, fennel and dill salad). $97 plus $45 for wine pairings. [Photo: Official Site]

12. Oishii Boston

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1166 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 482-8868
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Oishii's omakase starts at nine courses but can expand upwards depending on your hunger (and wallet). Starts at $150. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

1. T.W. Food

377 Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The Grand Tasting, which must be ordered by the whole table, features seven courses that showcase seasonal ingredients. January ended with dishes such as garlic soup with salmon roe, veal sweetbreads with crispy pork belly and salsify, and profiteroles with roasted pineapple and saffron ice cream. A vegetarian option is available as well. $85 plus $45 for wine pairings. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
377 Walden St
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Journeyman

9 Sanborn Ct., Somerville, MA
Journeyman only serves tasting menus: five courses or seven courses, or a "four for forty" deal during certain hours. The seven-course feast, which has a vegetarian option, most recently included dishes like fluke with sorrel and uni, quail with citrus and chiles, and a French toast dessert with orange and coffee. The menu changes weekly. $85 plus $65 for drink pairings (a mix of beers, ciders, fortified wines, and spirits). [Photo: Cal Bingham]
9 Sanborn Ct.
Somerville, MA

3. Craigie on Main

853 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139
The eight-course tasting menu, known as the Ultimate Craigie Experience, must be ordered by the whole table. A sample menu includes dishes such as salad of kona kampachi sashimi (Asian pears, pine nuts, pickled mustard seed), house-made whole wheat fettuccine (sea urchin, lomo), and celery apple sorbet (stracciatella, candied celery). A vegetarian menu is also available. $118. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. Salts Restaurant

798 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139
The five-course meal will be "designed based on your comments, likes, and dislikes." Vegetarian and vegan tastings must be reserved 48 hours in advance. $85 plus $40 for wine pairings. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
798 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139

5. No. 9 Park

9 Park St., Boston, MA 02122
The seven-course menu changes weekly. Sample dishes include cobia sashimi (yuzu, sesame, togarashi), prune-stuffed gnocchi (foie gras, almonds, Vin Santo), and brown butter panna cotta (pear, pain d'epice, orange). $112 plus $74 for wine pairings. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
9 Park St.
Boston, MA 02122

6. O Ya

9 East St, Boston, MA 02111
The most expensive tasting menu in town, the Grand Omakase lets you eat your way through a marathon of 22 courses, mostly individual pieces of sushi. Be sure to allow four or five hours; this one takes awhile. $275. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
9 East St
Boston, MA 02111

7. Via Matta

79 Park Plz, Boston, MA 02116
The whole table must participate in the "chef's whimsical tasting menu." Depending on the size of the group, a variety of dishes are served for each course, so diners get to try a bunch of different things. $100.
79 Park Plz
Boston, MA 02116

8. Menton

354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
The menu is created from a combination of seasonal ingredients and each diner's preferences. Some ingredients currently appearing on the menu are laughing bird shrimp, Elysian Farm lamb, foie gras de canard, and Tasmanian sea trout. $155 plus $105 for wine pairings. [Photo: Official Site]
354 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

9. L'Espalier

774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116
L'Espalier has several prix fixe and tasting options, but the ultimate choice is the Chef's Tasting Journey, which the whole table must order. Described as an "adventurous symphony of food traveling through multiple courses," it includes caviar and truffles. $200 plus $130 for wine pairings.
774 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116

10. Clio

370 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Prepare for 14 colorful courses of foams, gels, and other interesting textures. (7- and 10-course options are also available.) $165 plus $135 for wine pairings. [Photo: Facebook]
370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

11. Top of the Hub

800 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199
Impress your date with the most romantic view in the city and seven courses with dishes such as pan-seared foie gras (pineapple upside down cake, pink peppercorn caramel sauce) and pumpernickel bread-crusted salmon (horseradish and beet puree, fennel and dill salad). $97 plus $45 for wine pairings. [Photo: Official Site]
800 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199

12. Oishii Boston

1166 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Oishii's omakase starts at nine courses but can expand upwards depending on your hunger (and wallet). Starts at $150. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
1166 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

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