Checkout America’s Top 20 Restaurants for Tasting Menus

Choosing what to order at a restaurant is oftentimes the most stressful part of the evening — especially at highly-rated places where everything looks so good.

Tasting menus, which typically range from five to nine courses, not only allow diners to taste a variety of flavors, but provide chefs with a venue to showcase the many culinary skills in their wheelhouses.

Location intelligence company Foursquare combed through user ratings and comments from its city-guide app and its check-in app, Swarm, to compile a list of the best restaurants with tasting menus, where guests can experience the full range of dishes a spot offers all in one dinner.

From modern American fare to Spanish tapas, here are the best places in the US to check out for a top-notch tasting menu.

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1. Benu

25. Benu

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Location: San Francisco

Foursquare rating: 8.23

Benu earned its three Michelin stars through an innovative mix of American and Asian cuisine, as demonstrated in dishes like thousand-year-old quail egg, frog’s leg velvet with shiga rice, and sesame leaf ice cream. The tasting menu includes nine courses and costs $268 per person.

2. Contra

24. Contra

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Location: New York City

Foursquare rating: 8.50

Simple, yet elegant, Contra’s minimalist design lets its adventurous tasting menu speak for itself. “The level of cooking is high-level,” Jon Ferrer noted on Foursquare. “The desserts are inventive and delicious. Definitely add the bread into your meal — future you will thank you.”

3. Mercat a la Planxa

23. Mercat a la Planxa

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Location: Chicago

Foursquare rating: 8.52

Mercat a la Planxa brings the flavors of Barcelona straight to Chicago through menu items like flash-fried padrón peppers, paella with fresh chorizo and grilled rabbit loin, and patatas bravas: spicy potatoes topped with smoked paprika aioli. Diners can choose between the regular chef’s tasting menu for $65 a pop or the luxury version, which goes up to $85 per person.

4. Rich Table

22. Rich Table

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Location: San Francisco

Foursquare rating: 8.88

Rich Table’s impeccable service and creative dishes have earned it a loyal following, with diners raving about the porcini doughnuts in particular. The tasting menu goes for $93 per person and includes a selection of dishes from the chef, such as chicken liver bahn mi, aged duck cannelloni, and ricotta pierogis with Burgundy summer truffles.

5. The Musket Room

21. The Musket Room

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Location: New York City

Foursquare rating: 8.90

At Michelin-starred The Musket Room, guests are treated to homestyle New Zealand cooking through dishes that explore the country’s rich history. Both the “short story” and “long story” tasting menus take diners on a journey, winding through courses such as quail with blackberries and cod with Brussels sprouts and pomegranate.

6. Annisa

20. Annisa

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Location: New York City

Foursquare rating: 8.91

Asian-American fusion restaurant Annisa incorporates flavors from all over the world to create plates like seared foie gras with soup dumplings and jicama or barbecued squid with Thai basil. The restaurant draws its name from the Arabic word for “women,” and features a wine list sourced exclusively from female vintners and vineyard owners.

7. Degustation

19. Degustation

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Location: New York City

Foursquare rating: 8.96

Located in the heart of New York’s East Village, Degustation blends French influences and Spanish cuisine. “Sit at the chef’s table and get the tasting menu with wine,” Foursquare user Jess Kao said. “Awesome to watch the chefs make your meal right there. Great food and wonderful service!”

8. Spice Market

18. Spice Market

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Location: New York City

Foursquare rating: 8.98

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market cooks up elevated takes on Southeast Asian street food, producing dishes such as spiced chicken samosas with cilantro yogurt, roasted cod swiped with a Malaysian chili sauce, and coconut sticky rice steamed in a banana leaf. The eight-course tasting menu costs $68 per person for meat-eaters and $52 for vegetarians. Spice Market will serve its last meal September 29, so don’t miss your chance to try the tasting menu.

9. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

17. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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Location: Las Vegas

Foursquare rating: 8.99

Hosted inside Las Vegas’ iconic MGM Grand hotel, Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon serves up three-, five-, and six-course tasting menus featuring items such as asparagus with foie gras, steak tartare with fries, and Wagyu beef ribeye. Guests can grab a seat at the service counter to watch as their dishes are prepared.

11. Babu Ji

15. Babu Ji

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Location: New York City

Foursquare rating: 9.08

Babu Ji’s tasting menu — which runs $62 per person — allows diners to taste a variety of Indian classics, such as spicy beef curry with cardamom, clove, and bay leaf, or yogurt croquettes spiced with ginger and green chili. The tasting menu finishes with a serving of Babu Ji’s must-try signature dessert: housemade cardamom, honey, and pistachio kulfi.

12. (TIE) Per Se

13. (TIE) Per Se

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Location: New York City

Foursquare rating: 9.09

Founded by Thomas Keller, Per Se serves up top-notch French cuisine courtesy of chef de cuisine Eli Kaimeh. Both the vegetable and chef’s tasting menus run $325 per person for nine courses and feature dishes such as butter poached Alaskan king crab, foie gras “pastrami,” and parmesan-braised celtuce.

13. (TIE) Providence

13. (TIE) Providence

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Location: Los Angeles

Foursquare rating: 9.09

Diners at Providence can choose between three tasting menus, which range in price from $120 to $220 and all feature the restaurant’s innovative seafood dishes. “I tried the nine-course tasting menu and it was divine,” Sam Alon shared on Foursquare. “All dishes had amazing combinations of flavors. The strawberry white chocolate pistachio rose water dessert was the best dessert I have ever had.”

14. Sampan

12. Sampan

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Location: Philadelphia

Foursquare rating: 9.14

Sampan’s fresh takes on traditional Asian street food run the gamut from edamame dumplings with truffle and pea shoots to barbecue pork egg rolls to Korean fried chicken topped with kimchi apple and crispy garlic. Though dishes can be ordered a la carte, Foursquare users cheer the tasting menu, which allows visitors to sample a variety of the spot’s offerings.

15. Alan Wong’s Honolulu

11. Alan Wong's Honolulu

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Location: Honolulu

Foursquare rating: 9.23

Despite its location on the third floor of an office building — with no ocean view to boot — Alan Wong’s Honolulu stands as one of the Hawaiian capital’s best hidden gems. The innovative restaurant highlights Hawaii’s local cuisine through plates such as lobster and shrimp lasagna, New York strip “poké,” and mango shaved ice. A five-course tasting menu is available for $89 per person and a seven-course one runs $130 per head.

16. Traif

10. Traif


Location: Brooklyn, New York

Foursquare rating: 9.27

An incredible deal at around $50 per person, Traif’s nine-course tasting menu allows guests to pick two dishes off the dinner menu, while the other seven are filled in by the chef. Between choices like strawberry-cinnamon glazed baby back ribs and buffalo-style frog legs, it’s nearly impossible to narrow it down, but you can’t go wrong at the pork-focused spot.

17. Del Posto

9. Del Posto

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Location: New York City

Foursquare rating: 9.28

A New York City staple, Del Posto blends flawless service with elegant Italian fare, producing dishes such as bauletti stuffed with sheep’s milk ricotta and black truffle butter or seared lamb chop with golden chanterelles. The spot holds a Michelin star and serves two tasting menus: a five-course one for $149 per person and an eight-course option for $179 per person.

18. Jean-Georges

8. Jean-Georges

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Location: New York City

Foursquare rating: 9.30

Jean-Georges combines elements of French, American, and Asian cuisine to create an ever-changing menu that features everything from scallops with caramelized cauliflower to parmesan-crusted organic chicken. The restaurant offers two six-course tasting menus, comprised of a rotating selection of the chef’s signature dishes.

19. Daniel

7. Daniel

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Location: New York City

Foursquare rating: 9.32

Daniel Boulud’s namesake restaurant boasts two Michelin stars and features upscale French dishes inspired by the four seasons. A selection of menu items includes heirloom tomato gazpacho with parmesan-encrusted langoustine, wasabi-cured Japanese snapper, and flambéed foie gras.

20. Xixa

6. Xixa

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Location: Brooklyn, New York

Foursquare rating:9.33

Xixa transforms Mexican street food into elevated dishes with ingredients like foie gras, smoked pork belly, and ancho honey. “Go tasting menu and settle in for an amazing meal,” Matt Raoul said on Foursqaure. “Request either the foie gras al pastor or the steak tartare and marrow tacos. Sip on a old fashioned cube that’s actually made with Mezcal, and enjoy.”

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