I Went to a 3-Star Michelin Restaurant and Spent Over $3,000, Worth It

Michelin-star restaurants may not be for everyone, but I’m thrilled I got to rediscover the fun side of fine dining. The meal at Alinea was the fun, fascinating, and once-in-a-lifetime experience I’d hoped it would be. Katherine Fiorillo Alinea uses extremely high-quality ingredients, fascinating forms of molecular gastronomy, and some […]

Michelin-star restaurants may not be for everyone, but I’m thrilled I got to rediscover the fun side of fine dining.

the writer eating at the michelin restaurant and smiling

The meal at Alinea was the fun, fascinating, and once-in-a-lifetime experience I’d hoped it would be.

Katherine Fiorillo


Alinea uses extremely high-quality ingredients, fascinating forms of molecular gastronomy, and some of the best wines in the world to impress guests almost every night.

Still, spending hundreds of dollars on one dining experience like that at Alinea may not be for everyone.

I expected the elevated experience but was pleasantly surprised that it was also fun.

My one slight con was that, since we dined as a room, I felt like I wasn’t able to savor all of my dishes. I definitely felt pressured to give up my dish to the staff when I was one of the last people still eating in the room.

I’m sure I could’ve kept my dishes longer if I asked, but I felt too awkward to do so. 

Overall, fine dining can be intimidating — but Alinea brought joy to our evening with surprises, puns, and interactions between the guests and the staff.   

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