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Old 06-18-2014, 01:28 PM
 
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During our last trip to Europe (Paris, Italy and the UK), all our friends and relatives said we should budget 50 Euro apiece for dinner for each of us. So we decided to go for it and have our trip include ten moderately high quality and varied dinners. We made a special point to eat out at moderately nice places that were highly rated in guidebook and Internet restaurant review sites like Zagat and eat a wide variety of meals.

Our conclusion was the food at most of the these restaurants was good but not as good as the best places in the Washington DC area (my home) which charged about $70 USD. (50 Euro converted to USD)

When we got home, all our friends asked about our adventures eating out and were shocked that we did not think that our meals in the various European cities were not significantly better than comparable dinners for about the same cost in Washington DC area.

What do you think? If you ate out and spent about 50Euro for Dinner at the highly rated restaurants in European Cities would the food and general experience be better than similar highly rated American restaurants who charge about the same?

* Yes, I know a fancy restaurant in Paris and Rome costs a lot more than 50 Euro, but that is all we could afford and we were comparing the experience to a spot in America where we would get a $70 dinner. 3 or 4 star dinners not 5 star super luxury dinning.

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Old 06-18-2014, 01:32 PM
 
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What are the names of the restaurants in DC and Europe that you are comparing?
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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Not you again... Next time just pick your restaurants wisely...
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Sweden
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What a shock that the american restaurant was better.
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Finland
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$70 including tipping or not? So is it in fact a $84 dinner?

Mami (ranked as the 7th best restaurant in Finland in 2012) is closed now for the midsummer, but...

Roast of veal with Parmesan sauce and pumpkin 13,00 €
Breast of cockerel in Parma ham served with carrots spiced with sage and tomato chutney 24,00 €
Panna cotta with yogurt, served with mango and pineapple salad 9,00 €

Share a bottle of red wine, and there's your 50 €.


I'll have that, please.

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Old 06-18-2014, 01:57 PM
 
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Not you again... Next time just pick your restaurants wisely...
We used a number of vehicles to find highly regarded spots in London, Paris and Rome. So we did pick our dinning establishments wisely.

Now can some one answer my question:

Is the food actually better at a highly rated moderately priced (50 Euro) than a highly rated restaurant in the USA?
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Finland
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Now can some one answer my question:

Is the food actually better at a highly rated moderately priced (50 Euro) than a highly rated restaurant in the USA?
Yes, absolutely. No competition really.
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Old 06-18-2014, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Yawn.
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Old 06-18-2014, 02:06 PM
 
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We used a number of vehicles to find highly regarded spots in London, Paris and Rome. So we did pick our dinning establishments wisely.

Now can some one answer my question:

Is the food actually better at a highly rated moderately priced (50 Euro) than a highly rated restaurant in the USA?
Don't know what you are talking about. I had great cheap meals all over Italy ... in cities like Florence and Rome ... once for as little as $15 for pasta dish and wine ......
Cant even imagine the same meal in the US at that price!
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:11 PM
 
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We used a number of vehicles to find highly regarded spots in London, Paris and Rome. So we did pick our dinning establishments wisely.

Now can some one answer my question:

Is the food actually better at a highly rated moderately priced (50 Euro) than a highly rated restaurant in the USA?
If you don't tell us which restaurants you are comparing we can't help you. Like in any price range, you have bad and good. Some places in Paris make you pay the location, not the food, while others the food and service.. etc.
And as someone asked, do you include tips in your US bill ?
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