With the stars of television gathering this weekend in the hopes of going home with a shiny gold statue for their work, we’ve got gold on our minds – as do chefs. These 24-karat creations are setting the standard for luxury. Edible gold gives them a glamorous glimmer – and ups the chances you’ll post a pic of them on Instagram. Here are 15 restaurants for dishes with edible gold that will turn any outing into an award-worthy experience. Not near any of them? OpenTable has you covered with more than 51,000 restaurants for any craving or occasion.
Kingbird, Washington, D.C.
Dessert is all about indulgence. Case in point is this fanciful finale. The fudgy chocolate centerpiece is accented with a hint of mint and the smooth smack of Grand Marnier — and bedecked with a wealth of edible gold leaf.
Rave restaurant review: “Historic hotel, fabulous location on the waterfront. The rooftop bar affords a fantastic view over the Potomac and the Washington skyline. Excellent cocktails and comfortable seats.”
Make a reservation at Kingbird.
The Bazaar by José Andrés, Miami Beach, Florida
You’ve struck gold! These traditional sui mai are packed with shrimp, peanuts, and water chestnuts. They’re finished off with gold foil for some shimmer.
Rave restaurant review: “Has to be the favourite for me in Miami. Great food, excellent presentation, and an unusual menu. Great for sharing and trying different dishes. Delicious.”
Make a reservation at The Bazaar by José Andrés.
RPM Steak, Chicago, Illinois
With a name like the 14K Chocolate Cake, you know this dessert is going to be rich. Dark and milk chocolate cake is enrobed with chocolate ganache. Flecks of 14-karat gold leaf add the photo-worthy finishing touch.
Rave restaurant review: “Food was outstanding, service was on point, and the vibe of the restaurant was great. Just a great experience, would go back there anytime.”
Make a reservation at RPM Steak.
Mandrake, Miami Beach, Florida
Hot noods! Inaniwa udon noodles are lavished with chunks of Alaskan king crab and uni. They’re coronated with a dazzling cascade of gold flakes.
Rave restaurant review: “It was a very positive and awesome experience! The food was outstanding and the service was beyond! I was shaking a bit, and I was asked if I was cold by one of the staff members! The fact that I was acknowledged blew my mind! Love the decor and the ambiance is incredible! Would definitely return to Mandrake!”
Make a reservation at Mandrake.
Zuma, Las Vegas, Nevada
Wanna roll like a baller? The golden toro maki roll will set you back $125. Featuring bluefin tuna, toro, Ossetra caviar, and 24-karat gold leaf, it’s worth every penny.
Rave restaurant review: “One of the best dining experiences ever.”
Make a reservation at Zuma.
Lockwood, Chicago, Illinois
Attendees of the Magic Parlour show can score the 14K gold brownie bar as a part of the magic menu. A milk chocolate brownie bar with alto del sol ganache, milk chocolate Chantilly, and salted pecans are topped with 14-karat gold shavings. It’s served out of a smoking chocolate dome brushed with gold.
Rave restaurant review: “Situated in the beautiful grand interiors of Palmer House, Lockwood delivers on all fronts. Impeccable service and delicious food will keep you coming back for more!”
Make a reservation at Lockwood.
Jaya at The Setai, Miami Beach, Florida
Wagyu is gold-level beef. So, it’s fitting that this seared and sliced striploin comes blinged out with gold flakes. As if all that wasn’t enough, shaved truffles are also involved.
Rave restaurant review: “The service was excellent. I had noted in my reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and they very thoughtfully put a candle and wrote ‘Happy Birthday’ on the dessert we ordered, which was such a nice and classy touch.”
Make a reservation at Jaya at The Setai.
Trace, Austin, Texas
This just may be the spendiest sundae you ever order – but it’s worth it. With a price tag of $42, it features vegan ice cream with fresh berries and whipped cream. Oh, yeah, and 24-karat gold leaf.
Rave restaurant review: “Highly recommended if you want a chill place to have some great food, awesome service, and wonderful music; check out the patio.”
Make a reservation at Trace.
Upstairs at The Gwen, Chicago, Illinois
This s’more is as good as gold. Featuring Mexican chocolate and cayenne marshmallows, gold leaf garnishes the decadent dessert. Now that’s glamping!
Rave restaurant review: “Had a wonderful experience at Upstairs at The Gwen! The staff was wonderful and flexible and made a stressful day run as smoothly as one could hope. Definitely check them out of you have the chance! Great food and service!”
Make a reservation at Upstairs at The Gwen.
The Victor, Vancouver, British Columbia
A miniature mountain of crème brûlée doughnuts would be enough of a treat. But then add a dollop of maple custard, a cloud of maple cotton candy, and edible gold flakes, and we’re all like 😍😍😍.
Rave restaurant review: “This is definitely a restaurant that we’ll return to soon. The filet mignon was cooked perfectly, our waiter was very attentive … a great place to go as a couple or with friends.”
Make a reservation at The Victor.
Gianni’s, Miami Beach, Florida
You’re right to expect glitz at this spot in the former Versace Mansion – and you’ll find it everywhere, like this angelic dessert that’s devilishly delicious. The Chocolate Bomb features the namesake ingredient in several forms and is given a boost by strawberries and caramel swirls. To take it to the next level, there’s a fair amount of edible gold paint involved.
Rave restaurant review: “Exceptional night out! What a fabulous place. The ambiance, service and food were all top-notch!”
Make a reservation at Gianni’s.
AVEO Table + Bar, Dana Point, California
As you would guess, the Rocher riffs on the Ferrero Rocher. A chocolate hazelnut sphere is gilded in an entire sheet of edible 23-karat gold. It comes with candied kumquats and a yuzu macaron to offer a complementary contrast to the richer elements.
Rave restaurant review: “Everything about AVEO was incredible. We sat on the patio overlooking the stunning pool area — just gorgeous. Our server was darling, and the food was amazing. A very special anniversary dinner indeed!”
Make a reservation at AVEO Table + Bar.
Del Mar, Washington, D.C.
Meet a Spanish spin on the Paris Brest. A ring of pâte à choux is dressed up with crunchy coffee-almond craquelin, coffee caramel jam, almond crema, whipped almond mousseline, and almond Chantilly cream, plus frozen milk granita and coffee granita on the side. It’s garnished with gold leaf.
Rave restaurant review: “It is always a treat to go to Del Mar. Like other Trabocchi restaurants, the ambience, presentation, and service are top-notch. A delicious and beautiful dining experience.”
Make a reservation at Del Mar.
Sugar Factory American Brasserie, Miami Beach, Florida
If you want to luxuriate in the glory of the chocolate gold fondue, you must give the restaurant 48-hours advance notice. Gold-coated dark chocolate truffle with dark chocolate is melted tableside and served with a platter of gold leaf chocolate cupcakes and gold-dusted gummy bears, plus Dom Pérignon and Hardy Noces d’Or 50-year cognac. Don’t forget to bring five friends and be prepared to pay $1,000.
Rave restaurant review: “It was so perfect for my birthday. The food, drinks, and the beautiful decor.”
Make a reservation at Sugar Factory American Brasserie.
Punjab Grill, Washington, D.C.
It takes a day to braise this leg of lamb from Elysian Farm. When the hearty cut is done cooking, the artfully seasoned meat is so tender that it shreds apart with the slightest touch of a fork. It’s draped with a sheet of gold leaf.
Rave restaurant review: “Absolutely amazing service and delicious food. It was only my second time going, but I was just as impressed as the first time. Very few restaurants are comparable, honestly. I don’t write reviews (this is my first one ever) but really felt the need to share my experience with others.”
Make a reservation at Punjab Grill.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Paul Stoppi (Mandrake); Nevin Martell (Kingbird, Punjab Grill); Outshine PR (Aveo). All photos courtesy of the featured restaurants.