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America's 25 best restaurants for tasting menus

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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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25. Benu

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.



24. Contra

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."



23. Mercat a la Planxa

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.



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