The Michelin Guide has long been one of the golden standards of the restaurant industry, with its somewhat-mysterious star rating system. Despite its popularity around the world, the guide only covers four cities in the United States: New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and—for the first time in 2017—Washington, D.C.
Eating at the best restaurants in the world is one of the major reasons why we travel, but the cost of fine dining can add up. Thankfully, there’s a way—in fact, many ways—to have a memorable and affordable dining experience.
Opting for bar menus and lunch deals are two classic strategies, but don't forget about going beyond the prix fixe or looking just outside the big cities. You might even be able to save on wine pairings by booking a BYOB restaurant.
And you should almost always book in advance: As news of the 2017 ratings spread, reservations will grow increasingly harder to come by. Here are some of our tried-and-true tips for saving money while eating some of the country’s best meals.