Borgata diner gets $3,750 bill for wine - server recommended wine for ‘thirty-seven fifty’

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  1. Anyonenow

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    Got Robin beat!

    "I asked the waitress if she could recommend something decent because I don't have experience with wine," Lentini said. "She pointed to a bottle on the menu. I didn't have my glasses. I asked how much and she said, 'Thirty-seven fifty.'"

    The drinkers at the table agreed to the price and they ordered, Lentini said.

    Soon, the sommelier -- the wine steward -- presented the corked bottle at the table. Lentini said he was having conversation with his companions and didn't really pay attention, but he approved of the bottle.

    A taste of the wine was served for him to sample. He approved, he said, and the bottle was placed on the table.

    "It was okay. It was good," Lentini said of the wine. "It wasn't great. It wasn't terrible. It was fine."

    When dinner was over, the check was handed to the host, who was sitting opposite Lentini at the round table, Lentini said.

    "[The host] was sitting across from me and he handed the bill to person next to him, who handed it to the next person until it got to me," he said. "I showed the gentleman next to me and we were shocked. We couldn't believe it."

    The total bill was $4,700.61, including tax. The bottle of wine, Screaming Eagle, Oakville 2011 -- cost $3,750.

    "I thought the wine was $37.50," Lentini said.

    The waitress disagreed, and a maître d'/manager was called over.

    "I said the waitress told me it cost 'thirty-seven fifty,' not 'three-thousand, seven-hundred and fifty dollars,'" Lentini said.

    The maître d'/manager offered to give separate bills, so the dinner bill, which wasn't being disputed, could be paid.

    Next, Lentini said he was told the best price the restaurant could offer was $2,200.

    Lentini said he couldn't afford that, but to be able to leave, he and two other diners agreed to split the $2,200 bill.

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    hahha love it
     
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    My personal experience working in a high end restaurant (many moons ago)

    Whenever someone ordered an expensive bottle of wine PRICE was always confirmed.
    And another person Owner/Manager were ALWAYS available at the table to present bottle PRIOR to opening.
    Usually on the more expensive (generally older) wines, they would also be decanted.
     
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    A cheese steak for $47 is the real crime!
     
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    same things happen at strip clubs. At least that's what I've heard. Not the sniffing of corks though...
     
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    I would have told them to go fuck themselves and call the police, at that point it was a civil matter.

    It the waitress says $37.50 that's what they should pay. Fuck Borgata.
     
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    what the fuck is a seafood tower
     
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    He should have called the cops and charged Borgata with kidnapping for not being able to leave.
     
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    Restaurants that aren't trying to rip their customers off will confirm the prices! I bet that cunt knew exactly that they didn't pick up on it and was thrilled about the commission she was about to score.

    I went to dinner once with my wife and father in law in California, that was the first time he was there and we were showing him around. We went to a popular restaurant and the waiter said that they had a surf and turf on special. Small steak and small lobster tail, it sounded good so my in law and I both took it. At the end he wanted to pick up the bill, the bill was around $170! We said what?? The steak & lobster was almost $70 each. The waiter came back and asked if everything was fine, I said no, your "special" wasn't so special! He stared right at us and said "I never said it was on special". We all looked at each other, and I said, well played! Never again.. It's my own fault for not confirming the price. I'm sure he got a couple gold stars for pushing "the special".
     
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    The waitress should be fired.
     
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    This. ... fuck them
     
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    Extremely poor judgment on the server's part. Should be shitcanned. "Excuse me, do you have a $3700 bottle of wine to go with my $40 meal? Thanks!"
     
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    I am not a wine guy. But if I am paying over $3700 for a bottle of wine, I expect the waitress to be going under the table to service me while I am drinking it.
     
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    More like thrown in jail

    But I know from experience when you dine out with friends always know who is ordering the wine and the price
     
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    Don't they have a dollar menu?
     
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    A good waitress would have qualified the customer before offering him a bottle of wine of that price. I would assume they may only sell about 10-20 bottles that expensive in a year (maybe slightly more). 99.99999% of the customers who come into the restaurant would never buy a wine remotely that expensive.

    Based on the story, he portrayed himself as a wine novice which should have made any experienced waitress to know that when offering wine suggestions, she should have kept all wine suggestions under $100 or more likely under $50.
     
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    He's lucky it wasn't a 37 million dollar bottle of wine.
     
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    Boone's farm ~ $1.99

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