I’m Sorry How Much? Steak Restaurant Charges More Than Expected For Wine

A few weeks ago we published an article about buying wine in a restaurant. Seems we made a glaring omission!

Step one: understand how much your wine is!

Poor old Joe Lentini learned the value of this lesson after a business dinner at Bobby Flay Steak; a popular restaurant (4/5 stars on trip advisor from 496 reviews) at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

Joe was asked by the host (who was picking up the bill) to order a bottle of wine. In his words, this is what happened:

“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.'”

You can see where this is going can’t you…

The bottle in question was a Screaming Eagle Oakville 2011, which is a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley. It’s worth around £1,700 a bottle if you can find it.

Joe made these comments about the wine priced on the wine list as $3,750, not $37.50:

“It was okay. It was good, it wasn’t great. It wasn’t terrible. It was fine.”

Really hope they decanted it properly!

Fear not, the party of diners was able to negotiate the price for the wine down to a mere $2,200.

Who is at fault? A poll of over 1,300 people on nj.com, who covered the story, placed the blame squarely with the restaurant.

Ever paid far more for your wine than you were expecting? Comment or get in touch and let us know!

Image courtesy of LWY (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwy/3378367602/) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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