STICKER SHOCK! Man orders bottle of wine for “thirty-seven fifty,” charged $3,750!

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NEW JERSEY (WITI) — It’s a cautionary tale: Make sure you know what you’re ordering! Joe Lentini, after a business dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City experienced a bit of sticker shock!

Lentini told NJ.com he and others in his party of ten decided to order a bottle of wine — with the host of the dinner telling Lentini to select a bottle.

“I asked the waitress if she could recommend something decent because I don’t have experience with wine. She pointed to a bottle on the menu. I didn’t have my glasses. I asked how much and she said, ‘thirty-seven fifty,'” Lentini told NJ.com.

The bottle of wine was ordered.

When dinner was over, the host got the check.

“We were shocked. We couldn’t believe it,” Lentini told NJ.com.

The total bill was over $4,000 — with that bottle of wine costing ‘thirty-seven fifty.’ That is — $3,750!

“I thought the wine was $37.50,” Lentini told NJ.com.

Lentini disputed the bill — saying “the waitress told me it was thirty-seven fifty — not three-thousand, seven-hundred and fifty dollars.”

NJ.com reports the restaurant’s manager offered to lower the price on the bottle of wine — but no lower than $2,200.

Lentini and two other diners split that bill to get it paid.

The restaurant tells NJ.com it has conducted a thorough investigation, and says proper practices were followed. In fact, NJ.com reports the dinner’s host double checked the price of the bottle of wine before the dinner was completed, and before the check was presented. He told NJ.com the bottle was already opened and possibly empty by the time he asked about the price, so he saw no reason to say anything to management.

What do you think?

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8 comments

  • What!

    It’s his fault. It’s bobby flays’ place expect it to be expensive. The price was on the wine list it’s not her fault. He should’ve asked his friends.

  • dave

    it falls on both of them. She should have known better (i mean, seriously, what would have she thought if this were her) and yet he had several others he could have asked.

    • Joe w

      Also they should be really glad they didn’t end up ordering multiple bottles before realizing with a party of 10.

  • Ashley

    It’s the waitresses job to offer a few bottles in different price ranges – especially being that the guest said they didn’t have a very experienced wine pallet and to recommend options. Of course she would offer a $3,750 bottle of wine! I would have made sure to tip on the cost of the bill, minus the bottle cost.

  • Priscilla

    Both parties are at fault; the waitress should have been more clear in the price; but, the guy ordering should have asked his table mates since he was not experienced in wine and not wearing his glasses.

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