#Fail: Diner Pays $3,750 For Wine Waitress Said Cost “Thirty-Seven Fifty”

November 7, 2014  |  

New Jersey resident Joe Lentini received a costly surprise when he went out to dinner recently. Lentiti was dining at Atlantic City’s Bobby Flay Steak restaurant at the Borgata Hotel and Casino when he was charged $3,750 for one bottle of wine he thought would cost him less than 40 bucks.

As first reported by NJ.com’s Bamboozled column, Lentini was attending a business dinner when the host encouraged Lentini to pick out the wine.

“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.'”

Lentini thought the waitress meant $37.50; everyone around the table agreed to the price so they ordered the wine. The problem arose when the diners found out the 2011 Screaming Eagle Oakville wine the waitress pointed to wasn’t $37.50 — it was $3,750 — and one of the priciest wines on the 24-page menu, reports Business Insider. You can imagine the not-so-pleasant surprise when the bill for the wine, appetizers, a seafood tower, lamb chop, and two NY strip steaks came to $4,700 with tax.

When the group of diners complained, the maitre d’ said he could reduce the cost of the wine down to $2,200 (typically wine for this vintage ranges between $1,000 and $2,000). But Lentini said he couldn’t afford that price either. Luckily the other diners offered to split the bill.

The Borgata told NJ.com it did nothing wrong in quoting the price and that both the server and sommelier confirmed the bottle requested with the patron. Also, the host of the party — who refused to be named — said by the time he had figured out the cost of the wine, the bottle was already open and “possibly empty.”

So, in the end was the wine was worth it?  Lentini said: “It was OK. It was good. It wasn’t great. It wasn’t terrible. It was fine.”

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