Diner asks waitress to recommend wine; gets surprise bill for $4,700

Diner asks waitress to recommend wine; gets surprise bill for $4,700

A New Jersey diner got a bigger bill than he expected after ordering wine with his meal.

A hundred times bigger, to be precise.

Joe Lentini, who said he only drinks about a glass of wine a month, ordered the bottle to split with two other diners in a party of 10 during an Oct. 27 business dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, according to NJ Advanced Media.

“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 approved the sample poured by the sommelier, and he and his companions finished the bottle.

“It was OK. It was good,” Lentini said. “It wasn’t great. It wasn’t terrible. It was fine.”

At the end of the dinner, the bill came to $4,700.61, including tax. The wine, Screaming Eagle, Oakville 2011, made up $3,750 of the total.

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