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I have a 20% off coupon to use at a nice restaurant...BUT...?

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13 of us are going to a holiday dinner at a nice restaurant in a few weeks. in our local paper i found a coupon for 20% off dinner here with the only restrictions being no booze of course, and you cant use it with a "diners club" card. well, at first i thought to myself "great, we will use it next week" but then i started thinking and for 13 people thats going to be at least $500-$600 of food and thats an awfully big discount....which is great for us, but bad for restaurant. i know they wouldnt print the coupon if they didnt want people NOT to use it, but to use it so "big" like this, is that rude? am i being crazy? tell me your thoughts!

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  1. I don't think it's rude, but you could always call ahead. I bet if you did, somehow the prices would go up..........

    1. It may be that they will limit the discount to the person bearing the coupon.

      1. A coupon is a contract. They have to honor it, unless there's some dollar limit to the discount stated on the coupon. You are throwing them a ton of business, so don't feel bad. It's not rude to use it, and you aren't crazy (at least based on your post!). They made the offer, you are taking them up on it. I don't see the problem. Just make sure to tip based on the pre-discounted amount.

        1. I they had 6 tables of two and one solo diner instead of 13 of you at one table, they'd still be giving the same discount if they all had the coupon. Use it and don't worry about it.

          1. It's not rude to use it, but you'd be crazy not to call beforehand. Stated limitations and litigiousness aside, if they didn't intend it to be used like this, it will create some kind of scene that can hardly contribute to a pleasant holiday dining experience.

            And as for legalese anyway, if it says something like "terms and conditions" apply, they can legally do anything they want, whether they spell it all out or not (as long as it's not discriminatory, etc, of course.).

            1. I agree that you should call ahead and make clear your intentions; if they didn't intend for it to be used that way, it make no sense to convert your diner experience into a lawyer-like experience. It's not worth it. Not one bit.

              1. Reminds me of the scene in the Sopranos when the resto offered an early bird special. Lots of blue rinsers showed up.

                You are probably bringing 13 new customers to a resto that they have never been to. If the resto is worth its weight they would fawn over such a party.

                If the resto was concerned about big parties they would place a limit on the coupon. They would also put "original coupon only accepted." Check very carefully all over the coupon to make sure what you think is a sweet deal turns out to be that at the end of the evening.

                Likewise I agree that you need to tip based on the pre-discount amount and make sure you thank the owner when you leave.

                Have a great time and wnjoy.

                1. this is exactley what the coupon says:

                  thank you for
                  your patronage!

                  receive a 20% discount on
                  your dinner check with
                  presentation of this ad!

                  excluding beverages
                  *not applicable with dining club card discount
                  valid thru december 30, 2006

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                  1. re: niccole

                    careful of the word "your". You are assuming the plural of the word in use, but it may just relate to "your" dinner, not your companions.

                    1. re: jfood

                      Or plan that it DOESN'T include your companions, and then when the bill comes and you see that it did, it'll be a happy surprise.

                  2. Yes I would call ahead, just so there are no misunderstandings at the dinner. You sure want the evening to go well without incident.

                    Something tells me they well say that it excludes parties of 2 or more. If they honor it, leave a huge fat tip, they deserve it!

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                    1. re: chef chicklet

                      Just curious.

                      Are you suggesting that you leave a tip equal to the tip you would have left if there was no discount, or are you suggesting that the waiter should shares in your good fortune of having the coupon?

                      1. re: jfood

                        Glad you asked.
                        I suggest that one should always tip on what the "normal" charges with tax and not considerina a coupon.
                        Will the waiter share in your good fortune, I hardly think a 20% discount on a dinner constitutes good fortune, but lets say the dinner bill is 200.00 with a 20% discount,now at $180 some people would tip him $36 and I would not, I would give him $40 (service considered of course)
                        I would use the same rule if I went to dinner buy one get one free or half off. I would tip on the full price of both meals with tax.

                        1. re: chef chicklet

                          agree exactly that the tip should be on $200, but I would check to make sure the bill includes the 20% discount for a $160 total. Your a sneaky little devil for a chef.

                          1. re: jfood

                            huh? did miss something? Is my math off?
                            oh crap never mind, its late!

                    2. That was pretty funny!