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Apr 13, 2010 09:04 PM

$25.00 for 5 iced teas.

I hosted 4 women today at Toscana in Brentwood. We all ordered appetizer-size salads. No wine, no mineral water, no dessert. Food was very nice; nothing special. What really grabbed my attention was when I received the check. At the very top it said: "5 beverages, $25.00." I don't know of another restaurant in Brentwood charging $5.00 for iced tea. Funny,, how one item can grab your attention and make you feel completely ripped off. I can not tell you what I paid for my shrimp salad or my friend's burrata and tomato, but I can sure tell you the price of iced tea at Toscana and I was not amused.

Toscana Restaurant
11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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  1. What a rip! However, their menu does say $5 for soft drinks and $4 for tea (I guess hot tea). I still think it's a scam when restaurants don't offer free refills on soda.

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    1. re: DrBruin

      How about charging for refills on iced tea?
      About 15 years ago I was at the Griffith Park golf course and charging $2 for an iced tea and no refills. I told the concessionaire it was a ridiculous no refills on iced tea when it cost him a couple cents? He said he couldn't afford to give free refills on iced tea...I told him I couldn't afford his ridiculous no refill policy and I'd just order free water from then on. He just shrugged his shoulders.

      1. re: DrBruin

        How's that a ripoff if they say so on the menu? No one is forced to order iced tea.

        1. re: PeterL

          Mea Culpa. When the server appears at our table and asks what we would like to drink, we are not checking the prices on the menu. Pretty automatic response is Iced Tea.
          I suspect that even if we had checked the prices on the menu we still would have ordered the same beverage. I just believe it is overpriced.

          1. re: PeterL

            I think charging 5 dollars for a beverage like iced tea, when it costs pennies to make/serve is a ripoff, even if they disclosed it on the menu. I know food costs are high for many restaurants, but I don't think brewed iced tea is one of those costs. I, personally, wouldn't have ordered the 5 dollar iced tea. I also think ordering bottled flat water is ridiculous.

            What I find very annoying, is when restaurants charge exorbitant prices for simple beverages and either don't disclose the price on the menu AND/OR don't disclose their refill policy (either in print on the menu or, at the very least, the server should say something).

            Case in point, I was in Stratford, Connecticut about 10 years ago on a blind date at a mexican restaurant, and the two of us cleared like 10 diet cokes between us (which, by the way, the glasses were just larger than a straw, and it was filled 80 percent with ice) between us... Did the server mention no refills? Um, no. Cost of food? 35 dollars (and the food was awful... I swear the owners and cooks probably couldn't find Mexico on a map of North America)... cost of soda... $35. I was beside myself... darn salty chips and, well, restaurant policy. Since then, I clarify the refill policy wherever I go.

            1. re: DrBruin

              DrBruin - seriously? 10 Diet cokes - I hope you are not a Dr.

              $5 for a glass of iced tea, unless there is an orange cut like a excotic bird hanging from the glass, is obsene.

              thank you maudes5 for pointing this out

              1. re: radman123

                well, they were like 5 ounce pours over 8 ounces of ice and this was between 2 people. the chips were salty, and at the time, I was not a doctor.

        2. You remember that little Mexican restaurant with the tortilla lady on the corner of Olympic and Stoner that was torn down near the new Trader Joe's? Well, they used to charge $2.50 for iced tea with NO refills, so I always paid at least $5 for tea! I thought that was outrageous, but the food made me thirsty. And my friends liked the place.

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          1. re: mnosyne

            The irony is that Toscana is directly across the street from Tavern. I frequently go to the Larder at Tavern in the afternoon for a glass of iced tea& a sweet. Tavern's iced tea is nicely brewed and very strong; just what I want mid-afternoon when I want/need a caffeine fix. I think they charge $2.75 (includes refills). Toscana's $5.00 iced tea was weak and watery and we had to flag down a server for refills. I have loved Toscana for years but today's experience; high prices, sloppy service & the adding insult to injury of that inflated beverage charge has turned me off of Toscana for now. I know they are going through some changes. They were approved for a full liquor license and will be opening a bar across the patio. Not sure when that will be completed.

            Toscana Restaurant
            11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

          2. I don't believe 5 for iced tea is all that out of the ordinary.

            I believe the iced tea at Magnolia is something like 4 or 5 dollars.

            1. dunno about the other restaurants in brentwood, but i believe k-zo in culver city charges $6 for hot tea.
              $5 for a bottomless iced tea doesn't sound like a rip off to me if it is served in a nice restaurant.

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              1. re: westsidegal

                I go to K-zo often. Their teas are $3.00 which is fair as they are quite good. $6 would be for two diners.

                1. re: Baron

                  since i was there by myself, it couldn't have been for two diners.
                  maybe it was an error on the check?
                  next time i go, i'll check the menu for sure.

              2. That's sticker shock for ya...esp when you're hosting! $3 for iced tea in hole-in-the-walls is common, so $5 doesn't seem so bad in Brentwood. But that's why I usually get water....