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Plate Sharing Charge?

SupperClubMovie Aug 25, 2012 06:17 PM

Probably been discussed before but some friends told me they had drinks and an appetizer at a supper club's bar then wanted to order an entree to share. The bartender told them it would be an extra $7.50 fee for sharing. Fair or unfair?

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  1. bagelman01 RE: SupperClubMovie Aug 25, 2012 06:58 PM

    plate charges for sharing are fair. restaurants expect to each seat to generate X dollars per day to cover overhead. Plate charges also cover the second setup being used.
    That said, your friends have the right to evaluate whether a $7.50 plate charge is REASONABLE or not.
    The good news is they were told in advance, the fee didn't just show up on the bill after they finished their meal.

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      tzurriz RE: bagelman01 Aug 25, 2012 06:59 PM

      Seems both fair and reasonable to me.

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      escondido123 RE: SupperClubMovie Aug 25, 2012 09:23 PM

      That's pretty standard. Whether it is fair is another question. I would rather have a minimum per person and let the diners figure out how to make that happen.

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        Harters RE: escondido123 Aug 26, 2012 04:25 AM

        Minimum charge p.p. is a good idea. More places should do it.

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        Janet from Richmond RE: SupperClubMovie Aug 26, 2012 04:35 AM


        1. Karl S RE: SupperClubMovie Aug 26, 2012 05:13 AM

          very fair. minimum charge pp is also fair.

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            cstr RE: SupperClubMovie Aug 26, 2012 11:20 AM

            As long as it's posted on the menu, I'm OK with a charge. I can evaluate whether I'll choose that option or not.

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              Steve RE: SupperClubMovie Aug 27, 2012 06:29 AM

              At the bar? That sounds pretty weird to me. Many people don't order any food at the bar. You could nurse a drink all night long. I say a sharing charge at the bar is abnormal.

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                bagelman01 RE: Steve Aug 27, 2012 07:17 AM

                Nursing a drink doesn't require the establishment to provide a second plate, knife, fork, spoon, napkin, etc. There is a cost to providing these items and a loss of revenue from the seat whose ocupant doesn't order its own food.

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                HoosierFoodie RE: SupperClubMovie Aug 27, 2012 09:47 AM

                Fair and reasonable.

                1. inaplasticcup RE: SupperClubMovie Aug 27, 2012 10:03 AM

                  I think it's fair if they let you know in advance, but I think the minimum per person idea is a better one.

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                    MelMM RE: SupperClubMovie Aug 27, 2012 03:29 PM

                    Fair if they let you know in advance, but I would also expect at that price that they bring the dish out already divided on two plates.

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                      Crockett67 RE: MelMM Aug 27, 2012 04:26 PM

                      At the very least!

                    2. monavano RE: SupperClubMovie Aug 27, 2012 06:14 PM

                      How about a $19 charge to order an appetizer as entree or to split an entree? This is a restaurant in the Outer Banks.
                      DH and I were excited to go but this on their website was so off-putting to me that we took a pass.

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                        MelMM RE: monavano Aug 28, 2012 09:11 AM

                        Wow. That would put me off. I would assume if they charge you $19 to order an apppetizer as an entree, they are giving you an entree-sized portion. Of course, that defeats the purpose for many who do this because they don't want that much food.

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                          mpjmph RE: monavano Aug 29, 2012 05:18 AM

                          Don't want to derail the thread, but what restaurant was that? I grew up near the OBX, and am out here/there right now for vacation. I know a lot of places charge for refills, or charge for the second basket of chips/bread, but I haven't seen one charge that much for splitting a plate. I honestly have to wonder it that was a typo on thier website.

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                            monavano RE: mpjmph Aug 29, 2012 07:00 AM

                            It is Elizabeth's Cafe in Duck. Don't think it's a typo because it's been there for a couple years.
                            From the website:
                            "A split entrée will require an additional $19.00 plate charge and will include bread and butter and the appropriate starch and vegetable."
                            And just in case your reading and comprehension is somehow impaired (not directed at you personally!), they mention again:
                            "An appetizer served as an entrée or a split entrée will require a $19.00 plate charge and will include bread and butter and an appropriate starch and vegetable."

                            MeIMM, I agree it defeats the purpose of both saving a couple bucks (I usually adjust my tip up a bit if I do this) and saving a lot of calories. I don't expect everyone to be turned off as I was but I found this and other things on their website to be uninviting on not customer-friendly.

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                              MelMM RE: monavano Aug 29, 2012 07:26 AM

                              Looked it up, and I found the entire web site off-putting. Just this attitude that you are so lucky to be able to dine there.

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                                monavano RE: MelMM Aug 29, 2012 07:28 AM

                                (thank you...so glad it's not just me!)
                                Yes, so lucky that they serve me reverse osmosis water at no charge!
                                So lucky they're so rigid with dining times!

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                                mpjmph RE: monavano Aug 29, 2012 11:10 AM

                                Wow, yeah that isn't on our rotation, and won't be in the future.

                          2. RealMenJulienne RE: SupperClubMovie Aug 29, 2012 11:23 AM

                            I don't think fair or unfair comes into it, as long as it's prominently posted so I can avoid eating there.

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                              monavano RE: RealMenJulienne Aug 29, 2012 11:27 AM

                              I tend to agree. I'm by no means cheap and consider myself a good tipper all the way around, but it would just be nice to ask to share something and not be penalized for it. Big points for plating separately!

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                                RealMenJulienne RE: monavano Aug 29, 2012 03:33 PM

                                Well, I AM a total cheapo. When I see a place has a split plate charge it makes me want to scrape half the food onto the tablecloth and eat it with my hands. Luckily my parents raised me (slightly) better than that so I just settle for never spending another dime there.

                                But I just hate paying for stuff that is ancillary to the food itself. Got a Michelin starred chef in the kitchen? Great, I'll gladly pay for his expertise. It's all the other non-value-adds in a typical restaurant that are no use to me: false friendship of the waitstaff, high margins on drinks straight out of the wholesale syrup bag, canned trendy atmosphere.... and the vile practice of charging to split a plate of your own food that you bought and paid for. Still, if it's their roof it's their rules, and it cannot be called "unfair".

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                                  Missmoo RE: RealMenJulienne Aug 31, 2012 10:21 AM

                                  The problem is it does cost the restaurant more if they split the plate (meaning you each get a separate plate) you usually end up getting more of the sides to make the plate look better. Also, there is the extra dish. But is that worth more than a couple of bucks? Not sure.

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                                    raytamsgv RE: Missmoo Aug 31, 2012 11:58 AM

                                    As a waiter, I'd have to pay attention and spend more time with one more person. This may seem inconsequential, but if there is more than more than one person splitting a plate, it adds up--filling up water, making sure things are okay, busing the table, etc. They may split a plate, but they both expect the same service.

                                    Also, let's suppose there are three people in a party where one person splits a plate. We would need to seat them at a table for four, which may force another party of four, non-plate-sharing persons to wait.

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                              Leonardo RE: SupperClubMovie Aug 29, 2012 08:15 PM

                              Totally fair and reasonable.

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