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Aug 25, 2012 06:17 PM

Plate Sharing Charge?

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. 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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    1. re: bagelman01

      Seems both fair and reasonable to me.

    2. 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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      1. re: escondido123

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

        1. very fair. minimum charge pp is also fair.

          1. 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.