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Delucacheesemonger Aug 16, 2013 01:10 PM

Had a great time at local good restaurant where we were treated like royalty.
When the check came we were charged for a VIP amuse bouche. Did not complain as we were comped a lot, but thought most unusual.
Did this happen to anyone else?

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    josephnl Aug 22, 2013 11:23 AM

    I'm assuming that you didn't specifically order a "VIP" amuse bouche. If you did not, I'm sure it was an error. Assuming that it was a modest charge, I wouldn't say anything. Now, if the same thing happens the next time you are there, I'd simply inquire as to whether or not it's a mistake.

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      LeoLioness Aug 20, 2013 09:04 AM

      That's really bizarre. Why comp you things but then charge for the item that is always free?

      1. KarenDW Aug 19, 2013 11:52 PM

        I often see the Amuse Bouche listed on the bill, but with the price of $0.00 next to the item. The many kitchens, the staff makes what is ordered on the bill, so the Amuse must be included in the bill so that it can be made.

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        1. re: KarenDW
          Delucacheesemonger Aug 20, 2013 06:49 AM

          There were a few of them listed at $ 0.00, but one was charged.

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger
            ttoommyy Aug 20, 2013 06:44 PM

            I would bet my bottom dollar that they punched in the wrong item and charged you by accident instead of hitting the comp key.

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger
              EWSflash Aug 20, 2013 06:46 PM

              Depending on how I was otherwise treated, I'd pay. Maybe it was an error?

          2. Firegoat Aug 17, 2013 07:19 AM

            Sounds like you got a lot of free stuff. If you had a good time, why complain here if you didn't complain there?

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              kewpie Aug 17, 2013 08:38 AM

              I agree with Firegoat on this one! In this situation that the OP has described , I would weigh the $ vs the amount saved ( figured out in my head) . Sounds like it came out in your favor ?
              We often get freebies or comps and take my time looking at the final bill, and haven't ever, as I remember , come out behind.( and by FAR)
              I do assume that an amuse bouche is usually free of charge tho.

              1. re: Firegoat
                Delucacheesemonger Aug 17, 2013 09:30 AM

                Perhaps you might read my original post, l did not complain just thought unusual.

                1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                  julesrules Aug 17, 2013 09:44 AM

                  It's strange they would give so many freebies then risk pissing you off with a random charge. Was that item on the menu? Did the receipt say "amuse bouche"? Because I'm wondering if there was a mix up or miscommunication (not on your part - either you ordered it or you didn't - I'm going to assume they didn't say something like "are you interested in item x?" and just brought it - but between server and management or kitchen). I would not hold it against them based on the experience you describe.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                    Firegoat Aug 17, 2013 10:04 AM

                    Let me amend my post. Why bring it up here in disparaging terms when you didn't take it up with the restaurant in question at the time of the incident? And it sounds like you got a lot of free stuff.

                    1. re: Firegoat
                      kpaxonite Aug 17, 2013 10:15 AM

                      Some people are move confident behind a keyboard than in person. Plus, this is a discussion forum... so ... its simply a topic for people to discuss.

                      1. re: Firegoat
                        Delucacheesemonger Aug 17, 2013 11:23 AM

                        I have no idea regarding your skills in interpreting English, but no criticism or anything disparaging was intended or said. By now l am sorry l even brought it up to Chowhound.

                        1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                          alwayshungrygal Aug 20, 2013 07:44 AM

                          Don't be sorry for bringing it up. If you were comped alot, I would interpret that as you ordered somethings and were not charged for them. If you were brought something you did not order, you should not have been charged for it. Whether or not you felt compelled to pay for it is another matter. (I would have paid as well in the same situation.)

                        2. re: Firegoat
                          ttoommyy Aug 20, 2013 06:42 PM

                          The OP did not use any "disparaging terms." He simply thought it unusual and wanted to know if it ever happened to anyone else.

                    2. The Oracle Aug 16, 2013 05:06 PM

                      Nope, never!

                      What was it?

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                        Harters Aug 16, 2013 02:39 PM

                        I've never been charged for an amuse bouche. Here, in Europe, it is inherently a " compliments of the chef" free item.

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                          mike0989 Aug 16, 2013 02:34 PM

                          Yeah it's happened to me before. I just chalked it up to another place I won't be back to. i've also been charged for bread and butter before, and didn't ask for it either.

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                            Buckethead Aug 16, 2013 01:41 PM

                            "Did this happen to anyone else."

                            Do you mean ever, or at this unnamed event?

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                            1. re: Buckethead
                              Delucacheesemonger Aug 16, 2013 01:42 PM


                              1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                                512window Aug 16, 2013 01:54 PM

                                Yes. But not in the US.

                                Did you eat it?

                                1. re: 512window
                                  Delucacheesemonger Aug 16, 2013 01:55 PM

                                  Of course, l ate it, why would l not ?

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                              jbsiegel Aug 16, 2013 01:29 PM

                              I totally would have complained. If I didn't order it, I'm not paying for it!! :-)

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                                cwdonald Aug 16, 2013 01:22 PM

                                How can they legally charge you for that, if you didn't order it. Is it like they upcharged a prix fixe menu? Seems bizarre.

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                                1. re: cwdonald
                                  Delucacheesemonger Aug 16, 2013 01:45 PM

                                  Of course, you are right, but they did not charge me corkage as well as three other amuse reserved for, as they say, VIP's as well as two glasses of their wine. Yes they were wrong, but how could l complain?

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