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Man orders what he thought was a $37.50 bottle of wine — then the check arrived

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey man who thought he ordered a $37.50 bottle of wine was in for a big shock when he got the bill.

NJ.com reported that Joe Lentini was attending a business dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa when he was asked by the host to pick a bottle of wine for the table.

Lentini said he asked for the waitress to make a recommendation. She reportedly suggested a bottle of wine and told Lentini the cost was “thirty-seven fifty.”

When dinner was over, the check was handed to the host with a total of $4,700.61. The bottle of wine was included at a cost of $3,750.

Management told Lentini the best they could do was reduce the price to $2,200.

Lentini and two other diners split the bill.

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20 comments

  • trayvon

    That’s when each person at the table gets up and runs in a different direction, just like when mexicans get pulled over in a car. That’s what I would have done.

  • Brooke Inman

    why the hell would the waitress not only suggest a 3,750.00 dollar bottle of wine…………….. also word it the way she did………….. you know, cuz everyone just buys a 3,750 dollar bottle of wine……….. I’d punch that stupid waitress in the face lol

  • Jake

    Okay people. Two things here: 1. If he can afford $1000 for dinner, a $3750 bottle of wine shouldn’t be an issue. 2. A steakhouse like that doesn’t carry cheap $40 wine, everyone knows that. Sounds like he’s trying to pull a fast one.

  • Kenneth Briggs

    ok ok just how many times has this guy been in the joint ? high price diner high price wines , oh well guess he will fine a cheaper joint next time but had better bring a extra c c or carry a lot of green with you .

  • Lawrence Beerbower

    sounds to me an the way this article is written that the waitress misrepresented the cost of the bottle of wine. For I would have also taken from the response given that it was only $37.50 no $ 3,750.
    Also thank you for the menu that does help a lot and tells me the waitress really did misrepresent the the cost of the wine and should of been held responsible for the difference. If you are an honest restaurant you do not hold your customer responsible when they have been misinformed by your staff of the cost.

  • Ernst

    I don’t believe him. As someone who works in high-end restaurants I’ve seen this play out before. People are scammers. At least every couple of months someone somehow “misunderstands” our price and tries to get out of paying for what they ordered. They read the price wrong, or thought it was by the glass, thought the vintage was the price, etc. Do people really think we haven’t seen this before? Usually people try this on bottles priced more around $100, I’m guessing because they think at that price we’re more likely to settle with them. For the price to be $3750 it’s something pretty special, not some random Cote du Rhone! I have a real hard time believing they didn’t notice.

  • patti blackmore

    If Bobby Flay owns the restaurant I would write him, ask for my money back and have he waitress fired as she clearly misled the customer, 3,750.00 is not 37.50

  • patti blackmore

    and she directed him to the most expensive american cabernet on the menu. sales tactic to beef up the bill for a larger tip, waitress needs to be dealt with. There we multiple wines she could have directed him to, you

  • The World is Ending

    All I see here is a bunch of crybabies who I would guess are all liberals who don’t want to hold people responsible for the choices they make. The guy should have looked at the menu and asked more questions, because if I would have looked at the wine list I would have asked id that 37.50 or 3750, or better yet ordered my own wine, the guy knew what the wine cost he is just trying to get out of paying for it.