Blue Lifestyle

Home of James Beard Foundation Award winner Anthony Dias Blue, one of the most influential food, wine, spirits, and lifestyle personalities in the United States.

“What would you like,” the server says, “Still or sparkling?”

And so begins the latest and most egregious restaurant practice yet designed to separate you from your hard-earned dollars. What will arrive at your table is a bottle of water that’ll cost you $8. Do the math. Thirty-two ounces of water at $.25 an ounce. And since you tip on the total of your bill - that brings it to $9.60. Then, without a word, a new bottle appears and everyone’s water glass is refilled. Ca-ching. Throughout the meal, more bottles are opened. At dessert all the water glasses on the table are full. You get the check. $48 for water! ($57.60 with tip.) You could have had a very nice bottle of wine for that amount. Next time maybe you should ask for tap water.

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