The Essentials

How Restaurants are Double Dipping

Forgetting the cost of eating out, there’s the topic of portion size, sharing and some insidious charges on your restaurant bill.


Get ready for a change in menus with hard to share menu items and an increase in small plate dishes.


And then, there are the surcharges, even at fine dining establishments, where $65 entrees are the norm, but restaurants are now adding a charge for bread at the table, health and welfare benefits for their servers, and in some cases, mandatory tips. These are usually followed by an extra space for “gratuity,” otherwise known as double dipping.


So read your menus carefully, budget appropriately, and look at your receipt closely before adding an unnecessary secondary tip and signing the bill.