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$80 Fish Dinner

June 9th, 2008 at 08:24 pm

My husband is traveling for a few weeks on the west coast. He went out for dinner with his co-workers to a restaurant even though meals are provided on the post.

Yes...the bill for his portion of the meal was $80! This include the entree, two glasses of wine and a tip...and he's always generous with tips!

He told me at first he had picked a salmon dinner off the menu for $28. The waiter then came to tell them the specials. In his mind, special meant discount!! So, he ordered the Halibut special...without asking the price. Turns out it was over $45 for the entree.

At least he said it was really, really good. He decided, on his own he was done spending for the week.

All I can say is how shocked I am. I had no idea he was going on vacation...I thought it was a work trip!!

Anyone else ever paid that much for a single meal?

12 Responses to “$80 Fish Dinner”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Wow, I have never paid $45 for an entree. Luckily, when I am on business trips, my job picks up the meal tabs...I know when we go to DC next year meals will run that expensive...but it will all be paid for. (whew)

  2. Carolina Bound Says:

    Well, hopefully, he's learned to ask!

  3. Petunia Says:

    I think DH and I did, back in the days when we both worked and didn't have Daisy. We don't go in those kind of restaurants now. Smile Good seafood though. . . it's amazing!

  4. Ima saver Says:

    My husband and I ate out last night as usual. The bill was $16.03 for both of our meals, plus we are allowed to brown bag it, so no cost for drinks!

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Once or twice, I have. Nowadays, it'd have to be a really special occasion and I'd have to have saved up the money beforehand. Last year, we took friends of ours to a really nice restaurant as their wedding present. Of course, since we paid for our portions as well, it became quite a bit more expensive! I think it was $75 per person.

  6. compulsive debtor Says:

    Uh, yeah. I will admit I have and probably will again at some point, but I do like fine food....

  7. koppur Says:

    Once, when a guy I was dating took me to a very fancy restaurant. But the food wasn't worth it. Atmosphere was nice, but not for a $200 dinner!

  8. sagegirl Says:

    For my birthday my boss gave me a $100 gift card to a really nice steak place over in the next 'burb. Hubby and I went, sans kids, and spent the entire $100 and left a $20 tip. We each had steak and he had a lobster tail, crab cake appetizer, garlic bread, iced tea, and for "dessert" we each had an ice cold martini. We don't get to eat like that often and I have to say it was a real treat.

  9. Caoineag Says:

    Oh I have but it tends to be a special occasion thing. Fine if its really good food, extremely disappointing when it isn't worth $10...There are a couple of restaurants that I am not tempted to go back to because the prices aren't justified by the quality of food served.

  10. frugaltexan75 Says:

    If I were to eat at the restaurant my brother works at I would *very* easily spend well over $100 for one meal. Most couples don't get out of his restaurant under $300+++ He told me a story recently of a couple who had a $7k meal + tip. He was very happy for that tip! (Most of the cost of that particular meal were the wines they had, plus the end of the meal cigar and cognac service.)

    I don't know how good the regular food is there, but I DO know that their deserts are fabulous! (The pastry chef comped my SIL and I a desert each when I was visiting them in CA.)

  11. greengirl Says:

    i had a really nice dinner for my 18th birthday where the mains where about $40 each. my boyfriend was at a mates bucks party and they went to a restaurant where the steaks, which they all had, where $42.
    and i mean the steaks. nothing else. just steak.

  12. glock35ipsc Says:

    My wife and I just this past weekend each had a burger that totaled $100 with the tip! LOL, but it was at a fund raiser for a co-worker of hers. Their boy got run over by a trailer he was riding on feeding cattle on their farm. The boy's Dad is a firefighter, so the firefighters go together with one of the local restaurant/microbreweries to hold a fund raiser. 10% of all the meals and drinks and 100% of the tips went to the family. So we tipped enough to make the bill an even $100. Otherwise, we've never had a meal that totaled over $100 for both of us and the kids.

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