It’s always the worst part of a restaurant meal: the moment when the bill arrives. “I didn’t realize that drinks would be that expensive!” you might exclaim. Or, “Those appetizers really added up!” Restaurant owners, managers, and servers know that you’re in a spendy mood when you go out to eat, and there are plenty of ways (some of which are pretty sneaky) that they can coax you into spending more money than you intended.
It’s happened to all of us: It’s pretty easy to say “yes” when asked if we’d like another beer or soda, or to not ask what the price of that tasty-sounding special is before ordering it. And when the dessert menu is handed to us, there’s always something that sounds too good to pass up. Restaurants are, obviously, businesses, and they can’t be faulted for trying to turn as much of a profit as possible. But you might be surprised at the lengths restaurants will go to get you to spend more money, even resorting to mind games and psychological tricks.
Of course, sometimes we’re looking to splurge and aren’t concerned about saving seven bucks on that second beer. But other times all we want is a couple glasses of wine and an entrée to share, but before we know it we’re ordering a bottle, an appetizer, two entrées, and dessert with newfound reckless abandon. Once you’re aware of these 17 tactics restaurants use to get you to spend more money, however, you can be on the lookout for them and not let them get the better of you.