Ristra had been one of my favorite restaurants. Altho pricey, the food and service always has been excellent, and memorable. Recently my wife and I asked six friends to join us for our third visit. Most of us enjoyed the exquisitely prepared entrees. All was fine, until we started getting our bills back. Altho we asked for separate checks, each of us was imposed to pay an 18% tip, which meant literally a few dollars more, and I mean a few dollars, for some of us. My understanding for the need of an 18% tip for parties of 6 or more is when there is a combined total bill, and that the person paying tips sufficiently, as when there are this many people, the tip ends up being quite a lot, and not everyone is comfortable tipping that much. When I addressed this with the Manager, he stonewalled me with policy, and couldn't have cared less. Upon my recommendation, 6 friends joined my wife and I for dinner. We spent hundreds of dollars on our meals, and for a few dollars, this restaurant made us feel uncomfortable, not fully welcome, and like tourists. For a restaurant of this quality to have acted this way is disconcerting and unacceptable. I would suggest for those who read this to chose another restaurant that appreciates your business and treats you in a way you would want to be treated.
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