Lured initially from the street by the owner with a promise of a seemingly excellent meal and experience seemed like a good idea. Carmel has many choices for fine dining restaurants so with the clear message that the high prices would be worth it..we were happy to walk in. That was the last we saw of the owner.
You get charged an automatic 20% service fee...but no service.
I'm from Sydney, Australia. I'm used to "no tipping required" restaurants.
Pouring your own $70USD bottle of wine that the waiter has crumbled a cork into was a bit weird. Then making room on our small table by moving bread plates and cutlery that clearly wasn't required any more is pretty lousy.
I don't know, felt like I could have gone somewhere where the service would have been worth the price tag.
Perhaps the "guaranteed" service charge..for service or not..is a new concept for me. But hey..we are only here for a night..so it's not like they need to impress us to come back...