I actually had a really nice night, but when I got home and started thinking about how the check didn't add up quite right, that's when I realized they accepted a tip on top of an auto gratuity. Now I feel burned. I didn't notice on the menu that there would be an auto gratuity. I understand when you have a party of six or more, but we were only two people.
We ordered roasted piquillo peppers stuffed with salmon, queso manchego style, ceviche de snapper y scallops, and mojitos. The table also had complimentary bread and some type of mayonnaise spread to go with it. I enjoyed the food, except the spread for the bread. My mojito was weak, but tasty. The fish was not as fresh as I would have liked it to be, but it was cooked and seasoned well. We intended to share a steak, but we were satisfied after the appetizers. The ceviche comes with fresh, homemade tortilla chips; and they were delicious.
Our waiter was attentive before and after the flamenco show, but was nowhere to be found during the show. This might be intentional because he didn't want to interrupt the show.
I enjoyed the flamenco show. (Remember to bring cash to tip the performers.) It had it's highs and lows. There were three dancers with varying skill levels and different styles, one of whom was also a singer, as well as three additional instrumental musicians. CD's were available to purchase, but since our check was higher than we anticipated, we said no. Of course, if we hadn't left an extra tip, we might have bought the CD. Like I mentioned, I didn't notice until I got home; as it simply did not occur to me that it was so high because of an auto gratuity.
After the flamenco show, they offered a free salsa lesson, which was very entertaining and geared toward the beginner. I think most people were advanced beginner level. They seemed to have the gist of it, but nobody was so awesome that it was intimidating.
I am undecided if I would return or not, based on how slighted I feel about the auto gratuity. I am a standard 20% tipper. I leave more if I take a long time at the table, or have small children who leave a mess, or for exceptional service, etc. You basically have to completely suck at your job for me to leave 15% or 10%. I don't have an issue with tipping, but I certainly would not have tipped 38%, on top of having already tipped the performers.
The dancing was nice, but now I feel over it.
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