The mansion is beautiful and is a nice place to go for a special occasion or date. By boyfriend and I went for dinner. The food was excellent. Toasted ravioli was home-made and was delicious - definately recommended although a bit pricey. ($10.00 for 5) He had Shrimp Ala Rene pasta that he enjoyed and I had the Chicken Lillian which was very tastey. Wait service was attentive. Experience was very pleasurable and we had decided that this would be a place we would return until we received the bll.
We used an entertainment discount card for $10.00 off our dinner. When we received the bill, we discovered that they automatically charged an 18% tip on the entire meal including a bottle of wine and drinks. (We did get a copy of the menu and found fine print that said 18% gratuity would be charged when using discounts/coupons). Then they charged sales tax for the entire amount (including the 18% tip amount). When questioned, the waiter was quick to provide a laminated copy of MO law to try and justify charging tax on a tip. In all my years of going to restaurants in MO (I am a resident of MO), I've never been to a restaurant in which sales tax was charged on a tip amount or an automatic gratuity charged on wine/liquor. By using a entertainment discount card, we spent more for dinner than if we had not used it. We would not have tipped on liquor and sales tax would not have been charged on the tip.
For a restaurant that is obviously hurting for business (only 3 other tables occupied on a Saturday night), this attempt to bleed every possible cent out of customers certainly won't help future business. The restaurant prices are already quite high but to charge even more (excessive tip and tax) explains why there was a lack of customers. Out of the 4 occupied tables, half of the customers were all questioning the tax/tip charges on their bills.
No matter how pleasurable the food and atmosphere is I likely will not return because of their method of billing and calculating charges due.
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