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Wine Drinker Suffers $3,750 Sticker Shock at Bobby Flay Steak

He was told his bottle of wine cost "thirty-seven-fifty."

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A diner at the Atlantic City, NJ location of Bobby Flay Steak says he was misled into purchasing a $3,750 bottle of wine thanks to an ambiguous message from his server. According to a report on, customer Joe Lentini asked a waitress at Bobby Flay Steak to select an appropriate bottle of wine for his party of 10. Lentini alleges that he was served a bottle from Screaming Eagle Winery at a cost of "thirty-seven-fifty," a number he assumed to mean $37.50. When the bill arrived, however, "thirty-seven-fifty" apparently translated to $3,750, a whopping $3,712.50 more than expected. After complaining to management, Lentini and his party were able to negotiate the price down to $2,200 and paid their tab, but he emphasizes he would not have intentionally ordered a bottle that expensive, saying, "I don't know much about wine at all."

A representative from the Borgata Hotel & Casino, which houses the restaurant, told they are "confident there was no misunderstanding regarding the selection" of Lentini's wine. And was it worth it? The unintentionally high-rollin' drinker says: "It wasn't great. It wasn't terrible. It was fine."

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