Most restaurants add a 10% Service Charge(SC) to the bill and disguise it as TAX. Sales Tax is 9%. Anything else on your bill is an SC. I am telling you this is because servers are not all honest about it!
EXAMPLE: My family ate at the COCONUT GROVE. Dinner and drinks came slightly over $200 US. Then there was a 20% tax added on. We ate at a local restaurant the evening before and the tax was lower. Because I had read beforehand that a 10% SC usually was added to restaurant checks, we questioned the server if part of the 20% was actually this SC.She got very vague and confusing with her answer. So I asked point blank if there was a service charge added on and she said "Well not really". My next question was "so this 20% is all government Tax"? and she said YES !!. Now let me say: we usually tip 20% for great service and the service was great here but we were suspicious of the answer we just got and tipped only 15% on the total bill (YES including that mysterious 20% tax). So with tip our bill came to approx $750 EC.
The next day I asked our rental agent about taxes and service charges and found out that our suspicions were correct: WE WERE LIED TOO! So not only was there 11% added but the amount we tipped on meant we tipped on top of server tip! The agent just happened to be going to the COCONUT GROVE that evening and she would speak with the owner. our agent called us the next day and reported that the owner wanted us to come in for around of free drinks and that he would take off the tip amount from our charge card we used. We did not go back for our free drinks and figured the correction to the charge card would be enough. BUT, we got our statement last week and the amount was not corrected!
Beware the COCONUT GROVE staff is not the only dishonest bunch. We went to lunch at the Oualie Beach Club the next day, ask the same questions and got the same vague answers. I know that tips are their main source of income but, I do not want to go and frequent a restaurant with staff that will knowingly rip me OFF!