We went to a Timeshare presentation and "earned" a gift card to a restaurant on Pier 39. So my wife and I went down for dinner on Saturday. View was nice, service was fine, food was ok.
When the check came, it had a $2 "SF Charge." And an 18% gratuity was already added in as a service charge. And, the sf charge and gratuity was TAXED too! So all told (if my math is correct), we ended up paying for our food + 32%! (food = $61, SF Charge = $2, Service Charge = $11.48, Tax = $6.40)
The SF Charge as explained by our server was to offset the cost of the minimum wage increase... I'm not so opposed to that, but I probably wouldn't have noticed as much if they just added 50 cents to each dish.
The manditory tipping is a bit annoying, though I do usually tip around 17% (doubling tax)... but I also would like to reserve the right to not tip as much if we have poor service (we did have adequate service btw).
And Tax you can't avoid. But adding the tip and a surcharge and then taxing that as well? I was not aware that you can tax for service?
I know rent on the Pier is expensive. I was a waiter before and know that some people can be cheap tippers... but wow, 32% of your bill in fees and taxes is really getting out of hand. I guess it's never been that blatant before.
I really wouldn't mind going to FW or Pier 39 more often, but I think I'll stick to my neighborhood joints and avoid the extra fees of eating with our unsuspecting visitors and guests.