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Seat Charge at Night in Restaurant - Osaka

St. John's, Canada
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Seat Charge at Night in Restaurant - Osaka

Hello:

How to know if there is a hidden seat charge in restaurant at night (restaurant will make up for it by offering a tiny amuse)?

How to formulate the question?

Is it rude to back off if such a fee is automatically applied?

Thanks

Cheers

5 replies to this topic
London, United...
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1. Re: Seat Charge at Night in Restaurant - Osaka

It is common to pay a fee in a bar/restaurant. They will be a small item of food in return.

There is no way to opt out, it is standard.

New York City, New...
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2. Re: Seat Charge at Night in Restaurant - Osaka

It is not hidden. You just can't read the menu where they are clear about charging it.

St. John's, Canada
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3. Re: Seat Charge at Night in Restaurant - Osaka

How come some restaurants apply it and some other don't.

Is it written on the menu?

Hong Kong, China
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4. Re: Seat Charge at Night in Restaurant - Osaka

Most normal restaurants don't charge, but some izakayas do. I went to a Ginza high-end izakaya last year. They had a piano player for the night and charged a "music fee" as a result. We only noticed it on the menu (in Japanese) once we sat down but maybe it was posted on the door?

Edited: 14 May 2018, 12:01
Tokyo and California
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5. Re: Seat Charge at Night in Restaurant - Osaka

Almost all izakayas charge a seat fee by serving a small amuse called "Otoshi" or "Tsukidashi". It is the norm for izakayas in Japan and no Japanese residents question about it. It may or may not be on the menu but just accept it as a part of going to an izakaya in Japan. If you want to avoid it, go to a non Japanese restaurant-Italian, French, Korean, etc.

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